Over €1 million was doled out to first-place winner John Juanda at the biggest European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event of all time this weekend in Barcelona. Juanda won his first EPT title, beating almost 1,700 players for the coveted title.
Denys Shafikov, who ultimately finished fourth, was the chip leader when the final table began; Russian Victor Bogdanov was the first to bust, falling with A, 7 against Frederik Jensen’s A,K.
Things quieted down for a while thereafter. Almost forty hands transpired before Andreas Samuelsson and Rainer Kempe were eliminated in sixth and fifth-place, respectively.
After Shafikov was eliminated in fourth, a deal was made between the final three: Juanda, Jensen, and Steve Warburton. The trio agreed to a payout of €941,613 for Warburton, €922,593 for Juanda, and €810,294 for Jensen.
While the result became a formality, the tournament still needed a winner. Warburton was struggling the most but it was Jensen that ultimately bet two pair against Juanda’s full house and was the first to go. Ultimately, Warburton lost on pocket eights against Juanda’s pair of queens.
Juanda was a close second-place finisher to David Vamplew in the Season 7 Main Event, winning £545,000; this victory places him ninth on the all-time money list with over $17 million in lifetime winnings.
Final table results:
The next European Tour stop will be this October in Malta.
(Photo credit: Larry Kang (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kang/70967715/) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.)
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