We finally have a winner to the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event 2012, the barely known Belarussian Mikalai Pobal managing to defeat Sahamies in the heads up clash.
Pobal who’s best ever cash in a live tournament, was 7,500 Euros, however he has managed to topple and extremely class final table to take down 1,007.550 Euros. He navigated his way past a final table that included Ilari Sahamies, John Juanda and Antonin Duda, to seal the win.
By the end of the day, the action had lasted around 12 hours with the day beginning with Sahamies in tight control. As the day went on it was looking more and more like it would be him to win the tournament.
Sahamies has had a very successful week all round after previously finishing in 4th place in the 50k high roller event and then taking home 629,700 Euros here for his runner up finish, he has also been online in between sessions and has amassed 450k Euros this week alone.
Two Short Stacks With Opposite Success
At the start of the day we had both Jouhkimainen and Juanda as short stacks, where one of them managed to climb out of the hole and the other sank into trace. Juanda was in fact the first player to be eliminated from the final table, after pushing all-in with pocket fives against the A-5 of Samuel Rodriguez. The board brought up two separate pairs of sevens and eights to Rodriguez the hand with the ace kicker.
The other short stack Jouhkimainen went from strength to strength though, he got lucky a few times and then managed to double up again against Rodriguez actually put him at the top of the leader board when there were just four players remaining.
Even more, once there were just three players he was holding three quarters of the chips on the table. He looked very strong but Sahamies started to beat him about the table, he just couldn’t handle him. He actually finished in third after eventual winner Pobal busted him out.
The Final Standings Of The PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event:
1. Mikalai Pobal €1,007,550
2. Ilari Sahamies €629,700
3. Joni Jouhkimainen €404,050
4. Anaras Alekberovas €301,750
5. Samuel Rodriguez €230,900
6. Sinel Anton €178,400
7. Antonin Duda €125,950
8. John Juanda €76,100
This leaves us to look forward to the next European Tour Event which is to take place in San Remo; the tournament will start on the 5th October and will last right up until the 15th of the same month. If it manages to offer half as much excitement as this one…we are all in for a treat.