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  1. The EPT Barcelona Main Eventwrapped up on Sunday with poker pro John Juanda claiming the €1 million first place prize. The Main Event in Barcelona gained the title of the largest EPT Main Event ever held at 1,694 players, eclipsing the Season 7 PCA Main Event, which drew 1,560. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- EPT President Edgar Stuchly commented in a press release, "It hardly seems any time since we were celebrating the record-breaking EPT100 here in Barcelona, but the turnout this season has surpassed all possible expectations. We offer a huge thank you to all 5,738 players who came here for this amazing festival, making it not only the biggest EPT ever held, but one of the biggest poker festivals in the world." Juanda defeated the UK's Steve Warburton heads-up and 247 players out of the 1,694 made the money. Here's how the final table looked: 1. John Juanda - €1,022,593 2. Steve Warburton - €941,613 3. Frederik Jensen - €810,294 4. Denys Shafikov - €405,100 5. Rainer Kempe - €320,400 6. Andreas Samuelsson - €253,900 7. Amir Touma - €194,100 8. Mario Sanchez - €137,080 As you'll notice from the payouts, there was a deal made three-handed that involved Juanda, Warburton, and Jensen, the latter of whom won the EPT Madrid Season 8 Main Event. Last year, 1,496 players turned out for the EPT Barcelona Main Event and Germany's Andre Lettau took it down for €794. Here's how the event has looked attendance-wise over the years: Season 1: 229 players Season 2: 327 players Season 3: 480 players Season 4: 543 players Season 5: 619 players Season 6: 479 players Season 7: 758 players Season 8: 811 players Season 9: 1,082 players Season 10: 1,234 players Season 11: 1,496 players Season 12: 1,694 players Juanda came into this year's EPT Main Event with over $16 million in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, good for #10 on poker's all-time money list. He has two previous seven-figure scores all-time: $1.5 million for winning the 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event and $1.6 million for taking fifth in the 2012 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge Super High Roller. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. For the first time in years, both the PokerStarsSunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up featured overlays, as many professional online players are currently competing at EPT Barcelona. 156th-rankedbagelakis23of Greece (pictured) earned a payday of $48,000 for his 2nd place performance in the Sunday Warm-Up, followed by 248th-rankedchisnaof Mexico (3rd place for $36,000). In the Sunday Million, 115th-rankedTheDegenFund, also of Mexico, placed 5th and collected $42,500. The Full Tilt Sunday Major and Sunday Brawl also boasted overlays along with the PartyPokerSunday Major, while the Winamax High Roller had more than a 25% decrease in overall participation. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Five P5ers, including top-ranked PokerKaiser, reached the final table of the Sunday 500. By the time the tournament ended, it was TonyG_who walked away with the $46,494 first place prize. Austria's David Buetta was involved in a heads-up chop in the $100 Sunday Rebuy, taking home $27,554 for his official 2nd place finish. Congratulations to all PocketFivers who cashed in Sunday's online tournaments. Here are the final table results: _____ PartyPoker "Sunday Major" ($200 NLHE Re-Entry) *$150k Gtd. 680 entrants - $150,000 paid out to 117 spots ~ Full Recap 1. Mr_Ganbarov $25,245.00 2. Mpa3yka $18,300.00 (Revenant) 3. DrizzyDrake99 $12,675.00 4. XenuThetan $9,975.00 5. Bonequeiro $8,025.00 6. Sirocko_ $6,525.00 7. glissario1 $5,025.00 8. Never_Tilt $3,675.00 9. orsenjack27 $2,775.00 --- Winamax "HIGH ROLLER" (€300 NLHE) 132 entrants - $45,486 paid out to 15 spots ~ Full Recap 1. ledogon $12,792.81 2. viilis $8,016.83 3. Emilioooooo $5,742.55 4. BlaQQOut $4,491.70 5. Francois Lee $3,240.85 (tilt21sted) 6. $2,331.13 7. MustBeNice $1,535.14 8. White_SharKK $1,364.57 9. MauseriMasa $1,023.43 --- bet-at-home/ William Hill/ iPoker "Sunday Masters" (€150 NLHE) *€20k Gtd. 126 entrants - $22,743 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap 1. nutyfish $5,230.84 2. hitmanfromthenor $3,638.84 3. gwka $2,763.25 4. sc00bylew $2,046.85 5. RiverDragon8 $1,364.57 6. dronew4rs $1,137.14 (tedSTRETCH) 7. Nev3rBluffU $909.71 (Budgie) 8. MiKat5 $682.28 9. MyStapler $568.57 ---- 888 "$100,000 Mega Deep" ($200+15 NLHE) *$100k Guaranteed 539 entrants - $107,800 paid out to 72 spots 1. LCfish $20,374 2. Me-Chupas $14,930 3. Shak888 $10,996 (Shak88888) 4. SpitOnGraves $8,301 5. LeslieGroves $5,821 6. lolnicehand $4,582 (The Spewtard) 7. Poker3ddie $3,504 (Poker3ddie) 8. sevensense $2,426 (SixthSenSe19) 9. glammc $1,649 (glammc) --- Full Tilt "The Sunday Major" ($233+17 NLHE) *$125k Guaranteed 434 entrants - $125,000 paid out to 45 spots ~ Full Recap 1. Blueturtlefoot $27,500.00 2. BaLuDaCris $18,750.00 3. TonnyRivers $13,875.00 4. jbrow8777 $10,625.00 (jbrown8777) 5. Absconds $7,875.00 6. dynoalot $5,625.00 (Dynoalot) 7. What0ver9000 $4,125.00 8. LULU HELIPA $3,125.00 (LuluHelipa) 9. BlackFours $2,375.00 --- Full Tilt "The Sunday Brawl" ($235+15 NLHE) *$75k Guaranteed 294 entrants - $75,000 paid out to 27 spots ~ Full Recap 1. fah614 $18,750.00 2. wywrot $12,375.00 (wywrot) 3. Fortuity91 $9,375.00 (gregz41) 4. Itahaschi $6,562.50 5. NoBadBeatsPlz $5,025.00 (ch0ppy) 6. donut604 $3,562.50 (donut604) 7. DJ WTF $2,550.00 (YukoEgawa) 8. RedPantRed $2,025.00 9. Menda Lerenda $1,500.00 (MendaLerenda) --- PokerStars "Sunday Warm-Up" ($200+15 NLHE) *$400k Guaranteed 1,972 entrants - $400,000 paid out to 288 spots ~ Full Recap 1. hhecklen $64,000.00 2. Bagelakis23 $48,000.00 (bagelakis23) 3. chisna $36,000.00 (chisna) 4. Contado $24,800.00 5. WhoAreYoux1 $18,000.00 (DrunkPokerMaster) 6. Chancew $14,000.00 7. ImluckNuts $10,000.00 (imlucknuts) 8. antepia27 $6,800.00 9. gray31 $3,800.00 (gray31) --- PokerStars "Sunday Million" ($200+15 NLHE) *$1M Guaranteed 4,962 entrants - $1,000,000 paid out to 720 spots ~ Full Recap 1. StrungOut1 $145,865.63 2. XR-1 $100,000.00 3. franco50 $83,000.00 4. triinukene $83,064.37 *4-way deal 5. TheDegenFund $42,500.00 (TheDegenFund) 6. $tupidann $32,500.00 7. JNandez87 $22,500.00 8. DMS75 $12,500.00 9. brenddis $8,000.00 --- PokerStars "Sunday 500" (500+35 NLHE) *$225k Guaranteed 492 entrants - $246,000 paid out to 72 spots ~ Full Recap 1. wwwBTHEREcom $46,494.00 (TonyG_) 2. 1dönertasche $34,071.00 3. Doommy $25,092.00 4. TitoBroz $18,942.00 (Titobroz) 5. mement_mori $13,284.00 (mementmori) 6. harrrrmonica $10,455.00 (harrrrmonica) 7. PKaiser $7,995.00 (PokerKaiser) 8. VyruAlus $5,535.00 9. jokah1461 $3,763.80 --- PokerStars "$109 Sunday Rebuy" ($100+9 NLHE w/Rebuys) *$175k Guaranteed 508 entrants - $180,000 paid out to 63 spots ~ Full Recap 1. neuville25fr $31,845.69 2. David Buetta $27,554.31 (David Buetta) *2-way deal 3. SELOUAN1991 $18,450.00 (selouan1991) 4. NigDawG $14,040.00 (NigDawG) 5. mement_mori $9,900.00 (mementmori) 6. mjw006 $7,650.00 (mjw006) 7. Elia001 $5,850.00 8. Pimmss $4,050.00 9. jenej $2,988.00 (jenej) --- PokerStars "Sunday Storm" ($10+1 NLHE) *$250k Guaranteed 27,817 entrants - $278,170 paid out to 4,500 spots ~ Full Recap 1. peevoajax $26,034.66 2. ajshol $19,054.64 3. MisterTipper $12,378.56 4. thadooG $9,596.86 5. kicks4living $6,815.16 6. Sherin-Art $4,172.55 7. Fortaventura $2,920.78 8. razvyqq $1,947.19 (RazvyQQ) 9. TOP 777T $1,376.94 --- Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  3. When thousands of poker players from all over the globe converge on a relatively small casino, there are bound to be problems. That was certainly the case at the Barcelona stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) earlier this week when a ruling at a nosebleed table left players fuming. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Poker Pro Danny ansky451 Stern (pictured) was sitting at a €100/€200 PLO game when the following hand went down, according to a post on 2+2: Two players limp in EP, I make it 1100 with KhKcJd9d in MP, Juha Helppi calls in the CO, Bullitos calls after him in the SB, and an older Spanish guy pots it to 5900 from the BB… Limpers fold, I call, Juha calls and Bullitos does as well. The pot is roughly 24k. The flop is Ks9s7x. Bullitos checks, BB shoves for slightly over 10k, I jam for around 40k, Juha folds, and Bullitos calls all-in for around 4k-5k. At this point, the active players asked the dealer to stop while they discussed running the board twice. Stern was adamant that he made it very clear they would run it twice for the entire pot and that everyone was in agreement. He repeated himself several times because he wanted to be very sure that everyone understood what was happening. The first board ran out Ks-9s-7x-As-4x, while the second came Ks-9s-7x-7x-6x. When all was said and done, Stern believed he should've been chopping the side pot and the main pot with the local Spanish player for around €18,000 each. But, the local player claimed the casino had a rule which states that running it twice is only allowed in heads-up pots; therefore, only he should claim the main pot and only have to chop the side pot. The table erupted with players screaming in English and Spanish until the floor manager was called. He ruled that because everyone at the table agreed to run it twice, the decision was valid for the entire pot. Just when Stern thought he would be receiving his share, a higher level poker room employee was called and overturned the ruling, deciding in favor of the Spanish player, whom the table claimed was blatantly lying about the agreement to run it twice. In the 2+2 thread, some thought that card room employees were somehow in on the scam, helping the local player to exploit an obscure ruling. But as others pointed out, in a large tournament such as the EPT, casinos are often forced to bring in dealers from other locations or ones who might have less experience. While the dealer in question should have known he wasn't allowed to run it twice in that situation, he might not have been completely clear on the rules for that card room. Other EPT players chimed in, noting that the dealers were not enforcing the rules to the letter during cash games at the event, sometimes allowing a play while other times prohibiting it. While the dealer and the first floor manager seemed to side with Stern, when the issue was escalated, the higher level employee had to refer back to the original written rule. "Once management does get involved, they will rule to the letter of the rules and often be forced to ignore the intent of the rule if a situation is not standard because they need to back up their ruling in the event it is taken to a higher authority," explained *TT*. "Is this wrong? Was Ansky angle shot? Yes... but it also helps to have an understanding why the ruling occurred the way it did even though I agree it's unfair." What do you think? Comment below and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz won his sixth title of 2016 taking down the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller (Photo courtesy PokerStars/Neil Stoddart)[/caption] Just a month ago Fedor Holz, fresh off of winning the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career, told the world he was retiring from poker. He had already made plans to play the first European Poker Tour event of Season 13 in Barcelona, but after that he was going to take an extended break from poker and then only play recreationally. Seems like waiting until after EPT Barcelona was the right call. On Monday Holz beat out Sam Greenwood heads up to win the EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller and €1,300,300 ($1,471,000 US). It’s his fifth win since June and sixth of 2016 overall. He now has $19,968,302 in lifetime earnings. The final table included some of the best players in the world and it was one of the best High Roller players of all time who was the first final table casualty on just the fifth hand of play. Ahadpur Khangah limped from early position, Erik Seidel moved all in from the button for 860,000 before Greenwood re-shoved from the small blind for 1,250,000 and Julian Stuer moved all in over the top of everybody for 2,140,000. Khangah called and the four players table their hands. Khangah had [poker card="as"][poker card="5s"], Seidel had [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"], Greenwood [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] and Stuer was stuck in the middle with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="js"][poker card="2h"] and Seidel was eliminated in ninth place while Stuer was left short stacked and Greenwood more than tripled up. Stuer managed to last another 45 minutes before he saw his tournament end with a eighth place finish with Greenwood being the beneficiary yet again. Action folded to Greenwood in the small blind and he moved all in. Stuer called from the big blind for 535,000 and tabled [poker card="qs"][poker card="2c"] while Greenwood showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] flop put Stuer ahead but only temporarily as even though the [poker card="6s"] turn was a blank, the [poker card="kd"] river gave Greenwood a bigger pair. Greenwood picked up his third elimination of the day just 20 minutes later. The Canadian poker pro raised to 250,000 from UTG, Daniel Dvoress, seated directly on Greenwood’s left, moved all in for 1,640,000. Action folded back to Greenwood and he called. Dvoress showed [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] but found out he was trailing Greenwood’s [poker card="td"][poker card="th"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] and Dvoress was eliminated in seventh while Greenwood took over the chip lead. Just three hands later Holz stopped the Greenwood Express, picking up his first elimination of the final table. Holz raised to 225,000 from UTG. Everybody folded to Sylvain Loosli in the big blind and he moved all in for 2,000,000 and Holz called. Loosli, who won this event last year, had [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and was racing against Holz’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"] flop put Holz ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="th"] river, sending Loosli out in sixth. Greenwood got busy again 30 minutes later when action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all in. Khangah called all in from the big blind for 1,120,000. Greenwood was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="7h"] to Khangah’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop gave Khangah the lead but only temporarily as the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Greenwood top pair and the [poker card="8c"] was a blank, sending Khangah home in fifth place and giving Greenwood his fourth elimination of the day. Alexandros Koloniaswas the next to fall. Timothy Adams raised to 300,000 from UTG, Kolonias moved all in for 2,175,000 from the button before Fedor Holz came over the top all in, forcing Adams to fold. Kolonias happily tabled [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was ahead after Holz turned over [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop changed everything though as Holz improved to a set. The [poker card="4d"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river gave Holz a full house and meant the end of the line for Kolonias in fourth place. Holz, Greenwood and Adams played three-handed for a little over an hour a Canadian-on-Canadian encounter ended the run for one of them. Greenwood raised from the button to 400,000, Holz folded his small blind and Adams moved all in from the big blind for 5,315,000. Greenwood called and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] while his fellow Canadian showed [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"][poker card="5c"] flop put Greenwood in front and after the [poker card="qs"] turn and [poker card="ts"] river, Adams was out in third place with Greenwood and Holz nearly tied in chips. Despite starting with nearly identical stacks, Holz quickly pulled away from Greenwood and on the 16th hand of heads up play secured the win. Greenwood moved all in from the button and Holz called. Greenwood got bad news after turning over his [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"] when Holz showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7c"] to give Holz top pair and Greenwood a gutshot. The [poker card="4c"] turn turned Greenwood’s gutshot into an open-ender but the [poker card="qd"] river was no help and Greenwood was eliminated, leaving Holz to celebrate his recent retirement with a seven-figure score. My first tournament win as a recreational!
  5. [caption width="640"] Sebastian Malec turned €27 into an EPT title and €1,122,800 (Neil Stoddard photo)[/caption] When PokerStars announced that the European Poker Tour was being morphed into a worldwide PokerStarsLive tour, some people started reminiscing about some of the most memorable moments the EPT had ever produced. Late Sunday night in Barcelona, 21-year-old Sebastian Malec might have put himself at the top of that list. In one of the most memorable conclusions ever to an EPT Main Event, Malec, who qualified for the event for €27 on PokerStars, beat Uri Reichenstein heads-up to win the EPT Barcelona Main Event and €1,122,800 ($1,250,000 US). Sunday’s final table began with just seven players and it didn’t take long to get six-handed. On just the eighth hand of play, action folded to Thomas De Rooij in the cutoff and he raised to 450,000 and Harcharan Dogra Dogra called from the big blind. The [poker card="9c"][95s][poker card="2h"] flop got Dogra Dogra to move all in and De Rooij called instantly. Dogra Dogra showed [poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"] and was ahead with a pair of twos while De Rooij tabled [poker card="ah"][poker card="4s"] for two over cards and a gustshot wheel draw. The turn was the [poker card="kd"] but the [poker card="4d"] river gave De Rooij a pair and eliminated Dogra Dogra in seventh. Just seven hands later Andreas Chalkiadakis, who came into the final table third in chips, was eliminated in sixth place. De Rooij oped to 450,000, Chalkiadakis moved all in for 4,075,000 before Adam Owen moved all in for 6,160,000 forcing De Rooij to fold. Chalkiadakis flipped over [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] but found bad news after Owen tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ah"][poker card="8h"] to give Owen the pot and bust Chalkiadakis. Uri Reichenstein moved into the chip lead for the first time just four hands later. Reichenstein raised to 400,000 from the button and Zoriu Er called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="3d"], Er checked, Reichenstein bet 200,000 and Er called. The [poker card="tc"] turn got Er to check again, allowing Reichenstein to bet 900,000 and Er called again. The [poker card="6h"] river saw Er check again before Reichenstein bet 4,700,000. Er called and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"] but was eliminated when Reichenstein tabled [poker card="td"][poker card="4d"] for a flopped flush. The four remaining players eventually paused play to discuss a chop before ultimately deciding to play on. Four-handed play continued for 34 more hands before Reichenstein claimed another victim. A shortstacked De Rooij moved all in from UTG for just three big blinds. Malec simply called from the small blind before Reichenstein made it 3,300,000 forcing Malec to fold. De Rooij was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"] over Reichenstein’s [poker card="js"][poker card="3d"] but the [poker card="ts"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"] flop changed that and the [poker card="qh"] turn and [poker card="5s"] river failed to save De Rooij and the Dutchman was out in fourth. Mixed game specialist Adam Owen was sent packing on the very next hand. Malec called from the button, called from the small blind before Owen moved all in from the big blind for 5,600,000. Malec moved all in over the top and Reichenstein folded. Owen held [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] but was trailing Malec who showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"]. The board ran out [poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"] to give Malec the pot and eliminated Owen. When heads-up play began Reichenstein had a 3-2 chip lead over Malec. While the first five eliminations took place over a span of a little over five hours, heads-up play between the two took longer. Both players traded the lead back and forth more than once but the final hand is the one that the tournament will be remembered for. Malec limped from the button and Reichenstein checked behind. the flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"] and Reichenstein bet 800,000. Malec raised to 3,000,000 and Reichenstein called. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and Malec lead out for 5,000,0000. After a short time in the tank, Reichenstein called. The river was the [poker card="8d"] and Malec shoved all in putting Reichenstein to a decision for his tournament life. Reichenstein went into the tank while Malec invoked Scotty Nguyen’s famous line from the 1998 WSOP Main Event, “you call, it’s gonna be all over, baby.” Reichenstein talked himself through a number of hands Malec could have while the 21-year-old sat on the rail with his friends, even posing for a selfie. Reichenstein called and Malec sprint to the table to showdown [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] for a turned nut flush while Reichenstein showed [poker card="th"][poker card="9c"] for a turned queen-high straight to give Malec the pot and the title. Final Table Payouts Sebastian Malec - €1,122,800 Uri Reichenstein - €807,100 Adam Owen - €646,250 Thomas De Rooij - €535,100 Zorlu Er - €431,550 Andreas Chalkiadakis - €330,290 Harcharan Dogra Dogra - €230,950 Pavel Plesuv - €165,950 Stephen Malone - €123,450
  6. Piotr Nurzynski just might be the Polish Chris Moneymaker. The 28-year-old former doctor, who qualified for the European Poker Tour Barcelona stop online, won €1,037,109 and a seat in the PokerStars Players Championship next January by outlasting the 1,931-player field on his way to the title. The six-handed final table started with Nursynski sitting in second place behind only Haoxiang Wang. It was Wang who did most of the heavy lifting early on though. It took just over two hours of play before the first elimination of the day. With blinds of 125,000/250,000 (250,000) Matthias Tikerpe moved all in for 3,975,000 from UTG+1 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and Piotr Nurzynski called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] flop kept Nurzynski ahead and as the dealer dealt the [poker card="6h"] turn and [poker card="qs"] river, Tikerpe was eliminated in sixth place for a career-best live score of €287,050. Ten minutes later, Rodrigo Carmo saw his final table run end. Carmo came into the final table with just 10 big blind and after laddering up one place in payouts, found a spot to get his chips in with a double up in mind. Wang raised to 600,000 from UTG with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"] and action folded to Carmo in the big blind. The Portuguese pro looked down at [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and moved all in for 4,000,000. Wang called and then watched the board run out [poker card="jc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3s"] to send Carmo out in fifth. The four remaining players then turned their attention to re-adjusting the prizepool. After a brief discussion, the players agreed on a deal that paid out the following: Haoxiang Wang - €1,023,701 Piotr Nurzynski - €857,109 Ognyan Dimov - €725,621 Pedro Marques - €698,369 That left €180,000 and the $30,000 Platinum Pass to play for. With most of the money set aside though, the action picked up and it took just 30 minutes to send the first player packing. From UTG, Wang raised to 625,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] before Pedro Marques moved all in for 6,500,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"]. The other two players folded and Wang called to put Marques at risk. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8d"] runout couldn't save Marques from busting in fourth place and propelled Wang to an even bigger lead. Five minutes later Wang continued to be the unstoppable force at the table. Ognyan Dimov shoved for 3,400,000 from the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"] and Wang called from the big blind with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"]. Dimov could only watch as the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"] flop, [poker card="6h"] turn and [poker card="qh"] river failed to give him even half the pot and the Bulgarian, who won a WSOP bracelet earlier this summer, was sent packing in third place. At this point, Wang held 78% of the chips in play and seemed assured of the victory. Nurzynski had other ideas though. After doubling up early on during heads up, Nurzysnki then took the lead to set up two hours of play that saw each player holding the lead. Eventually, Nurzynski finished Wang off and turned his €250 online satellite into a dream seven-figure score. With blinds of 250,000/500,000 (500,000), Nurzynski called from the button holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"] and Wang check his option with [poker card="ks"][poker card="2d"]. The flop was [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"][poker card="6d"] and Wang bet 500,000 and Nurzynski called. The turne was the [poker card="7c"] and this time Wang checked. Nurzynski bet 2,000,000 and Wang called. The river was the [poker card="4d"] and Wang checked gain. Nurzynski moved all in and Wang, who was out of time banks, called just as the clock was winding down only to find he had the losing hand. Both players ended with €1M scores thanks to the chop. Both players also wound up winning Platninum Passes worth $30,000. Nurzysnki won his for being the last online qualifier remaining in the field. The winner of the tournament was also supposed to get a Platinum Pass, which comes with the $25,000 buy-in to the PokerStars Players Championship and $5,000 for travel and accommodations, but players are only allowed to win one so Wang ended up winning the pass that Nurzynski would have won had he not been an online qualifier. Final Table Payouts Piotr Nurzynski - €1,037,109 (+ $30,000 Platinum Pass) Haoxiang Wang - €1,023,701 (+ $30,000 Platinum Pass) Ognyan Dimov - €725,621 Pedro Marques - €698,369 Rodrigo Carmo - €354,200 Matthias Tikerpe - €287,050
  7. Mikita Badziakouski’s amazing 2018 continued Monday as he earned the victory in the PokerStars European Poker Tour €100,000 Super High Roller to win €1,650,300 ($1,912,903 USD). For Badziakouski, the nosebleed poker pro from Belarus, the seven-figure score marks his fourth of 2018. In total, the high-stakes superstar has amassed over $12.4 million this calendar year and has skyrocketed to 28th on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List. It wasn’t an easy road to the winner’s circle for Badziakouski. When the field of 54 had been cut to the final seven players, he held only 12 big blinds. Though all seven were in the money, after the eighth-place bubble elimination of American poker pro Byron Kaverman, everyone was looking up at table chip leader Matthias Elbinger from Austria. Once the final seven took their seats, the first bustouts happened quickly. Canada’s Jean Ferreira, who was sitting on an extremely small stack, stuck it in holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. He was called by Ahadpur Khangah from Iran, who was sitting third in chips, with [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Despite hitting the [poker card="js"] on the flop, the rest of the board did nothing to improve Ferreira’s hand and he exited the tournament in seventh place for €275,050. Badziakouski was the next player to see significant action when he doubled through the chip leader, Eibinger. Badziakousi was all in and his [poker card="th"][poker card="tc"] held against Elbinger’s [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"]. The hand was pivotal to Badziakouski's march to the top though there were still a number of players that needed to be eliminated. The next player to exit was Portugal’s Rui Ferreira. Khangah limped his [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"] and Ferriera three-bet from his super short stack to [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"]. Khangah called and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"][poker card="9h"] and with Ferriera having less than two big blinds behind, the rest of the money got in. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="3d"] and Khangah eliminated his second Ferriera of the tournament. Rui Ferreira finished in sixth place for €340,550. Despite having lost that previous hand to Badziakouski, Eibinger had no intentions of slowing down. He got wrapped up in a hand with former World Series of Poker final table participant Benjamin Pollak. After Timothy Adams opened, Eibinger three-bet holding the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"]. Pollak, who had under ten big blinds remaining, four-bet shipped his remaining chips with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. Adams got out of the way and Eibinger, feeling committed, called. The board ran out [poker card="5h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="6h"] giving Eibinger two-pair and sending Pollak to the cage in fifth place for €445,300. Roughly an hour into the money, Canada’s Timothy Adams’ tournament came to an end. Eibinger open-shoved his [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] from under the gun and Adams, just under 20 big blinds, made the call with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop had Adams drawing incredibly thin as it came [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="tc"] so when the [poker card="kh"] and [poker card="ks"] completed the board, it simply looked like overkill. Adams left in fourth place for €576,300. With Eibinger with a commanding chip lead the battle back for the remaining players was not going to be easy. Once again, it was Badziakouski who found himself tangling with the chip leader. The Belarusian was, once again, all in and at risk against Eibinger. This time, he held [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"] against the Austrian’s [poker card="tc"][poker card="th"]. The flop looked good for Eibinger coming [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"]. But when the [poker card="as"] spiked on the turn followed by a harmless [poker card="6d"] on the river it propelled Badziakouski back into the hunt. The chip counts of the final three evened out and the rate of play slowed. During the next hour, Badziakouski picked up some key hands and took over the chip lead from Eibinger. One that Eibinger would not get back. During a three-way limped pot and a flop of [poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"] Eibinger found himself all in with two pair, holding [poker card="tc"][poker card="3h"] against Khangah’s [poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"]. Khangah’s second pair turned into two pair when the [poker card="jc"] was dealt on the turn. There was no river help for Eibinger and the former chip leader hit the rail in third place for €759,680, ensuring both heads up participants a payday of over €1 million. Heads up play lasted just under an hour with the chip lead changing hands on more than one occasion. Finally though, Badziakouski secured the victory when his [poker card="kd"][poker card="2d"] out turned Khangah’s [poker card="kh"][poker card="5c"] on a [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2c"] board. All of the chips got in the middle on the turn and when the [poker card="7h"] completed the board, it also completed the win for Badziakouski. Khangah takes home €1,191,900 for second place. For Badziakouski, the victory marks his fourth high roller outright win in 2018, the sixth of his career. His 2018 highlights include a fourth-place finish in the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas for $1.6 million as well as a pair of Triton Poker Super High Roller Main Event victories. He won $2.499 million for his first Triton win in May. He backed that up in late July for another $5.257 million victory. In total, he’s amassed over $12 million this year, second only to Justin Bonomo, and over $18 million in his career, with recorded results dating back to 2010.
  8. After taking the summer off, the European Poker Tour is back in action beginning August 21 with a return to Casino Barcelona for EPT Barcelona. The sea of high buy-ins and marquee events are topped with the added prize of 10 Platinum Passes to be distributed during the series. All the regularly scheduled favorites return to the EPT Barcelona calendar. The €100,000 Super High Roller, €1,100 EPT National, €50,000 High Roller, and €5,300 Main Event are listed as part of the 34 tournament schedule. Big numbers are part of the EPT Barcelona lore dating back to the first time Casino Barcelona hosted PokerStars in 2004. The trend held to form last year and entry figures are expected to increase in 2018 thanks to the Platinum Pass equity added. Sebastian Sorensson turned his PokerStars online satellite into $1.16 million versus a field of 1,682 in the 2017 PokerStars Championship Main Event. The EPT brand returns for the first time since Sebastian Malec won the 2016 EPT Barcelona Main Event for $1.27 million. In the 2018 PokerStars National Championship, 4,557 runners bested the €4 million guaranteed prize pool and the top-seven players all earned at least $149,190. How to Win a Platinum Pass The Platinum Pass is the coveted totem in all 2018 PokerStars events and the journey toward awarding 300 takes a major step forward in Barcelona. Players can claim a Platinum Pass by winning a specific event or simply being at the right place at the right time. The winners of the EPT Main Event, EPT National and the €550 EPT Cup will each be given a Platinum Pass for their victory. The online or live qualifier in the EPT Main Event who lasts the longest also receives a Platinum Pass. All three tournaments are also shelling out a Platinum Pass in the Crazy Pineapple hand challenge. The rules for the Crazy Pineapple hand challenge are as follows from the PokerStars website: "At the start of Day 2, in applicable tournaments, we will run a Crazy Pineapple Flip Out Hand on each table. The winner of each table will move to the next round (via a Shootout Format) where another Crazy Pineapple Flip Out Hand will take place. This will continue until we have one winner, and the winner will be awarded a Platinum Pass." The final three Platinum Passes are circulated via two more Crazy Pineapple hands and a special package qualifier. Event #23 (€1,100 Freezeout) and Event #28 (€550 No Limit Hold'em) are assigning Platinum Passes to the winners of their respective Crazy Pineapple hands at the start of Day 2. Event #28 (€2,150 PokerStars Players Championship package qualifier) adds a Platinum Pass to the overall prize pool. EPT Barcelona marks the most Platinum Passes dispersed at a single PokerStars Live stop. The previous top number was the APPT Manilla stop in August where five were issued along with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this January. EPT Barcelona Main Event Schedule Date Event Number Name Buy-in August 21 3 NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo (Single-Day Event) €2,150 August 22 4 EPT National (Four-Day Event, Four Starting Flights) €1,100 August 22 5 NL Hold'em (Two-Day Event) €10,300 August 24 6 NL Hold'em Seniors Event (Two-Day Event) €1,100 August 24 7 EPT Cup (Two-Day Event, Three Starting Flights) €550 August 25 9 EPT Super High Roller (Three-Day Event) €100,000 August 25 10 NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo Freezeout (Single-Day Event) €1,100 August 26 11 EPT National High Roller (Two-Day Event, Two Starting Flights €2,200 August 27 13 EPT Main Event (Five-Day Event, Two Starting Flights) €5,300 August 28 17 NL Hold'em (Single-Day Event) €50,000 August 28 18 NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo (Single-Day Event) €2,150 August 29 20 Pot Limit Omaha (Two-Day Event) €10,300 August 30 22 NL Hold'em (Single-Day Event) €25,000 August 30 23 NL Hold'em Freezeout (Two-Day Event) €1,100 August 31 26 Pot Limit Omaha (Two-Day Event) €1,100 August 31 27 EPT Barcelona High Roller (Three-Day Event) €10,300 August 31 28 NL Hold'em (Two-Day Event, Three Starting Flights) €550 August 31 29 NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo Freezeout (Single-Day Event) €2,150 September 1 30 NL Hold'em DeepStack (Two-Day Event) €2,200 September 1 31 NL Hold'em (Two-Day Event) €1,100 September 2 32 NL Hold'em Turbo (Single-Day Event) €550 September 2 33 NL Hold'em Turbo (Single-Day Event) €1,625 September 2 34 NL Hold'em Turbo (Single-Day Event) €5,200
  9. After 13 days of record-setting fields and one massive announcement, EPT Barcelona wrapped up on Sunday with Sweden's Simon Brandstrom taking down the largest EPT Barcelona Main Event in history. Brandstrom topped a field of 1,988 players after defeating Marton Czuczor heads-up after the two players agreed to a deal that saw each of them become millionaires. The first hand of the day lead to the first elimination. Brandstrom raised to 425,000 from cutoff, Yunye Lu called from the button and Czuczor and Diego Falcone defended their blinds. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5c"] flop, Brandstrom checked and Lu bet 700,000. Czuczor raised to 1,975,000, Falcone and Brandstrom both folded before Lu shoved for 4,075,000. Czuczor called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"] for a flush draw while Lu tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"] for top pair. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] but the [poker card="kc"] river completed Czuczor's flush draw and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The quick eliminations continued and five minutes later, Czuczor had his second victim. From the cutoff, Czuczor raised to 550,000 and Giovani Torre moved all in from the big blind for 4,200,000. Czuczor called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"] which put him ahead of Torre's [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"]. THe [poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"] flop left Torre hoping for runner-runner. THe [poker card="8s"] turn was no help and as the [poker card="6d"] hit the river, Torre was eliminated in fifth place. Czuczor took almost a full 15 minutes off before finding yet another victim. From UTG, Czuczor raised to 550,000 and then called when Falcone moved all in for 5,100,000 from the button. Falcone showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] while Czuczor held [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2d"] flop gave Falcone top pair but the [poker card="8c"] turn gave Czuczor a set. Falcone had no outs left and could only watch the [poker card="4s"] hit the river to complete his elimination in fourth place. Thre-handed play lasted 40 minutes before an elimination but this time Czuczor wasn't in the role of executioner. Brandstrom raised his button to 525,000 and Rui Sousa called from the big blind. The flop came [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] and Sousa checked. Brandstrom bet 500,000 and Sousa raised to 1,400,000. Brandstrom responded by moving all in and Sousa called off the his last 6,625,000 and then showed [poker card="th"][poker card="8d"] for top pair but Brandstrom flipped over [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. Neither the [poker card="7h"] turn or [poker card="4d"] river were any help for Sousa and he was sent packing in third place. Heads up play began with Czuczor holding a slight chip lead over Brandstrom. The pair quickly discussed and agreed to a deal that saw both players pocket a seven-figure score. Czuczor locked up €1,253,234 and Brandstrom guaranteed €1,212,706 with €77,460 left to play for. The original first place prize was €1,659,000. While the first four eliminations took just over an hour, the heads-up battle between Czuczor and Brandstrom took on a life of its own. Each player took turns with the chip lead before Brandstrom seized it for good after three and a half hours of play before eliminating Czuczor. The Hungarian raised to 900,000 and Brandstrom moved all in. Czuczor called all in and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] while Brandstrom showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="ad"][poker card="5h"] to eliminate Czuczor and give Brandstrom his first major title. This is the second live tournament win for Brandstrom in Barcelona. In May he won the WPTDeepStacks Barcelona event for €270,000. Final Table Payouts Simon Brandstrom - €1,253,234 Marton Czuczor- €1,212,706 Rui Sousa - €607,400 Diego Falcone - €436,760 Giovani Torre - €364,660 Yunye Lu - €295,520
  10. 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 [poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] but found out he was behind the [poker card="td"][poker card="th"] of Vaskaboinikau. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="tc"][poker card="as"] to give Reixach a full house and eliminate Vaskaboinikau in ninth. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 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 a[poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] which put him ahead of Ferreira's [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] and Ferreira was unable to improve. Nothing changed for him through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="ah"][poker card="4h"] while O'Dwyer showed [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2s"] flop kept O'Dwyer ahead but the [poker card="ac"] turn gave Toma top pair and after the [poker card="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 [poker card="ad"][poker card="qc"]. Greenwood was slightly ahead with [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"] flop changed things though and Greenwood was left wanting through the [poker card="5c"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Grafton tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] 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 [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] which put him well ahead of Grafton's [poker card="ks"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Grafton middle pair and Burns was unable to regain the lead after the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"] only to find himself dominated by Reixach's [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Tang some chop outs but he was happy to see the [poker card="8c"] turn only to have the [poker card="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 [poker card="kc"][poker card="js"][poker card="3h"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="7h"] and Grafton moved all in for 1,725,000 and Reixach snap-called. Grafton showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="6s"] while Reixach happily tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] to eliminate Grafton and win the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for a career-best €1,816,210 score. Final Table Payouts Sergi Reixach - €1,816,210 Sam Grafton - €1,303,950 Danny Tang - €847,570 Kahle Burns - €639,560 Tsugunari Toma - €496,740 Luc Greenwood - €384,980 Steve O'Dwyer - €304,250 Rui Ferreira - €235,950 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau - €180,070
  11. Originally scheduled to take place in August, the 2020 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made by PokerStars on Friday, May 22, 2020. Last update: Friday, May 22, 2020 Where and When Is the PSPC 2020? PSPC 2020 was scheduled to take place at Casino Barcelona from August 20-24, 2020, during the European Poker Tour Barcelona time slot. The event has been postponed until 2021, as has EPT Barcelona. No exact dates have been issued, but the event is still planned to take place in Barcelona, Spain. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] How Much Does It Cost To Enter PSPC? The PSPC buy-in is priced at €22,500, which is approximately $25,000 and very much equivalent to the price tag that came with the first PSPC that was held at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. As was done for the first PSPC, PokerStars will be hosting many different ways for players to win their way to PSPC for less than €22,500, including bringing back the popular Platinum Pass promotion. What Is a Platinum Pass? With the return of the PSPC comes the return of PokerStars’ Platinum Pass promotion that will award packages to the event. Platinum Passes are tickets to PSPC that can be won by players around the world through various promotions. Each pass is valued at €26,000 (approximately $30,000) and includes more than just the buy-in to the event. For PSPC, a Platinum Pass includes the following: €22,500 buy-in to PSPC (originally scheduled for 2020 but pushed to 2021) Six nights’ hotel accommodation in a five-star hotel Airport transfers PSPC Merchandise €1,250 for expenses Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event How To Win a Platinum Pass Platinum Passes will be given out in numerous ways. If you’re not looking to spend the €22,500 (approx. $25,000) to buy one, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your hands on one for much cheaper or even for free. Players have chances to win Platinum Passes through PokerStars' live events, special promotions and contests on social media, Twitch promotions, playing on PokerStars, and more. As we saw with the first PSPC, PokerStars is more than willing to get creative with how it awards Platinum Passes. How Many Platinum Pass Winners Are There? At the time of the announcement to postpone, nearly 200 Platinum Passes had been given out, with the goal to award 320 of them. Those that have already secured a Platinum Pass can use it for the 2021 event. Additionally, PokerStars is upping the allotment of Platinum Passes by 80, pushing the total to 400 Platinum Passes to be awarded. What About New Jersey and Pennsylvania? PokerStars has activity in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey, the site launched in March 2016 and has been going strong ever since. Platinum Passes were given out in the Garden State for the first edition of PSPC through PokerStarsNJ.com, and that will likely be the case for future PSPC festivals. The same goes for Pennsylvania. Although PokerStars PA was not operational to award Platinum Passes to online poker players in the Keystone State for the first-ever PSPC, PokerStars PA is running now and will likely award Platinum Passes for the next PSPC. It also wouldn't be out of the question to see a Moneymaker's Road To PSPC stop appear in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Moneymaker regularly makes his way to regulated states to play some of the bigger online series that PokerStars hosts, and we all know how successful the first run of the Moneymaker-PSPC promotion was. What Other Events Are Part of the PSPC Festival? The €22,500 buy-in PSPC event wasn't the only tournament planned as part of the highly anticipated Barcelona festival. In fact, it's PSPC that is part of the greater EPT Barcelona schedule. EPT Barcelona €1,100 National Event EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event Those are just three of the big events that were scheduled to take place as part of the EPT Barcelona festival. Although EPT Barcelona has also been postponed until 2021, we can expect to see the same sort of schedule in 2021, where there are EPT Barcelona events all around PSPC to create an enormous festival. To give you an idea of how successful EPT Barcelona has been, let's take a look at the last editions of those three events that were mentioned. The EPT Barcelona €1,100 National Event enjoyed record-breaking success in 2019, attracting a field of 4,682 entries and generating a prize pool north of €4.5 million. Markku 'markovitsus' Koplimaa, who won the PocketFives July 2019 PLB title, emerged victorious in the event for €585,500. The popular EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller always seems to attract poker’s best of the best and it’s enormous six-figure buy-in always lends itself to huge scores. In 2019, it was Sergi Reixach taking this event's title and first-place prize of €1.816 million. The event drew 64 entries. The EPT Barcelona €5,300 Main Event is always one that is not to be missed, and in 2019 it attracted a giant field of 1,988 entries to become the largest European Poker Tour main event in history. Sweden's Simon Brandstrom took top honors and the €1.253 million top prize. PSPC History PSPC in Barcelona will be the second-ever PokerStars Players Championship. The first was held as part of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. It had a $25,000 buy-in and became the largest $25,000 buy-in tournament of all time. The tournament attracted 1,039 entries and generated a $26.455 million prize pool. Included in the field were 320 Platinum Pass winners. One of those Platinum Pass winners was Spain's Ramon Colillas and he went on to beat WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini to become the first-ever PSPC champion. For the win, Colillas won an incredible $5.1 million in prize money. Martini took $2.974 million for second place, with notables Scott Baumstein (4th - $1.657 million), Farid Jattin (7th - $746,000), and Talal Shakerchi (8th - $509,000) also reaching the final table.
  12. Another tournament, another trophy for Sweden’s Simon Brandstrom. Brandstrom continued to stay white-hot in 2019 as he took down the World Poker Tour UK $3,300 Main Event for $330,000 for his third major title this year. The victory makes him the first player to hold both a WPT Main Tour title as well as a WPTDeepStacks title, after winning WPTDeepStacks Barcelona in April 2019 for €270,000. In addition to both of his WPT victories, Brandstrom’s resume includes a victory in the largest field ever for an EPT Barcelona Main Event this past August for a massive €1.2 million payday. “This feels surreal,” Brandstrom said to the World Poker Tour right after his victory. “It feels like it shouldn’t be possible to have back-to-back wins, and I don’t fee like I am worth it.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Brandstrom outlasted the 690-entries that piled onto the piled into the Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham for the Main Event. When the final nine took their seats, Brandstrom knew he was going to have to battle some top-tier poker talent as both partypoker MILLIONS Nottingham champion Maria Lampropulos and Triton High Roller Montenegro Main Event winner Manig Loeser were also seated to battle for the WPT UK trophy. WPT UK Final Table Results 1st - Simon Brandstrom - $330,000 2nd - Ryan Mandara - $221,650 3rd - James Rann - $168,500 4th - Matthew Eardley - $128,500 5th - Maria Lampropulos - $98,500 6th - Paul Siddle - $76,000 7th - Manig Loeser - $58,500 8th - Leo Worthington-Lesse - $46,000 9th - Paul Jackson - $36,000 At the start of the final day, nine players remained with Brandstom holding the chip lead, however, it wasn't smooth sailing to get to the trophy. It took nearly two hours before players began to hit the rail as Paul Jackson was knocked out in ninth place for $36,000. He was followed out the door by Leo Worthington-Leese in eighth place for $46,000 and finally, three hours from when play began German crusher Maig Loeser hit the rail in seventh place, adding $58,500 to his $10.8 million in career earnings. After a short break, the final six players got to the business of crowning a champion. Paul Siddle’s bustout hand wasn’t really the hand that did him in. About an hour and a half into six-handed play he and Matthew Eardley, nearly equal in stacks, got their chips in the middle with Siddle holding [poker card="jd"][poker card="js"] and Eardley holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"]. The massive flip went Eardley’s way as the [poker card="ad"] appeared on the flop and no additional help came for Siddle. After the chips were counted down Siddle was left with roughly 1/6th of an ante which he put in on the very next hand. Although he had the solid holding of [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] he was eliminated as an onlooker in a pot where Eardley made a full house holding [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"] on a [poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="kh"][poker card="2s"] board. Siddle collected $76,000 for his sixth-place finish. The very next hand Maria Lampropulos shipped her short stack with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2s"] and was called by James Rann and his [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"] provided Lampropulos, the 2018 PCA Main Event champion, little help and when the [poker card="5d"] hit the turn she was down to two outs. The [poker card="6s"] came on the river and the accomplished Lampropulos headed for the exit in fifth place taking home $98.500. With four players remaining, Brandstrom has long since lost his chip lead and was in desperation mode as Ryan Mandara and Eardley assumed the top half of the chip counts. Then the chips starting flying with all four players taking turns applying pressure, shoving their short stacks and finding themselves in tricky spots. It took 56 more hands before the next player was knocked out. After a raise from Mandara, Eardley shipped his ten big blind stack holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. With the action back to Mandara, he made the call with the [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="qc"] kept Eardley in the lead but the door opened up for Mandara with the [poker card="7h"] turn card. The river was the [poker card="jh"], giving Mandara the runner-runner straight and eliminating Eardley in fourth place for $128,500, the largest cash of his career. Three-handed play lasted for nearly an hour when finally James Rann shoved from the small blind with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="2h"] and was quickly called by Mandara holding [poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"]. There was little drama along with way as the board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="kd"] and Rann headed to the cashier to pick up his $168,500 third-place payday. With the score, Rann leaps over $1 million in lifetime live earnings. Mandara held the chip lead headed into heads up play but Brandstrom picked up crucial in the first few hands. Then, only seven hands into heads up, the title was decided. Mandara put in a raise with [poker card="js"][poker card="tc"] and Brandstrom called with [poker card="9h"][poker card="7s"]. The flop came [poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"] giving Brandstrom two pair and Mandara a gutshot to the straight. Brandstrom check-called another bet from Mandara. The turn fell the [poker card="4c"], changing nothing. Brandstrom checked it to Mandara who put in a sizable bet which Brandstrom called. The river was the [poker card="kh"] and Brandstrom checked for the third time. Mandara tanked, used a time-bank card and eventually over shipped the pot, putting himself at risk. Brandstrom had Mandara barely out chipped and didn’t take too long to make the correct call. Mandara finished as the runner-up for $221,650. Simon Brandstrom took down the WPT UK Main Event for $330,000 and a $15,000 entry into the 2020 WPT Tournament of Champions. Brandstrom Joins The POY Points Leaders Donald Maloney still holds the pole position in the Hublot WPT Player of the Year but he’s going to have to contend with Brandstrom, who after his WPT UK victory is tied with him Maloney and Aaron Van Blarcum with 1,200 POY points. Maloney and Van Blarcum hold an edge on earnings, putting Brandstrom in third place. WPT UK Runner-up Ryan Mandara also leaps into the top 10 with his $221,650 cash which was worth 1,000 POY points. He takes over the #8 position and that pushes Brian Altman out of the top 10 into the #11 spot despite being the only player in the top 20 with more than a single cash early in this season. 1st: Donald Maloney - 1,200 points 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - 1,200 points 3rd - Simon Brandstrom - 1,200 points 4th: Uke Dauti - 1,000 points 5th: Roger Teska - 1,000 points 6th: Nitis Udornpim - 1,000 points 7th: Gueorgui Gantchev - 1,000 points 8th - Ryan Mandara - 1,000 points 9th: Kevin Albers - 900 points 10th: Jared Griener - 900 points
  13. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. Even though it was August, the WSOP Main Event was back in the headlines, as a player that was disqualified from the tournament had a terrorism charge brought against him and another player was being sued over a staking deal. Ken Strauss Arrested and Charged for Terroristic Threat Ken Strauss, who was disqualified from the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, was taking into custody and charged with making terroristic threats against a Las Vegas casino. The charge stemmed from Strauss’ social media activity at the end of July. In a tweet, Strauss threatened the Venetian Resort. WSOP Main Event Seventh-Place Finisher Sued Another big story from August that had WSOP Main Event ties was a lawsuit involving seventh-place finisher Nick Marchington. The 21-year-old Marchington won $1.525 million for his result, but he was soon hit with a lawsuit from two men who claimed to have bought a 10% piece of his WSOP Main Event action. David Yee and Colin Hartley, partners in C Biscuit Poker Staking, alleged that Marchington attempted to back out of a staking deal after he had agreed to sell 10% of his action to them for the WSOP's $5,000 Six Max No Limit Hold’em and Main Event tournaments. There were many questions surrounding the situation, most of which focused on the conversations had between the two parties and if the deal was on or off. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Aaron Zang Wins Poker’s Richest Tournament With a buy-in of £1.05 million, the Triton Million: A Helping Hand for Charity became poker’s richest tournament. It was also set to award some absolutely mammoth paydays. Topping the field of 54 entries was Aaron Zang, who won £13.779 million. But, Zang wasn’t the event’s biggest winner. A heads-up deal between Zang and Bryn Kenney saw Kenney take home £16.89 million. The conversion rate put the score north of $20.4 million for Kenney, making him the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. Triton Million Results 1st: Aaron Zang - £13,779,791* 2nd: Bryn Kenney - £16,890,509* 3rd: Dan Smith - £7,200,000 4th: Stephen Chidwick - £4,410,000 5th: Vivek Rajkumar - £3,000,000 6th: Bill Perkins - £2,200,000 7th: Alfred DeCarolis - £1,720,000 8th: Timothy Adams - £1,400,000 9th: Wai Leong Chan - £1,200,000 10th: Chin Wei Lim - £1,100,000 11th: Winfred Yu - £1,100,000 *First and second prizes as a result of a heads-up deal. For more on this incredible tournament, go back and read the PocketFives recap. Bryn Kenney Doing His Own Thing and Crushing Speaking of Bryn Kenney, PocketFives’ Lance Bradley had the opportunity to sit down with Kenney for an interview. Even though he’s younger, Kenney isn’t often thought of as the same wizard-like player that his peers are. Kenney would be the first to admit it, too, but with a style all to his own he put together a tremendous year of poker in 2019. Checking in on Kenney’s stats on Hendon Mob, we can see that Kenney has more than $56 million in live tournament earnings and is atop poker’s all-time money list. As we mentioned before, he’s also the holder of poker’s largest single score from a live tournament. In 2019, Kenney won more than $30 million. Take some time and read the special feature story on this special player. PSPC Going To Barcelona in 2020 The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship was a smashing success, becoming the largest $25,000 buy-in event in poker history. PokerStars wanted to run it back, only in a different location, and announced that the PSPC would be heading to Barcelona, Spain. Taking place August 20-24, the 2020 PSPC will be part of the European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona that is ever so popular with players. Platinum Passes are back and currently being given out through a variety of promotions from PokerStars, and this event is anticipated to be even larger than the first. ‘Girafganger7’ Wins Monthly PLB in August 'Girafganger7,' a former top-ranked online poker player in the world, earned his second PocketFives Monthly PLB title by topping the leaderboard in August. He put in a ton of volume and accumulated 2,399 points from more than 120 results. He won just over $125,000 from those results. His August was highlighted by a win in the PokerStars High Roller Club: $530 Bounty Builder HR for $13,519.
  14. Although some land-based casinos have started reopening their poker rooms, players will have to wait an additional year for the 2020 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) and EPT Barcelona events. On Friday, PokerStars made the announcement that it is postponing the two festivals until 2021. "We realize that this news will come as a disappointment to many, but we know you will understand and appreciate why this is necessary," a post on the PokerStars Blog stated. "Our priority is the safety and good health of all our players and staff, as well as the communities that host such large events." The second edition of the PSPC was scheduled to take place August 20-24, 2020, at Casino Barcelona, with the always popular EPT Barcelona festival wrapped around it. Exact dates for the 2021 edition have yet to be announced, but it is planned to still be held in Barcelona. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] There were 320 Platinum Passes set to be awarded to the 2020 PSPC event, of which nearly 200 have already been given out through various promotions. Those that already hold Platinum Passes for the 2020 PSPC will be eligible to use them for the 2021 event. Plus, PokerStars is upping the number of Platinum Passes to be awarded, taking it from 320 to 400. "While we cannot provide exact dates at this time, we do know that the PSPC will be back bigger and better in 2021 at Casino Barcelona," the post stated. "Until then, we will focus on creating a life-changing and memorable PokerStars experience for when we are safe and together again." The news comes almost exactly one month after the 2020 World Series of Poker was postponed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the postponed of the PSPC and EPT Barcelona, PokerStars announced that is has canceled the Road to PSPC Cannes, Road to PSPC Madrid Torrelodones, and Manilla Super Series 14 stops. The first-ever PSPC, held as part of the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival, awarded 320 Platinum Passes and generated a field of 1,039 entries. Ramon Colillas was crowned champion for $5.1 million. With its $26.455 million prize pool, the event became the largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament of all time. PSPC 2020 was already anticipated to take this record to new heights, and now with an additional 80 Platinum Passes to be awarded it hopes to be even bigger. For those with questions regarding the postponements, PokerStars has put together a PSPC Postponement FAQ page with more information.

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