A massive field of 629 runners entered Day 1B of the EPT Malta Main Event, which brings the total to 899 entries - with registration open until tomorrow at noon. This means that the tournament is already the second-largest debut for a new destination on the European Poker Tour.
Day 1a chip leader Vladimir Geshkenbein (EPT Snowfest winner), Day 1b chip leader Cengiz Ulusu (finished 8th in 2009 EPT Dortmund) and Day 2 chip leader Anton Wigg (EPT Copenhagen winner). All of them made deep runs in the EPT Berlin main event but unforturnately none of them were among the 8 players who battled it out on the final table on Saturday.
Yesterday the third day of the EPT Berlin main event began with 102 players. The chip leader was EPT Copenhagen winner Anton Wigg with 695k, closely followed by EPT Snowfest winner Vladimir Geshkenbein. Both of them had one hell of a roller coaster ride during Day 3 but still made it through to Day 4 with decent stacks.
The new chip leader is Marc Wright from Cornwall, England. Wright overtook the lead from Wigg and Geshkenbein already during the second level of play, then continued playing well till the tournament director called it a day. Wright will bring 2,4 million chips to the tables today, some 89k ahead of Thomas Cibak, from Czech Republic, in second place.
Another exciting day of poker is now in the books (Day 2). The player field has been narrowed down to 102 and EPT Copenhagen winner Anton Wigg from Sweden is the one with the largest stack. Wigg, who has cashed in many major tournaments since 2007, seemed to be in full control throughout the day as he was winning pot after pot and turned 125k into amazing 695k!
Mark Hirleman, from Arizona, leads the field with 163,400 chips after that Day 1a of the 2011 EPT Copenhagen Main Event has come to and end. He and another 132 players are now through to Day 2 of the tournament. Three of the biggest names that will play Day 2 as well are Annette Obrestad and Johnny Lodden from Norway, and Peter Eastgate from Denmark. Anton Wigg, last year's Main Event winner, was among the last players to bust. Anton Wigg played very well and could easily have ended up as the chip leader if it wasn't for an all-in against Obrestad with AJ flush draw vs pocket 10's - an all-in which Annette Obrestad won with a set of 10's.
Day 1b of the tournament is about to start now. An even bigger field of players are expected today, so let's hope that it will be an interesting day of poker!
It ended up being Kent Lundmark from Sweden who won the EPT Barcelona Main Event, the biggest poker tournament ever held in Spain, and laid hands on the first place prize of €825,000. Lundmark is the 6th Swede ever to to win an EPT Main Event; the last being Anton Wigg who took down EPT Copenhagen in season 6.
The EPT Barcelona win was Lundmark's third EPT cash ever and by far his best live result in his poker career. In the beginning of this year, he was runner-up in the Nordic Masters of Poker, earning $69,000, and also he was the last standing Swede at the the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas (29th place for $66k).
After 5 days of play, it finally came to be poker pro Anton Wigg, 22, from Stockholm, Sweden, who took down EPT Copenhagen and the first place prize of 3,675,000 DKK (about $670,000). Wigg played very well on the final table and it looked like nothing could stop him for a while. However, when the final table was down to heads-up, Wigg had a really hard time against his final opponent Francesco de Vivo.
Wigg was big favorite to take down many big pots against Vivo, but unfortunately the luck wasn't on his side anymore, and suddenly, he was almost out of the tournament. Then everything took a turn again and Wigg started taking down pot after pot. After that Wigg had doubled up a few times, he and his opponent had even stacks again. And after 3,5 hours of play, it all came to an end.