Season 10 of the European Poker Tour kicked off this past weekend in Barcelona, Spain. The festival’s €5,300 Main Event is underway, and you can follow the updates our live blog.
One name that keeps popping up during the tournament is Skrill. That's not a player, but an online payment solutions company that aims to evolve “the way people pay and get paid globally.”
The company’s website provides a bit more information on Skrill, which rebranded from Moneybookers back in 2010:
“Skrill has been moving money digitally since 2001. We offer online payment solutions for businesses and consumers, allowing them to pay and get paid globally. Over 36 million account holders already trust Skrill. Our customers can send and receive money worldwide in 200 countries and 40 currencies, securely and at low cost, without revealing their personal financial details. Your business will benefit from our worldwide payment network with over 100 payment options. Whether through a simple one-step integration or a fully-tailored payment solution. Whoever you are, however you like to pay or get paid, trust Skrill to make your online payments simpler, faster and safer.”
Headquartered in London, Skrill is looking to make its presence known in the poker world with a commitment to customer satisfaction through innovation and service. Not only that, the company is looking to become a trusted and respected member of the poker community.
One way Skrill is fostering this is through the Skrill Last Longer Competition, which will be held at each stop on this season’s EPT. The promotion is simple – players sign up for the promotion either online (preregistration is available) or at the Skrill booth (which will be present at each stop); don a Skrill patch; and then aim to be the final man or woman standing. The last player remaining will be awarded the €5,300 tournament buy-in back, which will be deposited in their Skrill account.
For the EPT Barcelona Main Event, more than 200 players signed up for the promotion, and of those 106 made it through to Day 2. Some notable players who are a part of the competition include Dominik Nitsche, Konstantin Puchkov and Carlos Mora Alvarez, the man who eliminated famed footballer Gerard Piqué from the EPT Barcelona Main Event.
While Skrill is upping the ante for Season 10 with a bigger branding initiative, this isn’t the company's first appearance on the EPT; as a matter of fact, it was a sponsor of Season 8 and have held previous “Last Longer” promotions (the most successful being in EPT Copenhagen when one of the participants took second).
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be keeping an eye on the latest incarnation of the Skrill Last Longer throughout the duration of the EPT Barcelona Main Event, so be sure to follow the progress in our live blog.