The €25,000 High Roller event (a single-day event that required two days to be completed) resumed on Thursday at Casino Barcelona after a one-day break. The returning players were former Main Event winners Martin Finger, Liv Boeree and Mark Teltscher, all of whom had survived 115 entrants on the first day to secure a payday of at least €391,000 each!
Liv Boeree was the first player to hit the rail. The Team PokerStars Pro was down about 10 big blinds when she decided to go all in with queen-ten from the button - Mark Teltscher called from the big blind with ace-four. The turn gave Boeree both flush- and straight draw, but the river blanked and she was sent to the cash desk with a €391,000 cheque - her second-best tournament cash after the EPT Sanremo Main Event victory (€1,250,000) five years ago.
Teltscher and Finger's stacks were almost even at one point of the heads-up battle. Teltscher talked about making a deal, but Finger declined and play continued. Teltscher then claimed some decent pots to give himself a two-to-one chip advantage. Unfortunately for Teltscher, Finger then won two all-ins (pocket jacks bested king-queen and ace-four overcame jack-nine) within a few minutes to take down the tournament and the €865,900 first-place prize! (Teltscher received €586,500 for his runner-up finish).
Despite only being 25-years-old, Finger has already won an EPT Main Event, a Super High Roller, and now a High Roller! He's the first player ever to complete this unique EPT Triple Crown.
Event #36: NL High Roller - 8-Handed - Single Re-entry
Entrants: 118 (34 re-entries)
Prize pool: €3,724,000
Places paid: 24
1. Martin Finger (Germany) €865,900
2. Mark Teltscher (United Kingdom) €586,500
3. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (United Kingdom €391,000
4. Jani Sointula (Finland) €320,300
5. Mike McDonald (Canada) €257,000
6. Team PokerStars Online Pro Isaac Haxton (USA) €199,200
7. Jeff Rossiter (Australia) €147,500
8. Iacopo Brandi (Italy) €108,400