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John Juanda Wins 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event; Steven Warburton Second

John Juanda


  • Victory takes John Juanda's lifetime winnings past the $17.2 million barrier

  • Steven Warburton secures his largest-ever score, walking away with more than €941,000

  • Frederik Jensen narrowly misses out on a second EPT Main Event title

During Season 7 of the European Poker Tour, John Juanda came agonisingly close to winning a Main Event title when he finished as runner-up to David Vamplew in London. In Season 12, in Barcelona, Juanda made amends for falling at the last hurdle and took down the largest-ever EPT Main Event, securing a €1,022,593 pay day as a result.

Final Table Payouts

1John Juanda€1,022,593*
2Steve Warburton€941,613*
3Frederik Jensen€810,294*
4Denys Shafikov€405,100
5Rainer Kempe€320,400
6Andreas Samuelsson€253,900
7Amir Touma€194,100
8Mario Sanchez€137,080
9Victor Bogdanov€104,000

Reflects a three-way deal

The final day’s action began with nine players being led by Ukraine’s Denys Shafikov who held a substantial chip lead courtesy of his 17,515,000 stack. Steven Warburton, of the United Kingdom, was in second place with 7,180,000 chips with Juanda in fifth courtesy of his 4,040,000 stack.

Victor Bogdanov bust on the first hand of the day, three-bet shoving his nine big bling stack with {A-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} after Frederik Jensen had opened from under the gun. Jensen snap-called, showed {A-Spades}{K-Diamonds} and when the five community cards ran {6-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} it was game over for Bogdanov.

A short while later, Mario Sanchez saw his hopes of victory snatched away, again by Jensen. Sanchez opened to 360,000 at the 80,000/160,000/20,000a level with {K-Hearts}{J-Hearts} and then called when Jensen three-bet to 910,000 with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs}. Both players checked the arrival of the {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{10-Hearts} flop. Sanchez then led for 950,000 on the {Q-Spades} turn and was called. The {9-Spades} river completed Sanchez’s straight but also Jensen’s flush. Sanchez checked, Jensen set him all-in and after five minutes of deliberation, Sanchez called to be shown the nuts.

The very next hand saw Amir Touma eliminated. Down to slightly more than two big blinds, Touma moved all-in for 400,000 from the button after Juanda had opened to 320,000 from under the gun. Warburton called from the big blind and Juanda put in the extra 80,000 chips to call.

Both active players checked the {6-Hearts}{2-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop, with Juanda betting the {4-Spades} turn, forcing a fold from Warburton. Juanda showed {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} for a straight, which left Touma drawing dead as he held {Q-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}. An inconsequential {9-Spades} on the river sealed Touma’s fate.

Another six hands played out before another short stack, Andreas Samuelsson, fell by the wayside. The action folded to Samuelsson in the cutoff and he moved all-in for 1,210,000 with what turned out to be {J-Spades}{10-Clubs}. It was an ill-timed move, even if it was the correct one, because Warburton was laying in waiting in the big blind with {A-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}. While Samuelsson caught a gutshot straight draw on the {A-Spades}{K-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} flop, the {4-Hearts} turn and {7-Spades} river were of no help to him and he became the sixth place finisher.

Rainer Kempe was the next to fall, 34 hands after Sweden’s Samuelsson ran into those aces. Kempe min-raised to 400,000 from under the gun, start-of-the-day chip leader, Denys Sahfikov, re-raised to 900,000 from the big blind and Kempe four-bet all-in for 3,475,000. Shafikov tanked for close to five minutes before calling with {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}, a hand that was being crushed by the dominating {A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}. That fact only remained true until the {Q-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{5-Hearts} flop. The {2-Diamonds} fell on the turn and the {5-Diamonds} on the river, sending Kempe home in fifth place.

The four remaining players discussed a deal but they couldn’t agree on one, partly because Juanda said he wouldn’t be all the interested as he was the shortest stack and an ICM deal wouldn’t satisfy him, so play resumed and continued for another 48 hands which is when Shafikov bust.

Down to 12 big blinds, Shafikov pushed all-in with {Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and was called by Juanda and his {A-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. The dealer spread the {6-Diamonds}{J-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{6-Hearts} onto the felt, sending Shafikov to the rail in fourth place and leaving the final three players to open deal discussions again.

This time the negotiations bore fruit and each of the three players secured a huge payday, as you can see in the table below:

PlayerMinimum GuaranteedOriginal Payout
Steven Warburton€941,613€1,420,500
John Juanda€922,593€796,100
Frederik Jensen€810,294€557,900

The deal left €100,000 to play for and, of course, the title of champion.

Sixty more hands played out before Jensen was eliminated in third place. Jensen, who won EPT Vienna during Season 8, saw Juanda limp from the small blind and decided to check his option. Juanda check-called a 600,000 bet on the {j-Hearts}{2-Spades}{7-Spades} flop and then checked to Jensen on the {Q-Diamonds} turn. Jensen fired again, making it 1,600,000 to go, only to see Juanda check-raise to 4,800,000. Jensen called.

The river brought the {7-Diamonds} into play and Juanda moved all-in, covering Jensen. Six minutes went by before Jensen called, showing {J-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} as he did so, a hand nowhere near as strong as the {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs} of Juanda which had filled up.

Juanda went into the heads-up battle with Warburton holding a 4:1 chip lead, but the popular Brit, railed by a large number of friends, didn’t give up and managed to draw almost level when his {A-Clubs}{K-Spades} remained the best hand in an all-in confrontation with Juanda’s {A-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}.

However, six hands later, it was all over for Warburton in a relative cooler hand.

Juanda opened to 1,200,000 and Warburton three-bet to 2,600,000. Juanda made it 5,100,000 to continue and then called when Warburton five-bet shoved for around 15,000,000. Warburton flipped over {8-Spades}{8-Hearts} and was in terrible shape against Juanda’s {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}. The five community cards didn’t even hint at coming to Warburton’s rescue, falling {10-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} to send him home in second place and leave Juanda to add an EPT Main Event title to his already impressive string of results.

Next up for the EPT is a trip to Malta between October 20-31 and you can qualify for the €5,300 buy-in Main Event only at PokerStars.

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