EPT London High Roller 2010 Won By Nacho BarberoOctober 5, 2010 10:41 am
Nacho Barbero has won the EPT London High Roller Event, after defeating a field of 77 players over three days to take down the prestigious tournament, as well as the £556,000 ($882,260) first place prize.
The Argentinian pro was certainly on a heater coming into the competition having made it onto three consecutive LAPT main event final tables,
including two wins. With his victory in London Barbero has now collected his fourth major title of 2010 earning $1,526,532 over 7 months.
The £20,000 buy-in High Roller Event manage to attract a top class field from around the world and by the time the final table was set eight of the very best competitors still remained.
As play got underway at London’s Hilton Metropole, joining the back-to-back LAPT winner was Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst holding a third of the chips at the table, and fellow US tournament pro Andrew Robl. Also vying for an EPT title was Finnish pro Jani Sointula, Germany’s Fabian Quoss (English Poker Open winner), Belgium pro Pierre Neuville, as well as Canadians Matt Marafiotiand Will Molson.
First to exit the final table was Pierre Neuville in 8th (£45,900), followed by Will Molson in 7th (£61,200) and Matt Marafioti in 6th (£76,500).
After Vanessa Selbst eliminated Fabian Quoss in 5th (£107,000) she looked set to go all the way before a raising war between Barbero holding A-J and Selbst with pocket 10’s saw her all-in pre-flop fighting for her tournament life.
Despite making a set on the flop, the turn and river made Barbero a Broadway straight to eliminate Selbst in 4th for a £145,000 pay-day.
Barbero with A-3 then called Robl’s short-stack K-5 push to knock him out in 3rd (£198,000) to go heads-up against Jani Sointula.
However, the Argentinian pro had to battle it out for a further three hours before defeating Sointula’s K-4 all-in move holding A-J. With an A hitting on the flop Jani Sointula collected £335,000 for his deep run in the tournament, while the title of EPT London High Roller Champion went to Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero.
Barbero has now won around $1.85 million from live tournament events.