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Estrellas Poker Tour (Part 1)

This is the first of the 5-part series about Spanish Poker Tour. We will look at the biggest and most significant events of the tour. We start with the first time Spanish Poker Tour was announced.

Estrellas Poker Tour (2010)

We go back to 2010. Online poker is on the rise, Pokerstars has been running their European Poker Tour since 2004 and have already introduced Asia Pacific Poker as well as Latin American Poker Tours in 2007. By that time Pokerstars decided to add more local series – ANZPT (Australia and New Zealand), UKIPT (UK and Ireland), IPT (Italy), RSP (Russia), FPS (France) as well as Estrellas Poker Tour (Spain).

The first season of the Estrellas Poker Tour aka The Spanish Poker Tour was scheduled to run three stops – Malaga (April 8-11), Alicante (May 27-30) and Madrid (July 8-12).

Malaga

  • Events – 2
  • Running – April 8-11, 2010
  • Main Event attendance – 261
  • Main Event (in the money) – 32
  • Prizepool – €228,000

The first ever ESPT Event was held in Malaga. Along with side events, there was a 3-day €910 +€90 Main Event. It attracted 261 players (it still remains as the smallest event of the series). Since then, player pools and prize pools have quadrupled.

Out of 261 players at ESPT Malaga generated €228,010 prize pool with 32 players were promised cash. First winner of the Spanish Poker Tour was Vedast Sanxis who had beaten Fabian Deimann from Germany.

Here are Top 15 payouts of the event:

ESPT S1 E1 payouts

While the winner Sanxis does not seem to have continued with live poker, for the runner-up Deimann it was the first ever cash and he used the money to spin up his poker career. No spoilers, but let’s just say that you will be hearing from him a lot throughout this series of articles.

Alicante

  • Events – 2
  • Running – May 27-30, 2010
  • Main Event attendance – 305
  • Main Event (in the money) – 40
  • Prizepool – €228,000

 The second stop of the ESPT Season one was held in Alicante, a popular holiday destination on the coast of Mediterranean Sea. The poker festival ran on May 27-30. Compared to the first event, Alicante saw a significant growth. For example, Main €910 +€90 Event had 305 entries.

Overall, 40 players were promised to share the €266,448 prize pool they created. The winner of this event was a local, Jose Antonio Martinez Gonzales who took home €70,148 and showed he’s a true winner after he said ““I came here to win and I’ve done it. The level of players was very high so I realize I’ve also had a lot of luck.” While the winner doesn’t have any more big wins in his record, the runner-up of the event Juan Maceiras has made a career for himself.

Here are Top 15 payouts of the event:

ESPT S1 E2 payouts

Not only he won over €40,000, he kept playing as a sponsored Pokerstars Pro to this day. Overall, Maceiras has accumulated over $1 million in live cashes. Another ESPT Alicante Final Tableist Juan Manuel Pastor (finished 6th for €12,000) also has a similar story.

Madrid

  • Events – 3
  • Running – July 8-12, 2010
  • Main Event attendance – 291
  • Main Event (in the money) – 32
  • Prizepool – €228,000

In July Pokerstars held the final event of their first season in Madrid. The capital of Spain saw a small decline in attendance since the ESPT Alicante. ESPT Madrid Main Event registered 291 entries to generate a total of €254,219 prize pool.

It’s funny how the same theme continues. The winner of the event, a Spaniard Marc Colome claimed €67,000 and it’s his only tacked live cash in a poker tournament. The runner-up Adrian Veghinas, however, still plays to this day and has accumulated over $165,000 to this day.

Here are Top 15 payouts of the event:

ESPT S1 E3 payouts

There were a lot of lessons to be learned from the first season. Pokerstars promised to return next year better and much bigger. If you’re interested in how did the second ESPT season go, let’s continue?