Pratyush Buddiga Triumphs at EPT Barcelona Single-Day High Roller

A total of 131 players turned out for the EPT Barcelona €25,500 Single-Day High Roller, which together with 34 rebuys helped create a prize pool worth €4,042,500. By the end of roughly 15 hours of play, US pro Pratyush Buddiga subsequently finished atop of the field to claim a coveted EPT title, as well as a €690,275 ($780,095) payday. Following his victory at the Casino Barcelona, the 2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion boosted his poker winnings to just shy of $5 million.
The €25,500 buy-in event paid out 23 money spots, and amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their investments was Fedor Holz in 23rd (€46,900), Juha Helppi in 19th (€50,940), Martin Jacobson in 15th (€62,660), and Alexandros Kolonias in 11th (€78,830).
After the final table of eight got underway, Andrey Shatilov eliminated Sergey Lebedev in 8th, and Alex Komaromi in 6th, while David Yan (A-K) sent Parker Talbot (10-10) to the rail in 7th. Meanwhile, Pratyush Buddiga took care of Steve O’Dwyer in 5th, and Tobias Reinkemeier in 4th, after which the remaining three players agreed a deal.
David Yan then locked up the lion’s share of the money worth €704,755, followed by Pratyush Buddiga (€690,275) and Andrey Shatilov (€606,020), with all three players agreeing to go all-in blind to determine the ultimate champion. Hand 1 then saw Buddiga eliminate Andrey Shatilov, before doing likewise to David Yan in Hand 2 to claim the trophy.
The win represented the second biggest score of Buddiga’s professional career, with his biggest coming at the 2014 APPT Macau Super High Roller for $844,571. Following his triumph in Barcelona, Buddiga tweeted:
“Damn, that feels good. 🙂 Chopped the Barcelona 25k HR for ~700kish euros and won the flip for the trophy. LFGGGGGGG”
Final Table Results:
1: Pratyush Buddiga (US) €690,275
2: David Yan (NZ) €704,755
3: Andrey Shatilov (Rus) €606,020
4: Tobias Reinkemeier (Ger) €347,650
5: Steve O’Dwyer (Ire) €278,900
6: Alex Komaromi (Urgy) €216,250
7: Parker Talbot (Can) €160,080
8: Sergey Lebedev (Rus) €117,640

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