Ship it to Vitalijs! Latvia's Vitalijs Zavorotnijs went to Spain to play a poker tournament and he took down the whole shebang. Zavorotnijs is the latest champion on the World Poker Tour after winning the 2019 WPT Barcelona.
The final table included Vitalijs Zavorotnijs, Eric Sfez, Niko Koop, Boris Kolev, Jerry Odeen, and Alain Zeidan.
Heading into the final table, Latvia's Vitalijs Zavorotnijs bagged up the lead with 10.6M. French pro Eric Sfez was right behind him with 10.2M. The two middle stacks were Niko Koop and Boris Kolev and they were a double up away from the chip lead. Two small stacks were Sweden's Jerry Odeen and Alain Zeidan from Lebanon.
As expected, the two shorties were the first to bust on Sunday before church even let out. In the second orbit, Alain Zeidan hit the bricks in sixth place. Zeidan busted on the eighth hand of the final table. His elimination was followed by Odeen in fifth place. Odeen took home approximately $180K USD for his run.
It only took 34 hands at the final table before Niko Koop's time in Spain came to an abrupt halt in fourth place. He banked €215K for his efforts.
French pro Eric Sfez hoped he could go all the way to the promised land, but his quest fell short of the mark when he was picked off in third place. He won almost $318K USD for third. His bustout set up the finale between Boris Kolev and Vitalijs Zavorotnijs.
The entire final table played out at a brisk pace. It was no surprise that heads-up lasted only three hands. Vitalijs Zavorotnijs held a 3.5 to 1 edge over Boris Kolev when heads-up commenced. If you blinked, you missed the finale.
Kolev couldn't stop the inevitable. Zavorotnijs won the WPT Barcelona, which paid out €600K for first place. In Benjamins, that's worth $678K.
Boris Kolev banked €375,000 for second place. That's roughly a heady $420K in USD for the runner-up share. Not too shabby eh?
Martins Adeniya bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
Davidi Kitai cashed, but his run fizzled out in 72nd place. Elky went somewhat deep, but he busted in 119th place
Among the notables who cashed at the WPT Barcelona were... David Hu, Jason Tompkins, Arnaud Enselme, Bob Bickley, Marcin Kreft, Helder Nuno Lopes Teixeira, Marcin Wydrowski, Peter Jaksland, Morten Mortensen, Paul-Francois Tedeschi, Anton Wigg, Denys Shafijov, Tony Salame, Tobias Peters, Joni Jouhkimainen, Christophe De Meulder, Joao Vieira, Dragos Trofimov, Alex Viard, Bart Lybaert, Dario Marinelli, Darie Vlad, Jimmy Kebe, Jeff Kimber, Paul Testud, Bertrand Grospellier, Pawel Brzeski, Bas de Laat, Cesar Garcia, Bruno Lopes, Jose Astima, Alex Merzhvinskiy, Ben Diebold, Artie Conan, Dan Wilson, Waldermar Peter, Antony Mezzarobba, Marco Esquondoles, Ben Jones, and Fernando Pons.