Originally due for a €1m+ first-place payout, the two cut a deal heads-up assuring Alvarado €788,675 and leaving €100,000 and the title on the table for the winner.
With a roughly 9m-to-7m chip lead to start heads-up, Smith lost his advantage only briefly before grabbing the lead right back and expanding it all the way to the finish.
Alvarado, a somewhat surprising entrant in the Super High Roller given his lower profile on the live scene recently, earns by far his largest career live score.
Smith continues an epic 2012 tournament run that began with a win in the $100k event at the Aussie Millions for over $1m AUD and includes three wins in €5,000 side events at the EPT Grand Final.
Adding his second prestigious High Roller title to his résumé, Smith pushes his career earnings to over $4 million USD with the win.
Watson, Sahamies, McDonald, Seidel Fall
As always with a high-roller final table, the final nine was stacked with tough outs.
Sahamies: Cash infusion always welcome.
Included among them were online kingpin Mike “SirWatts” Watson, high-stakes wildcard Ilari Sahamies, EPT destroyer and online whiz Mike “Timex” McDonald and all-time live tourney legend Erik Seidel.
With Timex the only one starting the day alongside Smith and Alvarado as a chip leader, it was an uphill battle for the much smaller-stacked pros and all eventually succumbed to the bigger stacks.
Seidel fell in sixth when he called off 12 or so big blinds with A-T and lost to Sahamies’ AJ.
Timex took a surprising tumble in fifth when he went out in the space of two hands. He lost a big pot to Alvarado with AJ to JJ and was eliminated the very next hand when his A-T couldn’t top Smith’s AJ.
Sahamies almost took advantage of his chip boost from Seidel. He got it in good with AQ against Smith’s A-T but lost to a ten on the flop.
Out in fourth, Sahamies added €291,900 to his always fluctuating bankroll.
Watson, who started the day among the short stacks with Sahamies, stayed out of trouble and picked his spots well to rise all the way up to third and take home €399,500.
Businessman Talal Shakerchi and poker vet Jim McCrink, also short stacks to start the day, were never really in contention and busted in seventh and eighth respectively.
The final eight and payouts, courtesy of the PokerStars blog:
- 1. Dan Smith €962,925
- 2. JC Alvarado €788,675
- 3. Mike “SirWatts” Watson €399,500
- 4. Ilari Sahamies €291,900
- 5. Mike ‘Timex” McDonald €215,100
- 6. Erik Seidel €153,600
- 7. Talal Shakerchi €138,300
- 8. Jim McCrink €122,960
Season 9 EPT Barcelona Main Event Day 1a Underway
While the Super High Roller was wrapping up on the main stage, the likely record-breaking EPT Barcelona main event was getting underway on the tournament floor.
Of the 1000+ players expected for Days 1a and 1b, 403 of them hit the floor today.
Included among them and currently building up big stacks are Lex Veldhuis, Dani “Ansky” Stern, Pius Heinz, Leo Margets and Sebastian Ruthenberg.
Check the poker news section tomorrow for a full recap of all the high risers from Days 1a and 1b.