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Markku Koplimaa wins record-breaking EPT Barcelona €1,100 National

by Gutshot Admin Posted on 27 Aug, 2019

The European Poker Tour (EPT) 2019 took place in Barcelona and concluded its first major event a few days back. The €1,100 EPT National entire tournament attracted a total of 4,682 entries and a prize pool of €4.5 million. Eventually, it was Markku Koplimaa who secured the first place by defeating Adam Hendrix in heads-up. Hendrix took part for the first time in EPT and stuck around till the heads-up battle.

Koplimaa won a record-breaking EPT National, breaking the previous record set 2 years ago when Pedro Cairat topped a 4,557-field. The 33-year old Koplimaa recorded his first live cash in the year 2011 at Triobet Live, Tallinn. Becoming a pro player, he secured first position last year in Tallinn Summer Showdown 2018. His total live earnings in poker is now $1.18 million.

In the 2019 tournament, Koplimaa agreed that sitting on the Final Table had been tough but he had the chip advantage. On the final day, 6 players remained, and the game started off at a fast pace. Jose Quintas lost initially followed by Barry McGovern who exited the tournament in 5th place. Koplimaa took advantage of the situation and turned the tables towards him.

Until a day prior, Indians had their eyes fixed on the game of Joey Saha at the same €1,100 EPT National Event. He was among the top 15 stacks at the end of Day 2 and he performed brilliantly on Day 3. Saha ended up in the 7th position and took €95,100 home (~INR 76.44 Lakh). 

Final Table Results:

  1. Markku Koplimaa – €585,500
  2. Adam Hendrix – €346,500
  3. Eldaras Rafijevas – €263,200
  4. Matias Arosuo – €212,100
  5. Barry McGovern – €168,100
  6. Jose Quintas – €129,100

Heads-up lasted for a brief period of 10 minutes ending in the victory of the Estonian player. Besides the end of €1,100 EPT National other on-going tournaments have started heating up, in order to keep up with the pace, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com and remain updated.

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