By Matthew Marietta, Rakeback.com Executive Editor
The PokerStars European Poker Tour Main Event in Barcelona attracted 1,234 entries from 64 different countries. The winner will pick up just over €1m of the nearly €6m prize pool.
Players in the €5,300 buy in event have enjoyed competing against some of the biggest celebrities in the poker world. Daniel Negreanu lasted less than a day, and now that Day 4 has whittled the field down to 80 players, it’s the online tournament pros who dominate the field.
22 players who qualified through PokerStars satellites remain in the hunt. 28 others who are PokerStars regulars and the one remaining Team pro - Christophe De Meulder - mean that over 60% of the players still in with a chance of the €1m first prize are PokerStars players.
Christophe De Meulder is a German PokerStars Team Pro, and his home country produced the largest proportion of players at this year’s event. 138 of the 1,234 entries came from Germany, outpacing second place Spain with 105. Russia joined Spain in the number two position also with 105 entries.
The recurrence of the same names and faces at the top of tournament prize rankings is an indication of the high level of skill that this poker discipline demands. Tournament strategy is often counter intuitive, and understanding the difference between tourneys and cash games is critical to success.
Lots of practice is needed to be in with a chance of a seven figure score. The blessing of the internet means that the route to success is now available to every potential champion through online tournaments.
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