This edition of the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Barcelona will not be remembered for breaking any records. Yet it will probably be as vividly etched in the memory as the four Spaniards or Finns and the hats they bought from the street vendors hanging out in front of Barcelona’s casino.
In such an important tournament, we have never seen two extremes come together so thoroughly asSimon Viczak and Andrei AkariThe situation is the same.
The Frenchman, who held the chip lead for three consecutive days, performed well. The comparison was cruel for the Brazilian, who repeated itwith equal persistence but with very few chips, avoiding elimination too many times to count.
There is no grayscale separating the two names. Wiciak is such a good online player that in fact he built up his bankroll at four different casinos in Las Vegas this summer and made it to Day 6 or 7 of the Main Event, his first serious start. There’s no need to present Akkari’s entire success story with contradictory trajectories. The Pokerstars Pro Team is well known and a key factor in the country’s love for our game.
When one of them wins the tournament, people always mention how they got to the finals, but if one of them wins among the other candidates, there are many names protecting the reputation of the tournament.
Santiago Plante is a consummate Canadian pro who has toured the U.S. circuit with 16 cash prizes and three final tables at the WSOP. Ezequiel Waigel “eze88888” is one of the luminaries of the Argentinian poker scene and winner of the WCOOP Main Event. Carl Shaw won a WSOP bracelet live to commemorate the festival’s 50th anniversary. In fact, the only anonymous player like Wiciak at the poker table that we all know is another BrazilianJoao Sydenstrickerwho has online wins like the Sunday Million and his role as a poker player Coach’s job.
- Simon Visiak 22,875,000 (92bb)
- Carl Shaw 17,400,000 (70bb)
- Santiago Plant 7,500,000 (30bb)
- Joao Sydenstricker 6,150,000 (25bb)
- Ezequiel Waigel 5,150,000 (21bb)
- André Akkari 4,500,000 (18bb)
Match Already underway, broadcast provided by PokerStars Spain. We cannot insert the Youtube channel here because it is inaccessible due to age restrictions on the platform, but you can click on this link to access (Youtube) directly. Remember, this involves almost €1.5 million and there is a lot of EPT history yet to be written.