27th of August 2013 Author: Glo Wood
PokerStars has been responsible for almost half a billion Euros in payouts over the course of nine years and this week they took a look back.
On the ebb of its tenth season, EPT president Edgar Stuchly thought back to when the Tour got its start back in 2004. It all started with a 229-player event in Casino de Barcelona which paid €80,000 to one Swedish player, Alex Stevic.
Since 2004 the EPT has stopped in 16 countries and hosted 1,095 events and 111,389 players.
Stuchly believes the popularity of the tour is down to innovation and meeting player needs with the addition of poker variants such as Pot Limit Omaha, Open-Face Chinese and Win the Button.
New ideas continue into the tenth season with online qualifiers, the range and more online satellites. The buy-ins and formats vary. There will also be increased guarantees on satellites that take place on each Sunday during the qualification period for every event with ten seats guaranteed on average for the majority of the events.
EPTLive webcasts will capture this year's activity straight from EPT Barcelona beginning with the Super High Roller event on Friday August 30 and ending with the Main Event on Saturday September 7.
Viewers in 50 countries in 13 languages will have viewing access. Aside from the table coverage there will also be pro interviews and player competitions plus Facebook and Twitter share buttons and plus auto-replay and rewind buttons.
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