Every poker player wants to go into a major live festival in hot form, and Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo is doing just that. With the 2023 European Poker Tour Barcelona series right around the corner, Pardo has given his confidence a significant boost, and his bankroll roo, after taking down the $5,200 Titans Event at PokerStars for $83,582.
Pardo has an exceptional record in Barcelona-based tournaments. In 2018, Pardo finished fifth for €150,000 and second for €450,000 in two €25,000 buy-in PartyPoker LIVE events. Less than 18 months later, Pardo won back-to-back €25,000 and €50,000 buy-in events at EPT Barcelona for combined scores of €1,505,460 before following up those results with a fourth-place finish in another €25,000 High Roller worth €259,240.
At the 2022 EPT Barcelona festival, Pardo was the runner-up to Steve O’Dwyer in another €25,000 High Roller, a result good for €268,430. Pardo heads to Barcelona full of confidence following his latest online poker victory.
Sixty-five players bought into this weekend’s $5,200 Titans Event and created a $325,000 prize pool that the top nine finishers shared. “Ebaaa11” was the unfortunate soul who popped the money bubble; their exit locked in $10,132 for the nine surviving players.
Jans “Graftekkel” Arends was the first of the finalists to fall by the wayside. Bulgarian grinder “AchoBogdanov” joined the Austria-based Dutchman on the sideline before “Gogac sniper” was shot down in seventh, and Ukraine’s “234241234214432” busted in sixth.
Brazilian star Rodrigo “SELOUAN1991” Selouan saw his deep run end in a fifth-place finish, with “ibotown” of Austria crashing out in fourth.
Any of the final three hopefuls would have made a worthy champion; all three have been in the winner’s circle numerous times.
Third place and $49,211 went to Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski, leaving Pardo heads-up against David “MissOracle” Yan. The heads-up duo struck a deal to slightly lessen the pay jump, and that deal ultimately resulted in Yan banking $69,840 when he busted in second place. Pardo yet again, emerged from a high-stakes tournament victoriously. This latest win earned the popular Spaniard $83,582.
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$5,200 Titans Event Final Table Results
|1||Juan “Malaka$tyle” Pardo||Andorra||$83,582*|
|2||David “MissOracle” Yan||New Zealand||$69,840*|
|3||Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski||Brazil||$49,211|
|5||Rodrigo “SELOUAN1991” Selouan||Brazil||$27,607|
|9||Jans “Graftekkel” Arends||Austria||$10,132|
*reflects a heads-up deal
Brazilians Dominate the $1K Sunday High Roller; Bruschi Wins
Four of the nine players who reached the final table of the $1,050 Sunday High Roller hailed from Brazil, so it was unsurprising to discover the eventual champion was a Samba star.
As you would likely expect from a $1,050 buy-in tournament, the final table read like a who’s who of the online poker world. Finnish superstar Tomi “elmerixx” Brouk‘s time under the spotlight was limited because he bowed out in ninth.
Ilya “Leqenden” Anatsky, the seasoned Belarussian veteran, finished in eighth, with the tournament officially becoming short-handed after the untimely demise of “tiga84.”
“Fox__MEF” was the first of the four Brazilian finalists to bite the dust, doing so in sixth place. They were joined on the sidelines first by Blaz “Scarmak3r” Zerjav, and then Germany’s “assel007,” meaning this event would finish as a Brazilian 1-2-3.
“phcrf” was eliminated in third and walked away with $10,860, the first five-figure haul of the evening. Renan “internett93o” Bruschi and Joao “joaoMathias” Baumgarten locked horns heads-up for the lion’s share of the bounty prize pool.
Both players locked in $11,511 from the main prize pool, but the final bounty payments were worth more than that payout. Bruschi finished his opponent and saw $26,862 land in his PokerStars account, leaving Baumgarten to collect a $16,237 consolation prize.
$1,050 Sunday High Roller Final Table Results
|1||Renan “Internett93o” Bruschi||Brazil||$15,351||$11,511||$26,862|
|2||Joao “joaoMathias” Baumgarten||Brazil||$4,726||$11,511||$16,237|
|5||Blaz “Scarmak3r” Zerjav||Slovenia||$3,937||$4,538||$8,475|
|8||Ilya “Leqenden” Anatsky||Belarus||$2,125||$2,058||$4,183|
|9||Tomi “elmerixx” Brouk||Finland||$1,375||$1,734||$3,109|
Other Notable PokerStars Results
Also at PokerStars, there were victories for Swedish duo Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson and Jerry “Perrymajsen” Odeen, while Raul “Winca_cipo” Manzano defeated online poker legend Chris “Moorman1” Moorman heads-up in the $109 Sunday Cooldown.
|$530 Bounty Builder High Roller||320||$160,000||rekop27||$27,207*|
|$1,050 Sunday Supersonic||35||$40,000||Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson||$16,714|
|$109 Sunday Warm-Up||997||$99,700||Jerry “Perrymejsen” Odeen||$16,356|
|$109 Sunday Fenomeno||953||$95,300||AlexCD20||$14,634|
|$1,050 Sunday Warm-Up||39||$40,000||Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky||$14,061|
|$215 Sunday Supersonic||313,||$64,089||Dalton “daltonhb” Hobold||$12,075|
|$109 Sunday Cooldown||1,062||$106,200||Raul “Winca_cipo” Manzano||$12,212*|
*includes bounty payments
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