Juan Pardo Goes Back-to-Back for €1,013,860 EPT Victory

Juan Malakastyle Pardo produced a sparkling Barcelona double, taking down the PokerStars EPT €50k High Roller less than a day after winning the €25k version – adding €1,013,860 to his €491,600 of the previous evening.

By: Andrew Burnett

With 76 entries, including numerous re-buys at €50k a pop, a prizepool of €3,686,760 would be shared out between the top 11, though this time there would be no Gerard Piqué or Arturo Vidal – the FC Barcelona duo who ran deep in the €25k, Piqué grabbing second behind Pardo.

Instead it was a who’s who of the highroller tournament scene, Ali Imsirovic, Charlie Carrel, Linus LlinusLlove Loeliger, Alex Foxen, Kristen Bicknell and numerous other stars of the game.

Of those named, only Imsirovic would make it to the final table, Steve O’Dwyer, Luc Greenwood, Timothy Adams and Malaysia’s Chin Wei Lim among the challengers.

The first sign that things might just be destined to go Pardo’s way again was his KO of Irishman O’Dwyer…

Pardo: K♥ 8♠
O’Dwyer: A♥ Q♠
Board: 4♦ 8♣ J♣ K♣ 5♠

Pardo used his big stack like a scythe, taking out Adams as well, while Seth Davies and Chin Wei Lim helped to reduce the field further, the cash jumps massive by this stage.

When Pardo eliminated Lim with the better kicker in an ace-race, only Davies stood between the Spaniard and a second title in less than 24 hours.

Pardo explained of the heads-up match afterwards:"I was already happy with the payout at this point as it was already my biggest ever, but I just tried to stay focused and make the best decisions in every spot."

Davies rallied at points but could never quite bridge the gap and finally the title fight came down to a classic finish…

Pardo: Q♣ Q♠
Davies: A♥ K♠
Board: J♥ Q♦ 2♦ 2♣ 6♣

…and with that, Pardo could celebrate an incredible double victory.

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Final Table Payouts

1 Juan Pardo €1,013,860
2 Seth Davies €720,760
3 Chin Wei Lim €471,910
4 Luc Greenwood €363,150
5 Ali Imsirovic €287,570
6 Timothy Adams €224,890
7 Steve O'Dwyer €176,960
8 Laurynas Levinskas €138,250



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