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One of the most popular tournaments at the annually hosted PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona stop is the €550 EPT Cup and this year the event attracted an impressive 3,287 entries over three starting flights. Besting the field, Dariusz Paszkiewicz (cover image) won the event for €157,550.
Paszkiewicz made a three-way deal with Mickael Vongsonthi and Youcef Benzerfa and eventually triumphed to walk away with the trophy and the $30,000 PSPC Platinum Pass, while Vongsonthi finished second and Benzerfa third.
Incidentally, Vongsonthi lost the chance to earn the Platinum Pass twice in a day as he clashed with Ronaldo Camardese heads-up in the Crazy Pineapple Flipout and was defeated. The flipout was held on Day 2 of the EPT Cup and was played among the 158 remaining players of the event at the same time across all the tables. First, Vongsouthi hit a flush with to defeat his rival and reached the heads-up stage with Camardese. Camardese defeated Vongsouthi to win the Platinum Pass.
The top 485 spots took home a minimum payout of €865 and right after the bubble burst, three players i.e. Rocco Palumbo, Felipe Bozzetti Pasqual and Osvaldo Lewis were eliminated at the same time, and split the min cash prize money three-way.
Peter Kamaras (6th for €39,830), Antonina Anapolska (26th for €6,240), Erwann Pecheux (46th for €3,910), Julien Sitbon (65th for €3,280), and Dominik Panka (114th for €2,475) were among the other notables who made it in the money.
Final Table Recap
Cezar Laurentiu was the first casualty on the nine-handed final table and following him to the rail were Ovidiu Chirieac in eighth place and Zhiping Zeng in seventh place respectively.
Peter Kamaras lost his chance to win the event and bowed out in sixth place, while Tomasz Pajak, who had become very short stacked by then, busted in fifth place.
After the elimination of Abedel Douair in fourth place, the remaining three finalists negotiated a three-way deal where the winner was to take away a payday of €157,550 along with the Platinum Pass and the second and third runners-up would pocket €147,500 each.
Youcef Benzerfa was the next player to bounce out in third place.
The heads-up battle between Mickael Vongsouthi and Paskiewicz saw the latter dominating the play and it didn`t take long for Paskiewicz to win the title!
Final Table Results (Euro)
1. Dariusz Paskiewicz – €157,550*
2. Mickael Vongsouthi – €147,500*
3. Youcef Benzerfa – €147,500*
4. Abedel Douair – €71,140
5. Tomasz Pajak – €54,400
6. Peter Kamaras – €39,830
7. Zhiping Zeng – €29,930
8. Ovidiu Chirieac – €21,450
9. Cezar Laurentiu – €16,700
* denotes three-way deal
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