PokerStars’ final live series of 2022 is now in the books with the completion of EPT Prague. The festival, which ran for about half of December in the Czech Republic capital, has been a staple of end-of-year poker since 2007, with more than €60 million in Main Event prizes before the Dec 2022 edition.
Canadian Jordan Saccucci earned himself a nice early Christmas present with nearly €1 million for his win in the Main Event,
However, the Prague series ran hot right from the start. Early on, the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event saw over 4,000 entries for massive total prizes of €3,856,320 — the second-biggest prize pool of the entire series.
That Eureka Main Event was the most extensive field, but the Eureka events, which are part of a regional tour sponsored by PokerStars in eastern and central Europe, did well across the board. The third-biggest prize pool of the series came from Event 17 — €2200 Eureka High Roller, with just shy of €3 million in total prizes on what was also the third-biggest field overall.
Another standout game was Event 12 — €440 Eureka Cup. While the €440 buy-in kept the raw prize pool under €1 million, the event drew the second-largest crowd of the entire series with over 2,300 entries. Even with the low buy-in, that still ended up being the fifth-biggest prize pool of the entire series from the lowest buy-in game on the schedule.
Four Events Draw 1,250 Entries or More
The EPT Prague Main Event was a clear winner for the series. The €5300 buy-in tournament was one of four games to draw 1250 entries or more across the week, with the final tally being 1,267. That put more than €6.1 million into the prize pool, with close to €1 million up top for the eventual winner.
The other three games to crack 1,250 runners were the aforementioned Eureka events, but there were a few other highlights across the holiday series. Four games hit at least €2.5 million in prizes, with the EPT Main Event, the Eureka Main Event, and the Eureka High Roller being three of the four.
The fourth super-sized prize pool came from Event 18 — €50,000 Super High Roller, where players ended up competing for a grand total of €2,668,050.
Dec 2022 EPT Prague Top Prize Pools
|Event 20 — €5300 EPT Main Event||December 12-18, 2022||1267||€6,144,950|
|Event 5 — €1100 Eureka Main Event||December 8-12, 2022||4017||€3,856,320|
|Event 17 — €2200 Eureka High Roller||December 11-12, 2022||1534||€2,945,280|
|Event 18 — €50,000 Super High Roller||December 11-13, 2022||55||€2,668,050|
|Event 12 — €440 Eureka Cup||December 10-12, 2022||2,304||€884,736|
|Event 43 — €1650 NLH Mystery Bounty||December 14, 2022||612||€881,280|
There were over 14,000 entries across the series, with prize pools well over €25 million. Regarding the Main Event, this latest running of _EPT Pragu_e set the standard for events in both the number of entries and the prize pool size.
December 2022 was the first time the Main Event prize pool has capped €6 million since the inaugural running of the series in 2007, as well as the first time the field topped 1,200 entries.
Despite that, the game awarded the second-highest first-place prize, behind the €1,005,600 won in 2019, after this year’s winner Jordan Saccucci cut a heads-up deal with French crusher Antoine Saout.
EPT Prague Main Event Prize History
The end of EPT Prague brings the 2022 EPT year to a close, but PokerStars will be back early in the new year with the epic PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).