The start of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 10 is fast approaching, with EPT Barcelona due to kick off on 26th August, running through until 7th September. EPT Barcelona will conclude with a €5,000 + €300 Main Event, which will take place 1st – 7th September.
In anticipation of this renowned live poker tournament we took a look back at some of the greatest performances the event has ever seen.
Jason Mercier wowed the crowds at EPT San Remo when he turned an online qualifier into an €869,000 first place cash prize. Following his victory at the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final, he has also beaten the pros to the top of the Global Poker Index.
According to pokertruths.org Mercier finished second in the £100,000 Super High Roller as well as finishing in the top eight at the EPT Grand Final Main Event and won the €2,000 Open-Face Chinese event, to land him top of the GPI ranking.
Another player who achieved success on the EPT felt is Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. The former online StarCraft player made his live debut at the EPT Copenhagen Main Event in 2007, where he finished second for $399,953. After cementing his talents at the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and being signed to the prestigious Team PokerStars Pro, Bertrand went on to capture two High Roller titles at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid back in 2011 for a combined total of $1,006,308.
The most recent EPT Main Event winner is Steve O’Dwyer. Back in May of this year, O’Dwyer won the Season 9 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final for a prize worth €1,224,000. The Irish pro outperformed a talented final table, which included Mercier and Team PokerStar Pros Jake Cody and Daniel Negreanu.
O’Dwyer says his victory was down to him playing sensibly for the first few hands before becoming more daring in the heads-up match against Andrew Pantling. “My plan was to take it easy for the first hour or two hours and see how people were playing,” he said.
“I had no idea how I though Daniel (Negreanu), Noah (Schwartz) or Andrew (Pantling) would all play but I wanted to see what dynamics would develop before I got involved. I didn’t want to play any really bad hands or make loose raises in those first few hours so I could set a tight image that I was trying to ladder up. Also, I wanted to give myself a chance to see what hands were coming in,” added O’Dwyer.
The Irishman’s championship adds another EPT title to the United Kingdom, who tend to have the best luck when it comes to the tournament. 13 winners have hailed from Britain, closely followed by 12 from the United States and ten from Germany.