Kent Lundmark Wins EPT Barcelona
Sweden’s Kent Lundmark lifted the EPT Barcelona trophy and took away the €825,000 first prize after five days of exciting action at the Casino de Barcelona in Spain.
The 22-year old from Stockholm has been in great form in 2010, beginning by winning $66,000 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January then following that with a second place at the Nordic Masters in his home town for just under $70,000. He also made a final table in an EPT event held in Tallinn during August. However, this was his first win, and by far his biggest ever pay day.
The final day started with eight players remaining, the leader being Germany’s Giuseppe Pantaleo, who had led at the end of Day 3 and managed to retain it at the end of Day 4. Pantaleo seemed to run out of steam at the final table, however, and after a couple of short-stacked players had busted early on, his stack began to diminish, at times through some rather over-cautious play – and a disastrous premature muck when he almost certainly threw way the best hand – until he ended up getting his money in with AJ only to find pocket queens against him. He departed in fifth with €170,000, and the feeling it really ought to have been more.
Lundmark seemed to switch gear at that point, having played a conservative final table up to that point; he dispatched Shander de Vries in fourth, only to then lose a large pot against local favourite Cortes Lizano. Lundmark might have been out of it, but a disastrous slowplay of KK by Russian Konstantin Puchkov – the river bringing a king of spades to complete Lundmark’s flush – saw him back in business. This brought Lundmark heads up against Lizano, and after a nearly an hour and a half’s play the Swede triumphed.
Payouts from the final table were as follows:
1. Kent Lundmark, Sweden, €825,000
2. Jesus Cortes Lizano, Spain, €525,000
3. Konstantin Puchkov, Russia, €300,000
4. Shander De Vries, Holland, €222,000
5. Giuseppe Pantaleo, Germany, €170,000
6. Thor Stang, Norway, €130,000
7. Georgios Skotadis, Greece, €90,000
8. Francesco Notaro, Italy, €70,000
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