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EPT Season 5 Opener: Barcelona

The European Poker Tour’s Fifth Season kicks off with the opening event in Barcelona - a spectacular city, hundreds of players from online qualifiers to the brightest stars of professional poker, and a prize pool running into millions.

Barcelona in EPT Season 4

Barcelona is always a popular and highly-competitive tournament: EPT Season 4 got off to a great start with a field of 543 players who either bought in for €8,000 or qualified online. Last year’s tournament offered a €4 million prize pool and a €1.1 million top prize won by Danish pro Sander Lylloff. To win the top prize, Lylloff had to beat his good friend and EPT London champion Mark Teltscher. Teltscher’s Kings did not hold up when Lyloff’s Jack-Ten made a set on the river.

Barcelona – A Glamorous Poker Site

Barcelona – the second largest city in Spain and the capital of the Catalonia region – features a prime location on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, a medieval historic center and stunning Modernista architecture. The city is well-known for its lively bars and restaurants, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and acclaimed cuisine. No wonder so many couples honeymoon there!

Poker Stars Come Out in Barcelona

This year’s players are set to include Team PokerStars Pros Isabelle Mercier, Noah Boeken, EPT London champion Vicky Coren, Dario Minieri, PCA champion ElkY, Luca Pagano and former world champion Greg Raymer, along with all of the players like you who win their seats online with PokerStars. Nearly 100 players have already won prize packages worth over $16,000.

First Ever EPT Awards in Barcelona

This year’s Barcelona event will feature a new innovation: the first ever EPT Awards take place at Opium Mar on September 9, 2008 - the evening prior to the Season 5 opener EPT Barcelona. The ceremony is being hosted by Team PokerStars Pro and poker legend Daniel Negreanu and will celebrate the best performances from EPT Season 4.

The ceremony will see the best and most popular players from EPT Season 4 rewarded for their hard work and success - the perfect way to celebrate the start of Season 5!

There are seven EPT award categories. Most of the award winners will be decided by our expert panel of judges, but the People’s Choice Award and the Poker Writer’s Award are open to voting by the public and accredited media. The judges will decide the remaining five categories of Best Newcomer, Best Performance, Best Overseas Player, Best PokerStars Qualifier and Player of the Year. Among those up for an award are Norwegian Trond Erik Eidsvig, who made three final tables in his first EPT season, Julian Thew from the UK who won EPT Baden, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier from France, who won the PCA, and Hungarian Denes Kalo who came 2nd in two EPT events including the Monte Carlo Grand Final.

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