The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona, which began before the deadly terrorist attack on Las Ramblas, is nearing completion, and in recent days both Igor Kurganov and Stephen Chidwick have taken down High Roller titles.
Hot Year for Boeree’s Boyfriend
Over the weekend, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, a tournament that attracted 67 players (and accounted for 19 re-entries) saw Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov come out on top after striking a heads-up deal with Poland’s Bartlomiej Machon, who was making his high roller debut.
“Let me paraphrase for him,” Kurganov’s fellow Team Pro and girlfriend, Liv Boeree, weighed in during his post-victory interview. “He’s very happy. He’s very emotional.”
Kurganov, who also won a bracelet alongside Boeree this past summer, added €1,084,100 ($1,273,372) to his lead atop Russia’s all-time money list. He got off to a hot start at the final table and pulled out to a quick chip lead. He proceeded to steamroll the final table, and after striking a deal heads up, he finished things off when holding the Q♣Q♦ against Machon’s Q♥J♥.
It marked the 12th win of Kurganov’s career and his third-largest cash behind his $1,425,874 win in the 2012 EPT Grand Final €25KHigh Roller and $1,559,373 for placing third in the 2014 EPT Grand Final €100K Super High Roller.
Final Table Results
1 Igor Kurganov (Russia) €1,078,106/$1,273,372*
2 Bartlomiej Machon (Poland) €864,694/$1,021,307*
3 Koray Aldemir (Germany) €528,500/$620,669
4 Dietrich Fast (Germany) €406,790/$477,733
5 Ivan Luca (Argentina) €322,100/$378,273
6 Christopher Kruk (Canada) €251,900/$295,830
7 Bryn Kenney (USA) €198,200/$232,765
8 Stanley Choi (China) €154,900/$181,914
9 Daniel Negreanu (Canada) €117,700/$138,226
*Denotes heads-up deal
Career-High for Chidwick
On Tuesday, the PokerStars Championship Barcelona hosted a €25,500 Single-Day High Roller, a tournament that drew 112 total entries and created a €2,744,00 prize pool. It took 14 hours for a winner to emerge, and that was well-known poker pro Stephen Chidwick, who took down a career-high €690,400 ($813,144) prize.
In heads-up play, Chidwick, who got married earlier this month, squared off against Bryn Kenney, who was fresh off finishing runner-up in the 2017 SHRPO $10,000 NLHE event.
In what was the final hand of the tournament, blinds were 60k/120k/20k when Kenney moved all-in for his last 2.1 million holding 3♣3♥. Chidwick called with 8♣8♠. The board ran out a clean K♣J♦2♦7♦2♠ and Kenney had to settle for another second-place finish and a €466,500 ($549,438) consolation prize.
Some others to cash the event included Erik Seidel (11th for $66,251), Byron Kaverman (15th for $53,295), and Koray Aldemir (17th for $50,739).
Final Table Results
1 Stephen Chidwick (UK) €690,400/$813,144
2 Bryn Kenney (USA) €466,500/$549,438
3 Igor Yaroshevskyy (Ukraine) €303,200/$357,105
4 Isaac Haxton (USA) €251,100/$295,742
5 Quan Zhou (China) €202,500/$238,502
6 Jan Eric Schwippert (Germany) €159,700/$18,093
7 Adrian Mateos (Spain) €122,100/$143,808
8 Vladimir Troyanovskiy (Russia) €91,940/$108,286