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The Main Event Kicks Off at Noon


The inaugural PokerStars Championship Barcelona continues today with its premier event: the €5,300 Main Event. At noon local time (in about 90 minutes), play kicks off in Casino Barcelona. PokerNews will be your one-stop shop for all the live updates, photos, and videos from the Catalonian capital.

The sunny festival in Spain is always a very popular stop with the players, and 2017 is no different. Attendance records have been shattered over the weekend, with a massive 4,557 entries in the €1,100 National Championship, the Estrellas Main Event successor.

Last year, Sebastian Malec bested a field of 1,785 players, taking home €1,122,800. John Juanda, Tim Middleton, Carter Philips and Sebastian Ruthenberg are just some of the other legends that triomphed here in Barcelona.

Day 1A will see eight 75-minute levels on the schedule, with players beginning with 30,000 in tournament chips and the blinds kicking off at 50/100. There will be a 75-minute dinner break at the end of Level 6, and play should wrap up around 11:55 p.m. tonight.

The cards will be in the air shortly, so be sure to keep it locked right here to all day long.

PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event Champions

1September2004229€1,000Alexander StevicSweden€80,000
2September2005327€4,000Jan BoubliFrance€416,000
3September2006480€5,000Bjørn-Erik GlenneNorway€691,000
4August2007543€8,000Sander LyloffDenmark€1,170,700
5September2008619€8,000Sebastian RuthenbergGermany€1,361,000
6September2009478€8,000Carter PhillipsUnited States€850,000
7November2010757€5,000Kent LundmarkSweden€825,000
8August2011811€5,000Martin SchleichGermany€850,000
9August20121,082€5,000Mikalai PobalBelarus€1,007,550
10September20131,234€5,000Tom MiddletonUnited Kingdom€942,000
11August20141,496€5,000Andre LettauGermany€794,058
12August20151,694€5,000John JuandaIndonesia€1,022,593
13August20161,785€5,000Sebastian MalecPoland€1,122,800
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