2012 PokerStars EPT Barcelona 10k High Roller – Polito Takes It Down

With three days of poker action finally over, we now have the winner of the 2012 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona 10k High Roller Event. The Main Event has completely over shadowed this particular tournament in the last week, though it is only right we bring you the action from the last day.

In this event we had 111 original participants who had been whittled down to 12 for the finals day play, with Laurent Polito the man who eventually emerged as the winner. He earned 270,229 in Euros, a Shambala Jeweled bracelet and the title.

Here Are The Final Table Standings:

1 Laurent Polito €270,229

2 Alex Bilokur €295,451

3 Tobias Reinkemeier €119,660

4 Stanislav Labutkin €95,180

5 Carlos Mora €73,430

6 Jean-Noel Thorel €54,390

7 Bertrand Grospellier €43,150

8 Joao Vieira €32,630


The tournament actually began on Thursday at midday and we had a field packed with high profile poker stars. The prize pool that had been generated was 1,087.800 and there was a whole selection of PokerStars Team Pros such as Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, Pius Heinz, Bertrand Grospellier and Jonathan Duhamel taking part.


From Day 1 we were reduced to 76 for the start of Day 2, with the chip leader at this point being 220,400. Day 2 was where players would be cut down to the pay stakes, during this time we lost players such as Team Pro Mercier who went out in a hand against Andrew Lichtenberger. Mercier was holding 9-9 whilst Lichtenberger had the A-Q, Mercier’s pockets didn’t hold up as an ace popped up on the flop.

The players to finish in 13th and 14th respectively were Derkowski and Jc Alvarado who just missed out on the money places. We were now left with the final 12 players for the final day’s play, with all of them knowing that they had at least made the money, with a great chance of increasing it on the final day.

The Final Day

The player going into Day 3 as chip leader was Tobias Reinkemeier who had 714k chips to his name and he was joined by two PokerStars Team Pro players on the final day’s action, Grospellier and Duhamel. As the p0layers departed thick and fast we were finally down to the last two players.

Heads up was between Piloto and Bilokur with the latter holding a 1 million chip advantage at this time; however Piloto didn’t take long to start dominating proceedings. Nearly the whole session went his way and he finally defeated Bilokur with Q-Q versus 9-9 to take the prize and the title.