We Called it: EPT Barcelona Main Event Breaks Record With 2,294 Entries!

About three weeks ago we made a bold prediction (not really) that the Main Event at EPT Barcelona will be a record-breaking event, which has now bee…

We Called it: EPT Barcelona Main Event Breaks Record With 2,294 Entries!

About three weeks ago we made a bold prediction (not really) that the Main Event at EPT Barcelona will be a record-breaking event, which has now been confirmed. Late registrations and single re-entries were open until the start of Day 2, so the final tally is 2,294 entries in the €5,300 EPT Main Event!

It totally smashed the previous record of 1,988 entries from 2019 and this wasn’t the only record-breaking event in Barcelona. Estrelllas Poker Tour Main Event that finished earlier this week saw 6,313 entries and is now the largest live poker tournament in EPT history.

Top 10 EPT Main Events

Rank Year Event Buy-in Entries Prize-pool Winner Country Prize
1 2022 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 2,249 €11,125,900 Giuliano Bendinelli Italy €1,491,133
2 2019 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 1,988 €9,641,800 Simon Brandstrom Sweden €1,290,166
3 2018 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 1,931 €9,365,350 Piotr Nurzynski Poland €1,037,109
4 2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 1,785 €8,925,000 Sebastian Malec Poland €1,122,800
5 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 1,694 €8,215,900 John Juanda Indonesia €1,022,593
6 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona €5,000 1,682 €8,157,700 Sebastian Sorensson Sweden €987,043
7 2011 PCA Main Event $10,000 1,560 $15,132,000 Galen Hall US $2,300,000
8 2010 PCA Main Event $10,000 1,529 $14,831,300 Harrison Gimbel US $2,200,000
9 2014 EPT Barcelona Main Event €5,000 1,496 €7,255,600 Andre Lettau Germany €794,058
10 2009 PCA Main Event $10,000 1,347 $12,674,000 Poorya Nazari Canada $3,000,000

“The record field here in Barcelona shows just how strong the PokerStars live poker offering continues to be, even after the coronavirus pandemic,” said Toby Stone, EPT Tournament director to PokerNews. “The team behind the scenes put in a huge amount of effort to ensure these events run smoothly and players get the best experience possible.”

Prize pool for this year’s event is at €11,470,000, with €1,714,000 to be reserved for the winner. 327 players will receive at least €8,860.

Day 2 is on the way in Barcelona with more than 500 players left. 6 levels will be played for a total of 12 hours of play. Watch the live stream down below.

2022 EPT Barcelona Main Event Payouts

Place Payouts
1 €1,714,000
2 €1,027,470
3 €734,470
4 €565,280
5 €434,850
6 €334,480
7 €257,330
8 €198,000
9 €152,310
10-11 €117,140
12-13 €97,650
14-15 €81,450
16-17 €67,790
18-20 €56,460
21-23 €47,450
24-27 €41,290
28-31 €35,870
32-39 €31,220
40-55 €27,100
56-71 €23,580
72-95 €20,480
96-119 €17,820
120-143 €15,500
144-183 €13,500
184-223 €11,730
224-287 €10,060
288-327 €8,860

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