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Sebastian Ruthenberg captures EPT Barcelona crown

15 September 2008

PRESS RELEASE -- PokerStars' sponsored player Sebastian Ruthenberg from Germany is the new EPT Barcelona champion. Ruthenberg, 24, takes home a €1,360,100 first prize after defeating 618 players in the record, sell-out event. Ruthenberg started today's final table as chip leader and defeated PokerStars qualifier Fintan Gavin from Galway, Ireland in a short heads-up battle.

Ruthenberg has gone from strength to strength since winning the German Open in 2006. He came third in EPT3 Dortmund. He joined the PokerStars ShootingStars team earlier this year and went on to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in June in the Seven Card Stud Hi-low championship event.

A total of 619 players entered the €8,000 buy-in EPT Barcelona event creating a record prize pool of €4,952,000. Among those who competed were Swedish NHL superstar Mats Sundin and Spanish tennis legend Sergi Bruguera, both making their first EPT appearances as PokerStars Ambassadors, as well as Team PokerStars Pros Chad Brown - who finished 34th for €17,300 - Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer and Vanessa Rousso.

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