Sylvain Loosli Wins Record-Breaking EPT Barcelona €50K Super High Roller for €1.224M

Sylvain Loosli

Frenchman Sylvain Loosli started the final day of the 2015 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller seventh in chips out of nine players, but he managed to come out victorious and take home the staggering €1,224,000 first-place prize. Loosli, who finished fourth in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2011, defeated young Polish superstar Dzmitry Urbanovich heads up and jumped into fourth on the French all-time money list for live tournaments.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Sylvain LoosliFrance€1,224,000
2Dzmitry UrbanovichPoland€841,500
3Christoph VogelsangGermany€551,485
4JC AlvaradoMexico€446,800
5Michael EganAustralia€358,900
6Ivan LucaArgentina€280,500
7Steve O'DwyerIreland€221,000
8Paul NeweyU.K.€168,700
9Byron KavermanU.S.A.€123,600

The final day of the event started out with nine hopefuls, and the shortest of them all doubled up right away. Byron Kaverman came into the day with less than 10 big blinds, but even a quick double-up couldn't turn the tide for the recent first-time WSOP gold bracelet winner. About an hour after he doubled, Kaverman busted in ninth place for €123,600 after he ran pocket nines into Ivan Luca's kings. The little he had left was lost two hands later.

With eight players remaining and the official final table set, Loosli was the shortest stack. He doubled up immediately to get back into things with king-jack against Luca's ace-king, spiking a jack on the turn, and it started quite a run for him.

Paul Newey wasn't as fortunate, busting shortly after when his queens fell to JC Alvarado's ace-king. Newey took home €168,700 for his eighth-place finish.

Steve O'Dwyer couldn't get anything going on the final day, and a big flip that could've gotten him back into the thick of it sent him to the rail. O'Dwyer's jacks fell to Luca's ace-king suited when the board brought a king. O'Dwyer took home €221,000 for finishing in seventh place, and the field was left with six.

Luca, the Argentinian youngster, showed no signs of slowing down at any part of the final table, but that likely led to his demise with him busting in sixth place. Luca shoved with pocket sixes over Urbanovich's raise, but the Polish star had two tens and called. Luca couldn't improve and was sent packing for €280,500.

The start-of-the-day chip leader, Australian Michael Egan, busted in fifth place when he found himself all in with ace-ten against Urbanovich's ace-jack. Everything that went Egan's way on the penultimate day seemed to be reversed today, and he took home €358,900 for the biggest score of his live poker career.

Alvarado was in control for most of the final table, even though Urbanovich knocked out two players in a row. However, right after the dinner break, with Urbanovich not even present at the table yet, Alvarado's stack crumbled. First, he shoved and Christoph Vogelsang called for less with pocket tens. The German doubled up against jack-seven, and one hand later Alvarado hit the rail. The Mexican pro shoved from the small blind with nine-four of hearts and Loosli knocked him out with ace-six. Alvarado took home €446,800 for his fourth-place finish, three years after finishing second in this event for €788,674.

Three-handed play didn't take long, as Vogelsang jammed a gutshot draw on the flop in a battle with Loosli. The Frenchman had flopped two pair and didn't back down. Loosli won the pot, Vogelsang took home €551,485, and the heads-up battle started with near-even stacks.

Loosli took a big lead right away, but Urbanovich doubled back up to make it into a match. However, the French pro never lost control, ultimately sealing the deal when his pocket fives held up against Urbanovich's jack-ten.

For Urbanovich, the €841,500 runner-up score marked his sixth six-figure score of 2015 and brought his career total to $3.5 million — all but $160,000 of that he won this year.

Loosli celebrated his win loudly with the large rail that had gathered to watch the final. This tournament proved the biggest victory of his poker career and second seven-figure score.

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