Over the last few years, the World Poker Tour, PokerStars, and Party Poker have all put their weight behind high-stakes European tournaments. From the WPT Slovakia to the EPT Moscow, numerous new events of proven pedigree have emerged across the continent. Thanks to the UIGEA, opportunities for new tournaments in the U.S. have stagnated, forcing the major poker companies to test new ground around the world.
One of the major online forces yet to cultivate a large European presence is Full Tilt, but that all seems set to change thanks to the Full Tilt Poker Series – España. This four stage festival got underway last month in the Casino Grand Madrid, over June 19th – 21st. The hotly contested €1500 ($2133) buy-in event was won by Spaniard Ruben Merino Velasco. The young player has only a handful of live tournament cashes, with the €100,000 ($139,439) first place prize easily the biggest win of his career.
Event #2 is scheduled to take place in Casino Torrequebrada in Malaga, from August 14th – 18th. It will be another €1500 + €150 tournament with €150,000 guaranteed. If you want to test your skills under the hot Spanish sun then there are tri-weekly satellites on Full Tilt Poker at 14:15 ET. Every Tuesday and Thursday there are $100 + $9 satellites with two seats awarded and a $200 + $16 Sunday satellite with at least three seats on offer. Each prize package is worth €3,000 and includes the buy-in and spending money. Satellites for Event #2 end on August 2nd.
The penultimate event in the Full Tilt Poker Series – España will be the final €1500 event. From October 2nd – 4th at the Gran Casino Barcelona players will compete for their share of another $150,000 guarantee. Satellites for this event will run from August 2nd to September 20th.
The series will culminate with the Grand Final Main Event on December 2nd – 6th at the Casino Gran Madrid. This €3,000 + €300 buy-in tournament features a huge €550,000 guarantee. Satellites for the Grand Final will begin on September 27th and run until November 22nd.