Vitaly Lunkin wins EPT Barcelona Super-High-Roller
Vitaly Lunkin weaved his way through one of the toughest final tables ever assembled on his way to a $1 million payday in the €50k buy-in Super-High-Roller tournament at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona series. 39 players registered for the tournament, with 12 additional reentries boosting the prize-pool to around €2.5 million.
The entire tournament series in Barcelona has been a rousing success for the EPT which is celebrating its 10th Season, not only did the Super-High-Roller event draw a total of 51 entries, but the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event (part of the EPT Barcelona series) set a European record for attendance, and the Main Event drew 1,225 entrants over two starting flights.
It would be hard to find a better collection of poker talent than what was assembled at the final table of the EPT Barcelona Super-High-Roller tournament. The final seven players who squared off for the entirety of the prize-pool looked more like the current GPI rankings than a final table in a poker tournament: Erik Seidel, Mike McDonald, Ole Schemion, Steve O’Dwyer, Fabian Quoss, and November Niner David Benefield.
In the end it was Vitaly Lunkin who would claim the top prize, as the Russian poker pro edged out Mr. Super-High-Roller Erik Seidel for the $1 million first-place prize (€771,300) while Seidel pocketed €557,100; bringing his career tournament earnings up to an impressive $18.4 million, good enough for 3rd on the all-time money list according to the Hendon Mob database.
For Lunkin the win marked his first really big score since 2009, when he looked like one of the best players in the world on the strength of a three final table performance at the 2009 WSOP, including a massive $1.8 million score for winning the 40th Anniversary, $40k buy-in, No Limit Holdem tournament –Lunkin’s second career WSOP bracelet.
Since then the road has been tough for Vitaly, but his Super-High-Roller win, along with an earlier six-figure for a 46th place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event may be just what he needed to get his poker career back on track. His career tournament earnings now stand at $5.4 million – good enough for 3rd place on the Russian all-time money list according to the Hendon Mob.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the EPT Barcelona Super-High-Roller tournament:
1. Vitaly Lunkin – €771,300
2. Erik Seidel – €557,100
3. Steve O’Dwyer – €355,100
4. Mike McDonald – €269,400
5. David Benefield – €208,150
6. Ole Schemion – €159,200
7. Fabian Quoss – €128,515
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