PokerStars EPT Prague Ends with a Record-Breaking Main Event PokerStars EPT Prague Ends with a Record-Breaking Main Event

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.

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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 Dates Entries Prizes
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.

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EPT Prague Main Event Prize History

Year Entries Prize-pool
December 2022 1267 €6,144,950
March 2022 1190 €5,771,500
2019 1154 €5,596,900
2018 1174 €5,693,900
2017 855 €4,146,750
2016 1192 €5,781,200
2015 1044 €5,063,400
2014 1107 €5,535,000
2013 1007 €4,883,950
2012 864 €4,190,400
2011 722 €3,501,700
2010 563 €2,730,550
2009 586 €2,842,100
2008 570 €2,764,500
2007 555 €2,530,240

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).