Record Main Event in Barcelona Kicks off Another EPT Season

Luc Greenwood

The European Poker Tour (EPT) began its life 15 years ago in Barcelona, and ever since, the Spanish stop has been the first event in each new EPT season, and one of the biggest. That trend continued in 2018 with nearly 2,000 entries in the Main Event and a prize pool that swelled to €9,365,350.

This year's edition consisted of nine events, beginning on August 22 and culminating in the crowning of a new EPT champion on September 2. The action kicked off with the €10,300 High Roller, a three-day event that saw 124 players pony up the cash. That put €1,202,800 into the prize pool to be divided 17 ways.

A couple of Canadians managed to find their way to the payout cage. Daniel Dvoress finished in 12th place for €21,600 while Luc Greenwood added to the family poker fortune with €40,300 for eighth place. The win, worth €302,500, went to Michael Soyza from Thailand.

The biggest event of the series, at least in terms of buy-in, was the €100,000 Super High Roller. There was a tally of 54 players with the bankroll and confidence to jump into this one by the time the registration closed on the start of Day 2, and that meant they were playing for €5,239,080 in total prizes with seven players sharing in the money.

Among the players to cash in the Super High Roller were two Canadians. Jean Ferreira from Gatineau managed to get a minimum cash worth €275,050, while Burlington's Timothy Adams brought his lifetime earning to $9,775,228 with a fourth-place finish worth €576,300. Mikita Badziakouski from Belarus took down the top prize of €1,650,300.

The Main Event was the tournament everyone was waiting for, and a record field of 1,931 players turned out to compete in the €5,300 event. Players were battling for a share of a massive €9,365,350 prize pool, with first place set at €1,600,000.

Canada didn't manage to find a very deep spot in this Main Event. Mark Radoja scored Canada's highest finish in 58th place just after the horrific bustout of Team PokerStars Online Jamie Staples in 60th. Both players collected €19,760, with Staples' tournament ending on the wrong end of a flopped set-over-set cooler that turned into house-over-house by the river.

The tournament came down to heads-up between Haoxiang Wang of China and Poland's Piotr Nurzynski. Both players were playing for their biggest scores ever, by far, so they made a deal that meant they'd each pocket more than €1,000,000, then played it out for the rest. Eventually, Nurzynski was the one with all the chips in front of him, giving him the trophy and €1,037,109.

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