Juanda Soars to €1m EPT BCN Crown; Kanit Ices €10k High Roller

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No rust on Juanda. (Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars)

What a week of poker in Barcelona.

The word "epic" is notoriously overused in poker but if ever the adjective fit it was this week at the kickoff event to EPT Season 12 in Barcelona.

With record fields and eye-popping prize pools the atmosphere was electric from the start to the dazzling finish today when John Juanda and Mustapha Kanit claimed the final titles.

Juanda, absent from the poker scene for over a year, battled his way through illness to a spectacular win in the main event, chopping three-handed before outlasting Steven Warburton heads-up to claim his first EPT title.

Thanks to the deal Juanda collected €1,022,593 - less than the €1.4m originally slated for the winner but a phenomenal number on its own.

Brit Warburton collected the runner-up prize of €941,613 while former EPT winner Fredrik Jensen claimed third for €810,294.

Shafikov Bows Out in Fourth

The overwhelming chip leader coming into the day was Ukrainian Denys Shafikov and he held his stack steady at around 17m until they got four-handed.

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Juanda and Warburton heads-up.

As can happen in poker, though, an unfortunate river card changed his fortunes entirely and he couldn't recover.

Getting it in with aces against Jensen's tens a ten spiked on the river to save the Dane and dismantle Shafikov's chances. A €405,100 payday likely eased the pain somewhat but it'll be a hand he remembers for the rest of his life.

Juanda also rejected a deal at that stage that would also have guaranteed him much more. The complete final-table results and payouts:

EPT12 Barcelona - Main Event

Buy-in: €5,300
Entries: 1,694
Prize pool: €8,215,900

1 - John Juanda, Indonesia, €1,022,593*
2 - Steve Warburton, United Kingdom, €941,613*
3 - Frederik Jensen, Denmark, €810,294*
4 - Denys Shafikov, Ukraine, €405,100
5 - Rainer Kempe, Germany, €320,400
6 - Andreas Samuelsson, Sweden, €253,900
7 - Amir Touma, Lebanon, €194,100
8 - Mario Sanchez, Spain, €137,080

Check the PokerStars blog for all of the hand-for-hand action.

Kanit Takes Over as Top Italian with €10k High Roller Crown

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Mustapha Kanit (Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStar)

Meanwhile, in another record-breaking event on the other side of the room, Italian young gun Mustapha Kanit continued to put his stamp on the poker world.

A 2014 Spirit of Poker Rising Star nominee Kanit has wowed since he came on the scene and did again today claiming the €10,300 High Roller crown and €738,759.

The win pushes him over the $4.6m mark in career live tournament earnings and above four-time WSOP bracelet winner Max Pescatori.

Kanit settled for a deal three-handed in this one with Kuljinder Sidhu and Nick Petrangelo  - with no playout for an extra cash needed - but he'll certainly leave Barcelona happy.

Complete final-table results and payouts:

€10,000+€300 High Roller (single re-entry)
Entrants: 401 (105 re-entries)
Prize pool: €4,908,200
Places paid: 71

1. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) €738,759*
2. Kuljinder Sidhu (United Kingdom) €640,000*
3. Nick Petrangelo (United States) €592,840*
4. Niklas Astedt (Sweden) €336,700
5. Aliaksei Boika (Belarus) €265,600
6. Ami Barer (Canada) €206,500
7. Gerald Karlic (Austria) €155,600
8. Kevin MacPhee (United States) €108,500
* denotes a three way deal

Check the PokerStars blog for the full rundown of the final-table action.

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