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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, January 13th, 2014
The European Poker Tour is set to host its 100th event this August, and has revealed they will be hosting Europe’s largest ever Poker festival in Barcelona, Spain.
Spanning from August 16-27, 2014, the Casino Barcelona event will officially mark the beginning of season 11 of the EPT, and will partner with the locally-renowned ‘Estrellas Poker Tour’ from the 16th-21st to produce what is sure to be a truly memorable 12 day Poker extravaganza.
EPT President Edgar Stuchly said the Tour could not be more excited about the 100th event, particularly as it will be held in one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
“The EPT was born in Barcelona so it’s very fitting to celebrate EPT’s 100th event in true style and with unforgettable poker” Stuchly said.
“EPT Barcelona is one of the most popular tour stops and attracts players from all over the world for the fantastic mix of beaches, iconic architecture, party atmosphere and world class poker.”
The 2013 edition of the event broke all major European Poker records, and eventually saw the two Main Events of 1,798 and 1,234 players respectively award winners Soenke Jahn and Tom Middleton with €169,136 and €942,000 – each player’s largest victory to date.
This year, the EPT has revealed that 20 extra tables will be included to ensure the expected player fields will be covered, and records are broken once again.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Returning for what turned out to be a relatively short day of poker, Thomas Muhlocker has defeated Daniel Negreanu and eight other final table contestants to win the European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,000 High Roller event.
The day’s proceeding started when the unofficial final table of nine returned to the tournament room, each aiming to claim a good slice of the huge payday on offer. Boasting names such as 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, current World Series of Poker November Nine star David Benefield and the always dangerous five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winning Pro Daniel Negreanu, the sparks were always going to fly from the get go.
Negreanu’s situation leading into the event was particularly engaging, as he had disagreed with a ruling so ferociously on day one he essentially removed himself from the tournament, returning only late in the day with his A-game on display and forcing his way into the final.
Progressing quite rapidly, the first elimination came quite early when a large confrontation with Ole Schemion left Raoul Refos crippled beyond salvage, setting up the official final table.
Benefield, who had carried the short stack into the final table, found his tournament come to an end when he moved all in against Schemion before the flop, only to be completely dominated.
Schemion’s streak of high fortune continued almost immediately after dispatching Benefield, when Richard Yong opened with a pre-flop raise against a hidden hand of pocket Aces. Letting out a chuckle and shake of the head, Yong left the final table in seventh position for a total prize of €66,000.
Although it seemed he posed an unstoppable threat to the rest of the table, Schemion lost the majority of his stack just a few hands later when Negreanu pulled a flush over the top of his substantially weaker hand, leading to an eventual bust at the hands of Jean-Noel Thorel.
Duhamel and start-of-the-day chip leader Joni Jouhkimainen followed next, the latter running into pocket aces and forced to settle for fourth place.
By this point, Negreanu was without doubt commanding the table and further extended his lead heading into heads-up play by disposing of Thorel with an amazing straight flush.
Able to score his first double up with an over-pair over Negreanu’s pocket fours, Muhlocker made the killing move on pocket nines when Negreanu had once again pulled a pair of fours.
For his steady, under-the-radar technique, Muhlocker walked away with a handy €390,700 and the added confidence gained from beating the five-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner in heads-up play.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, September 1st, 2013
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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