Kent Lundmark Wins 2010 EPT Barcelona

Kent Lundmark (22) has won the 2010 EPT Barcelona, after defeating a field of 758 players over five days to lift the title and collect the €825,000 ($1.13 million) first place prize.
Following his incredible victory, the Swede commented:
“It’s an amazing feeling. This is one of the biggest tournaments you can win in poker. I’ve been running good all tournament, I was very lucky. In the heads up, I just kept getting good cards. I always felt in control.”
As the €5,000 buy-in tournament got going at the Casino de Barcelona in Spain, 399 players made it through the two Day 1 flights to Day 2. By the end of Day 2 the 112 remaining players had at least guaranteed themselves some prize money and by the end of Day 3 just 24 players were left.
It took eight hours on Day 4 before the final table of eight was set and the remaining competitors then returned on Day 5 to decide who would be crowned the 2010 EPT Barcelona champion.
Leading the pack was Giuseppe Pantaleo on 5.655 million chips, followed by Konstantin Puchkov on 4.16 million. The other hopefuls at the final table included Jesus Cortes Lizano on 3.8 million, Shander De Vries on 3.12 million, Kent Lundmark on 3.025 million, Thor Stang on 1.29 million, Georgios Skotadis on 1.105 million and a short-stacked Francesco Notaro on 745k.
Twenty minutes into the final table saw Italy’s Francesco Notaro exit in 8th (€70,000) after having his A-K push looked up and beaten by Lizano’s A-Q.
Ten minutes later and Georgios Skotadis from Greece, too, was gone in 7th (€90,000) after finding himself all-in pre-flop holding pocket 10’s to Thor Stang’s pocket Jacks.
It then took another two hours before the next players was eliminated, after which a number of players then fell in quick succession at the hands of eventual winner Kent Lundmark.
Norway’s Thor Stang collected €130,000 in 6th when his K-Q failed to improve to Lundmark’s pocket 5’s, followed by Germany’s Giuseppe Pantaleo in 5th (€170,000) holding A-J to Lundmark’s pocket Queens.
Shander de Vries from Holland was then eliminated in 4th (€222,000) after his all-in pre-flop push holding Q-8 was called by Lundmark with A-Q.
Konstantin Puchkov from Russia was sent to the rail in 3rd when he was caught slow-playing his pocket Kings against Lundmark’s 7s-6s. The flop came 3s-Js-7c and before long both players had pushed all their chips to the centre of the table. A 10d on the turn followed by a Ks on the river made a flush for Lundmark, while Puchkov picked up €300,000 for his deep run in the tournament.
Going into heads-up play, the stacks were fairly even with Lundmark holding 12.4 million chips to Lizano’s 10.55 million.
Eventually, after an hour and a half of play a depleted Lizano found himself all-in pre-flop holding K-J to his opponent’s Ah-Qh. With the board running out 9-9-7-5-A, Spain’s Jesus Cortes Lizano’s fate was sealed and he finished the runner-up for a €525,000 pay-day.
In the meantime, Sweden’s Kent Lundmark was crowned the 2010 EPT Barcelona champion and walked away richer to the tune of €825,000 ($1.13 million). Lundmark’s previous biggest win was a 29th place finish at the $10k PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event 2010 for $66,000.

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