Hit and Run: EPT Barcelona a Record Setter; Betfair and Paddy Power Talk Merger; Linq Reopens Poker Room


The 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event is the largest EPT main event tournament in the tour’s history. Paddy Power and Betfair might be the next gaming companies to join forces. New Jersey iGaming on pace for 25% YoY jump.

EPT Barcelona sets the record

It’s official, the 2015 EPT Barcelona is the largest Main Event tournament in EPT history.

1,214 players registered on Day 1b of the tournament on Tuesday, and when combined with the 459 players from Day 1a, the final tally was 1,673 entrants; 144 more than the 2010 PokerStars PCA.

Registration is still open until the start of Day 2 on Wednesday, so the official number will likely rise.

Quick Hitters

– Yet another mega-merger appears to be in the works in the gaming world. This time it’s Paddy Power and Betfair who are thinking about joining forces.

– Read Part Time Poker’s review of Zachary Elwood’s video poker tells series.

– An all too familiar theme in 2015 seems to be continuing, as yet another poker player has been called out for cheating/scamming/slowpaying. This time it’s little known tournament grinder Craig Bateman, who allegedly hasn’t paid his backers from the WSOP.

– The second  installment of PokerUpdate’s faux tournament, the Presidential Poker Open, is up on the site, and surprise, surprise, Donald Trump is the massive early chip leader.

– New Jersey’s legal online gambling sites are on pace for a 25% year over year increase thanks to an ascendant online casino market.

– The $25k buy-in High Roller tournament at the EPT Barcelona   was suppose to take just a single day to play, but the best laid plans of mice and men… And so, with three players remaining, Liv Boeree, Mark Teltscher, and Martin Finger, the tournament was paused and will resume on Thursday. The trio are fighting for some serious money, as first place is worth $865k.

– The Linq Poker Room in Las Vegas has reopened after 7 months.

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