LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2012) - The ninth season of the European Poker Tour kicked off in Barcelona on 19 August starting a tour that promises to be better organised and work to an improved schedule with more poker over fewer stops. Jackpot City has the full low down of all the action and what to look out for over the course of the tour.
American poker player Dan Smith has already won a small fortune. After a successful start to the year, the young American took down the EUR50,000 Super High Roller in Barcelona on Saturday night taking home EUR962,925; the first jackpot of this year's tournament. Smith beat well-known Mexican pro player JC Alvarado who went out with a tidy EUR788,674.
The first event of the season was also Spain's richest. It was hardly surprising therefore that a huge number of players flocked to the cultural hotspot from all over the world. 55 players entered the Super High Roller game, bringing the total prize pool to more than EUR3 million thanks to nine EUR48,500 're-loads'.
This is Smith's biggest single win of his gambling career. However 2012 has been a year of many big wins for the Canadian-based player. He took home more than AU$1 million in January at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He's won three separate EUR5,000 buy-in games and placed third in a $5,000 NL event on this year's World Series of Poker receiving $368,943.
The Spanish event continues until 25 August and will be followed up with the second six-day event from 3-11 October in San Remo, Italy. After that the tournament moves onto the Czech Republic in December, the Bahamas in January, France in February, the UK in March, Germany in April and the grand final will take place in Monaco from 6-15 May 2013.
Season eight saw 8,397 players of 85 different nationalities battle it out for a total prize pool of EUR46,700,915. There were 14 stops on that tour and Ondrej Vinklarek was crowned Player of the Year.
Anyone can qualify for the European Poker Tour Main Event with PokerStars. Jackpot City advises European Poker Tour hopefuls to brush up on their skills on its user-friendly online casino first where up to £500 free cash is available with big value deposits.