PokerStars first launched the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) in Spain during 2010 and since then the event has gained popularity with ever season. The 5th season of the ESPT took place in Barcelona and was a massive success drawing a total of 2,560 players who had a shot at a prize pool that totalled €2,483,200.
A number of professional poker players in Europe love to schedule a vacation in Spain during the ESPT as it allows them to spend time in the sun and also have a shot at making a lot of money.
PokerStars recently released the 2015 Estrellas Poker Tour Official Dates along with a schedule of events. The 6th season of the ESPT will be different as it will feature a number of small events, unlike the last seasons.
PokerStars has confirmed that the 2015 tournament scheduled for the Spanish poker series will have only 3 stops. The event is scheduled to start on the 9th of March at the Gran Casino Madrid in Madrid and finish on the 15th of March. The second stop of the ESPT will happen at the PokerStars Marbella Festival between the 11th -21st of June in Marbella. Just like the 2014 stop, the 2015 edition will also see a 10 day collaboration with the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT). The event is expected to draw some of the biggest poker players from Europe and will have a lot of festivities and parties thrown in between events.
The final stop will be the 2015 ESPT Grand Final that is scheduled to be held at the Casino Barcelona in Barcelona and is most likely to be included as the first stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT). The event will run from the 19th – 24th of August and tournament organizers expect around 2500 players to register. PokerStars has not yet released a calendar schedule of events but has confirmed that the tour will feature nightly turbo tournaments, live satellite events and a high roller event that will give players the opportunity to win a spot at the €1,100 Main Event.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) will collaborate with PokerStars on Season 6 of the 2015 ESPT tour and will operate 2 separate leaderboards; the first will focus on events that have a buy-in that is less than $600 and the second on buy-ins over $600. In a statement, the CEO of the GPI Alex Dreyfus said
We are delighted to extend its reach to the Spanish market through this new collaboration with the ESPT. This relationship has a common goal, to keep promoting poker as a sport.