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Swedish player wins EPT Barcelona

29 November 2010

BARCELONA, Spain -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Swedish player Kent Lundmark has won EPT Barcelona, the biggest poker tournament ever held in Spain, earning a first prize of €825,000. The 22-year-old from Stockholm beat Spanish pro Jesus Cortes Lizano heads-up to win the €5,300 buy-in event.

Lundmark is the sixth Swedish EPT champion; the last being Anton Wigg who won EPT Copenhagen in season six. The win was Lundmark's third EPT cash, by far his best live ever result. In March, he was runner-up in the Nordic Masters of Poker, earning $69,000, and in January he was the longest-lasting Swede at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, finishing 29th place for $66,000.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Lundmark. "This is one of the biggest tournaments you can win in poker. I've been running good all tournament, I was very lucky. In the heads-up, I just kept getting good cards. I always felt in control."

As part of his prize, Lundmark also wins a seat worth €10,000 to this season's EPT Grand Final, to be held in the spring of 2011. Runner-up Jesus Cortes Lizano, also 22, from Zaragoza, earned €525,000 for second place - the biggest single EPT cash recorded by a Spanish player. The previous record was held by Santiago Terrazas who won €300,000 when he finished in third place in Barcelona last season.

More than 180 players won their seat to EPT Barcelona on PokerStars and two of them reached the final table. Giuseppe Pantaleo, from Germany, came fifth earning €170,000 and Georgios Skotadis, who finished seventh, earning €90,000. PokerStars player Shander de Vries, from Holland, came fourth winning €222,000.

Several Team PokerStars Pros finished in the money including Argentinian Leo Fernandez, who came 36th earning €15,000, Matthias de Meulder, from Belgium, (27th, €15,000), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (56th, €13,000), Ruben Visser (97th, €7,500) and Alex Gomes (99th, €7,500)

EPT Barcelona took place in a spacious new annex at Casino Barcelona and attracted a record field of 758 players. Since the EPT first visited Barcelona – it was the debut event of season one - the prize pool has swelled from €229,000 to €3,790,000 – a 16-fold increase. That debut event was also won by a Swede – Alexander Stevic, who won €80,000.

This season's event was also the grand finale of the new PokerStars- sponsored Estrellas Poker Tour which, in its debut season, visited three destinations across Spain. Next season's Estrellas Poker Tour will feature six stops, beginning in Madrid next February, and finishing in Ibiza, in September 2011.

As well as the €5,300 Main Event this week there were 19 well-attended side events including a €330 Ladies Event. That event attracted 46 entrants and was won by Spanish player Alba Garcia Sarasola. There was also a €2,000 event which attracted 224 players, won by Swedish pro Michael Tureniec who won €140,000. The €10,000 event, which attracted 36 players, was down to four players when the Main event ended including Juha Helppi and Portuguese businessman Fernando Brito who won the €10,000 event in Vienna.

More than 270 PokerStars players competed in the Main Event including 180 who won their seats online.

The EPT Barcelona final was broadcast live on in German, English, Spanish, Russian, Dutch and Italian was also filmed for television.

The next event of EPT Season 7 is the €5,300 EPT Prague event, from December 13-18, 2010. Satellites for EPT Prague are running now, as well as for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, in January. See for further details.

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