On April 14, in slightly less than two weeks’ time, the European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event takes place at the stunning Casino Sanremo and it is almost guaranteed that it will be one of the best attended Main Events on the EPT calendar.
Since Sanremo first appeared on the EPT schedule back in Season 4, it has become a must-play event and one that has grown to be extremely popular with the British and Irish tournament grinders. A beautiful location, fantastic food options, the majority of the crowd being Italians who love to exhibit their flair at all times and the fact it is the stop where, not one but, two Brits have won Main Events make Sanremo the EPT Main Event of choice for players from our shores.
In its inaugural season, 701 players bought into the main Event and created a €3,195,860 prize pool. A total of €28,800 of that money found its way into the accounts of British players; Peter Roche picked up €16,000 for his 18th place finish, while Paul Alterman banked €12,800 for his 31st place.
Season 4 - 701 Entrants - €3,195,860 prize pool
Four Englishmen cash during Season 5’s edition of EPT Sanremo, with Asa Smith going the deepest of the quartet. Smith busted in 49th place, good for €13,700 while Paul Alterman made it back-to-back cashes with an 80th place (€9,200).
Season 5 - 1,178 Entrants - €5,713,300 prize pool
It was Season 6, however, that the Brits enjoyed the most success in the Italian Riviera. Deep runs for Andrew Teng (135th), Craig McCorkell (121st), James Dempsey (85th) and James Williams (76th) were put into the shade by two of our players reaching the final table.
Michael “Wazz” Piper fell in fourth place and secured a €345,000 payday for himself and his investors, a princely sum that is still by far Piper’s largest career score. The same is also true of the eventual champion Liv Boeree who claimed one of the biggest-ever prizes awarded at a Europe-based EPT event when she picked up a giant novelty cheque for €1,250,000 after being crownd the Queen of Sanremo!
Season 6 – 1,240 Entrants - €6,014,000 prize pool
The following year, during Season 7, Rupert Elder followed in Boeree’s footsteps and left Sanremo with the title of EPT champion. Elder’s won €930,000 prize for his amazing victory.
Season 7 – 987 Entrants - €4,786,950
We almost celebrated a hat trick of British EPT Sanremo champions the following season, but popular pro Barny Boatman busted in fourth place and had to make do with a €225,000 consolation prize.
Season 8 – 837 Entrants - €3,734,694 prize pool
Season 9 saw Ireland’s Jason Tompkins reach the final table of the EPT Sanremo Main Event, but again out celebrations were cut short as the man known as “blaaaaaah666” in online poker circles, fell in fifth place, good for €171,000.
Season 9 – 797 Entrants - €3,865,449 prize pool
With Sanremo and the Grand Final running essentially side-by-side in April and then the 2014 World Series of Poker straight after them, we should see an army of British and Irish stars and plenty of global heroes head to Italy for the Main Event there. PokerNews will be there for the Main Event and the €10,300 High Roller so be sure to bookmark our Live Reporting pages.