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Florensa Claims 888Live Costa Brava for €11,000; Drinks Flow
For 64 online qualifiers from all around Europe, the sun, sea, parties and joyful spirit at 888Live Costa Brava had to be enough.
For Catalonian Manuel Cabello Florensa, though, he also got to enjoy the spoils of a final-table appearance and a big boost to his bankroll as he walked away with the title and an €11,000 payday.
When all was said and done the field of 165, including celebrities like Kara Scott and Rupert Elder in the mix, all clearly enjoyed the poker+ experience on the Lloret de Mar regardless of outcome.
Drinks flowed, banana boats were ridden, spot prizes were awarded and plenty of hands were dealt as the 888Live Series continued its successful run in 2016.
Champagne Wishes, Caviar Dreams
Things got underway in Spain last Wednesday when online package winners arrived to a champagne reception and four days at the spectacular Guitart Monterrey Hotel ahead.
A mix of satellite winners, locals and invited guests all set out to partake in the 888Live “Poker Fiesta” with entries into the $50,000 GTD Main Event and a $5,000 Bounty Tournament Freeroll for the satty winners to go along with some specially organized beach activities and a farewell VIP party.
By the time action in the main event began on Friday players had indulged in a day of jet-skiing and general watersport hijinks along with a main event satellite freeroll.
Some fun-spirited action on the felt left 58 players at the end of Day 1 including Scott, who made it through with an average stack. She couldn't repeat her third-place finish from 888Live Aspers earlier in the year, however, and busted with 99 vs. JJ and AA.
After a long day of poker Florensa and David Nunez Arguello hit heads up just before 2am with fairly even stacks of 20 big blinds. All the chips went in the middle pretty quickly with K9 vs. Q9 on a board of 5h-2d-9s.
A very happy Florensa held and will take the €11,000 payout and, he said, add it directly to his bankroll for more poker. Read the full recap of the event here.
Complete final-table results and payouts:
1st Place Manuel Cabello Florensa €11,000
2nd Place: David Nunez Arguello €7,950
3rd Place: Craig Newton €6,400
4th Place: Albert Ortiz Garcia €5,400
5th Place: Albert Gorman €4,500
6th Place: Pavel Fedosa €3,700
7th Place: Martin White €3,000
8th Place: Edijs Tevins €2,300
9th Place: Jouanen Regis €1,800
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