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German Wins European Poker Tour Barcelona

German Wins Largest Poker Tournament Ever Held In Spain; Eugene Katchalov Flies Up POY Leader Board


Credit: Neil StoddartThe European Poker Tour Barcelona almost got its first Spanish EPT champion, and on home soil too, but Martin Schleich proved too much of a final obstacle for Dragan Kostic as the German slayed the last of an 811-strong field in what was the biggest poker tournament ever held in Spain.

Schleich earned himself 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points on top of the trophy, the title, and the first prize of €850,000; this puts him in 57th place on the POY leader board, with good company such as Ben Wilinofsky, Matt Jarvis, and Rupert Elder, all with the same amount of points.

Kostic had to settle for second place and €532,000, the largest amount ever won by a Spanish player on the EPT. He made his own mark on the leader board in 91st place with 1,600 POY points. He now shares this spot with the likes of Maria Ho and Joe Hachem.

Eugene Katchalov finished in third place after starting the final day as the short stack. He now adds €315,000 to his winnings and continues a fantastic year where he won the PCA Super High Roller and his very first World Series of Poker bracelet. Previously sitting in 22nd place on the POY leader board with 2,768 points, the Ukraine-born pro has accumulated another 1,280 points bringing his total to 4,048. This has hiked him right the way up to third place, behind Galen Hall and current leader Sam Stein.

Here are the final table results and POY points awarded:

1. Martin Schleich — €850,000 (1,920 points)
2. Dragan Kostic — €532,000 (1,600 points)
3. Eugene Katchalov — €315,000 (1,280 points)
4. Raul Mestre — €244,000 (960 points)
5. Tomeu Gomila — €185,000 (800 points)
6. Saar Wilf — €145,000 (640 points)
7. Juan Manuel Perez — €105,000 (480 points)
8. Isabel Baltazar — €73,000 (320 points)

After an exhausting 14-hour final, the 29-year-old German champion said, “I can’t take it in right now. I’m very tired and my flight leaves in two hours!! I’m really happy but it’s too early to think about what I’ll do with the money.”

Barcelona is a key event on the EPT not just because of its popularity and stunning location but also as it was the Tour’s debut event of the very first season. Back then the prize pool was €229,000, a great deal less than the €4,055,000 of the most recent event. The first ever champ, Swede Alexander Stevic received €80,000 and now seasons later, Schleich is the player being crowned with €850,000 to his name.

The next stop on the Tour is the EPT London Poker Festival, which kicks off on Sept. 30 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.