Lorenzo Sabato has won the Estrellas Poker Tour Barcelona, after defeating a field of 1,036 players over five days to lift the title, and collect the €200,000 first place prize.
Following his impressive victory, the player known as “bovediroma” or “the ox of Rome” in his native Italian tongue, commented: “I’m really happy to have won. I would like to thank my family and friends who have been supporting me since I became a professional poker player.”
A whole slew of poker pros were attracted to the €1,000 Main Event held at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona. Amongst those 128 players cashing in at the tournament was Jacques Zaicik (9th), Tomeu Gomila (10th), Juan Maceiras (12th), Michael Eiler (16th) and Martin Finger (21st).
By the time the final table of eight had been reached Italy’s Lorenzo Sabato was lying in 3rd place, with two of the four Spanish finalist holding top spots. Also at the table was Russia’s Andrey Demidov, as well as a player from Sweden and Switzerland.
Lorenzo Sabato (6-8) then eliminated Jonas Garstick (5-7), who got his short-stack all in on a 5-7-A-4 board and was eliminated in 8th for €16,000. Sabato (Q-Q) followed up by dispatching Estatuet Llorens (As-7s) in 6th (€30,100), before being dealt A-10 and calling Samuel Bernabeu’s pocket fours shove, who subsequently exited in 5th (€44,200) after the board ran out 7-A-10-3-Q.
Eventually, Lorenzo Sabato (Q-Q) eliminated Sweden’s Niclas Svensson in 3rd (€76,500) to go heads-up against Andrey Demidov. Just 20 minutes later and the Russian was gone, too, after pushing his 5-9 on a 6-4-K-5 board only for Lorenzo Sabato to flip over pocket queens once more. The J on the river then sealed Andrey Demidov’s fate, who finished the runner-up for €122,500, while Lorenzo Sabato was crowned the 2012 ESPT Barcelona Champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Lorenzo Sabato €200,000
2 Andrey Demidov €122,500
3 Niclas Svensson €76,500
4 Miguel Mora €59,200
5 Samuel Bernabeu €44,200
6 Estatuet Llorens €30,100
7 Artur Urgelles €22,000
8 Jonas Garstick €16,000