Simon Brandstrom Takes Down EPT Barcelona Main Event For €1,290,166

Swedens Simon Brandstrom survived a thrilling heads-up confrontation with Hungarys Martin Czuczor to land the PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event trophy and a massive €1,290,166 payday…

By: Andrew Burnett

The biggest field ever at an EPT Main Event – 1988 entries paying €5,300 apiece - had assembled in the Casino Barcelona and today saw the climax, six players returning to decide the destination of the trophy and the lion’s share of the €9,641,800 prizepool.

What might have been a long, drawn out day at the final table became the gunfight at the OK Corral, Lunye Lu busting on the very first hand when Czuczor rivered a flush to send the Chinese play out in sixth.

Three more players would follow in quick succession, Torre and Falcone at the hands of the Hungarian, and then Brandstrom’s jacks felled Portugal’s Rui Sousa in third, after the remaining trio were unable to agree on a deal.

Down to just two, however, and a chop for the majority of the money wasn’t long in arriving, the difference between first and second place some €800,000 – a bit too much to have on the line.

Marton Czuczor: €1,253,234
Simon Brandstrom: €1,212,706

This left €77,460 left to play for, in addition to the trophy and the kudos of lifting an EPT Main Event title.

Brandstrom, who played under the surname Persson until his marriage, seemed to be struggling a bit early on, but the poker gods shined on him, this hand the turning point…

♠ ♣ ♥ ♦

Brandstrom: K♣ 3♥     
Czoczor: 6♠ 3♠      

The button raise was called by the Swede and when the flop appeared it was immediately apparent that the hand would be a game-changer…

Flop: K♦ 3♣ 3♦

…especially when the turn came…

Turn: 6♦

Another check from Brandstrom and another bet from Czuczor meant that only the unlikeliest of rivers would prevent all the money going in, and that didn’t happen…

River: 10♥

Brandstrom’s third check was met with by an all-in, Czuczor convinced he had just won the title when the Swedish pro quickly called, only to be shocked at the boat over boat scenario on the table.

With the stacks instantly reversed, worse was to come for Czuczor. Looking dead set to double up with a flopped straight, a miracle river saw Brandstrom somehow chop the pot, and after that there was to be no reprieve for the young Magyar.

Final results

1 Simon Brandstrom €1,290,166
2 Marton Czuczor €1,253,234
3 Rui Sousa €607,400
4 Diego Falcone €436,760
5 Giovani Torre €364,660
6 Yunye Lu €295,520

 

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