PIOTR NURZYNSKI TOPS RECORD 1,931-ENTRY FIELD, WINS MAIN EVENT
• First-time EPT player Haoxiang Wang runner-up
• Onyan Dimov just misses second EPT title, takes third
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7:30pm: Piotr Nurzynski wins EPT Barcelona Main Event (€1,037,109)! Haoxiang Wang finishes runner-up (€1,023,701)
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Piotr Nurzynski picked up A♣9♣ and limped from the button, Wang checked with K♠2♦, and the flop came 6♦K♣A♦ to give both players pairs. Wang led for 500,000 and Nurzynski called.

The turn was the 7♣ and this time Wang checked. Nurzynski pushed out a bet of 2 million, and Wang called quickly, making the pot 6.5 million and leaving himself 8.3 million behind.

The river was the 4♦. Wang checked once more, and Nurzynski took a few seconds before announcing he was all in.

Out of time bank cards, Wang only had 30 seconds to decide what to do, and at the last moment… he called! It’s over! Nurzynski wins the title.

The pair shook hands afterwards and Wang hung onto Nurzynski’s hand to pull him close for a hug.

The two competitors after a well-fought duel

What a finish! With the deal, Nurzynski wins €1,037,109 while Haoxiang Wang also earns a seven-figure score with €1,023,701.

Also of note, both players will be heading to the Bahamas in January to play the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, as Nurzynski won a Platinum Pass for being the longest-lasting qualifier, which means the Platinum Pass due to the Main Event winner goes to Wang.

Stay tuned for a full recap of an exciting day of poker! –MH

Another hug for the champion

7:25pm: Wang open-shoves, Nurzynski folds
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Piotr Nurzynski limped in from the button with Q♦6♣ and Haoxiang Wang checked with 9♦8♥. The flop came 8♣3♥3♦, Nurzynski checked, Wang bet 1.2 million, and Nurzynski folded.

On the next hand, Wang open-shoved from the button with A♠9♥ and Nurzynski folded. –MH

7:23pm: Biggest pot of heads-up go Nurzynski’s way
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 1 million with 9♥9♦ before he was three-bet to 3.1 million by Piotr Nurzynski with J♦J♣. This is the first time two big hands have matched up heads up. Wang called to the all diamond 7♦3♦4♦ flop.

Both players checked to the 10♣ turn where Nurzynski’s delayed 3.1 million c-bet was called by Wang. The 2♣ came on the river and Nurzynski fired for a big 12 million after using a time bank chip. Wang leant back in his chair, fidgeted sideways, stood up and turned around before he called with a second remaining on the shot clock.

Wang dropped all the way down 10 million and Nurzynski soared up to 47 million. –MC

7:18pm: Nurzynski bluffs, wins small one, and they’re even again
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

With 8♠4♦ Piotr Nurzynski raised to 900,000 from the button and Haoxiang Wang defended with 9♥5♠.

The flop came 9♦A♣10♦. Wang checked, and Nurzynski continued for 700,000. Wang called. The turn was the 3♣. Wang checked again, and this time Nurzynski checked behind.

The river was the J♥. Wang checked a final time (quickly), and Nurzynski bluffed with a bet of 1.8 million and it worked as Wang folded.

They are just about even again — Wang has 29 million and Nurzynski 28.85 million. –MH

Piotr Nurzynski & Haoxiang Wang: Even in chips

7:15pm: Back and forth over three hands
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 900,000 with K♠J♦ and Piotr Nurzynski three-bet to 2.5 million with 5♦2♦. Wang made a surprising fold.

Nurzynski continued his aggression the next hand by raising to 900,000 with 10♠2♠. Wang called with J♥2♣ and both players went on to check a 4♦6♦8♣ flop. The turn was the 6♠ and Wang check-raised Nurzynski 1.1 million bet up to 3 million. Nurzynski folded.

Wang raised with Q♥3♥ the next hand and Nurzynski came along for the ride with 9♦5♠. Both checked the 6♦A♥8♣K♦9♣ board all the way down and Nurzynski took the pot after making a pair on the river. –MC

7:05pm: Wang takes over the lead, again
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 900,000 with 8♦6♦ and Piotr Nurzynski called with K♣5♠. Wang continued for 1.4 million on the 10♠K♠A♥ flop and was check-called. The Q♣ turn was checked through to the 2♣ river where Wang folded to a 5-million chip bomb from Nurzynski.

Wang received a walk the next hand and also won the hand after that when he raised with king-ten.

On the hand after that, Nurzynski raised to 900,000 with A♥K♦. Wang peeled with A♣4♥. The flop fell 3♠2♣8♠ and Wang check-called a 700,000 bet before he led the 3♥ for 1.7 million. Nurzynski wasn’t shifted though and called to the 6♥ river where Wang led again, for 3.8 million.

Nurzynski looked like he was going to call, but folded and dropped out of the chip lead, just. –MC

7pm: Two hands for Wang
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

From the button Haoxiang Wang raised to 800,000 with J♥6♦ and Piotr Nurzynski called with 5♥3♥. The flop came 8♥3♣10♣ and both checked. The turn was the 6♣ and they checked again.

The river brought the J♠ to give Wang a second pair, and after Nurzynski checked Wang bet big — 2.6 million — and Nurzynski folded.

On the next hand Nurzynski raised to 800,000 with A♣2♥ and Wang three-bet to 2.3 million with 9♥8♥, getting a fold and winning the pot.

Nurzynski – 30.05 million
Wang – 27.8 million

–MH

6:55pm: Wang’s chip lead lasts one hand
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Piotr Nurzynski picked up kings on the button and just limped. Wang checked his option with 10♥9♦ and the flop came J♥3♣K♠ where Wang led for 700,000. Call. Wang barrelled again on the 6♣, for 3.1 million, and Nurzynski used a time bank chips before just calling again.

The 5♦ filled out the board and Wang gave up with a check and watched Nurzynski bet 2 million. Wang folded to drop back out of the lead with 25.6 million. Nurzynski back up to 31.25 million. –MC

Advantage swings back to Nurzynski

6:50pm: Wang retakes chip lead
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

With the button, Haoxiang Wang raised to 900,000 with K♥9♦ and Piotr Nurzynski called with 9♣2♣. Both flopped a pair when the first three community cards came J♥9♠8♥, and both checked. They both checked the 5♠ turn as well.

The 10♦ came on the river, Nurzynski checked, and Wang bet 1.1 million. Nurzynski took about a half-minute, then called the bet and Wang won.

That pot swings the lead back to Wang who has 30.9 mlllion, while Nurzynski has 26.95 million. –MH

Wang back in front

6:45pm: Stacks almost even again
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

Piotr Nurzynski raised to 900,000 with Q♥8♠ and Haoxiang Wang defended with 6♦2♦. The flop came 2♣A♣10♠ and Wang check-called 700,000. The 10♣ came on the turn and was checked through to the 9♠ river. The action was checked again and Wang’s two pair was good for the pot.

Wang moved up to 28.5 million and Nurzynski dropped to 29.35 million. –MC

6:40pm: Wang jams river, Nurzynski folds
Level 35 – Blinds 200,000/400,000 (BB ante 400,000)

It’s a new level, and now each one will last just 45 minutes.

In the first hand back, Piotr Nurzynski raised to 900,000 from the button with A♦9♥ and Haoxiang Wang called with K♦2♦.

Wang led for 800,000 after the 2♥4♦7♠ flop and Nurzynski called. The turn was the K♣. Wang bet again, pushing out 3.5 million this time (nearly the size of the pot), and Nurzynski called, pushing the pot up to 10.8 million.

Haoxiang Wang: Shove earns a pot

The river was the Q♥, and this time Wang waited about 15 seconds before announcing he was betting all in. Nurzynski paused a while, then folded his hand.

Wang chips up to 27.7 million, while Nurzynski still leads with 30.15 million. –MH


TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


6:15pm: Last hand of level goes to Nurzynski
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

In the last hand of the level, Haoxiang Wang raised from the button to 700,000 with K♣9♠, and Piotr Nurzynski called with Q♠5♣.

The flop came 10♠J♦8♠ and Nurzynski checked. Wang bet 1 million even and Nurzynski called.

The turn was the 3♦ and checked through, then the 8♣ river completed the board. Nurzynski fired 2.5 million, and Wang folded.

Nurzynski has the 35.35 million and the lead going to the break, while Wang has 22.5 million –MH

6:10pm: Kicker issues cost Wang
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 650,000 with 10♣7♣ and Piotr Nurzynski defended with 10♥8♣. The flop fanned 3♦K♠10♠ giving both players second pair. Nurzynski check-called a 700,000 bet before both players checked the 6♥ turn. The 2♣ came on the river and Nurzynski led for 1.5 million and got called.

The stacks were almost even before that hand but Nurzynski has stretched clear again, up to 32 million. –MC

6pm: Wang makes straight, wins small one
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang min-raised to 600,000 from the button with 7♠6♠, and Piotr Nurzynski called with 9♠5♦. The flop came A♠5♥8♥, and Nurzynski check-called a bet of 700,000 from Wang.

The turn brought the 4♠, making a straight for Wang (and adding a flush draw). Nurzynski checked, and Wang made an overbet of 4 million. Nurzynski wasn’t interested in pursuing the hand any longer and folded.

Nurzynski has 31.7 million, Wang 26.15 million. –MH

5:55pm: Nurzynski straightens Wang out
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised with A♣Q♣ and Piotr Nurzynski called to a 3♠10♦9♣ flop. Wang continued for 900,000 and was check-raised to 2.5 million. Wang wasn’t going anywhere and called to see the 7♥ turn, which made Nurzynski a straight.

Nurzynski bet 4 million and Wang got way from the ace-queen to drop 26 million. –MC

5:50pm: Almost even
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

After several small hands featuring little chip movement, Haoxiang Wang limped from the button with 9♥8♥, Piotr Nurzynski called with 9♦2♣, and the flop came 10♠J♥8♠ to give both players open-ended straight draws.

Nurzynski checked, Wang bet 600,000, and Nurzynski called. The turn was the A♥ and Nurzynski checked again. Wang fired again, pushing forward a bet of 2 million, and Nurzynski folded.

They’re almost even now, with Nurzynski on 29.3 million and Wang at 28.55 million. –MH

5:45pm: Nurzynski into the lead
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Piotr Nurzynski opened off the button and called when three-bet to 2.2 million by Haoxiang Wang. Both players checked the 5♣A♠J♠ flop before Wang bet 3.4 million on the Q♠ turn. Nurzynski called and the 7♥ came on the river.

Piotr Nurzynski: Ice cold

Wang (K♣5♠) gave up with a check and Nurzynski took the pot with A♥9♣ after he checked behind. And with that, Nurzynski took over the lead with 31.35 million to Wang’s 26.5 million. –MC

5:40pm: One pot each
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Piotr Nurzynski raised to 650,000 from the button with Q♦10♠, Haoxiang Wang called with J♣5♠, and the flop came 4♣9♥Q♠. Wang led for 700,000, and with top pair Nurzynski just called.

The turn was the 2♠. Wang checked this time, and when Nurzynski bet 800,000, Wang let it go.

On the next hand, Wang had the button and raised to 650,000 with Q♣J♥, Nurzynski called with K♦5♣, and the flop came J♦2♥7♥. Nurzynski checked, Wang bet 1 million, and Nurzynski folded. –MH

5:35pm: Game on as Nurzynski doubles
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised his button with J♠9♦ and then called when Piotr Nurzynski three-bet to 2 million with K♦K♣.

Piotr Nurzynski prays for a hold

The flop came 9♠10♠8♦ and Piotr Nurzynski checked to face a 2.2 million bet that he treated to a 10.225 million all-in. Wang snapped off the shove but failed to improve as the board ran out 5♥6♥.

Haoxiang Wang prays for an outdraw

Nurzynski pumped his fist and has moved up to 24.75 million and Wang dropped to 33.1 million. –MC

5:30pm: A few more for Wang
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Piotr Nurzynski raised his button to 650,000 with Q♣J♣ and Haoxiang Wang called with 8♠4♣. Both checked the 6♦7♣9♥ flop, then the J♦ came on the turn. Wang checked, Nurzynski bet 800,000, and Wang called.

The river brought the 10♥, making a straight for Wang. He gathered some chips and led for 2.2 million, about two-thirds pot. Nurzynski thought for a while, but let his hand go and conceded the pot to Wang.

Wang has 45.325 million, Nurzynski 12.25 million. –MH

5:25pm: One pot apiece
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised his button and bet a 7♠7♥5♥ flop for 700,000. Piotr Nurzynski defended and check-called the c-bet before the K♠A♥ turn and river were checked through. Nurzynski opened J♠9♠ and lost out to Wang’s 6♦5♠.

Nurzynski limped the next hand and Wang checked. The flop fell Q♦9♠9♥ and Wang led for 600,000. Call. The turn was the 3♠ and Wang slowed to a check. Nurzynski bet 500,000 and Wang folded 8♠6♦. Just as well too as Nurzynski was holding K♠9♦. –MC

5:20pm: Nurzynski wins first hand of heads-up
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

On the first hand of heads-up play, Haoxiang Wang raised from the button to 700,000 with Q♣3♣ and Nurzynski called from the small blind with K♣6♠.

The flop came 5♦6♥4♦ and Nurzynski check-called Wang’s 650,000 continuation bet. The turn was the 8♦ and both checked. Then the A♥ completed the board and Nurzynski led for 2.5 million, getting a fold from Wang. –MH

5:15pm: Heads-up counts
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Haoxiang Wang has about a 3.6-to-1 chip lead to begin heads-up play.

Haoxiang Wang – 45,275,000
Piotr Nurzynski – 12,575,000 –MH

Heads up between Piotr Nurzynski and Haoxiang Wang

5:10pm: Wang takes out another as Dimov eliminated in third (€725,621)
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

The EPT Barcelona Main Event is down to heads-up after Haoxiang Wang eliminated Ognyan Dimov in third place.

Dimov moved all-in off the button for 3.475 million and was called by Wang in the big blind.

Wang: K♠8♥
Dimov: K♣7♣

Ognyan Dimov: Former champ falls in third

Wang gave himself a little fist pump for making the correct call and he was even happier after he survived a 4♦A♥2♦6♥Q♥ board.

Ognyan Dimov finds consolation on his rail

Piotr Nurzynski was also elated as he’s locked up a Platinum Pass worth $30,000 after winning the PokerStars qualifier last longer. –MC

5:05pm: More Wang as three-handed begins
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Big chip leader Haoxiang Wang got a walk the first hand of three-handed play, then on the next one he limped from the small blind with J♦7♦ and Ongyan Dimov raised to 1.05 million with A♠J♠ from the big blind with Wang calling.

The flop came 4♣10♦K♥, and Wang check-called another bet of 700,000 from Dimov. Then after the 8♣ turn Wang led for 2.6 million and Dimov called, creating a pot of 9 million even.

The river was the 7♠ and both checked, and Wang claimed the pot with that rivered pair of sevens.

Wang has 39.85 million now, Piotr Nurzynski 13.025 million, and Dimov just 4.375 million. –MH

5pm: Wang downs Marques in fourth (€698,369)
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

And then there were three.

Pedro Marques: Life on the line again

Haoxiang Wang picked up 10♦10♣ and raised to 625,000 and then called after Pedro Marques three-bet all-in for 6.5 million with A♣5♣.

No more Marques

The board ran 6♣J♠7♥Q♥8♦ and a smiling Marques shook his opponents’ hands before he left the stage. Wang moved up to 35 million. –MC

4:55pm: Wang takes from Marques
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Following three small-pot hands, Pedro Marques was dealt A♥K♠ under the gun and raised to 650,000. It folded to Haoxiang Wang in the big blind who had been dealt 10♠5♣ and he called the raise.

The flop came 6♣8♥4♣ and both checked. The turn was the 10♥, giving Wang top pair to go with his gutshot straight draw, and he bet 1.1 million, prompting an insta-fold from Marques.

Leader Wang has 28.55 million now, while Marques remains fourth of four with 7.55 million. –MH

4:50pm: The all-ins continue with no callers
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Pedro Marques raised to 650,000 off the button with 8♥7♥ and was called by Ognyan Dimov in the small blind (K♣J♦), but both players folded when Piotr Nurzynski jammed from the big blind with 9♦9♣.

Dimov got revenge the next hand. He raised his button with red kings and then four-bet all-in for 8.175 million after Nurzynski reraised to 1.8 million holding K♣J♦. Nurzynski folded. –MC

4:45pm: Wang barreling away, keeps stacking
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

With K♣J♣ Piotr Nurzynski raised to 600,000 from the cutoff/under the gun, and Haoxiang Wang three-bet to 1.5 million from the button with 8♠7♦.

It folded back to Nurzynski who called, and the flop fell Q♠Q♥2♥. Nurzynski checked, and Wang continuation bet small for 700,000. Nurzynski called.

The turn was the 2♠, putting two pair on the board, and Nurzynski checked again. Wang bet once more — 2 million this time — and Nurzynski decided he couldn’t call.

Wang keeps adding and he’s up to 27.4 million now, while Nurzynski is down to just over 12 million. –MH

4:40pm: Marques squeezes all-in
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

Piotr Nurzynski raised to 650,000 off the button with A♦6♦ and was called by Haoxiang Wang (K♣8♠) before Pedro Marques squeezed all-in for 8.15 million from the big blind holding ace-jack. Both opponents folded and Marques won much needed chips. –MC

4:35pm: Deal done!
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

They have made a deal. Yee-ha. Here are the details:

Haoxiang Wang €1,023,701
Piotr Nurzynski €857,109
Ognyan Dimov €725,621
Pedro Marques €698,369

The winner will get an additional €180,000 and Platinum Pass to PSPC. Play now carries on in what is essentially a winner-takes-all tournament. — HS

4:20pm: Deal talk
Level 34 – Blinds 150,000/300,000 (BB ante 300,000)

The beginning of Level 34 is delayed as the four remaining players discuss a four-way deal. Full details to come, should they come to an ageement.


Toby Stone talks players through the numbers. Left to right: Pedro Marques, Piotr Nurzynsky, Haoxiang Wang, Ognyan Dimov



TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


4:10pm: Break time counts

They’ll come back in 20 minutes to a 300,000 big blind and these stacks:

Name Country Chips BBs
Haoxiang Wang China 24,900,000 83
Piotr Nurzynski Poland 14,400,000 48
Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 10,050,000 34
Pedro Marques Portugal 8,450,000 28

4:05pm: Wang bluffs Marques off hand, carries big lead into break
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 600,000 from under the gun, Pedro Marques called from the button, and Piotr Nurzynski called from the big blind. All three had been dealt two Broadway cards:

Wang: K♥Q♣
Marques: K♣J♣
Nurzynski: A♦10♥

The flop came 4♠J♦2♠ and it folded to Marques who bet 750,000. Nursynski folded, but Wang responded with a check-raise to 2 million.

Marques looked at Wang for a moment, then down at his chips, then back at Wang. Finally Marques called, bringing the pot up to 6.175 million.

The turn was the 3♠, and Wang pushed out a big bet of 4 million. Again Marques studied his opponent for a while, and ultimately couldn’t find a call with top pair, releasing his hand. Wang stacks up 24.9 million now, Marques 8.45 million.

That was the last hand before the break, and it sounds as though the players may be taking the opportunity to talk about a deal. Stay tuned. –MH

4pm: Two pots and talk of a deal
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Pedro Marques raised to 550,000 with A♥6♣ before Piotr Nurzynski three-bet to 2 million holding 10♠10♥. Marques thought for 25 seconds and made the correct fold.

Ognyan Dimov then asked his opponents if they’d be up for talking about a deal. Haoxiang Wang said he agreed that they should talk numbers and the players said they’ll wait until the break rather than pausing the clock mid-level.

Wang and Marques then tangled in the blinds. Wang bet 700,000 on an A♠4♣Q♥ flop holding 10♣6♦. Marques called with J♦10♦ and the turn came as the 5♣. Wang smiled as he checked and quickly folded to a 1.15 million bet. Marques moved up to 11.18 million. –MC

3:55pm: Marques doubles through Wang
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

On the hand right after Haoxiang Wang’s big, correct river call against Pitor Nurzynski, Wang picked up 8♠8♥ in the small blind and limped, and Pedro Marques checked from the big blind with A♥3♦.

Pedro Marques: Double time

The flop came A♦10♣7♦, giving Marques top pair, and both players checked. The turn was the 9♠, giving a Wang an open-ended straight draw, and he checked again. Marques bet 425,000, and Wang check-raised to 2 million.

Marques thought a bit, then reraised all-in for 4.9 million, and after pausing a beat Wang called.

The cards went on their backs, then came the 4♦ river. That was a safe card for Marques, and he’s now up to 10.55 million. Wang drops a bit to 23.125 million. –MH

3:50pm: Wang takes the lead!
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Haoxiang Wang and Piotr Nurzynski tangled again. They were in the blinds and took to a 4♥5♥7♠ flop. Nurzynski, holding 8♥2♥, check-raised Wang’s 325,000 bet with K♠8♦ up to 1.1 million. Wang called to the K♦ turn where he called a 2.4 million semi-bluff bet from Nurzynski.

Another tough spot for Haoxiang Wang

The 5♦ completed the board and Nurzynski went for it, betting 4.2 million. Wang had a look in his eye that he was enjoying the challenge. He used a time card, blew air into his cheeks chips and made a great call. He moved up to 28.28 million and Nurzynski
Drop to 14.73 million. –MC

3:40pm: Wang closes gap with Nurzynski, over 20 million
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Ognyan Dimov opened to 500,000 from under the gun with A♠K♠ and got no customers. Then on the next hand it folded to Pedro Marques in the small blind with Q♠J♠, and he raised all-in for 4.9 million, with Dimov quickly folding his eight-deuce in the big blind.

On the hand after that it was Haoxiang Wang getting 8♠8♥ under the gun and raising, and Nurzynski called from the big blind with K♠4♠. The flop came 2♥7♥4♣ and Nurzynski checked. Wang bet 1.1 million and Nurzynski called.

The turn was the 9♣ and both checked. The river was the 2♦. Nurzynski sat riffling his chips for a few seconds, looked over at Wang who stared intently at the board, then bet 600,000 and Wang called right away to take the pot.

Correct call from Haoxiang Wang puts him beyond 30 million

Wang closes the gap with the leader. Nurzynski has just under 23 million now, Wang just over 20 million. –MH

3:35pm: Wang wins two in a row
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 600,000 from under the gun with J♣10♥ and was called by Ognyan Dimov in the small blind with 8♥8♣. The flop fanned A♥J♠3♠ and Wang bet his second pair and got a quick fold from Dimov.

Wang was in the big Lind with A♥3♥ the next hand and checked after Piotr Nurzynski had completed with 9♥5♣. Nurzynski continued for 250,000 on an 8♥6♦Q♣ flop. Wang called and both players checked the J♠ turn to head to the 6♣ river.

Both players checked again and Wang took another pot to rise to a high of 17.48 million. –MC

3:25pm: Dimov doubles through Nurzynski
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

On the next hand after the elimination of Rodrigo Carmo, Ongyan Dimov raised to 500,000 from the cutoff with K♠Q♠, then Piotr Nurzynski three-bet to 1.4 million from the button with A♥9♦.

It folded back to Dimov who took about 20 seconds before calling, and the pair watched the flop come 6♥K♣10♥. Both checked, then the 10♦ turn paired the board. Again both checked.

The river was the Q♣, pairing Dimov’s other hole card, and he checked once more. Nurzynski waited about 15 seconds, then announced he was betting all in, and after a just a short pause Dimov called to win the pot and earn the big double.

Big double for Ognyan Dimov

Dimov moves back to 10.75 million while Nurzynski is still comfortably in front with 26.525 million. –MH

3:15pm: Rodrigo Carmo goes in fifth, wins €354,200
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

It’s just like London buses today. We wait ages for an elimination and then two come along in quick succession.

Rodrigo Carmo got a shove through with pocket sevens, but he didn’t the next time he tried it, and it left him licking his wounds on the rail.


One race too many for Rodrigo Carmo


He had A♦K♣ in the big blind and three-bet all-in for 4 million after Haoxiang Wang had opened with 8♠8♦ from under the gun. Wang called and survived a board that ran 2♥J♣5♠6♦3♠.


Rodrigo Carmo: Heading home


Wang’s stack moved up to 16.98 million, repairing all the damage done to it today. –MC

3:10pm: Matthias Tikerpe eliminated in sixth place (€287,050)
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

With just 3.975 million left in his stack, Matthias Tikerpe looked down at A♣K♣ in the hijack seat and chose to open-raise all-in.

Piotr Nurzynski was next to act in the cutoff with 9♥9♣ and he called, and everyone else folded.


Bye time for Matthias Tikerpe


Tikerpe stood from the table to watch the community cards come, knowing he needed to improve to keep his tournament run going. The 3♠2♠8♦ flop was of no use to him, nor was the 6♥ turn.

Down to his last card, Tikerpe watched the dealer burn a card and deliver the bad news on the river — the Q♠ — and Tikerpe is out in sixth place, cashing for €287,050.


Matthias Tikerpe: First man down


Nurzynski keeps adding to his big stack. He has 32,275,000 million, more than half the chips in play with five players left. –MH

3:05pm: Short stacks getting pushed around
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Rodrigo Carmo was down to 4.6 million and under the gun with A♠Q♠. He raised and was called by Piotr Nurzynski in the big blind. The flop came 3♣8♣7♥ and his 350,000 c-bet was check-raised to 1.1 million. Carmo had little choice but to let his hand go.

Pedro Marques picked up A♠10♣ and raised to 525,000 from under the gun. Nurzynski picked up the pretty J♦10♦ and called on the button before Wang squeezed to 2.5 million in the big blind with 8♠7♥. The aggression worked as both opponents folded. That moved Wang up to 12.73 million. –MC

3pm: Short stacks shoving
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Pedro Marques picked up A♠K♦ in the hijack seat and open-raised all in to 5.725 million, getting folds all around.


Pedro Marques: Shoves it in


With Q♣9♣ and just over 5 million to start the next hand, Ognyan Dimov raised to 500,000 from the hijack seat and it folded around to Rodrigo Carmo in the small blind who had been dealt 10♥10♦.

Carmo shoved all in over the top, and when it folded back to Dimov he got out of the way. That moves Carmo up to 5.1 million. –MH

2:50pm: Tikerpe and Nurzynski win a pot, then tangle
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Matthias Tikerpe looked down at J♥J♣ in second position and jammed his 17 big blind stack in. Wang asked for a count after he picked up K♠Q♦, but folded his small blind and Pedro Marques folded from the big blind.

From the shortest stack to the biggest stack. Piotr Nurzynski found two red eights and took the pot with a raise from second to act.

The Polish player raised to 550,000 with K♦4♦ the next hand and Tikerpe defended his big blind with K♠9♠. The flop was 10♣5♠2♣ and Tikerpe checked to face a 400,000 bet. He used up a time bank chip, then folded to drop to 4.1 million. Nurzynski moved up to 25.2 million. –MC

2:45pm: Short stack Carmo doubles through Dimov
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Matthias Tikerpe open-pushed all in from the button for his last 3.65 million with A♥4♥, and the blinds stepped out of the way. There was another all-in on the very next hand, though, and this one turned out to be more consequential.

In that one Ognyan Dimov picked up 7♠7♥ in the hijack and raised to 500,000. It folded to Rodrigo Carmo in the small blind with K♣Q♥ and he three-bet all in for 2.05 million. Action returned to Dimov who called the push, and the players tabled their cards.


Another timely double up for Rodrigo Carmo


The flop came K♠6♠8♣, hitting Carmo’s hand, but the 8♠ turn added outs for Dimov. The 9♥ river was safe for Carmo, though, and now he’s back up to 4.6 million while Dimov slips to 6.625 million. –MH

2:40pm: Nurzynski charge continues
Level 33 – Blinds 125,000/250,000 (BB ante 250,000)

Pedro Marques raised and took down the first pot, then raised with 10♠8♠ the very next hand. That time, Pedro Marques called from the big blind and check-called a 350,000 c-bet on a K♣A♦4♦ flop.

The 2♠ turn was checked by Nurzynski again and once more he called when faced with a bet, that time for 950,000. Marques gave up on the 3♥ river as both players checked and Nurzynski moved up to a massive 23.775 million. –MC

2:30pm: New counts
Level 33 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

When they start Level 33, with a 250,000 big blind, they’ll sit behind the following stacks:

Name Country Chips BBs
Piotr Nurzynski Poland 21,800,000 87
Haoxiang Wang China 12,850,000 51
Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 8,800,000 35
Pedro Marques Portugal 7,550,000 30
Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 4,250,000 17
Rodrigo Carmo Portugal 2,550,000 10

TOURNAMENT BREAK: 20 MINUTES


2:15pm: Wang wins big one with pocket kings
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Two small pot hands went by, one with Pedro Marques picking up pocket jacks and winning a little from Ognyan Dimov, then another with Dimov raising with ace-deuce and flopping two pair, but winning just a little off of Rodrigo Camo.

After two more small ones (won by Dimov and Nurzynski), the last hand of the level began with Haoxiang Wang looking down at K♥K♦ on the button. It folded to him, and he raised to 500,000.

The action moved over to Dimov in the big blind who called with 7♣6♣, then the flop came 7♠6♥4♣ to give Dimov two pair.

Dimov checked, and Wang continued for 700,000. Dimov check-raised to 2 milion, and Wang sat back in his seat to look at Dimov as he decided what to do. Eventually Wang called, pushing the pot up to 5.3 million and leaving Wang just over 5 million behind.

The 4♥ turn paired the board, which meant Wang had taken the lead, and Dimov checked again. Wang used two time bank cards, then bet 2.5 million (almost half-pot and half his stack). Dimov carved out calling chips and slid them forward, pushing the pot up to 10.3 million.


Haoxiang Wang: Relieved to see that four on the turn


The river was the 9♥ and both players checked, and Wang collected the big pot, moving back to 12.85 million and into second place while Dimov slips to 8.8 million. That’s a very timely hand for Wang who had suffered the most during this first level of play. –MH

2:05pm: Turn action works for Marques
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

The action folded to Pedro Marques on the button and he raised to 450,000 with Q♦10♠. Matthias Tikerpe defended his big blind with 10♣8♠ and the flop came Q♠6♠7♣.

Both players checked and that invited Tikerpe to lead for 350,000 on the 5♥ turn. Marques took his time and then raised to 1.25 million, to protect his hand as Randy Lew suggested on commentary.

Tikerpe stared his opponent down and then let his hand go to drop to 4.35 million. Marques saw his pile rise to 7.3 million. –MC

1:57pm: Marques makes flush, wins some off Tikerpe
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Matthias Tikerpe got A♦10♦ in the hijack and limped in, and it folded around to Pedro Marques in the big blind who checked with 9♥2♥.

The flop fell 5♠9♦6♥ giving Marques top pair, and he led out for 225,000. Tikerpe called, then the 10♥ turn card gave Tikerpe the better pair though added a flush draw for Marques.

This time Marques checked, and Tikerpe took that as an invitation to bet 500,000. Marques called.

The river was the 3♥, filling Marques’s flush, and he checked fairly quickly. Tikerpe thought for a while and decided to check behind, not giving Marques any additional value for his flush.


Matthias Tikerpe makes a good check behind, still loses pot


Marques has 6.4 million now, Tikerpe 4.75 million, with Rodrigo Carmo still the short stack with less. –MH

1:55pm: Nurzynski close to having half the chips in play
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Three-way to a J♥5♠J♣ flop after an Ognyan Dimov raise with A♥8♠.

Piotr Nurzynski bet 500,000 here with Q♣8♣ and Haoxiang Wang called with 5♣2♣. Dimov folded.

Both live players checked the 8♥ turn to head to the 3♦ river where Nurzynski bet 2 million, a bet size he seems to like. Wang gave it a lot of thought, using a time-bank chip before he called and mucked when he saw he had the worst of it.

An amazing level for Nurzynski as he moved up to 21.6 million. Wang is having the opposite kind of level as he’s dropped to 8.15 million. –MC

1:50pm: Bad timing for Carmo
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Chip leader Piotr Nurzynski raised biggish to 650,000 from the small blind, having picked up Q♠Q♥. Rodrigo Carmo was in the big blind and while he only had 9♠3♥, he chose to try a move by three-betting to 1.6 million.

That wasn’t going to work this time, and when Nurzynski responded with an all-in re-raise, Carmo quickly folded.

Nurzinski moves up to 17.9 million, while Carmo is back down to 3.4 million. –MH

1:45pm: Nurzynski extends lead
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Pedro Marques found hooks in the cutoff and raised to 450,000. Piotr Nurzynski found A♣10♦ in the big blind so wasn’t going to fold and flopped the best of it when it came 4♠10♣A♦.


Pedro Marques: Jacks outflopped


Marques bet his J♦J♦ for 350,000 and was check-called. The K♠ prompted a double check and the 3♠ came on the river. Nurzynski led for an over-bet of 2 million which was enough to convince Marques to fold. He dropped to 5.38 million as Nurzynski extended his chip lead as he moved up to 16.1 million. –MC

1:40pm: Dimov calls down Tikerpe, collects
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

It was a limped pot between Ognyan Dimov (small blind) and Matthias Tikerpe (big blind) when the flop came 6♦10♥2♠. Dimov check-called a flop bet from Tikerpe, then after the 5♣ turn Dimov checked again, Tikerpe bet 550,000 and Dimov called.

The river was the A♠. Dimov checked one more time, and Tikerpe barreled one more time, betting 1.3 million. Dimov called again and won the pot.

Dimov moves up to 14.15 million on that hand — about 1 million behind leader Piotr Nurzynski — while Tikerpe slips to 5.775 million. –MH

1:35pm: Wang wins one, loses one
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Haoxiang Wang was at it again, raising to 500,000 out of the small blind with J♥8♠. Pedro Marques held K♠4♥ in the big blind and defended. The flop came 10♦Q♦Q♠ and Wang continued for 550,000. It did the job as Marques folded the best hand.

Wang found a more playable hand with K♠10♣ on the button the next hand, but this time he called after an under-the-gun open from Piotr Nurzynski who held A♥A♣. Ognyan Dimov came along for the ride in the big blind with J♦J♣6♥.

All three checked a J♦J♣6♥ flop to head straight to the K♥ turn. Nurzynski’s delayed 600,000 c-bet was called by Wang and the 8♠ filled out the board. Nurzynski bet another 2 million and it caused Wang some pain, but he correctly figured it out and folded to drop to 11.3 million. Nurzynski up to 15.2 million. –MC

1:30pm: Three-bettors win pots
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Ognyan Dimov picked up pocket queens and after three-betting over a Pedro Marques open took down a pot.

Then on the next hand it was Piotr Nurzynski raising to 400,000 from the button with A♣4♣ and Haoxiang Wang three-betting from the big blind with A♦8♦, forcing a fold from Nurzynski.

Nurzynski still leads with 13.5 million, Dimov is up to 12.3 million, and Wang is in third position with 11.6 million. –MH

1:25pm: Marques claims orphaned pot
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Haoxiang Wang raised to 200,000 from the hijack seat holding Q♦10♦, Pedro Marques called from the cutoff holding A♣4♣, and chip leader Piotr Nurzynski called from the big blind holding K♥9♠.

The flop came J♥7♦6♠, missing all three players’ hands. It checked around to Marques who, after about 15 seconds, bet 550,000, and that was good enough to earn him the pot. Marques moves up to 7.4 million. –MH

1:20pm: Carmo polices Dimov
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Rodrigo Carmo found A♥Q♣ in early position and raised to 400,000. Ognyan Dimov tried to get frisky with A♠4♠, but his 1.2 million three-bet was treated to an all-in re-raise to 4.1 million and Dimov made a quick fold. Carmo moved up to 5.7 million giving him a playable stack for the first time today.– MC

1:15pm: Dimov moves up, Wang moves down
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Continuing his active ways, Haoxiang Wang just now raised to 450,000 from the button with 8♣5♣. Ognyan Dimov called with Q♠9♦ in the big blind, and the flop fell 7♦5♥9♣. Dimov checked, Wang bet 400,000 and Dimov called.

The turn was the 4♣, adding a flush draw for Wang to go along with his straight draw. Dimov checked again, and this time Wang bet 1.3 million. Dimov studied a short while and called, bringing the pot up to 4.6 million.


Fine start from Ognyan Dimov


The river was the 10♦, missing Wang’s hand. Dimov checked, and Wang chose not to bet and checked behind.

Dimov takes the hand, moving up to 12.575 million, while Wang has slipped back to 11.5 million. –MH

1:10pm: Wang keeps the pressure up, but Dimov can’t be shifted off a pair
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Haoxiang Wang opened to 555,000 from early position with K♣10♠ and was called by Ognyan Dimov in the cutoff with 10♥10♦.

The two went heads-up to a J♣8♥6♥ flop where Wang time bank c-bet for 800,000. Dimov made the call to the 3♦ turn which was checked through to the A♣ river.


A tricky start for Haoxiang Wang


Wang put his hand over his mouth while he thought, then checked with the other hand. Dimov checked behind and took the pot to rise to 10.33 million.

Wang dropped to 14.5 million, which is still good for 70 big blinds. –MC

1:05pm: Wang barrels, Dimov folds
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Haoxiang Wang opened for 500,000 from the button with 8♣4♠, Ongyan Dimov defended his big blind by calling with 10♦4♦, and the flop came 6♦K♥10♥. Dimov checked, Wang bet 450,000, and Dimov called.

The turn was the J♥ and Dimov checked once more. Wang barreled again, betting 1.25 million, and Dimov let the best hand go.

Wang has 15.3 million, Dimov 8.58 million. –MH

1pm: Caromo gets his double
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

The action folded to Rodrigo Carmo in the small blind and he made his move, an all-in one for 1.5 million holding Q♥3♥. Haoxiang Wang looked own at 6♣6♦ in the big blind and made the call.


Rodrigo Carmo needs help…


The board ran a Portuguese flavoured 4♠Q♦Q♣9♣10♣, making Carmo trips. He’s up to 3.2 million and Wang dropped to 13.98 million. –MC


…gets it


12:55pm: Carmo getting shorter
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Rodrigo Carmo started the day as the table’s short stack with just 2 million, and lost 100,000 of that on the first hand folding from the small blind. When the big blind then came back around he was having to put 400,000 of that stack in the middle (the BB and BB ante).

It folded around to Matthias Tikerpe who limped in from the button with 9♦7♦, Piotr Nurzynski folded 5♥4♣ in the small blind, and Carmo checked from the big blind having been dealt 8♠7♥.

The flop came 6♥J♦10♥, Carmo checked, and a Tikerpe min-bet of 200,000 was enough to get Carmo to fold.

Tikerpe has 9.225 million now, while Carmo is down to 1.5 million. –MH

12:50pm: Trips for Tikerpe
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Matthias Tikerpe picked up A♠Q♣ under the gun and just limped. Haoxiang Wang looked down at 10♦9♥ on the button and applied pressure with a raise to 600,000. Ognyan Dimov called from the big blind with 8♦9♦ and Tikerpe called as well.

The flop fanned 9♠2♠Q♦ and Wang continued for 625,000. Only Tikerpe called and then he took the pot away form Wang on the Q♠ turn with a 825,000 bet. Tikerpe moved up to 9.23 million. — MC

12:45pm: Nurzynski nudges in front to begin play
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

Piotr Nurzynski had the second-largest stack to start today, and he also had the button in the first hand. It folded around to him where he raised to 400,000 with A♣6♦. The largest stack to begin, Haoxiang Wang, defended his big blind with a call with 8♥6♥.

The flop fell 9♦4♣Q♠, Wang checked, then let his hand go after Nurzynski continued.


Piotr Nurzynski back into the chip lead


That small initial pot gave Nurzynski the chip lead, in fact, and he added a few more chips with a raise-and-take on the next hand to sit with 16.625 million. –MH

12:15pm: Players seated; play to begin
Level 32 – Blinds 100,000/200,000 (BB ante 200,000)

We’re very close to the start of play. Remember, we’ll be reporting on a 30-minute delay. –HS


Final table players (clockwise from left): Haoxiang Wang, Rodrigo Carmo, Piotr Nurzynski, Pedro Marques, Ognyan Dimov, Matthias Tikerpe


11:45am: It’s final time

Here we are then folks. After two weeks in Casino Barcelona, this spectacular festival is drawing to its conclusion. Today is the last day of EPT Barcelona 2018 and it’s the day on which we crown champions in both the Main Event and the €10,000 High Roller. There are six players left in the Main, with the winner set for a €1,611,500 payday. Eighteen contest the High Roller still, with €824,000 on the line for first place.

We also have two Platinum Passes to give away. The winner of the flagship event will add a passport to the PokerStars Players Championship to their haul from this week. The other Platinum Pass will go to the winner of the last longer for PokerStars qualifiers to the Main Event. There are two possible winners of that: Ognjan Dimov and Piotr Nurzynski, who could yet finish heads up and thereby guarantee each of them a pass. More on all that later.

Our focus specifically in this post is the Main Event, where the following six have designs on the victory:

Name Country Chips BBs
Haoxiang Wang China 16,200,000 81
Piotr Nurzynski Poland 15,425,000 77
Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria 10,125,000 51
Matthias Tikerpe Estonia 7,100,000 36
Pedro Marques Portugal 6,950,000 35
Rodrigo Carmo Portugal 2,000,000 10

You can learn more about all of them on the player profile page, but the short version is that we have two Portuguese, one former champion, the first potential Estonian winner, a surfing doctor from Poland, and a chip-leading Chinese rookie. That’s the recipe for a fine old final today.

Play is due to get under way at noon, although our reporting will be in line with the PokerStars.tv broadcast, which is on a 30-minute security delay. It’s cards-up all day, so you can also watch the live stream if that’s your thing.

Join us here from 12:30pm and we’ll hunt for that winner together.

Unofficial final table


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