Latvian pro Vitalijs Zavorotnijs has just tripled his career earnings in one fell swoop after taking down the WPT Barcelona Main Event yesterday, scooping €600,000 ($678,000) and breaking through the $1million barrier in the process.
The €3,300 buy-in Main Event at Casino Barcelona accumulated a €3,570,570 prizepool after 1227 buy-ins at the Casino Barcelona, the flagship event closing a massive festival.
Six players returned for the final table. It wouldn’t be an easy ride for the former pro basketball player, but even as his stack diminished in the early stages of play, others were hitting the rails, while he kept in the game/
A huge hand with four players left managed to get Zavorotnijs right back into the game and when he finally met Boris Kolev heads-up for the title it would take only 3 hands to decide the trophy’s owner.
A rivered flush finished Bulgarian Kolev’s dreams and the Latvian victor celebrated his success with his wife, who herself had satellited into the Main Event.
“How I feel right now is hard to describe,” the champion told WPT reporters afterwards. “A mix of emotion and exhaustion. I’m really tired and really happy! When you work hard for something, and it happens, to be in this spot right now, it feels like a dream come true.”
1 Vitalijs Zavorotnijs €600,000.00
2 Boris Kolev €375,000.00
3 Eric Sfez €281,570.00
4 Niko Koop €215,000.00
5 Jerry Odeen €160,000.00
6 Alain Zeidan €120,000.00