Tom Middleton, Jake Cody, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Liv Boeree, David Vamplew, Toby Lewis, Rupert Elder, Zimnan Ziyard and Roberto Romanello are among the British stars who have won a European Poker Tour Main Event title. In a few hours, we’re hoping to add the name of Steven Warburton to that list as he goes into the final table of the 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event second in chips.
Thirty-six players returned to their seats on the penultimate day’s play, a handful of Brits and one Irishman mixed in with them. That Irishman was Jude Ainsworth who saw his tournament end in a 34th place finish worth €27,400, yet another deep EPT run ends short of the big bucks.
The two surviving Team PokerStars Pro representatives, Andre Akkari and Matthias de Meulder, fell in 32nd and 28th place, and the two-thirds of the UK contingent crashed out in 24th and 19th place, the finishing positions of Scott Margereson and Chris Walker.
With the elimination of Sweden’s Peter Eichardt in 10th place, the unofficial final table was set, with Warburton being our sole representative at it.
Play ended for the night after 38 hands of the final table and it was the 38th hand that went some way to show that Warburton not only has what it takes to win this tournament but that the chance of playing for more than €1.4 million isn’t fazing him one iota.
As reported by Remko Rinkema on our Live Reporting pages:
Andreas Samuelsson raised to 260,000 under the gun plus two and Steve Warburton three-bet to 590,000 on the button. John Juanda pulled the trigger from the big blind, making 1,220,000 and the action was now back on Samuelsson who eventually folded.
Warburton did not take too long before moving all in, and the pressure was now on Juanda.
Juanda asked for a count, and almost immediately he found out that a call would be for his tournament life. Juanda had 4,040,000 left behind.
"You got it, huh?" Juanda said with a wry smile.
In the mean time Warburton, with a smile, picked up the all-in triangle and showed it to his friends on the rail.
"You look so confident," Juanda said, "You even took off your glasses."
"It's quite hot here," Warburton responded.
"It is what it is, John," Warburton said after a while.
"Do you want to finish ninth?" Warburton asked.
"You either have a very strong hand, or you are a very good talker," Juanda said, as he folded his cards after seven minutes in the tank.
"Obviously I have a very good hand, I just put five million chips into the pot," Warburton laughed.
"Just show it," Juanda said, but Warburton mucked his cards on the last hand of the night
Warburton bossing it against a player with more than $16 million in live tournament winnings!
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Play resumes at 12 p.m local time and continues until the champion is crowned. Each of the nine players is guaranteed €104,000 in cash but with €1,420,500 and the title of 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event champion at stake, nobody will want to take that sum home.
Follow the action via our live reporting pages but return to our main site for a detailed recap of the final table’s action, hopefully ending with a photo of Warburton holding their winner’s trophy aloft.