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PokerStars European Poker Tour London -- Jose Barbero Wins High Roller Event

Barbero Wins Third Tournament Title in 2010


Jose Barbero WinsIt is safe to say that Team PokerStars pro Jose Barbero is having a good year. Most players are lucky to win three tournament titles during the course of their career, and he has won that many since February. Barbero won the PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour main event in Punta del Esta, Uruguay, and he followed that up with another LAPT main event tournament title in Lima, Peru in June.

His latest triumph came at the £20,000 high roller no-limit hold’em event at the PokerStars European Poker Tour London festival of poker. The tournament attracted a very talented group of 77 players and the large price tag created a huge prize pool worth £1,524,600. All of the prize money went to the eight final-table contestants that returned today, but it was Barbero who claimed the top prize worth £556,000.

With all of the tournament victories piling up, Barbero has become a factor in the Card Player Player of the Year race. His recent win gave him another 576 points, and he now holds a total of 3,220, which puts him in ninth place in the standings. Read on below to see how he won the tournament. Here were the chip counts when the final table began:

Vanessa Selbst, USA, Team PokerStars Pro — 1,262,000
Andrew Robl, Canada — 835,000
Fabian Quoss, Germany — 605,000
Jose Barbero, Argentina, Team PokerStars Pro — 464,000
Jani Sointula, Finland — 320,000
Matthew Marafioti, Canada, PokerStars player — 126,000
Will Molson, Canada — 111,000
Pierre Neuville, Belgium, Friend of PokerStars — 96,000

Here is a look at the bustout hands from the final table as featured in’s live updates:

Pierre Neuville Eliminated in Eighth Place (£45,900)

The first elimination at the high roller final table was Pierre Neuville. On his final hand Neuville moved all in under the gun for 64,000. Jani Sointula moved all in over the top of him from middle position and everyone else mucked. Their cards:

Sointula: QClub Suit QDiamond Suit
Neuville: 9Diamond Suit 9Heart Suit

Board: AHeart Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 3Diamond Suit 5Club Suit

Neuville was eliminated in eighth place and he took home £45,900 in prize money.

Will MolsonWill Molson Eliminated in Seventh Place (£61,200)

Will Molson moved all in for 78,000 under the gun preflop and Jose Barbero moved all in over the top of him from the button. Everyone else mucked. Their cards:

Molson: 5Heart Suit 5Spade Suit
Barbero: ADiamond Suit 8Club Suit

Board: QHeart Suit QClub Suit 2Club Suit JHeart Suit ASpade Suit

Will Molson was eliminated in seventh place and he will take home £61,200 in prize money.

Matt Marafioti Eliminated in Sixth Place (£76,500)

Team PokerStars pro Jose Barbero raised to 32,000 preflop from the button and fellow Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst reraised to 100,000. Matt Marafioti made the all-in call and Barbero mucked. Their cards:

Selbst: 9Heart Suit 9Diamond Suit
Marafioti: AClub Suit 8Club Suit

Board: ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit 4Diamond Suit 9Spade Suit 6Spade Suit

Marafioti was eliminated on the hand in sixth place and he will take home £76,500 in prize money.

Fabian Quoss Eliminated in Fifth Place (£107,000)

Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst raised to 35,000 preflop and Fabian Quoss reraised to 88,000 after spending some time in the tank. Selbst reraised all in and Quoss committed the rest of his stack. Their cards:

Selbst: AHeart Suit 2Heart Suit
Quoss: JSpade Suit JHeart Suit

Board: ASpade Suit 8Diamond Suit 5Heart Suit 3Club Suit 2Diamond Suit

Quoss was eliminated in fifth place and he will take home £107,000.

Vanessa SelbstVanessa Selbst Eliminated in Fourth Place (£145,000)

Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst bet 45,000 from UTG. It came around to fellow Team Pro member Jose Barbero and he raised it to 120,000 from the big blind. Selbst then four-bet to 230,000, with about 600,000 behind. Barbero then shoved all in and Selbst made the call.

Barbero: AHeart Suit JHeart Suit
Selbst: 10Heart Suit 10Diamond Suit

It was a rough elimination for Selbst as the board fell QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 7Club Suit KHeart Suit and she will leave London with £145,000 for fourth place.

Andrew RoblAndrew Robl Eliminated in Third Place (£198,000)

Andrew Robl moved his short stack all in for 216,000 from the button and Jose “Nacho” Barbero called from the big blind.

Robl: KDiamond Suit 5Spade Suit
Barbero: ASpade Suit 3Club Suit

Board: JHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 3Heart Suit 3Spade Suit 4Spade Suit.

Robl exits with £190,000 for third place.

He leaves Barbero and Jani Sointula to battle over who gets the £556,000 top prize.

Jose Barbero WinsJose Barbero Wins (£556,000) — Jani Sointula Eliminated in Second Place (£335,000)

Team PokerStars pro Jose Barbero has added another tournament title to his collection along with £556,000 in prize money. Jani Sointula is the runner up with and he takes home £335,000.

On the final hand Barbero raised to 80,000 preflop from the button and Jani Sointula reraised all in for 600,000. Barbero made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Barbero: ADiamond Suit JClub Suit
Sointula: KHeart Suit 4Club Suit

Board: ASpade Suit 3Club Suit 2Heart Suit Qx Qx

Barbero won the hand and the tournament and Sointula finished runner up.

Final-Table results:

1st – Nacho Barbero, Argentina, Team PokerStars Pro, £556,000
2nd – Jani Sointula, Finland, £335,000
3rd – Andrew Robl, USA, £198,000
4th – Vanessa Selbst, USA, Team PokerStars Pro, £145,000
5th – Fabian Quoss, Germany – £107,000
6th – Matt Marafioti, Canada, PokerStars player – £76,500
7th – Will Molson, Canada – £61,200
8th – Pierre Neuville, Belgium, Friend of PokerStars – £45,900