The European Poker Tour kicked off its eleventh season in Barcelona last week with many events on the schedule being played alongside the Spanish “Estrellas Poker Tour”. A number of players from Canada travelled to Spain in hopes of cashing in big.
Canadians faired well in the €10,000 Highroller Event where three of them made top 8 final table cashes. Ami Barer of Vancouver placed in 4th earning €276,900 (~$396k CAD),
Montrealer Marc-Andre Ladouceur scored €168,600 (~$241k CAD) for his 6th place finish and Carlos Chadha finished in 8th place with a €90,900 (~$130k CAD) payday.
There were a total of 393 players, creating a prize pool for the event of €3,851,400 (~$5.5m CAD) and top prize of €747,200 (~1.07m CAD) went to Ihar Soika of Belarus followed by Jason Mercier of the USA.
The €5,300 buy-in Main Event also wrapped up with 1,496 runners contributing to a prize pool of €7,255,600. A three-way deal was made that saw Sam Phillips of the USA take home the most money but Andre Lettau of Germany take the title.
Here are the Main Event results:
1 – Andre Lettau, Germany, €794,058*
2 – Sam Phillips, USA, PokerStars qualifier, €1,021,275*
3 – Hossein Ensan (Germany) €652,667*
4 – Andrea Dato (Italy) €362,000
5 – Andrey Shatilov (Russia) €286,000
6 – Kiryl Radzivonau (Belarus) €224,500
7 – Ji Zhang (Germany) €171,600
8 – Slaven Popov (Bulgaria) €121,300
Probably what will be remembered the most from this EPT Barcelona is the political controversy that it stirred up during the €50,000 Super High Roller Event when Dan Colman and Olivier Busquet wore t-shirts at the televised final table that read “Free Palestine” and “Save Gaza”, in reference to the recent Israel – Gaza conflict that has left more than 2,200 dead in 50 days, most of them civilians.
PokerStars have spoken out and have passed a new rule that the display of political statements will be banned at future events.
Olivier and Dan ended up shipping 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Super Highroller, earning the largest cashes at this years EPT Barcelona.
1 – Olivier Busquet €896,434
2 – Daniel Colman €843,066