Sergi Reixach has won the 2019 European Poker our Barcelona €100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller event. The Spanish poker pro overcame a field of 64 total entries to secure the title and the top prize of €1,816,210 ($2,015,993 USD). This was the first seven-figure score of Reixach’s career, and it brought his lifetime live earnings to just shy of $4.7 million.

“It’s unbelievable. I’ve been working a lot of years for this kind of moment,” he told PokerStars Blog reporters after coming out on top. “It’s been a long way for me. Some people have a lot of luck in the beginning, but for me, it’s been a tough way. But I’m very happy now.”

In addition to the money and the title, Reixach was also awarded 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his fourth final-table finish of the year. He now sits in 130th place in the overall POY race standings for 2019, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

The third and final day of this event began with Tsugunari Toma in the chip lead with nine players remaining. Reixach entered the final table in fourth chip position but quickly shot up the leaderboard by eliminating Mikalai Vaskaboinikau in ninth place ($199,878 USD). Not long after that, Reixach called the three-bet shove of Rui Ferreira with AClub SuitKHeart Suit. Ferreira’s AHeart Suit8Club Suit was dominated and failed to improve on a QClub Suit5Heart Suit4Diamond Suit9Heart Suit2Diamond Suit runout. He took home $261,905 USD as the eighth-place finisher.

Start-of-day leader Tsugunari Toma scored the next elimination when his AHeart Suit4Heart Suit overcame the 5Heart Suit5Diamond Suit of Steve O’Dwyer. Toma spiked an ace on the turn and held from there to bust O’Dwyer in seventh place ($337,718 USD).

Luc Greenwood was the next to go when his pocket sixes filed to outrun the A-Q of Reixach. Reixach made trip queens by the end to send Greenwood to the rail with $427,328 USD.

Tsugunari TomaToma’s run came to an end when his AClub SuitJDiamond Suit lost a preflop race against the 8Diamond Suit8Club Suit of Sam Grafton. Toma was awarded $551,381 USD for his strong showing, while Grafton climbed into second place on the leaderboard behind Reixach.

Grafton’s rise continued with the elimination of Kahle Burns. The Australian got all-in with KHeart SuitQClub Suit up against the KSpade Suit9Spade Suit of Grafton. The British pro flopped a pair of nines to knock Burns out in fourth place ($709,912).

Danny Tang was the clear short stack heading into three-handed action. He got his last chips with AClub Suit8Heart Suit only to get called by Reixach, who held ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit. tang was in trouble, but managed to take the lead on the turn when the board showed 9Club Suit9Diamond Suit2Heart Suit8Club Suit to give him nines and eights. The ASpade Suit on the river saw Reixach regain the best hand, with both players making aces and nines, while Reixach held the queen for the superior kicker. Tang earned $940,803 USD for his third-place showing.

Heads-up play began with Reixach and Grafton relatively even, and both players had their turn holding the lead during the battle that lasted nearly three hours. Reixach held roughly a 6-to-1 lead by the time the final hand was dealt. Reixach limped in from the button with KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit and Grafton raised to 600,000 from the big blind holding QClub Suit6Spade Suit. Reixach called and the flop came down KClub SuitJSpade Suit3Diamond Suit. Grafton bet 325,000 and Reixach called. The 5Diamond Suiton the turn drew checks from both players and the 7Heart Suit completed the board. Grafton moved all-in for 1,725,000 as a bluff, but Reixach quickly called with his top pair to secure the pot and the title. Grafton earned $1,447,385 as the runner-up, the largest payday of his career.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Sergi Reixach $2,015,993 720
2 Sam Grafton $1,447,385 600
3 Danny Tang $940,803 480
4 Kahle Burns $709,912 360
5 Tsugunari Toma $551,381 300
6 Luc Greenwood $427,328 240
7 Steve O’Dwyer $337,718 180
8 Rui Ferreira $261,905 120
9 Mikalai Vaskaboinikau $199,878 60

Photos via Rational Intellectual Holdings Limited / Danny Maxwell and Neil Stoddart.

 

 

 





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