The amount €630,000 and a quite lengthy jail term is something surely no professional poker pro ever wants to pay for, so next time if you're good enough to win such a hefty amount at any poker event, then the humongous tax you're about to pay is something you should be happy to part with, or else...suffer the dire consequences.
The 10th season of PokerStars European Poker Tour kicks off today in Barcelona, Spain (click here to find out what's new for the 10th season). The Festival will run August 26 - September 7, 2013 and the whole event will (once again) take place in an annexe of the Casino de Barcelona at Hotel Arts Barcelona, which offers plenty of space for the particpants.
A total of 249 players signed up for the season XI World Poker Tour Barcelona main event earlier this week and yesterday, after four days of play, the final six battled it out on the final table. Characy Khun, from Canada, sat down at the final table with the largest stack and, believe it or not, he eliminated every single opponent during seven levels of play to lay hands on the first place prize of $258,448 - the largest cash of his career!
The final table of the World Poker Tour main event is set after 4 days of play. The six finalists (no notables) are already guaranteed $47,813 each but, of course, the $258,448 first prize (+a seat in the WPT Final) will make sure that everyone play their very best game and make it an interesting final table! Below are the finalists:
1 Chanracy Khun (picture) 2,393,000 2 Benjamin Pollak 1,899,000 3 Tahiri Hassani Najib 1,636,000 4 Bruno Garcia Cotelo 722,000 5 Sergio Fernandez 548,000 6 Antonio Alfaia 273,000 Average Chip Count: 1,245,000
A total of 55 players entered (nine €48,500 re-loads) entered the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (€50,000 buy-in), which generated a total prize pool of €3,072,960 - the richest tournament ever held in Spain! It ended up being Dan Smith, 23, who took home the tournament for impressive €962,925 after defeating well-known Mexican pro JC Alvarado, 27, heads up.
A new season of PokerStars European Poker Tour is luring around the corner. The ninth season features eight stops on the calendar, including PokerStars Caribbean Adventure from January 6-15 and the EPT Grand final in Monaco in May. There will be more tournaments at each event, with a wider choice of games and buy-in levels than ever before.
Last week, around 200 people gathered in downtown Madrid to protest against the construction of Sheldon Adelson's Eurovegas complex in their city. Adelson, CEO for Las Vegas Sands and the 14th wealthiest person in the world, will choose either Madrid or Barcelona as the location for the Las Vegas's sands next project - a $21 billion entertainment complex that includes 6 casinos and 12 hotels.
A brand new season of the EPT (European Poker Tour) started yesterday. The first event is held in Barcelona and after day 1A we have already seen a few poker pros being sent to the rails. Here are some of the bigger names that busted out after day 1A:
Dave “DevilFish” Ulliot David Williams Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi Greg “Fossilman” Raymer Annette Obrestad Vicky Coren Vanessa Rousso