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Ivan Freitez Wins European Poker Tour Grand Final

Ivan Freitez Wins European Poker Tour Grand Final

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 15, 2011


With the doors of major online-poker sites closing to players in the United States on Black Friday, the season-seven European Poker Tour Grand Final stood as a test to see just how far the European poker boom has come. The Grand Final found itself outside the confines of cozy and glamorous Monte Carlo, having moved to the industrious and sprawling capital city of Spain, Madrid. The crown jewel of tournament poker in Europe saw its attendance dip a bit from last year, from 848 players to 686, while the number of PokerStars qualifiers declined slightly, from 394 to 303. Yet, U.S. players constituted 18 percent of the tournament field, more than any other country, with host country Spain contributing 9 percent of the players and neighboring France supplying 8 percent, to round out the top three. The large buy-in of €10,600 still ensured that there was a huge prize pool ...

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