EPT By the Numbers: Luca Pagano, Brits Dominate Stats

Luca Pagano
Luca Pagano

Who made the most final tables, who won the biggest prize and why could the search for a double-title winner have been over in a matter of weeks instead of 10 years?

Read on to find out.

Season 11 of the European Poker Tour kicks off in Barcelona on Aug. 16 and is a milestone in European poker history.

After 10 years and 99 EPT main events, the numbers and data have piled up and to celebrate we’re summing up some of the most interesting info for you below.

It may just surprise you who sits atop the various leaderboards:

Look Who's Talking

Co-founder John Duthie and Colin Murray were the first to provide commentary for EPT events. Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu and Vicky Coren delivered player analyses.

James Hartigan took over in Season 3. He was joined by Joe Stapleton in Season 8 and by Mark Convey in Season 10.

Since Season 10 every day of an EPT main event is streamed live. On the final day there is usually a one-hour delay so viewers can see hole cards.

TV hosts: The TV show has been presented by Caroline Flack, Natalie Pinkham, Kara Scott, Michelle Orpe, Kristy Arnett, Sarah Grant, Laura Cornelius, Lynn Gilmartin and, lately, Jennifer Robles.

Top 5 Players with Most EPT Main Event Cashes:


Ranking

Name

Number of cashes

1

Luca Pagano

20

2

Jonny Lodden

17

3

Alexander Kravchenko

15

3

Bertrand Grospellier

15

5

Roberto Romanello

13

Players with Most Top 10 Appearances


Ranking

Name

Number of top 10 finishes

1

Luca Pagano

7

2

Mike McDonald

5

2

Martin Jacobson

5

2

Johannes Strassmann†

5

5

Steve O’Dwyer

4

Top 5 Most Successful Countries on the EPT


 

Winners

Final Table Players

1

Great Britain: 16

US: 82

2

US: 14

Great Britain: 72

3

Germany: 11

France: 63

4

France: 8

Sweden: 57

5

Sweden: 8

Germany: 56

Top 5 Bargest Payouts


1

EPT Monte Carlo

Season 5

Pieter de Korver

€2,300,000

2

EPT Bahamas

Season 5

Poorya Nazari

€2,227,000

3

EPT Monte Carlo

Season 4

Glen Chorny

€2,020,000

4

EPT Monte Carlo

Season 3

Gavin Griffin

€1,925,010

5

EPT Monte Carlo

Season 6

Nicolas Chouity

€1,700,000

As the exchange rates between the Euro and dollar vary there are times when Poorya Nazari’s prize money – earned in dollars – amounts to more than de Korver’s.

Top 5 All-Time EPT Money List


1

Mike McDonald

Canada

$3,309,772

2

Glen Chorny

Canada

$3,327,354

3

Pieter de Korver

Netherlands

$3,066,850

4

Poorya Nazari

Canada

$3,000,000

5

Dimitar Danchev

Bulgaria

$2,804,107

Surprising: Three out of the top five players are Canadian.

Dimitar Danchev from Bulgaria made the top five because he is one of the players to have a title and a second place in an EPT main event to his name.

Trivia:


Victoria Coren
The EPT's only double champion.
 
  • At the final table of an EPT there are eight players, as opposed to nine players at the WSOP and six players at the WPT.
  • Overall prizepool of entire EPT: over 617 million Euro, 357 million of which has been paid out in the main events.
  • Trond Eisvig from Norway managed to reach the final table of an EPT main event a record three times within one year in Season 4. He came 5th in Barcelona, 4th in Dublin and 8th in Warszaw.
  • The only player to win two EPT main event titles is Victoria Coren-Mitchell. She won at EPT London in Season 3 and again  in San Remo in Season 10.
  • The search for the first player to win a second title took 10 years and felt like a neverending story. However, it almost never became a story as Ram Vaswani won the third event of Season 1 in Dublin and then came second in the following event to Noah Boeken in Copenhagen.
  • Mike McDonald is the player who came the closest to winning a second title several times. After his victory at EPT Dortmund in 2008 he came back the following year and made the final table again, ending up in 5th place. He then went on to place 11th in Barcelona in 2009, 3rd in Deauville in 2010, 27th in Prague in 2011, 9th in Madrid in 2012, 20th in London in 2013 and 2nd in the Bahamas in 2014.
  • Max Heinzelmann was the runner-up at EPT Berlin 2011. Three weeks later he came second again at EPT San Remo.
  • A total of 60,450 players have taken part in EPT Events. The lowest participation was 1,468 players in Season 1; the highest 9,157 players in Season 6.
  • The most consistent player in the history of the EPT is Luca Pagano. The Italian player made the very first final table and repeated this achievement six more times.
  • Pagano tops the list of most Top 10 finishes, most cashes and the all-time leaderboard without winning a single main event.
  • There are three more players in the Top 10 that haven't won a main event: Martin Jacobson, Pierre Neuville and Johannes Strassmann.

EPT All-Time Leaderboard


Ranking

Name

Points

1

Luca Pagano

5550

2

Bertrand Grospellier

4605

3

Mike McDonald

4216

4

Jonny Lodden

4156

5

Martin Jacobson

4035

6

Kevin MacPhee

3967

7

Pierre Neuville

3744

8

Roberto Romanello

3620

9

Sebastian Ruthenberg

3504

10

Johannes Strassmann†

3466

Top 5 EPT Videos

Ninety-nine main events and countless hands played made for some outstanding moments.

In the videos below you’ll find some of the most outstanding moments in the history of the EPT – the best calls, the best suck-outs and the most spectacular “aces cracked” situations.

Top 5 Aces Cracked

Top 5 Suck-outs

Top 5 Calls

Season 11 of the European Poker Tour starts this month! We'll bring you the most important moments, players and events of this amazing poker festival!

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