Ruthenberg racks up euros at EPT Barcelona

Sebastian Ruthenberg

It's been quite a couple of months for poker player Sebastian Ruthenberg. Starting in the $5k Seven-Card Stud event at the 2008 WSOP, the German Team PokerStars pro's been on a run that now includes a victory at the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour's Barcelona stop.

By besting a field of the world's top-tier pros, including his interview with PokerListings after his win.

Ruthenberg will next play in the London EPT event and has to be considered an early favorite to capture EPT Player of the Year honors.

Others joining Ruthenberg and Gavin at the very international final table at the Gran Casino Barcelona included Martin Nielsen of Denmark, Davidi Kitai of Belgium, Dren Ukella also of Germany, Jason Mercier of the United States, Samuel Chartier of Canada and Daniele Mazzia of Italy.

A field of 619 players put up the €8,000 to buy in to the EPT Barcelona event, which created a record prize pool of €4,952,000. Among those who competed with the field of big-time pros were (retired?) Swedish NHL superstar Mats Sundin and Spanish tennis legend Sergi Bruguera. It was the first EPT appearance for both as PokerStars Ambassadors.

"I am very proud to become an ambassador for PokerStars," said Sundin. "It allows me to fulfil my personal ambition of working with charities around the world and I will be donating 100% of the money I earn from playing poker to charity. For me, the combination of excitement and challenge in poker, plus the potential to support good causes is a win-win situation."

Sundin doesn't have much to donate after this EPT, we're sad to report.

The final cash results for the top 10 finishers of the EPT Barcelona were as follows:

Place
Name
Country
Prize
1st
Sebastian Ruthenberg
Germany
€1,361,000
2nd
Fintan Gavin
Ireland
€792,000
3rd
David Kitai
Belgium
€455,000
4th
Daniele Mazzia
Italy
€351,000
5th
Jason Mercier
United States
€227,800
6th
Samuel Chartier
Canada
€178,000
7th
Martin Neilsen
Denmark
€119,000
8th
Mikael Lundell
Sweden
€74,400
9th
Salvatore Pengue
Italy
€74,400

For more information about how the tournament played out, check out our live coverage of the event in the Live Tournaments section.

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