The maiden event of the European Poker Tour Season 10; the €50,000 Super High Roller at the EPT Barcelona wrapped up this past Sunday as Russia’s Vitaly Lunkin beat out 50 other competitors to become the €771,300 champion.
Further collecting a Shamballa bracelet and of course the coveted first major title of the season, Lunkin’s final day began with seven others; Ole Schemion, Timothy Adams, Steve O’Dwyer, Mike McDonald, Erik Seidel, Fabian Quoss and David Benefield, all hoping to at least make the top seven, as only those places paid prizes.
Unfortunately for Adams, it was not going to be his day, as little more than halfway into level 19 the short stack contender went all in on King-nine on suit, only to be called and beaten on the turn when Seidel drew a lucky club flush.
Following a less-than-successful hand against O’Dwyer, Schemion, the chip leader at the start of the day’s play, could not hold on any longer and was sent packing only 115 minutes in, followed quickly by Benefield to leave a heated four-hand battle.
Following a back and forth with eventual winner Lunkin, McDonald was next to be given his marching orders when going all in for 2.445 million with ten-nine, only to be called immediately by Seidel with pocket Aces. Despite the possibility of two pair, McDonald’s luck had run out and left a huge heads-up battle between the two formed players of the tournament in Seidel and Lunkin.
In what was a dog-eat-dog battle that never looked like ending, the final hand finally showed itself when Seidel shipped all-in on King-Queen off suit and was calmly called by Lunkin, who held Ace-five. When the flop revealed a further Ace, the tournament was all but decided, awarding the final two players healthy prizes, with a difference of around €200,000.
The main event, still underway is sure to throw up some surprises of its own to cap a memorable tournament in Barcelona.
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