The Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) is creating a lot of excitement in the poker community because its Main Event player field is turning out to be the largest in the very history of live poker tournaments sponsored by PokerStars, the world’s biggest operator of online poker gaming services.
The ESPT, which is the 100th European Poker Tour (EPT) event, is expected to generate the biggest player field for an EPT Main Event held outside the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). The ESPT Main Event has already concluded two starting flights, but there is still one more left and those keeping an eye on the event are sure that more players will register for the event.
On Day 1a, 438 players bought into the event, and on Day 1b, 872 more registered. More than 1000 poker players have already registered for Day 1c, which means that the player field has already exceeded 2,300. It is now 200 players more than the field generated by the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP), which was held in Sao Paulo by PokerStars in Oct 2013.
The extraordinarily huge player field simply indicates that poker players are fond of Barcelona. In 2013, the event attracted a record number of 1,798 players, but this record was later broken by the Beijing Millions, the BSOP, and the present year’s ESPT Main Event.
The first event of the mega poker festival held to mark the beginning of the eleventh season of the EPT and its 100th stop attracted players from different parts of the world. Among the players taking part in the ESPT Main Event are Tomeu Gomila of Spain, Patxi Salinas, Juan Manuel Pastor, Bertrand Grospellier of France, Jake Cody of Britain, Eugene Katchalov of Ukraine, and Andrea Andrea Benelli of Italy. Currently, the chip leader is Marcos Fernandez of Spain.
On Monday, the third starting flight of the ESPT Main Event will begin. The €50,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament will also be held on the same day. More than 30 players are expected to take part, and among them are Daniel Negreanu, a member of Team PokerStars Pro; Erik Seidel, who emerged as the runner-up of last season’s event; Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst; and Daniel Coleman, the champion of the Big One for One Drop, the World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) charity poker tournament.
Last year, Vitaly Lunkin of Russia won the super high-roller event and collected a prize of €771,300.