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Thomas Muhlocker Bests Daniel Negreanu For EPT Barcelona High Roller Title

Daniel Negreanu Extends Card Player Player of the Year Lead


Thomas MuhlockerA total of 180 players put up the €10,000 buy-in to enter, or re-enter, the EPT Barcelona High Roller event, creating a total prize pool of €1,764,000. After three days of action, it was Thomas Muhlocker who came out on top, securing the title and a €390,700 payday.

To earn the victory, Muhlocker had to overcome a 6-1 chip lead heads up with Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu dominated short-handed play, but fell victim to a couple of coolers during the heads-up match, running fours into both aces and nines and finally busting when his A-Q failed to catch up with Muhlocker’s A-K.

Negreanu earned €263,800 for his runner-up finish, giving him a total of over $2.2 million in 2013. The score came just days after Negreanu quit the same tournament under protest by moving all in blind after receiving an unfavorable ruling. The Canadian pro’s hand was declared dead as the result of the newly instituted “first card off the deck rule,” however Negreanu insisted that he was at his seat when the penalty was given.

With his second-place finish, Negreanu was able to add 700 points to his already sizable lead in the Card Player Player of the Year race. He now has 4,468, which is 938 more than his next closest competitor, Paul Volpe.

Other notables at the final table included Jean-Noel Thorel, Joni Jouhkimainen, Jonathan Duhamel, Richard Yong, Ole Schemion and 2013 WSOP November Nine member David Benefield.

Daniel NegreanuHere is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Thomas Muhlocker € 390,700 840
2 Daniel Negreanu € 263,800 700
3 Jean-Noel Thorel € 181,500 560
4 Joni Jouhkimainen € 148,000 490
5 Jonathan Duhamel € 118,000 420
6 Ole Schemion € 90,700 350
7 Richard Yong € 66,000 210
8 David Benefield € 47,850 140

*Photos courtesy of Neil Stoddart and the PokerStars Blog.



almost 9 years ago

Uh oh, was there a tournament ruling that Negreanu didn't like so he went all in blind heads up with a 6:1 chip lead?


almost 9 years ago

No, you read it wrong! Read Daniel's blog and maybe if you think real hard you'll understand