Approximately $27.2 million in prizes were won at the just ended Monte Carlo stop on the European Poker Tour (EPT).
The big winner was France’s Nicholas Dumont who won €712,000 and a $30,000 Platinum Pass for winning the Main Event. In a massive boilover David Peters and Patrik Antonius bombed out on the final table and it was the drive instructor from Paris who won the tournament.
The European Poker Tour is a live poker tournament sponsored by the PokerStars brand of The Stars Group and is one of the biggest live poker tours in the world.
In all, about 1,915 unique players from 83 different countries participated in the event. The game produced 8,170 entries across 42 tournaments.
A total of 777 players were on the field of the €5,300 buy-in EPT Main Event with the winner receiving €712,000.
The winner of the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event received €1,520,000 after generating a total prize pool of €4,462,920
The main motive behind PokerStars sponsoring live events like the European Poker Tour is to create brand awareness and promote the poker game worldwide. It is also to promote the company’s online poker offerings.
With the online offerings, players are able to compete for online packages to take part in these events. PokerStars gave out seven Platinum Passes to participants at the EPT Monte Carlo to take part in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC).
The Platinum Pass, which worth $30,000 comes with an amount of $2,000 for travel and expenses, the buy-in and accommodation at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.
The PSPC, which will take place in the Bahamas in January 2019 is a $25,000 buy-in tournament.
In addition, three standard PSPC packages were awarded through a qualification tournament at the EPT Monte Carlo. The package includes a single $25,000 buy-in to the PSPC.
The EPT has stopped in Bahamas and Sochi and will later in the year stop in Barcelona and Prague.
The Stars Group brands with its millions of registered customers worldwide make up the world’s largest poker business.
The company has also in recent years branched out into both sports betting, including big budget purchases of Crownbet and William Hill in Australia, and online casino, with these operations mainly running in regulated European markets.