EPT Barcelona: John Juanda Wins the Main Event; Mustapha Kanit Takes Down the High Roller

This year the European Poker Tour turned out to be a historic series as it saw the five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Juanda outplaying the biggest ever EPT main event field of 1,694 players. This was Juanda’s John-Juanda-EPT-Main Eventfirst EPT title for which he took home the first-place prize of €1,022,593. This epic victory puts Juanda ninth on the all-time money list with over $17 million in career earnings.

The final table started with Denys Shafikov as the chip leader. Victor Bogdanov busted on the very first hand and the Russian player took home €104,000. Mario Sanchez was the next player to be out, followed by Amir Touma who lost with Q-J to Juanda’s pocket threes and collected €194,100. Then it was the turn of Andreas Samuelsson who ran with J-10off suit into Steve Warburton’s aces, and took a way out-of-tournament at sixth place for €253,900 while Rainer Kempe and Denys Shafikov got knocked out in fifth and fourth place.

John Juanda, Steve Warburton and Frederik Jensen, the last three men standing, made a deal at this point. During the three-handed battle, Jensen was the one who hit the rail leaving the match between the Warburton and Juanda. In the heads-up game, Warburton experienced flip-flops, and finally his pocket eights ran into Juanda’s pair of queens.

Here are the final table payouts:

Place Player Prize (USD)
1 John Juanda $1,186,208*
2 Steve Warburton $1,092,271*
3 Frederik Jensen $939,941*
4 Denys Shafikov $469,916
5 Rainer Kempe $371,664
6 Andreas Samuelsson $294,524
7 Amir Touma $225,156
8 Mario Sanchez $159,013

*3-way deal

€10,300 NLH High Roller

On the other side, Mustapha Kanit wins 2015 EPT Barcelona taking home €738,759. Kanit defeated a sizable battle field of 506 players to win his second title of the year. The event concluded with “done by deal”. After the elimination of Niklas Astedt in fourth place, chip leader Mustapha Kanit, second placed Kuljinder Sidhu and third placed Nick Petrangelo talked numbers and made a deal. Kanit held 11.6 million of the 25.5 million chips in play the the time of the deal.Kanit-Mustapha-EPT-High-Roller

Here are the final table payouts:

Place Player Prize (USD)
1 Mustapha Kanit $856,960
2 Kuljinder Sidhu $742,400
3 Nick Petrangelo $687,694
4 Niklas Astedt $390,572
5 Aliaksei Boika $308,096
6 Ami Barer $239,656
7 Gerald Karlic $180,496
8 Kevin MacPhee $125,860

The European Poker Tour will return to Malta in October 2015. In partnership with the Italian Poker Tour, EPT Malta will run from 20-31 October at St Julian’s resort.

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