Friday August 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm
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The 2018 EPT Barcelona kicked off at the Casino Barcelona in Spain with a 10K High Roller affair. A total of 124 total entrants took a shot at the opening event. Malaysia's Michael Soyza navigated a rough and tumble final table to pull off the victory. Soyza defeated Kai Lehto heads-up for the title and €302,500 in cash. Liv Boeree finished in sixth place.

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Ship it to Malaysia! Move over Germany, here comes Malaysia. The recent Triton Super High Roller series was dominated by players from Malaysia this summer. Despite being a relative newcomer on the global poker scene, the Malaysia Wave continues with a nice score by Michael Soyza in Barcelona. Soyza outlasted a tough final table to win the €10,300 High Roller at the Casino Barcelona in Barcelona. Not a bad way to kick off the newest season of the European Poker Tour.

Spain played host once again to the annual poker fiesta in Barcelona. The new season of the EPT is in full swing with the EPT Barcelona and fireworks were made early on with the first High Roller on the docket.

The €10,300 buy-in High Roller kicked off this year's festival at the swanky Casino Barcelona, located steps away from the beach. The 10K High Roller drew a total of 124 runners including 31 re-entries. The total prize pool was €1,202,800 and only the top 17 places got a cut of the pie. Most of the money went to the winner in this high balla affair.

The final table for the 10K High Roller included Liv Boeree, Luc Greenwood, Dario Sammartino, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Goran Mandic, Bahram Chobineh, Kai Lehto and Mike Soyza.

Luc Greenwood, one of Canada's nicest guys and a regular on the high roller scene, final tabled the opening event but he couldn't muster up better than an eighth-place finish. Croatia's Goran Mandic was the next out in seventh place. Liv Boeree, who donates portions of her winnings to charity, locked up 70K for sixth place and got some more karma coming her way. Italy's Dario Sammartino tried to pull off a remarkable victory in the High Roller, but his run came to an abrupt halt when he was dunzo in fifth place.

Bahram Chobineh from Iran locked up a six-figure score with a fourth-place finish. Turkey's Orpen Kisacikoglu bounced in third place, which paid out €133K.

It was Malaysia vs. Finland in the finals and I dunno anyone who could have predicted that matchup. Sure, the Malaysians have been crushing high roller events this summer, but that's one heck of a combo: Finland/Malaysia. I'm sure mostly everyone would have predicted a Germany/Spain finale... but just like in the World Cup, neither country found themselves in the finale.

Michael Soyza from Malaysia picked off Kai Lehto to win the event. Lehto from Finland earned €204,500 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?

Soyza banked €302,500 for his victory. His career winnings have now passed $2.2M USD. During the summer in Vegas, SOyza shipped a DeepStacks event at the Venetian for $588K, or his biggest cash to date. Soyza took down an event in Macau last fall at the Macau Poker Cup for HK$2,000,000 (or $260K USD). Soyza is currently in the top 5 for all-time money list for Malaysia, but he still has a long way to go to catch Richard Yong's $11m mark.

Denys Shafikov bubbled off the final table in ninth place.

Among the other lucky souls who also cashed in the 10K High Rolelr included... Denys Shafikov, Cary Katz, Joao Vieira, Dan Dvoress, Ivan Luca, Adrien Mateos, Mustapha Kanit, Filipe Oliveira, and Kenny Hallaert.

2018 EPT Barcelona - 10K High Roller

Buy-in: €10,300

Entrants: 124

Prize Pool: €1,202,800

Payouts: 17

 

Final Table Results:

1. Michael Soyza (Malaysia) €302,500

2. Kai Lehto (Finland) €204,500

3. Orpen Kisacikoglu (Turkey) €133,000

4. Bahram Chobineh (Iran) €110,100

5. Dario Sammartino (Italy) €88,800

6. Liv Boeree (U.K.) €70,000

7. Goran Mandic (Croatia) €53,500

8. Luc Greenwood (Canada) €40,300

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