London, UK (April 4, 2016) – World Poker Tour® today announced that the WPT® National Tour will return to Iberia in Season XV with an innovative series of events presented by Multi Venue Series. The €675 + €75 buy-in, €1 million guaranteed MVS Presents: WPT® National Iberia Main Event will run at three different venues in Madrid, Algarve, and Barcelona from May 12-15.
The hosting venues – Gran Casino Madrid, Hotel Algarve Casino, and Casino Barcelona – will each run two starting flights on May 12 and 13, playing down until roughly 7 percent of the field is remaining at each venue on May 15th. Thanks to BRAVO’s top-of-the-line technology and Multi Venue Series’ innovations, the field will then combine at Gran Casino Madrid for the MVS Presents: WPT National Iberia Grand Finale from May 21-22 to crown a champion.
The next two editions of the MVS Presents: WPT National Iberia Main Event will conclude at Hotel Algarve Casino (October, 2016) and Casino Barcelona (January, 2017). The most recent WPT National Tour event in Spain attracted more than 500 entries, and recreational player Edu Garcia Freixa topped the field to earn €50,000.
“We are delighted that Casino Gran Madrid has been selected to host the first Grand Final of the MVS Presents: WPT National Iberia Main Event,” said Casino Gran Madrid Deputy Director, Paula Arriaga. “We are proud to work closely with three strong partners in the WPT, Multi-Venue Series, and BRAVO on this exciting project.”
Neil Barrett, Managing Director at LivingItLovingIt, the creators of the Multi Venue Series added, “We have listened to the needs of poker players for live events and the constant feedback received was that players have to choose their events carefully to manage their bankrolls. This format allows the players to select the nearest casino to them for the early stages of the tournament, reducing travel costs, and then move to the final host casino only when they are well into the money, which will cover the cost. It’s a tricky tournament to manage operationally, but the combination of BRAVO’s technical capabilities and WPT’s expert tournament direction makes this historic, groundbreaking event possible.”
“The introduction of the MVS Presents: WPT National Iberia Main Event is a testament to the World Poker Tour’s constant evolution, and the innovative partnerships the WPT has secured worldwide,” said Hermance Blum, Head of WPT Europe. “We have already experienced great success in Spain with both the WPT Main and National Tours, and we look forward to our first-ever event in Portugal as we bond together these two emerging markets to generate a massive prize pool for our players.”
WPT National Iberia Schedule
|May. 12 – 15, 2016
|WPT National Iberia Main Event – First Edition
|€675 + €75
|May. 21 – 22, 2016
|WPT National Iberia Grand Final at Gran Casino Madrid
|Oct. 13 – 16, 2016
|WPT National Iberia Main Event – Second Edition
|€675 + €75
|Oct. 22 – 23, 2016
|WPT National Iberia Grand Final at Hotel Algarve Casino
|Jan., 2017 TBC
|WPT National Iberia Main Event – Third Edition
|€675 + €75
|Jan., 2017 TBC
|WPT National Iberia Grand Final at Casino Barcelona
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*Hotel Algarve Casino replaced Casino Espinho on 4/14