Jaime Staples and Chris Kruk Win Spadies in Barcelona

Jaime Stapls and Chris Kruk

PokerStars Championship Barcelona recently wrapped up its 51-event, 13-day schedule that was highlighted by events like the National Championship, PokerStars Cup, Super High Roller, National High Roller, Main Event, and more. There was more than €13 million in guaranteed prizes, and Canadians are on their way home with a chunk of that.

The first big result for Canada came in the €10,300 Event #7, which was an eight-handed no-limit hold’em tournament that allowed a single reentry. Canadian Francois Billar finished runner-up in the tournament, collecting a hefty €253,600 in prize money.

In the €50,000 Super High Roller, two Canadians were among the 11 who cashed. Daniel Negreanu collected €117,700 for ninth place and Chris Kruk managed €251,900 for sixth.

The eyes of the poker world were on the PokerStars Championship Main Event as the €5,300 tournament guaranteed a whopping €7 million. With 1,682 entries, Canada very nearly had a seat at the final table, but Alex Difelice fell in 10th for €87,100. The winner was Sweden’s Sebastian Sorensson for €987,043.

Another high-priced event came with the €25,500 Event #24 where Canada’s Ryan McEathron managed 10th place for €56,250.

The maple leaf was represented in the next event. The €2,150 eight-handed turbo saw Canadian Mamouni Smain finish in sixth place for $21,400. Another €25,500 tournament found Canada’s Luc Greenwood make fourth place for €166,500 in Event #31. Then Jeff Colpitts earned €32,600 for fifth place in the €1,100 Event #33.

The first Canadian victory came in Event #35 by a member of PokerStars’ own Team Pro Online. Jaime Staples took down the €550 pot-limit Omaha turbo for €22,735 and his first-ever live tournament win.

The momentum carried into the very next event where Chris Kruk found the win in the €5,200 hyper-turbo for €79,400, following his big cash in the Super High Roller earlier in the series.

The PokerStars Live team has Festivals and Megastacks in the coming months, but the next PokerStars Championship isn’t until December in Prague.

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