EPT Barcelona Open - Live Updates

The PokerStars European Poker Tour kicked off its fifth season on the continent with the Barcelona Open on the shores of the Mediterranean. Germany's Sebastian Ruthenberg defeated Ireland's Fintan Gavin in heads-up play to claim the title and €1,361,000 in prize money. It was awesome, folks. Hit up the live updates for details.

Day 4 Live Updates

09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

It's Over! Ruthenberg Takes Barcelona!

Just like that the 2008 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Open is over. After just three hands of heads-up play, Fintan Gavin open-shoved all-in and saw Sebastian Ruthenberg make a quick call.

The Irishman tabled 7 4 while Ruthenberg held the advantage with K 9 and only needed to maintain his lead to win the day. The flop, however, brought the 7 in the door and concluded with the A and 2 to give Gavin the lead.

The turn brought it right back as the K fell, giving Ruthenberg the lead but also giving Gavin the flush draw. The Irishman needed a seven, a four or a heart to stay alive, but Fifth Street brought the 9 and Ruthenberg had clinched the title!

For the win, Ruthenberg earns €1,361,000 as well as a gigantic novelty check, a trophy and the adulation of millions of PokerListings.com readers. Runner-up Gavin takes €792,000 back to Galway.

Congratulations to Ruthenberg and all of the finalists, and especially to PokerStars and the EPT for a successful beginning to Season 5!

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$6,190,000
Players Left
1
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Heads-Up!

Heads-up play is underway between Sebastian Ruthenberg and Fintan Gavin at the 2008 PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Open.

Here are the chip counts as we get underway:

Sebastian Ruthenberg: $5,050,000

Fintan Gavin: $1,180,000

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$3,095,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Kitai Carson'd (3rd)

Sebastian Ruthenberg open-shoves all-in from the button and Davidi Kitai tanks in the small blind before making the call for his last $1,920,000. In the big blind, Fintan Gavin does some thinking of his own before laying down A Q face-up.

Kitai has the same hand, holding A Q, and is racing with some outs taken against Ruthenberg's 4 4. The flop comes J-7-6 with two hearts and the K on the turn gives the Belgian a few more outs. The river, however, is the 2 and Kitai is eliminated, out in third place and the beneficiary of a €455,000 payout.

We'll take a quick break before starting heads-up play between Sebastian Ruthenberg and Fintan Gavin.

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$3,095,000
Players Left
2
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Ruthenberg Takes Chip Lead

Fintan Gavin limps-in from the small blind and Sebastian Ruthenberg checks his option in the big blind. The flop comes 8 8 7 and Gavin bets $140,000. Ruthenberg makes the call and the turn is the 3, prompting checks from both players.

The river is the 2 and Gavin checks to Ruthenberg, who bets $220,000. Gavin raises to $600,000 and Ruthenberg ruminates for a few minutes before ultimately deciding to make the call. Gavin taps the table and mucks as Ruthenberg shows 7-5 for two pair, taking the pot and building his stack up to over $3 million. Gavin is now the short-stack with $1.3 million.

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$2,063,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Back From Break

We're back from break and the cards are back in the air from the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Open.

Here are the current chip counts as the players return from break:

1. Fintan Gavin $2.6 million
2. Davidi Kitai $1.9 million
3. Sebastian Ruthenberg $1.4 million

 

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$2,063,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Ruthenberg Doubles

Fintan Gavin open-shoves from the small blind and Sebastian Ruthenberg makes the call for his tournament life from the big blind, showing T T to Gavin's A 7. The board comes Q 9 3 4 2 and the tens hold, giving Ruthenberg the pot and doubling him up.

We're now on a ten-minute break. Hold for chip counts.

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$2,063,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Three-Handed!

Here are the approximate chip counts as three-handed play gets underway:

Fintan Gavin: $3.2 million

Davidi Kitai: $2 million

Sebastian Ruthenberg: $870,000

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$2,063,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Mazzia Balled (4th)

Sebastian Ruthenberg limps-in on the button and Davidi Kitai completes in the small blind. Daniele Mazzia moves all-in for another $13,000 and both Ruthenberg and Kitai make the call.

The two live players check down the board, which comes Q J T A 8 and Kitai turns up Q-8 for two pair. Ruthenberg has J-9 for the queen-high straight and Mazzia, holding 5-3, is eliminated. He's gone in 4th place and earns €351,000 for a particularly tenacious effort.

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$2,063,333
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

Kitai Kripples Mazzia

Daniele Mazzia open-shoves all-in from under the gun for $1,149,000 and the action folds around to Davidi Kitai, who considers the call from the big blind. After a minute or two of thought the Belgian makes the call for his last $1,048,000, turning up T T and finding himself ahead of Mazzia's 9 9.

The flop comes 6 5 3, the turn the K and the river the Q, meaning Kitai has doubled to over $2 million and Mazzia is now utterly crippled and all but all-in on the big blind in the next hand.

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$1,547,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
09/14/2008 (6 years ago)

The Final Four!

Cards are back in the air at the PokerStars European Poker Tour Barcelona Open as our final four face off for the million-Euro grand prize.

Here's how the chip counts stack up as the action gets back underway:

Fintan Gavin: $2,987,000

Davidi Kitai: $1,265,000

Daniele Mazzia: $1,104,000

Sebastian Ruthenberg: $796,000

 

Level
1
Blinds
50/100
Average Stack
$1,547,500
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
EPT Barcelona Open
Venue
Gran Casino De Barcelona, Spain
Date
2008-09-10
Final Day
2008-09-14
Buy In
$11,280
Entrants
619
Prize Pool
$6,982,320
First Prize
$1,919,010

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Sebastian Ruthenberg $1,919,010
2 Fintan Gavin $1,116,720
3 Davidi Kitai $641,550
4 Daniele Mazzia $494,910
5 Dren Ukella $411,720

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