Martin Schleich wins EPT Barcelona for €850,000

Martin Schleich wins EPT Barcelona for €850,000

Friday, 2 September 2011

The European Poker Tour has crowned another German champion as Martin Schleich took home the PokerStars Red Spade trophy as well as a tasty €850,000 for defeating Dragan Kostic heads-up. The Spaniard still picked up over half a million Euro for his runner-up finish.

The final table was highlighted by a great performance from tournament don and PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov, who began the day as the shortest stack – the only one under a million chips – and aggressively fought his way to a third place finish after more than twelve hours of play. He ended up finishing in third place, short of becoming poker’s fifth Triple Crown winner but with a consolation prize of €315,000 – it was a sick sweat though; Katchalov’s pocket sevens hit a third right out of the door to get ahead of Schleich’s nines before a nine appeared as the second card on the flop.

The final hand saw Schleich get it in with A-9 and crushing Kostic’s A-7. An unneeded nine on the river sealed the deal to give the German the title. The full final table payouts were as follows:

1. Martin Schleich - €850,000
2. Dragan Kostic - €532,000
3. Eugene Katchalov - €315,000
4. Raul Mestre - €244,000
5. Tomeu Gomila - €185,000
6. Saar Wilf - €145,000
7. Juan Manuel Perez - €105,000

Image courtesy of Neil Stoddart PokerStars.

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8. Isabel Baltazar - €73,000

Tags: EPT Barcelona, Martin Schleich, Dragan Kostic, Eugene Katchalov