It took a bit less than 15 hours of play until just one player remained in this year's €25k Single Day High Roller in Barcelona, Spain. US poker pro Pratyush Buddiga bested an extremely tough field of 162 players to claim the title and $690,275 in prize money!
Once the final table was down to its last three players (David Yan, Adrey Shatilov and Buddiga) a deal was made. All three players decided to move all in every hand and let the poker gods determine who the champion would be. It only took 2 hands of all-in's before a winner had been crowned...
The board ran out JA996 and Buddiga took home the pot with a rivered flush. Shatilov was eliminated and Yan was left with only 460,000 in chips.
The 969J10 board meant that Buddiga was the winner, however, Yan still took home the biggest slice of the prize pool (€704,755) thanks to the 3-handed deal. Buddiga now has close to $5 millon in lifetime tournament earnings. His biggest win was a 3rd place finish in the 2014 APPT Super High Roller for $844,571.
Final table results:
1 Pratyush Buddiga United States €690,275
2 David Yan New Zealand €704,755
3 Andrey Shatilov Russia €606,020
4 Tobias Reinkemeier Germany €347,650
5 Steve O'Dwyer Ireland €278,900
6 Alex Komaromi Uruguay €216,250
7 Parker Talbot Canada €160,080
8 Sergey Lebedev Russia €117,640