The EUR 5,300 Main Event of European Poker Tour Barcelona’s Season 12 is over. The prestigious competition was won by the professional poker player John Juanda, who has achieved great poker results in the past as well.
The new season kicked off with a record-breaking attendance in the Main Event and with a huge cash reward of over EUR 1 million for the lucky EPT Barcelona winner. Online poker sites can’t stop praising the gaming skills of the 44-year-old winner.
John Juanda is regarded as one of the greatest talents in the poker world. Not without a merit, the 44-year-old has just broken a record by becoming an EPT Barcelona winner and the Main Event of PokerStars‘ prestigious competition. He was the best out of 1,694 players and seized the first place, together with its EUR 1,022,593 cash reward.
This is the first EPT title of the successful poker player, according to online gambling news. Even though the fact that he won the largest amount of money, other players can be satisfied with the final results as well. Frederik Jensen finished in the third position, which awards him with a EUR 810,294 prize, while Steve Warburton’s silver medal comes with a EUR 941,613 cash reward.
The final round has started with Denys Shafikov being the overwhelming chip leader. Juanda quickly came up to the second position by an Ace and a King in hand, with which he defeated Andreas Samuelsson’s queens. Lots of hands later, Shafikov lost his leading position upon losing the all-in to Jensen, and eventually got knocked out by the latter EPT Barcelona winner Juanda.
At this point, Steve Warburton had the most coins, while Juanda was in second position. Jensen tried to match Juanda but his 2 pairs were not good enough against Juanda’s full house so he had to quit the game, leaving only 2 players in the game. Juanda had a great advantage over Warburton by now, thanks to which he managed to defeat his young rival.
The Indonesian EPT champion has added his prize of over EUR 1 million to his total career earnings which, due to his latest success, exceeds the USD 17 million. With this amount, John Juanda has made his way to the top 10 of all-time poker earners. He sat in the table with the second shortest stack but remained determined and focused until the last second, thanks to which he became EPT Barcelona winner.
However, it was doubtful whether he would even start competing in the EUR 5,300 Main Event of European Poker Tour Barcelona. Online mobile news report that he suffered from an illness and arrived in the last minute to play. In addition, only a few days ago, he was offered the chance to claim a prize of more than EUR 500,000 but he turned the offer down. Juanda explained his decision by saying that accepting that prize would have meant giving up on the EUR 1 million reward of the Main Event.
A total of 71 events were held throughout the European Poker Tour Barcelona poker tournament series. The 12th season of the prestigious poker competition kicked off in the Spanish city as usual, and has brought great excitement among gambling enthusiasts. Thrilling games and incredible cash rewards were the main attributes of EPT Barcelona.
Daniel Peche, a talented poker player from Germany, came away with a EUR 11,800 prize upon finishing first out of 312 participants of the EUR 200 NL Saturday Night SuperStack tournament. The next exciting competition was the EUR 5K NL 6-Max. Turbo event, where successful poker players were fighting for the incredible first prize.
PokerStars‘ 25K-euro High Roller event’s champion Martin Finger was one of the best gamblers who managed to reach the final, however he finished in the third position. Upon his elimination, only Wael Sarkis and Benjamin Pollak remained in the game and these two players faced each other for final glory and the unbelievable money prize. Pollak became the next EPT Barcelona winner eventually, claiming the EUR 118,460 cash reward.
By the time that the Main Event was down to a heads-up, the fast-paced EUR 300 NL Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event has celebrated another EPT Barcelona winner as well. Danillo Patella from Italy was named as the best out of 350 players. Due to his great performance at the poker tables, he received a EUR 19,850 cash reward. Romanian Adrian Costin Constantin finished as runner-up while Peter Eichhardt from Sweden stood on the bottom of the podium.
John Juanda has achieved incredible poker results by winning the €5,300 Main Event, knocking out both Jensen and Warburton. Not so much later another EPT Barcelona winner was celebrated. Gregory Torrents from France was participating in the EUR 100 NL Hyperturbo event and has claimed the EUR 5,130 first prize. He was the best one out of 264 poker players.
Another great victory was achieved about an hour later, when the €2K NL 6-Max. Turbo event has finished. Farid Jattin was crowned as the next king of poker tournaments as he has received the 83,290 euro first prize. Fillippo Lazzaretto was given the silver medal while Joao Vieira finished in the third position.