The final day of 11th EPT Barcelona High Roller
event started with 21 players, all terribly fatigued from a late finish the night before. It all came down to professional poker, expertly played by some of the best in the world for a huge payday in one of the biggest High Roller tournaments ever.
Buy-in was capped at €10,000 and with 393 entrants 55 players were fighting for a share from a €3,851,400 prize pool.
The winner tonight can claim to be a decent player, and few would have any case against Ihar Soika's win. He managed to beat one of the biggest name in tournament poker for last few years, Team PokerStars
Pro Jason Mercier. Soika took €747,200 for his win.
"It's amazing," Soika said, describing a confidence he felt once he had the chip lead, seeking a big live win after success online. It's certainly the case that "omgitshunt", as he is known online, has now broken through to the mainstream. Indeed, as Mikhail Semin, one of the commentary team on the Russian feed of EPT Live put it: "In Russian speaking community he's considered one of the best."
"It's a huge score," Mercier said. "I had pretty much all of myself in this tournament. I was at risk of bubbling, I was all-in with
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