Igor Kurganov Wins 2017 PSC Barcelona Super High Roller

Igor Kurganov Wins 2017 PSC Barcelona Super High RollerIgor Kurganov has one of the scariest names in the whole of poker, sounding like a cross between a Gothic villain and the ultimate baddie in the Highlander movie, but the Russian pro is also an equally feared player at the tables, where he has accumulated a massive $14,089,225 in live earnings.
Despite enjoying one of his most successful years to date, however, including winning the WSOP $10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Championship for $273,964, the 29 year-old player has just scored his biggest score of 2017, after taking down the PokerStars Championship €50k Super High Roller for a whopping €1,084,100 ($1,273,165).
The event was held at the Casino Barcelona in Spain, and attracted a total of 86 players to create a prize pool of €4,129,290 ($4,849,430). With only 11 paid money places available, Isaac Haxton and Daniel Colman subsequently managed to make it into the money in 10th and 11th place respectively, before falling short of a final table apperance.
At the final table, Igor Kurganov then proceeded to eliminate Daniel Negreanu (9th), Stanley Choi (8th), and Dietrich Fast (4th) in short order, before being dealt A-Q and doing likewise to Koray Aldemir (K-Q) in 3rd to set up the final battle against Poland’s Bartlomiej Machon for the title.
After agreeing a deal, the end came soon for Machon whose Q-J faltered against the pocket queens of Kurganov to consign him to a runner-up finish worth $1,022,669. Meanwhile, the PokerStars Team Pro was crowned the 2017 PokerStars Championship €50k Super High Roller champion, and commenting upon his experience in the tournament, stated:
“It’s incredible! I’m so happy!. It was relatively simple today. I won the first three, four hands in a row and immediately became the chip leader… I think I was leading all the way except for about 20 minutes.”
Final Table Results:
1: Igor Kurganov $1,275,071
2: Bartlomiej Machon $1,022,669
3: Koray Aldemir $625,054
4: Dietrich Fast $481,109
5: Ivan Luca $380,946
6: Christopher Kruk $297,921
7: Bryn Kenney $234,410
8: Stanley Choi $183,199
9: Daniel Negreanu $139,203

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