Day 4 completed
|Blinds||250,000 / 500,000|
Day 4 completed
He was down to 1 big blind on Day 1 but came back. He beat aces with ace-queen and tens with nines. It was his first live tournament ever, and he won. Today, nothing or nobody could stop Pedro Cairat from Argentina. Cairat took home €432,178 after winning the PokerStars National Championship Barcelona, the largest live tournament in PokerStars history.
"This was the most stressful time of my life!"
A massive 4,557 entries were made into the single reentry €1,100 PokerStars National Championship Barcelona. The big event preceding the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event got underway August 16th and had its final day today with 12 players coming back. The majority of the €4,420,290 prize pool was still up for grabs, €575,000 was set aside for the winner.
Just after noon, the 12 remaining players gathered for the last time in Casino Barcelona. Within 2.5 hours, the tournament was down to the official final table of 8. Belgian EUREKA and FPS champion Bart Lybaert had the lead, closely followed by Brian Kaufman.
Still, Kaufman would be first to go. First, he doubled Marius Gicovanu. Kaufman three-bet pre and triple barreled on a board not higher than a nine. Gicovanu called all the way with queens and turned out to be right as Kaufman had nothing but an unimproved ace-jack high. Kaufman busted not much later as he, short, found ace-jack again and shoved. Gicovanu called with kings and the board came nothing but irrelevant low cards.
The player from Uruguay was followed out the door by Dylan Kehoe. The Irishman got it in short with jack-eight against the ace-queen of Bart Lybaert and the latter hit a queen on the flop to even improve his hand. The turn gave Kehoe a gutshot but he ended up with nothing as the river bricked.
Six minutes later, Angel Blanco joined them on the rail as he ran king-queen into the queens of Lybaert. Agnius Ismailovas fell victim to Pedro Cairat as he got it in with aces against a flush draw. The king of spades on the turn was fatal for Ismailovas, no way of improving anymore against the flush of Cairat.
It didn't take long for Cairat to claim another victim. This time, Nikolaos Lampropoulos was the unlucky one. The player from Greece got it in with tens against the nines of Cairat but a nine on the river did him in.
Down to just 3 players after only a couple hours of play, the remaining players decided to take a look at the numbers. Marius Gicovanu demanded €5,000 above the ICM numbers and got what he asked for, just €30,000 and the trophy remained there to play for.
Three-handed changed nothing to Cairat's good run. He first finished Lybaert with a set against top-pair and top kicker. Not much later, he beat Gicovanu with ace-king pre-flop all in against ace-ten. Neither player improved and Cairat fell on his knees and cried his eyes out so happy he was.
"This was the most stressful time of my life!" Cairat said afterward about the final table. The amount of stress was only matched by the amount of run good he had this tournament. He told PokerNews about being down to 1 big blind on Day 1 and down to 3 big blinds just before the money. He came back both times and crushed the final table to go home the richest. "I felt more secure after each level today. I had the luck of a champion, and also good timing."
Cairat had no idea yet what he was going to do with the money, he was overwhelmed by emotions and couldn't stop crying out of happiness. "It's too difficult to think now."
He celebrated with his friends, getting multiple rounds of applause from the other players in the tournament room.
Photos courtesy of René Velli.
Pedro Cairat opened the button for 2 million and Marius Gicovanu 3-bet to 6.5 million with 36.4 million behind. Cairat four-bet to 24 million and called the shove by Gicovanu that followed.
The board ran out and Cairat fell on his knees, crying from joy. Gicovanu had to settle for 2nd place.
Marius Gicovanu opened the button and Pedro Cairat called from the big blind. Cairat check called a bet of 2.5 million on , 3 million on the turn and 8.4 million on the river.
Gicovanu showed for the turned straight and Cairat mucked .
Marius Gicovanu opened the button for 2 million and Pedro Cairat called from the small blind. Big blind Bart Lybaert squeezed to 8.5 million and Gicovanu folded, Cairat called.
Cairat checked on and Lybaert bet 9.5 million. Cairat shoved all in and Lybaert called - though we're unsure for how much total.
With the on the turn, Lybaert was drawing dead. The river was a blank and Cairat eliminated Lybaert.
Pedro Cairat was down a lot after losing multiple smaller pots, but just doubled to once again take the lead.
Marius Gicovanu opened the button for 1.8 million and Cairat called from the small blind. Lybaert folded his big blind.
The flop came and Cairat check called a bet of 2.2 million. The hit the turn and Cairat checked again. Gicovanu bet 5.4 million and called Cairat's 26.7 million shove.
The river was a blank and Cairat doubled.
We missed it, but the tournament organization was kind enough to fill us in on the details. Lybaert 3-bet shoved all in holding and was called by initial raiser Pedro Cairat who had . The board ran out and Lybaert doubled.
Bart Lybaert opened the pot with a raise from the button and big blind Pedro Cairat called from the big blind. Cairat check called a bet of 2 million on and checked again on the turn. Lybaert bet 4.5 million and saw his opponent check raise to 10 million. Lybaert called.
The river saw both players check and Cairat tabled . Lybaert open mucked .
Lybaert opened the button for 1.8 million and both Gicovanu in the small blind and Cairat in the big blind called.
The blinds checked to initial raiser Lybaert on and he bet 2.5 million. Both blinds called before Gicovanu lead for 5 million on the turn. Cairat called, Lybaert folded.
The river saw both players check and Gicovanu tabled . Cairat showed and took down the sizable pot.
"It's my lucky day!" Cairat said with a smile.