Martin Finger Wins EPT Barcelona €25,000 High Roller; Mike McDonald Finishes Fifth
He already had a European Poker Tour Prague Main Event title and EPT London Super High Roller title under his belt, and on Thursday Martin Finger added a High Roller title to his impressive poker résumé . In the process, the 25-year old German pro became the first player to win the EPT Triple Crown, and also collected a massive €865,900-first place prize.
This tournament was originally scheduled as a one-day event to coincide with Day 1b of the Main Event, but there were still three players left at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday and the decision was made to postpone the event until Thursday.
The final day of play started with just three players, and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree was the first to get knocked out. Finger started with the chip lead, and Boeree was down to about 10 big blinds when she shoved queen-ten from the button, only to get called by Mark Teltscher in the big blind. Teltscher tabled ace-four and his hand held up, allowing Boeree to collect €391,000, the second-biggest score of here live poker career.
The heads-up battle between Teltscher and Finger seemed to be going the former's way, but a big all-in hand turned things around. Finger was at risk with pocket jacks against king-jack, and he managed to fade Teltscher's outs to stay alive. Finger proceeded to take a defensive approach by limping before the flop, and slowly but surely he chipped up.
Going into the final hand, Finger held a 2:1 chip lead and Teltscher ended up all in with jack-nine against the ace-four of the German. The board kept Finger's ace-high in the lead, and Teltscher was knocked out in second place for €586,500.
Finger now has more than $6 million in live tournament earnings, and this becomes his second-largest score behind the EPT 10 London Super High Roller that earned him £821,000.
Final Table Results
|6||Isaac Haxton||United States||€199,200|
The Canadian contingent in the High Roller was strong, with Daniel Dvoress, Sam Chartier, Max Greenwood, Andrew Chen, Sam Greenwood, and Mike McDonald all buying a €25,000 seat, but only McDonald managed to survive to the money. He finished in fifth place to earn €257,000 after finding himself very short and getting it in with seven-eight to Finger's threes, but failing to catch a card to pair up.
Have a look at Finger's post-victory interview: