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The 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona Casino European Poker Tour has been a record-setting one, with several events clocking in massive turnouts. The poker festival has just two days to go before wrapping, and two players recently won their first EPT titles and career-best scores.
Dutch player Johannes van Bemmel won the three-day-long €3K NLH Mystery Bounty Championship for €251,726, with Brazil’s Paulo Roberto Brombim finishing runner-up for €225,000.
Earlier this week, Germany’s Leonard Maue took down the €25K High Roller II for €653,160, denying Francisco Benitez (2nd for €421,480) his third title in the series.
Johannes van Bemmel Wins Maiden Live Title in €3K NLH Mystery Bounty Championship (€251,726)
Netherlands’ Johannes van Bemmel championed a vast 1,132-entry field (including 367 re-entries) in Event #38 – €3,000 NLH Mystery Bounty Championship yesterday to collect the lion’s share of the €3,074,512 prize pool worth €251,726. Brazil’s Paulo Roberto Brombim finished runner-up for €225,000.
Elias Neto (3rd for €200,000), Anthony Miles (4th for €112,160), and Felipe Germano (5th for €86,270) were the other top finishers.
Van Bemmel eliminated ten players along the way, netting an additional €23,000 in bounties. The bounty amount he won succeeded his previous largest live score, a fifth-place finish in a tournament in the Netherlands in May for €15,806.
In his post-match interview, Bemmel told PokerNews, “I started below average with a million, and there were many tough players left, so I was really taking this hand-by-hand. I quickly was able to triple my stack to three million, and I began to think that maybe this would work out, but I still didn’t have any hopes or expectations.”
“But the whole week, I felt good. It was going badly until this moment, I busted a lot of tournaments, but this one just felt good. I was winning flips, I had ace-king against ace-queen maybe six times, aces against kings, and if you have those kinds of situations, you can win tournaments. I’ve been very fortunate, I played my hands well, and we’re here now,” he added.
This score couldn`t have come at a better time for Bemmel, who quit his job only two months ago to set up his business and play poker on the side. The win has given him some bankroll cushion to give his poker aspirations a serious shot.
Stating as much, he said, “I did good at poker, and I didn’t love my job as much as I did before (as an account manager working for a big corporate company), so I was looking for something else. I was busy trying to set up my own business, but poker went well, so now I’m trying to do a combination of both. So I stopped working, and I came to Barcelona and now this, so it’s really great timing. Now I’m going to take some time off, go on holiday in Italy with my wife and friends, and then we’re going to play again.”
PokerStars Ambassadors Jen Shahade (11th for €23,230) and Parker Talbot (20th for €12,200) were other notables finishing in the money.
The €3,000 buy-in Mystery Bounty generated a €3,074,512 prize pool. The top 167 places got paid with a min-cash worth €3,010.
Final Table Results (EURO)
Leonard Maue Champions €25K Single Day High Roller II For a Career-Best €653,160
Germany’s Leonard Maue came out on top of a 102-entry field in the €25,000 Single Day High Roller II at the PokerStars and Barcelona Casino European Poker Tour, taking down the single-day tournament for a career-best €653,160.
Maue won his first EPT title in the event and, in doing so, denied Uruguay’s Francisco Benitez his third title in the series, relegating him to a second-place finish for €421,480. The in-form Benetiz held a 2:1 chip lead at the start of the heads-up match and was keen to cut a deal to lock in his third EPT title, but Maue wanted to play it out and ended up taking it down.
Maue didn’t initially plan on playing the tournament and decided to jump into the €25,000 High Roller after busting the Mystery Bounty Championship.
Maue is no stranger to tournament success, having finished runner-up in a €5K 6-Max event at EPT Prague earlier this year for €57,380. However, he went the distance this time, beating the in-form Francisco Benitez heads-up!
Netherlands’ Jans Arends got the infamous money bubble tag as he blinded out his stack.
Dimitar Danchev (10th for €60,660), Nick Petrangelo (11th for €60,660), Sirzat Hissou (12th for €48,980), and Fateh Jowhary (13th for €48,980) were some notables who got to ride the money bus.
The €25,000 buy-in Single Day High Roller II generated a €2,449,020 prize pool. The top 13 places got paid with a min-cash worth €48,980.
Final Table Results (EURO)
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