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Europe's best headlines EPT Barcelona final
The PokerStars EPT Barcelona final table is set and when the remaining eight players sit down to decide a champion Wednesday, Europe's top player from 2008 will be looking for his first major tournament victory.
"I really want to win an EPT; it's really important to me," said veteran UK pro Marc Goodwin.
"I won European player of the year last year and all the rankings, but I didn't win a major competition along the way. I did win the GUKPT Manchester, but it obviously wasn't as big."
To be specific, Goodwin turned the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour into his personal ATM last year, running deep in countless preliminary tournaments and winning the Manchester main event title, leading to the top spot in the GUKPT Rankings and the prestigious European Rankings.
But despite the fact he has over $1 million in career tournament earnings, a major title has proved elusive for Goodwin thus far, with a third place finish in the 2005 Monte Carlo Millions his best result to date.
To be fair, Goodwin skipped a fair amount of the Roland de Wolfe, Bertrand Grospellier, Jens Kyllonen, and Mike McDonald were all laid to waste before the final table was set.
In their place, Phillips, Goodwin, Canadian Matt Lapossie, the UK's Asa Smith, local Spaniard Santiago Terrazas, Greece's Georgios Kapalas, Finn Toni Ojala and Romanian Mihai Manole will all be taking their first shot at PokerStars EPT Glory.
To follow the entire EPT Barcelona final table from start to finish, click through to PokerListings' EPT Barcelona Live Updates page beginning at 2 p.m. CEST Wednesday.