Season 13 of the PokerStars European Poker Tour has seen its kickoff in Barcelona with a hugely popular Estrellas Main Event and a €10,000 event. One of the big changes this season was the announced new payout structure that pays 20 percent of the field, compared to the 15 percent it paid in recent years.
After collating data and feedback from players on the recent expansion of payouts, PokerStars has decided that for events of this nature (this event and event #33, the €25K) last season's payout structure of 15% will be used.
PokerStars Blog spoke to Neil Johnson for more information on this latest update:
"We want to thank all of the players who have given feedback over the last two days in Barcelona about the change in EPT payout structure. We've received a lot of valuable feedback from players, and this, alongside data collected on the expansion, has backed up the decision to increase payouts to 20%. While the change has been really well received overall, it's clear that our highest buy-in events have unique characteristics. For that reason, PokerStars has decided to use the previous season's payout structure of 15% for Event #16, the €50K and event #33, the €25K at EPT13 Barcelona.
We're always looking to make the live poker experience as positive and enjoyable as possible for as many players as possible, while making sure our event champions are well rewarded for their efforts. We want to get more feedback from our €25K+ players so we'll be running a survey with the players in both of these events to gain even more insight into the type of payouts that would best suit special events of this nature in future."