The European Poker Tour event in Barcelona finished on Saturday, with 22 year old Swede Kent Lundmark proving best of all in a 758 strong Main Event field.
Lundmark managed to fend off Jesus Cortes Lizano of Spain at the heads up stage, which lasted just ninety minutes, despite both players being fairly evenly matched in chips.
Lundmark had a lead of 12,405,000 to 10,550,000 but both players quickly found themselves in a raising battle, as Lundmark flopped top pair and Lizano brought bottom pair and a flush draw to war on the turn. With no further help on the river, the Swede took what was the biggest pot of the entire tournament until that point.
Kent Lundmark’s previous best finish was a $70,000 second place finish at the Nordic Masters of Poker in his homeland earlier this year, whilst his only cash in a European Poker Tour event came last year at the EPT London, where he placed 91st.
His EPT Barcelona result easily eclipses all of those previous results, but the young Swede was humble in his post-tournament analysis, telling reporters, “I’ve been running good all tournament, I was very lucky. In the heads up, I just kept getting good cards”.
Lundmark described the feeling of winning an EPT tournament as “amazing”, adding, “this is one of the biggest tournaments you can win in poker”.
The €5,000 + €300 No Limit Hold’em tournament drew poker players from all over the world and the diversity of the event’s participants was no better reflected than at the final table, where all eight players hailed from different countries.
There were plenty of big name players at the EPT Barcelona, including the likes of Liv Boeree, EPT creator John Duthie, Arnaud Mattern and last year’s EPT Barcelona winner, Carter Phillips. All of them were chasing a share of the €3,790,000 prize pool, with a first prize payout of €825,000.
In other news, the World Poker Tour event in Marrakech got underway on Saturday, with 137 players turning up for Day 1A of the €4,250 + €750 No Limit Hold’em tournament.
The famous Casino de Marrakech played host to the event last year, which was the first ever WPT event to be held in Africa and proved successful enough for the World Poker Tour to keep the competition in the schedule, though the Moroccan event will not be televised.