The Spanish city of Barcelona is emerging as one of the world’s poker capitals.
Ninety-three players gathered in the city’s Casino Barcelona last month for the European Poker Tour Super High Roller Tournament, which opened with table stakes of €50,000 (US$56,400). It was just one of 71 tournaments hosted in the Catalan capital this year, attracting 4,000 players from 150 countries.
Considering that it’s been only 12 years since poker was legalized in Catalonia, the turn of events has been remarkable.
“Barcelona has been a fixture on the EPT schedule since the very first season and its popularity is demonstrated by the increase in player numbers each year,” said tour President Edgar Stuchly.
Barcelona, along with Malta, Prague, Dublin and Monaco, will host the EPT until at least 2017.