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EMOP Barcelona Begins Today; Qualify Now for Grand Final

Largest Stop so Far of European Masters of Poker Begins Today


In Barcelona today, up to 500 players will be taking part in the largest stop yet of the European Masters of Poker (EMOP), each hoping for a generous slice of the €500,000 prize pool. The €1,150 buy-in event will run until Sat., Aug. 1 before moving onto Vittoriosa in Malta in September for the final leg where there is likely to be an even bigger prize pool of €750,000.

The leader board competition running alongside the events makes it that bit more exciting with five percent taken from each tournaments prize pool, and split between the top 15 players after all five tournaments are completed.

First place is estimated to be €25,000, plus a watch worth €10,000 if he/she has earned 25,000 VIP points between Jan. 1, 2009, and the start of the final event. The prize pool is now €40,580, and there is still everything to play for with 20 to 30 points awarded for a top 15 finish.

The final table of the EMOP in Prague included EMOP Bulgaria champ Reuven Dayan, this helped to push him to the top of the leader board. He sits there currently with 55 points, and Finns Sami Ollia and EMOP Estonia winner Johanna Pyysing are next with 45 points.

The €1,500 + €150 buy-in Maltese finale will run from Sept. 23 to 26 and qualifications are now running for as little as €2 or 200 VIP points across the Entraction network. The Tour’s premium partners include i4poker, Pokerihuone, Pinnacle Sports, KickOffPoker, DailyPoker, GoldWin Poker, and 24hPoker.

Every Sunday at 7.40 p.m. (CET), the €100 Sunday Main Qualifier will give away at least six packages worth €1,800. There are nine daily satellites to the qualifier every day across the Entraction Network. Four packages are guaranteed each Wednesday in the €100 Wednesday Main Qualifier at 7.40 p.m., for which there are five daily satellites to.

Vladislav Shuravin from Russia was the last champ. He took €39,675 home from Prague after making a deal while five-handed. This stop attracted 258 players and generated a prize pool of €258,000.