PokerStars’ first EPT Monte Carlo event draws record attendance
The France Poker Series Main Event, the €1,100 buy-in tournament that kicks off the PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by the Casino de Monte-Carlo®, attracted 1,918 admissions on its four Day 1 flights, up more than a third from the last time the event took place.
It marks the triumphant return of the TPE in Monte Carlo after a three-year hiatus, demonstrating the pent-up demand for high-performance live poker finally returning after years of cancellations due to Covid.
The tournament, the finale of a regional French tour sponsored by PokerStars, is always a highlight on the calendar, usually attracting over a thousand entries with a mix of local players from France and Italy alongside a strong international audience.
This 2022 edition exceeded even those lofty expectations. A total of 999 unique players combined to enter the FPS Main. It represents a 35% growth from the 1,425 entries in its last iteration in 2019, and is 28% higher than the record of 1,501 set the previous year.
The total prize pool swelled to €1.84 million, with a top prize of €290,910.
FPS Main Event: Attendance History
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FPS always attracts a cosmopolitan set of players, and this edition was certainly no exception. Of the 999 people to participate, 59% of the field were from France and Italy; the others came from all over the world, with a total of 62 countries represented. Coronavirus concerns about international travel are certainly waning.
“TPE Monte-Carlo is a favorite for many,” said Severin Rasset, CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of PokerStars, just before the start of the festival. “We understand that these are uncertain times for everyone. The health and safety of our players and staff is paramount to our plans and we will continue to communicate openly with players as each event approaches. »
“Live events have always been a big part of PokerStars, and we can’t wait to get back to live and hope to see many of our players at events soon!”
The four flights of FPS Main attracted over 250 players, but it was on Day 1C that attendance soared, with nearly 1,000 entries stretching the Sporting Monte-Carlo concert and convention hall at full capacity.
Of those entries, 287 players returned for Day 2, which took place on Saturday, April 30. 62 players proceeded to Day 3, which is currently underway. That will play through to a final table, scheduled for Monday.
FPS Main event at TPE Monte Carlo: participation in day 1
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Meanwhile, the eyes go check out some of the other big tournaments that are gearing up for the PokerStars Live Festival. One of the program’s lowest buy-in tournaments, €550 FPS Cup, will end today; the 2200€ FPS High Roller starts Sunday and ends tomorrow.
Then the calendar makes room for official TPE Monte Carlo events. The €100,000 Super High Roller starts on Sunday and lasts three days, and the big highlight – the €5,300 buy-in TPE Main Event – starts on Monday and runs all week.
It will be the first time that a TPE where the PokerStars Championship event has been held in Monte Carlo since 2019. It is also one of the first events on the 2022 calendar, quickly following a successful TPE Prague held in March.
The company hopes this will mark the triumphant return of its world-renowned live tour after nearly all events in 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to the coronavirus.
TPE Monte Carlo 2022: major events
- €1,100 FPS Main Event: April 28 – May 2
- 550 € FPS Cup: April 30 – May 1
- €100,000 TPE Super High Roller: May 1-3
- €2,200 FPS High roller: May 1 to 2
- €5,300 TPE Main Event: May 2-7
- High Roller €50,000: May 3
- €25,000 TPE High Roller: May 5 – 7
PokerStars isn’t the only operator hoping this spring will be the start of a return to live poker normalcy. Like PRO reported last week, half a dozen operators have big plans in the coming months, including Winamax and Triton Poker stopping in Madrid, 888 and partypoker visiting Barcelona, and Unibet in Malta.
But it was perhaps PokerStars who put the most into play, not only announcing the return of the TPE – he will visit Barcelona and Prague later this year – but also resuming live regional tours. He announced the UKIPT will return to Dublin in May and sponsor the Summer Poker Festival in Malta; further announcements are expected soon.
The operator also announced the long-awaited second edition of the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). This has been beset by delays and cancellations due to the coronavirus. Rather than heading to Barcelona as originally planned, it will instead take place in the Bahamas, just like the very first edition held in January 2019.
This time it will be at a new resort, the Baha Mar, and will take place as part of a larger PokerStars Caribbean adventure (APC) festival in January 2023, is also set to make a comeback.
“We missed our live events as much as our players, so it is with great pleasure that we announce that the PokerStars Players Championship will take place in Baha Mar in January,” said Severin Rasset, CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of PokerStars. “Great place, hundreds of qualifiers, with millions to be won. If there is one tournament to choose for a unique experience, it will be the PSPC. We’ll have more details on how to get your hands on a Platinum Pass soon – stay tuned!”
TPE The Monte-Carlo is on now at the Monte-Carlo Sporting. It runs until May 7.