LONDON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
It was a dynamic weekend in Barcelona as Playtech's Poker Network, iPoker, celebrated the opening of the Spanish market and hosted the highly anticipated live event iPOPS. The event, a series of tournaments with a total guaranteed prize of $1M and a low buy in, brought players from all over the world to Gran Casino de Barcelona.
The iPOPS main event began online on May 6th when 2,480 players participated for as little as $135 with a total guaranteed prize of $1/2M.
The tournament was paused at the last 3 tables, at which point the final 27 players were invited to Barcelona to finish in a live event. The winner was Canadian player Jesse Rockowitz from William Hill Poker, who took home $100,000.
The players enjoyed a €1,800 elite package with 4 nights at the Luxury Arts Hotel and all expenses paid. To kick off the weekend, iPoker welcomed everyone with their guests to an exclusive cocktail party at the Sal Café restaurant on June 1st, setting the tone for the action-packed few days to come. Due to its growing popularity with players, the sixth iPOPS event is scheduled to take place later this year.
iPoker is the industry's largest poker network and is certified in all of the regulated markets in which it operates. Connecting a huge range of leading card rooms, players benefit from unrivalled liquidity and some of the most lucrative prize pots in the poker world.
Playtech's poker network iPoker has over 35,000 concurrent players at peak time, making it the largest poker network in the world. With a strong presence in Europe, iPoker is the network of choice for the major European gaming brands looking for record levels of liquidity.
Playtech develops unified software platforms and content for the online and land-based gaming industry, together with providing a range of ancillary services such as marketing, hosting and CRM services. Founded in 1999, Playtech has some 1,000 employees located in development centres in five countries, the majority of whom are engaged in research and development of current and future gaming technologies, together with 900 employees providing ancillary services.
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