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EPT Grand Final Numbers Down 20 Percent

PokerStars Flagship Monte Carlo Event Sees Dip In Numbers For Fourth Year

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This year’s €10,000 + €600 buy in PokerStars European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final attracted 531 players, down a significant 20 percent on last year’s 665 runners.

The prize pool and payouts have yet to be revealed but will be well below the €6,650,000 from last year of which €1,350,000 was paid out to Moshin Charania.

It is the fourth consecutive year numbers have fallen for the main event which saw 686 players in 2011, 848 in 2010 and 935 in 2009.

This year PokerStars reduced the number of European Poker Tour events from 13 to eight but increased the number of tournaments at each event with 50 to choose from at this year’s Grand Final festival. this strategy will continue for season 10.

Day 2 at the Grand Final sees 268 players return with Victor Sbrissa from Brazil leading the charge as chip leader followed closely by Noah Schwartz from the USA and his fellow countryman Calvin Anderson.

Other notable players still in the hunt include John Juanda, Tom Marchese, Alec Torelli, Dan O’Brien, Vicky Coren, Freddy Deeb, Victor Ramdin, Marcel Luske, Jason Mercier, Justin Bonomo, Tobias Reikenmeier, Humberto Brenes, Daniel Negreanu, Jake Cody, Barry Greenstein, Alex Kravchenko, and Luca Pagano.