EPT12 Barcelona: How big? Try 500 percent for size

August 27, 2015

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We all know that this festival in Barcelona has been big, but we all knew that it was big last time as well, so what’s the big deal, huh? Well, Rodrigo Gómez, one of our media co-ordinators, put all the key figures from some of the landmark events this week in a spreadsheet and calculated the percentage increases, year-on-year-on-year.

The full details are in the table below, but what this shows is more than just context-free numbers. It shows the growth of these events through the past three years.

In the case of the Main Event, the numbers in the €5,300 flagship tournament have moved steadily upward. The Main Event of Season 11 was 21 percent bigger than it was in Season 10, and this year’s tournament represented an increase of 13 percent on last year. Over two seasons, that’s a 37 percent increase, which is bonkers.

But that’s just the start of it. When the Barcelona Cup started on Season 10, the €330 buy in event attracted 469 runners. But over the past couple of years, the poker players of Barcelona have gone side-event crazy and this year that same tournament got 3,011. That’s a 542 percent increase in two years. Is this real life?

While all events have increased precipitously, it’s notable that the two biggest increases have been at the cheapest and the most expensive end. The €50,000 Super High Roller has also grown by 113 percent over three years. Is poker polarising?

Here’s the raw data:

Estrellas Main Event €1,100
year Field Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 1798 € 1,744,060 € 169,136
EPT11 2569 € 2,483,200 € 198,550 43
EPT12 3292 € 3,292,000 € 491,000 28 83
Super High Roller EPT €50,000
year Entries Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 51 € 2,448,765 € 771,300
EPT11 77 € 3,697,155 € 960,434 51
EPT12 99 € 4,801,500 € 1,224,000 29 94
EPT Main Event €5,300
year Field Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 1234 € 5,984,900 € 924,000
EPT11 1496 € 7,255,600 € 1,261,000 21
EPT12 1694 € 8,470,000 € 1,420,500 13 37
Barcelona Cup €330
year Field Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 469 € 136,479 € 30,780
EPT11 2095 € 628,500 € 101,000 347
EPT12 3011 € 903,300 € 135,600 44 542
Women’s event €220
year Field Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 86 € 25,026 € 6,880
EPT11 102 € 19,788 € 5,250 19
EPT12 148 € 28,712 € 6,890 45 72
Estrellas High Roller €2,000
year Field Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase Two-year % increase
EPT10 521 € 934,935 € 179,400
EPT11 802 € 1,558,800 € 293,000 54
EPT12 1055 € 2,046,700 € 372,500 32 102
High Roller EPT €10,000
year Entries Prize pool 1st Prize One-year % increase
EPT10 180 € 1,764,000 € 390,700
EPT11 491 € 381,400 € 747,200 173

You can follow all the action from the various tournament floors on PokerStars Blog. The Main Event action will be on the Main Event page. And everything from the side events is on the side events page. It will be busy over there today. There’s also EPT Live for your video-based needs.

You can also begin plotting your own bid for EPT glory by downloading the PokerStars client and having a crack. Follow this EPT event via the EPT app. There you will get all the latest news, chip counts and payouts. You can download it on Android or IOS.

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