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EPT By the Numbers: Luca Pagano, Brits Dominate Stats

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:

RankingNameNumber of cashes
1Luca Pagano20
2Jonny Lodden17
3Alexander Kravchenko15
3Bertrand Grospellier15
5Roberto Romanello13

Players with Most Top 10 Appearances

RankingNameNumber of top 10 finishes
1Luca Pagano7
2Mike McDonald5
2Martin Jacobson5
2Johannes Strassmann†5
5Steve O’Dwyer4

Top 5 Most Successful Countries on the EPT

 WinnersFinal Table Players
1Great Britain: 16US: 82
2US: 14Great Britain: 72
3Germany: 11France: 63
4France: 8Sweden: 57
5Sweden: 8Germany: 56

Top 5 Bargest Payouts

1EPT Monte CarloSeason 5Pieter de Korver€2,300,000
2EPT BahamasSeason 5Poorya Nazari€2,227,000
3EPT Monte CarloSeason 4Glen Chorny€2,020,000
4EPT Monte CarloSeason 3Gavin Griffin€1,925,010
5EPT Monte CarloSeason 6Nicolas 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

1Mike McDonaldCanada$3,309,772
2Glen ChornyCanada$3,327,354
3Pieter de KorverNetherlands$3,066,850
4Poorya NazariCanada$3,000,000
5Dimitar DanchevBulgaria$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.


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

1Luca Pagano5550
2Bertrand Grospellier4605
3Mike McDonald4216
4Jonny Lodden4156
5Martin Jacobson4035
6Kevin MacPhee3967
7Pierre Neuville3744
8Roberto Romanello3620
9Sebastian Ruthenberg3504
10Johannes 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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