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The WPT500 Barcelona had run from March 8 to 12 and gathered a field of 2,763 entries through three online and seven live starting flights, creating a prize pool of €1,340,055. Outlasting the massive field to take down his maiden WPT title was Poland’s Lukasz Fraczek (cover image) who also picked up his career-best score of €215,000 ($242,797) with this win.
The final day of the event kicked off with 34 players, and after 26 eliminations, the eight-handed final table was formed. Fraczek had amassed the second-biggest stack by the time the final table started and squared off against Federico Piroddi in the heads-up play. Fraczek ultimately defeated the Italian pro to capture the title.
In the post-event interview, Fraczek said, “I was never really thinking of the huge prize money. I just concentrated on making the right decisions and building my stack. I won in the most important spots, and I was not the best player heads-up, but I got lucky.”
“This is by far my biggest ever cash,” Fraczek added. “I will still play the satellites for the WPT Barcelona Main Event, but I have more options now.”
Some notables who finished in the money included Tobias Peters (11th for $17,920), Florian Faore (14th for $13,440), Stephen Elliott (23rd for $7,000) and Jean-Pierre Fontaine (39th for $3,640).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Josep Galindo – 22,875,000
2. Lukasz Fraczek – 13,750,000
3. Paul Romero – 13,625,000
4. Federico Piroddi – 11,175,000
5. Alberto Ah Line – 7,200,000
6. Raffaello Locatelli – 5,950,000
7. Sergei Petrushevskii – 5,350,000
8. Toni Lazo – 3,200,000
Final Table Recap
Paul Romero (8th), Sergei Petrushevski (7th) and Raffaello Locatelli (6th) were all eliminated within the first hour of the final table commencing. While Romero was eliminated by Josep Galindo, Petrushevski lost out to Alberto Ah Line, and Locatelli was knocked out by Lukasz Fraczek.
With five players remaining, Toni Lazo was the next runner to hit the rail. His were bested by Ah Line’s , leading to his fifth-place exit.
About 15 minutes later, Josep Galindo found himself entangled in a three-way pot with Federico Piroddi and Ah Line. Galindo jammed from the cutoff and Piroddi re-shoved from the small blind. Ah Line asked for a count before tanking for 90 seconds, and he finally made the call.
Alberto Ah Line
The board ran and while Ah Line flopped a pair of queens, Piroddi rivered a flush, resulting in Galindo’s fourth-place exit.
Alberto Ah Line was the next one to exit. He pitted his against Piroddi’s . The board offered no help to either player, and Piroddi’s king-jack high won him the pot as Ah Line busted out in third place.
The heads-up match between Lukasz Fraczek and Federico Piroddi began with Fraczek in the lead, however, soon enough Piroddi caught up to him. At the start of level 39, both players were holding around 41,000,000 in chips. After almost two hours of trading chips, Fraczek finally emerged victorious.
In the final showdown, Fraczek’s were up against Piroddi’s . The community cards brought the , and Piroddi found a pair of tens on the flop, but Fraczek hit a straight on the river to win his first-ever WPT title and posted his career-best score of €215,000 ($242,797)!
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Lukasz Fraczek – €215,000
2. Federico Piroddi – €145,000
3. Alberto Ah Line – €99,405
4. Josep Galindo – €75,000
5. Toni Lazo – €56,000
6. Raffaello Locatelli – €44,000
7. Sergey Petrushevskiy – €34,000
8. Paul Romero – €28,000
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