Prior to Season 10 of the EPT kicking off in Barcelona, the Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) was in town as part of the stop’s poker festival. The ESPT €1,000 Main Event ended up setting records after attracting an astounding 1,798 player – making it the biggest 1K event ever held outside Las Vegas.
The field was littered with notables, but only a few managed to make it through to the final table including British PokerStars qualifier Paul Nunes, who held a massive chip lead with 14,475,000 (more than twice as much as his next closest competitor); and Brazil’s Marcelo Fonseca, an LAPT Uruguay champion who was the Day 2 chip leader.
Both of those players made it to four-handed play, which saw Nunes lock up the biggest guaranteed payday.
"Four-handed. I'd just sucked out and knocked out the short stack out in fifth so had the most amount of chips... I felt I was the better player left but reduced variance and the deal was fairly good, I think," Nunes told the PokerStars Blog.
With a deal in place, the four players battled it out for the title. Fonseca was the first to drop from the foursome, taking home €121,000, and then Germany’s Alin Sameeian followed him out the door in third place for €158,457.
That set up a heads-up battle between Nunes, who placed third in the 2012 World Series of Poker Event #41 $3,000 No Limit Hold’em for $290,407, and Germany’s Jahn Soenke, who had begun the day third in chips. The latter eventually walked away with the title and €169,136, but Nunes ended up the big winner with €204,589 in prize money.
Read more on the tournament in the PokerStars Blog.
Estrellas 4 Barcelona Main Event Results
|5th||Marc Pujol Cases||Spain||€67,400|
*Denotes four-handed deal