The primary focus of any event on the European Poker Tour (EPT) is always going to be the poker itself, and it’s easy to see why with many millions of euros on the line. However, EPT festivals are always packed with activities away from the tables too — and everyone attending this year’s EPT Barcelona should look out for a heap of special events to complement the poker, for players and guests alike.
You can ride paddle boards and catamarans, sample champagne and enjoy a summer fiesta. And if all of that sounds too energetic, there are drinks receptions and parties for you to mingle, relax and make the most of the luxurious surroundings.
6pm-8pm – Arts Hotel Rooftop
All PokerStars players, plus their friends and family, are invited to an opening welcome drinks in the rooftop bar of the Arts Hotel. Get to know your fellow players, as well as many of the PokerStars representatives in Barcelona, to exchange stories, share your preparation tips, and generally socialise before you all become sworn enemies at the tables.
Daily – 10.30am
It won’t escape your notice when you head to EPT Barcelona that the casino is right beside the sea. Specifically, those are the warm waters of the Mediterranean, and this is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for a combined beach and city vacation.
Every day at 10.30am, EPT players and guests are invited to try paddle-boarding around Port Olimpic — a chance to test your balance and explore the ocean, under the careful instruction and supervision of qualified instructors.
There are five slots available every morning for an hour-long trip, so get signed up and enjoy.
POKERSTARS SUMMER FIESTA
5pm – Mas Vidrier
The sumptuous Villa Mas Vidrier is the location for an evening of fun and games, hosted by Team PokerStars Ambassadors.
Up to 50 players will be divided into eight teams, who will then compete in a series of team games. It’s going to be more along the lines of Gladiators than the Olympics, but the spirit of competition will run deep.
There’s a swimming pool and a terraces to relax, with BBQ and drinks provided, plus a DJ from 5pm to 11pm. Transport will be provided for the 30-minute journey to the venue and back.
And there are prizes. Of course there are prizes. The winning team will be invited to play a crazy pineapple flipout between them, where each of them will be guaranteed a prize. The winner will get a €1,100 seat to a Main Event on a regional poker tour of the player’s choice (UKIPT, Estrellas, Eureka, etc.).
The runner-up will get a €400 ticket for a Road To PSPC Main Event of the player’s choice, while all the other team-mates will receive a $109 online satellite ticket to a regional tour event.
That’s a pretty amazing line-up of prizes for the winning team. And you have to be in it to win it.
Winning team prizes
1st – Regional main Players Choice seat €1,100
2nd – Road to PSPC Main event players choice seat €400
3rd – 7th – €109 to Regional Tour online sat ticket
CATAMARAN BRUNCH EXCURSION
August 12, 14 & 19
11am – 2pm
Your chance to sample the real ocean high life. What could be better than spending three hours sailing on a catamaran on the Med, just outside Barcelona?
The sun will be shining, the sea will be blue — and there will be a lavish brunch laid on for all sailors.
There are three trips, on the 12th, 14th and 19th, all leaving at 11am. There’s space for 70 on board, so be sure to book your place.
Then bring a sunhat, suncream and bathing suit. It’s a trip not to be missed.
7.30pm – CDLC nightclub
PokerStars events are famous for their players parties, where everyone is invited for a night of food, drink, mingling and dancing. The venue this time is the CDLC nightclub, just across from Casino Barcelona, where all players and guests are invited.
If past parties are anything to go by, this is an event not to be missed — and the perfect chance to round off your trip to Barcelona in style.
CHAMPAGNE TASTING AND TOUR
6pm – Codorniu Cellar
This is an exclusive chance to visit Barcelona’s amazing Codorniu wine cellar and taste some delicious champagne.
The trip includes a tour of the historical buildings and cellar where visitors will learn about the process that goes into producing some of the finest drinks in the region.
It ends with the chance to taste for yourself.
Transport to and from the cellar will be provided.
FULL DETAILS OF BARCELONA PLAYER EXPERIENCE
Players on the EPT are always looked after. PokerStars has a whole team of dedicated on-site personnel who aim to make a trip to Europe’s leading poker tour as memorable as possible. Here’s what players can look forward to in Barcelona:
PokerStars Online Qualifiers
Complimentary transfer on arrival (full package winners)
Welcome gift in hotel room on arrival (full package winners)
Unique EPT merchandise
Dedicated liaison hosts throughout the event
€30 F&B voucher to spend in the venue
PokerStars merchandise for all players
Player feedback survey with Spin the Wheel prizes*
Complimentary off the felt activities on your day off including catamaran trip and paddle-boarding
Poker Guests Community
Welcome meet up drinks (Arts Hotel rooftop)
Champagne tasting & tour (Codorniu)
Complimentary transfer on arrival
Free F&B during play (€25k+ events)
Three nights free hotel when playing €100k event/booking via PSTravel
50% rake refund when pre reg/seated at the start of €25k events
Dedicated VIP host liaison
Fast track re-entry from the tables
*Anyone completing a PokerStars feedback survey is invited to spin the wheel, where a prize is guaranteed. These include everything from a PokerStars-branded bag, an EPT Barcelona T-shirt and baseball cap, to exclusive luggage and €100 shopping vouchers.