partypoker LIVE takes its popular Grand Prix to Spain for the first time when it drops anchor in Barcelona for the €500,000 guaranteed Main Event. This huge sum is guaranteed to be won despite Grand Prix Barcelona only costing €220 to enter.
We previously covered the history of the Grand Prix and talked about how it started by visiting iconic football (soccer to our American cousins) stadia in the United Kingdom before venturing into Europe. You can check that article out here.
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the sights and sounds you need to take in while visiting Barcelona, one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Of course, you plan is to go all the way and win Grand Prix Barcelona, meaning you’ll be otherwise engaged in the casino. But look at it this way, if you bust early you have plenty of options for entertainment. If you’re crowned the champion, you’ll have plenty of money to celebrate and what a city to do it in!
Visit Barcelona’s Camp Nou
What better way to enjoy some time away from a poker tournament that started life in a football stadium than to visit one of the biggest football stadiums in the world? FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, which means new field, is a 99,354 capacity stadium that is steep in history.
Camp Nou is super easy to get to with superb transfer links. We would recommend the stadium tour, if you have time, as you get access to many areas fans don’t get to see. Book that in advance, however, so you don’t miss out. Also, be aware Barcelona host Real Madrid on Saturday 26th October. Tickets are likely scarce, but you may be able to bag yourself a couple!
Marvel at the La Sagrada Familia
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, to give it its full title, is an unfinished masterpiece by legendary Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began in March 1882 and it is still only three-quarters completed; only one-quarter was finished before Gaudi’s death.
It really is a sight to behold and there is nothing even remotely like it anywhere in the world.
Head to the Beach!
Away from the bustling city is 100 miles of coastline to enjoy and what does coastline mean? Beaches! It probably won’t be red hot in late October, but the temperature should still be around the 20C or 70F in old money!
Barceloneta Beach is the most popular and, therefore, busiest of all Barcelona’s beaches. Sand artists create sculptures, drummers play music and much more. Other beaches to head to include Nova Icaria Beach, Bogatell Beach, and Mar Bella Beach.
Try Bluffing the Market Traders
You’ve spent most of your waking hours bluffing your opponents at the poker tables, now it is time to take on the market trades at La Boqueria. This bustling marketplace has been around since medieval times and the sights, sounds, and smells are out of this world.
You’ll find a grid of stalls selling fruits, vegetables, cheeses and cold meats you never knew existed, while the whole thing converges on the fishmongers. If bartering with the traders gets too much, there are several bars where you can cool off with a beer and some tapas! Dos cervezas por favor!
Enjoy Some Amazing Scenery and Culture at Montjuic
Head to Montjuic of you fancy snapping some breath-taking panoramic photographs of Barcelona. The city district was developed in 1929 for the International Exhibition and is the home to several awesome museums, including the Museum of Archaeology and the National Museum of Catalan Art.
You’ll find the Magic Fountain here and while it is not like those you find outside Bellagio, Las Vegas, it’s hourly shows are elegant and quite beautiful. Make it to the top of the hill to find a 17th-century fortress that was part of the Catalan Revolt in the 1600s. The views from here are spectacular to say the least.
Grand Prix Barcelona Schedule
|Sun 20 Oct||21:00||Online Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1A||€220||12||100,000|
|Mon 21 Oct||21:00||Online Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1B||€220||12||100,000|
|Tue 22 Oct||21:00||Online Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1C||€220||12||100,000|
|Wed 23 Oct||21:00||Online Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1D||€220||12||100,000|
|Thu 24 Oct||12:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1A||€220||30||100,000|
|Thu 24 Oct||19:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1B||€220||30||100,000|
|Thu 24 Oct||21:00||Online Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1E||€220||12||100,000|
|Fri 25 Oct||12:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1C||€220||30||100,000|
|Fri 25 Oct||19:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1D||€220||30||100,000|
|Sat 26 Oct||12:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1E||€220||30||100,000|
|Sat 26 Oct||19:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 1F||€220||30||100,000|
|Sun 27 Oct||14:00||Grand Prix Barcelona Day 2||€220||30||100,000|
Satellite and the Golden Chip Promotion
Grand Prix Barcelona features five online Day 1s and six live Day 1s, the latter taking place at the Casino Barcelona. You can enter as many Day 1s as you like, but can only take your largest stack through with your to Day 2 if you progress more than once. Reaching Day 2 guarantees you are in the money. Navigating your way to Day 2 more than once means you lock up cashes on each of those occasions.
Navigate your way through an Online Day 1 or buy-in with PP LIVE Dollars to receive a Golden Chip. You then win a $6,000 package to the Caribbean Poker Party if you manage to play your way to the final table in Spain!
Mega Satellites for the Grand Prix Barcelona Online Day 1s run Sunday 20th October through Thursday 24th October costing between €22 and €44 to enter and each guaranteeing at least 20x €220 seats will be won.
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