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Vitalijs Zavorotnijs Wins 2019 World Poker Tour Barcelona €3,300 Main Event

Latvian Defeats Field of 1,227 Entries To Win $678,000


The 2019 World Poker Tour Barcelona €3,300 no-limit hold’em main event featured a guaranteed of €3 million, which was easily surpasses when 1,227 entries were made to create a final prize pool of €3,570,570 ($4,034,744 USD). After five days of action at the Casino Barcelona, the massive field was narrowed down to just one player: Vitalijs Zavorotnijs. For the win the Latvian earned €600,000 ($678,000 USD) and his first WPT title.

“How I feel right now is hard to describe,” Zavorotnijs told WPT reporters after A mix of emotion and exhaustion. I’m really tired and really happy! When you work hard for something, and it happens, to be in this spot right now, it feels like a dream come true."

In addition to the title and the money, Zavorotnijs was also awarded 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was Zavorotnijs’ second win of the year already, having taken down the €1,100 OlyBet Kings of Tallinn main event for $96,738 USD and 600 POY points back in February. As a result of these two title runs, Zavorotnijs has moved into 11th place in the overall standings with 2,040 points and $774,389 in year-to-date earnings.

The final day of the event played out rapidly, taking just 67 hands to go narrow six players down to a champion. Zavorotnijs came into the final table essentially tied for the chip lead with France’s Eric Sfez. Both sat with over 10 million in chips, while their nearest competitor, Niko Koop, had just over 6.3 million.

The first elimination of the day came when Boris Kolev raised to 250,000 from under the gun with QHeart SuitQClub Suit and Niko Koop called from the cutoff with KDiamond SuitJSpade Suit. Alain Zeidan moved all in for 1.3 million from the small blind with 9Spade Suit9Club Suit and Zavorotnijs called with the ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit in the big blind. Kolev called and Koop folded. The board ran out QDiamond Suit5Heart Suit2Spade Suit3Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit to give both Zeidan and Kolev sets, with Kolev’s three queens being the winning hand. Zeidan was eliminated in sixth place ($135,600 USD) while Zavorotnijs tumbled down the leaderboard.

Jerry Odeen was the next to be knocked out. He got all-in with the QDiamond SuitJClub Suit and was called by Zavorotnijs with ADiamond Suit5Club Suit and Kolev with 10Spade Suit10Club Suit. The KClub Suit9Spade Suit4Spade Suit6Spade Suit8Diamond Suit board secured the pot for Kolev. Odeen took home $180,800 USD as the fifth-place finisher.

On the very next hand Zavorotnijs found a crucial double up. He rivered a straight and getting all-in against the top two pair of Niko Koop to surge into the outright lead with four players remaining. Not long after that Koop get all-in with AHeart SuitQClub Suit and Zavorotnijs called with 10Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. Neither player improved and Koop was knocked out in fourth place ($242,950 USD).

Zavorotnijs continued his spree by busting Eric Sfez in third place. Sfez moved all-in over the top of Kolev’s button raise holding AHeart Suit9Club Suit from the small blind. Zavorotnijs picked up ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit in the big blind and made the call. Kolev folded and the KClub SuitJHeart Suit5Spade Suit9Spade Suit8Diamond Suit runout secured the pot for Zavorotnijs. Sfez was awarded $318,174 USD for his deep run.

With that Zavorotnijs took more than a 3-to-1 chip advantage into heads-up play against Kolev. He needed just three hands to convert that lead into a win. In the final hand Zavorotnijs raised to 425,000 from the button with KSpade Suit9Spade Suit. Kolev three-bet to 1,700,000 holding ADiamond SuitQClub Suit. Zavorotnijs called and the flop came down QSpade SuitJClub Suit4Heart Suit. Kolev lead out for 1,200,000 and Zavorotnijs called. The 7Spade Suit rolled off on the turn. Kolev shoved all in for 5,700,000 and Zavorotnijs made the call, having picked up a flush draw to go with his overcard and a gutshot straight draw. The 2Spade Suit on the river gave Zavorotnijs the flush to seal the deal. Kolev was knocked out in second place, taking home $423,750 USD for his efforts.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Winnings (USD) POY Points
1 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs $678,000 1440
2 Boris Kolev $423,750 1200
3 Eric Sfez $318,174 960
4 Niko Koop $242,950 720
5 Jerry Odeen $180,800 600
6 Alain Zeidan $135,600 480
7 Martins Adeniya $106,220 360
8 Jason Tompkins $83,620 240
9 Jon Gurrutxaga $65,823 120

Winner photo provided by WPT.