Chris 'BigHuni' Hunichen Overcomes Adversity to Land EPT Barcelona €10k High Roller Crown

Chris Hunichen and Uri Reichenstein chopped the final event on the PokerStars EPT Barcelona menu, BigHuni taking the title and €841,345 while Reichenstein accepted €794,415 for his close run second.

By: Andrew Burnett

It was a bitter-sweet victory for Hunichen, the 35-year old South Carolina man arriving in Barcelona to the news that not only had a close friend died from a heart attack, but both his father and dog had been diagnosed with serious illnesses.

Despite his problems, Hunichen managed to fight his way to the final 26 who returned for yesterday’s play-to-a-finish EPT finale, the original field of over 500 entries creating a €5,238,000 prizepool.

England’s Jack Salter bubbled the official final table, an €88,520 cash decent compensation, leaving eight players to chase the €1,005,100 top prize.

Pauli Aryas could scarcely believe his own exit in 7th spot, runner-runner for Reichenstein cracking his aces, and hopes of a home victory were dashed when Lander Lijo fell in 6th.

The long day at the tables could have gone on for several more hours once Hunichen and Reichenstein reached the heads-up stage, but the late hour and €375k difference between first and second made discretion the better part of valour.

Hunichen accepted the title, trophy and an extra €50k, Israeli pro Reichenstein happy with his biggest payday since a runner-up finish in the EPT Barcelona 2016 Main Event.

Final Table Results

1 Chris Hunichen €841,345*
2 Uri Reichenstein €794,415*
3 Andreas Berggren €451,520
4 Pablo Melogno €351,990
5 Tibor Nagygyorgy €276,040
6 Lander Lijo €216,850
7 Pauli Ayras €161,850
8 Antonios Paschalidis €112,090

* heads-up deal


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