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This Week’s Big Winner: Simon Brandstrom Tops Largest-Ever European Poker Tour Main Event Field

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 09, 2019

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Simon Brandstrom has won the largest field European Poker Tour main event in the tour’s 16-year history. The 37-year-old Swedish player overcame a record turnout of 1,988 total entries to win the 2019 EPT Barcelona €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event, securing the title and the top payout of €1,290,166 ($1,432,084) after striking a deal heads-up. The previous EPT main event field record was set at this same event in 2018, which drew 1,931 entries. Brandstrom was the short stack at several points in the tournament before rebounding and jumping to the top of the leaderboard right before the final table. “I made a comeback on day 1 and was down to 12,000 and spun it up a bit. And I was down to nine bigs with 15 players left and made a big rush from there, ended up as the chip leader.” In addition to the title and the money, Brandstrom was also awarded a massive haul of ...


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