Sergi Reixach Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for $2M

Sergi Reixach made the most of playing his first €100K buy-in event, winning it for just over $2M. (EPT photo)

If the opening days of the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona are any indication, it’s going to be a helluva week of poker in the Spanish city. Spanish grinder Sergi Reixach is proof of that.

Playing the first €100,000 buy-in event of his career, Reixach topped the 64-entry field in the €100,000 Super High Roller event on Monday, beating a final table that included Luc Greenwood, Danny Tang, Steve O’Dwyer, and eventual runner-up Sam Grafton to win €1,816,210 ($2,015,000 US).

Rui Ferreira started the final table with just 11 big blinds, but he took on the role of spectator for the first elimination. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau moved all in from UTG for 720,000 and Reixach moved all in over the top from late position. Vaskaboinikau turned over 9h9s but found out he was behind the TdTh of Vaskaboinikau. The board ran out 6h2c2sTcAs to give Reixach a full house and eliminate Vaskaboinikau in ninth.

Ferreira’s spectator status lasted just another 20 minutes before he became Reixach’s second victim of the day. Reixach raised to 110,000 from the hijack before Ferreira moved all in for 650,000 from the big blind. Reixach called and turned over aAcKh which put him ahead of Ferreira’s Ah8c. The flop came Qc5h4d and Ferreira was unable to improve. Nothing changed for him through the 9h turn and 2d river and he was out in eighth place.

Nearly an hour later, Tsugunari Toma raised from the cutoff before Steve O’Dwyer moved all in for 500,000. Toma called and turned over Ah4h while O’Dwyer showed 5d5h. The Qh8s2s flop kept O’Dwyer ahead but the Ac turn gave Toma top pair and after the 2c river, O’Dwyer was out in seventh.

Reixach went got back to work and this time sent of the Greenwood brothers packing. Action folded to Greenwood in the hijack and he moved all in for 1,005,000. Reixach moved all-in from the small blind and then showed AdQc. Greenwood was slightly ahead with 6h6s. The Qs3s2c flop changed things though and Greenwood was left wanting through the 5c turn and Qd river on his way to a sixth place finish.

Reixach was involved in the next elimination as well – but only briefly. Reixach raised to 160,000 from UTG and Sam Grafton called from the hijack before Toma moved all in from the small blind for 755,000. Reixach folded but Grafton called. Toma showed AcJd and Grafton tabled 8c8d. The 9c3d2c3c2s runout failed to save Toma and he was out in fifth place.

Four-handed play lasted just 20 minutes before Grafton sent another player to the rail. Kahle Burns raised to 650,000 from the button and Grafton responded by moving all in from the big blind. Burns called all-in and showed KhQc which put him well ahead of Grafton’s Ks9s. The As9h5d flop gave Grafton middle pair and Burns was unable to regain the lead after the 3s turn and Ad river and was eliminated in fourth.

Another 20 minutes passed and the tournament was heads-up. From the button, Danny Tang moved all in for 690,000 and Reixach called from the small blind. Grafton folded his big blind and Tang revealed Ac8h only to find himself dominated by Reixach’s AdQh. The 9c9d2h flop gave Tang some chop outs but he was happy to see the 8c turn only to have the As river give Reixach a better two-pair to eliminate Tang in third.

Reixach began heads-up play with a slight chip lead and it took nearly three hours for him to finish off Grafton. From the button, Reixach called before Grafton raised to 600,000. Reixach called and then called again after Grafton bet 325,000 on the KcJs3h flop. The turn was the 5d and both players checked. The river was the 7h and Grafton moved all in for 1,725,000 and Reixach snap-called. Grafton showed Qc6s while Reixach happily tabled Kd8d to eliminate Grafton and win the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for a career-best €1,816,210 score.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Sergi Reixach – €1,816,210
  2. Sam Grafton – €1,303,950
  3. Danny Tang – €847,570
  4. Kahle Burns – €639,560
  5. Tsugunari Toma – €496,740
  6. Luc Greenwood – €384,980
  7. Steve O’Dwyer – €304,250
  8. Rui Ferreira – €235,950
  9. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau – €180,070