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European Poker Tour -- Barcelona Main Event Begins Friday

Card Player Will Be There at the Event with Live Updates

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Day 1A at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona main event will begin at 12:30 p.m. CEST (3:30 a.m. PDT) in Spain on Friday, Sept. 4. The no-limit hold’em tournament features an €8,000 buy-in, and there will be two day-1 flights. The final table will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and it begins at 2 p.m. local time (6 a.m. PDT).

This is the second stop for season six on the EPT. The first stop in Kiev attracted 296 players, and the champion was Maxim Lykov. The 2009 EPT Barcelona event will look to top the field of 619 players who played last season. Sebasatian Ruthenberg will look to defend his title; he won in Barcelona last year and took home €1,361,000 in prize money.

Players will begin with 30,000 in tournament chips, and registration is capped at 700 entrants. Blinds will begin at 50-100, and levels will be 60 minutes long on day 1. Levels will increase to 75 minutes in length thereafter.

Here is a look at the schedule for EPT Barcelona:

Friday, Sept. 4: Day 1A
Saturday, Sept. 5: Day 1B
Sunday, Sept. 6: Day 2
Monday, Sept. 7: Day 3
Tuesday, Sept. 8: Day 4
Wednesday, Sept. 9: Final table

2008 EPT Barcelon Champion Sebastian RuthenbergPast Champions:

Season One: Alexander Stevic
Season Two: Jan Boubli
Season Three: Bjorn-Erik Glenne
Season Four: Sander Lylloff
Season Five: Sebastian Ruthenberg

2008 EPT Barcelona Open

Buy-in: €8,000
Number of entrants: 619
Prize pool: €4,952,000
First-place prize: €1,361,000
Places paid: 64

2008 Final-Table Results

1st — Sebastian Ruthenberg
2nd — Fintan Gavin
3rd — Davidi Kitai
4th — Daniele Mazzia
5th — Dren Ukella
6th — Jason Mercier
7th — Samuel Chartier
8th — Martin Nielsen

Card Player will be at Casino Barcelona all week, beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., when live action begins at EPT Barcelona. Check out CardPlayer.com for live updates, chips counts, photos, and player interviews from Spain.