Poker professionals are instinctively drawn to the tables of prominent tournaments and few come even close to the European Poker Tour Barcelona.
This is the first event of the popular series and this year it was John Juanda who won the main events and his performance was rewarded with a paycheck exceeding €1 million.
This is the biggest amount ever won by a player in the EPT and was the result of almost 1700 players buying in.
It took several days for the field of players to be reduced to just 10 and when final table started, John was not among the chip leaders. He closed the gap and move back to the top of the hierarchy, having a significant advantage over his competitors when three handed play started. He locked horns with other poker professionals, but the specialists regard him as favorite to prevail once you make it this far.
The three players reached a deal before continuing the game and Juanda got the lion’s share, but he didn’t settle for that amount. He played some big pots against Frederik Jensen, including one that caused his opponent to think for several minutes in a row.
Unfortunately for him he made the wrong decision and called and all in with the second pair, which allowed John to seize all his chips.
Following his elimination, it was the professional left to fight a younger opponent and Steve Warburton showed no signs that he was willing to throw in the towel. It was clearly fighting a losing battle with fewer chips than the leader, but got lucky and doubled up relatively early in the game. Unfortunately for him, the stacked vanished before his very eyes and pretty soon he had to go all in once again, this time with the weaker hand.
At the end of the day, it was John Juanda who won the tournament and a record amount, while the runner-up came $59,000 short of crossing the psychological threshold. Check out the complete standings and the final table payouts below, for the European Poker Tour Barcelona 2015: