Los Angeles, CA (March 18, 2019) – World Poker Tour® this week completed the record-breaking WPT® Barcelona festival, powered by partypoker LIVE, at Casino Barcelona. Each of the respective WPT-branded events set records for field size in Europe. The WPT500, WPTDeepStacks™, and WPT Main Tour offerings combined to attract 5,098 entries. In total, the three events dispersed more than €6.72 million from the accumulated prize pools, topping the €5 million guaranteed.
Vitalijs Zavorotnijs defeated 1,227 entries to win the WPT Main Event, and the €600,000 first-place prize along with a $15,000 seat to the Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions. Zavorotnijs became the first Latvian player to win a WPT Main Tour event, and notched his win besting the second-largest WPT Main Tour field of Season XVII in what was the largest WPT Main Event ever held in Europe.
The WPT Barcelona Main Event final table included six players from six different nations, including: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Latvia, Lebanon, and Sweden.
Lukasz Fraczek opened the WPT Barcelona festival by winning the WPT500 event versus a field of 2,763 entries. Fraczek earned €215,000 for conquering the biggest WPT500 field in European history.
To conclude the WPT Barcelona festival, Simon Brandstrom won the WPTDeepStacks event for €270,000 against the fifth-largest field in WPTDeepStacks history of 1,232 entries.
“Casino Barcelona is exceptionally pleased with the success of the WPT Barcelona festival,” said Raul Horta, of Casino Barcelona. “We are already looking forward to the next festival with the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE, and hope to set more records then.”
“There is no doubt that the partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE is one that benefits the players, and we thank them for their support in Barcelona,” said John Duthie, President of partypoker LIVE.
“The World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE are excited for the Season XVIII festival with additional features in place to enhance the player experience,” Hermance Blum, WPT VP Europe, said. “Thanks to the diligence of Casino Barcelona, and the patience of our amazing players, we were able to make this first festival a massive success.”
The World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE’s partnership continues in Season XVIII with events that will be announced at a later date. For more information about the World Poker Tour, visit WPT.com.
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About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 17th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XVII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. ClubWPT.com is a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to WPT.com.
partypoker.com is one of the oldest, most recognised and trusted online poker brands. Launched in August 2001, partypoker.com is one of the pioneers of the online poker industry. Every day, thousands of players take a seat at our tables to enjoy cash games, generous tournament prize pools and attractive promotions. Accessible online via web and download or on mobile with iOS and android apps, players can also experience real life partypoker events through their partnership with Dusk Till Dawn Casino, Nottingham, Playground poker club, Montreal or at other partner venues around the world.
partypoker is the leading poker brand of GVC Holding PLC (LSE: GVC), a global online gaming company. GVC Holdings PLC is a leading e-gaming operator in both b2c and b2b markets. GVC has four main product verticals and its core brands are Betboo, Sportingbet, bwin, partypoker, partycasino and Foxy Bingo. GVC acquired bwin.party digital entertainment plc on 1 February 2016. The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man and has licenses in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Denmark, Germany (Schleswig-Holstein), Spain, Malta, Denmark, UK, South Africa, and the Dutch Caribbean.
About partypoker LIVE
partypoker LIVE was created in January 2017 as a global poker tour, with the aim of bringing large field, high guarantee tournaments to players all over the world. Within just 12 months the partypoker LIVE tour has grown into the world’s largest ever poker tour, and is guaranteeing over $200,000,000 in the 2018/2019 season.
Through the new player portal, mypartypokerlive.com, poker players from around the world can get quick access to global poker satellite and schedule information as well as follow live event reporting, watch hundreds of poker videos and earn member rewards.
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