Who Else Has "Done The Double" on the PokerStars European Poker Tour?

If you think of winning two titles on the European Poker Tour and you’re bound to think of two-time champs Victoria Coren Mitchell and Pavel Plesuv. But what about players winning two tournaments at the same event?

Well that’s exactly what happened at the 2022 PokerStars EPT Prague festival — not once, but twice!

After Ben Heath went back-to-back in €25,000 Single Day High Rollers, Rodrigo Seiji duly followed that up by winning the €50,000 Super High Roller to go along with his €10,200 Mystery Bounty title.

Here are some other players who have “done the double” on Europe’s most prestigious poker tour.

Alejandro Lococo

You don’t have to go back far to find someone who has achieved this rare feat. Earlier this year, Alejandro “PapoMC” Lococo took down the EPT Prague €1,100 Eureka Main Event for €417,820.

Just six months prior, the Argentinian PokerStars Ambassador had finished seventh in the 2021 WSOP Main Event, and his rungood was set to continue, winning a €2,200 Deep Stack event just nine days after his Eureka victory.

He recently told PokerStars that he is looking forward to travelling more and potentially win even more trophies.

“That is what I like about poker: the chance to discover other cultures, what they think, what they eat,” he told PokerStars. “That’s what I think is the best part of poker.

“I think I make poker more funny. I think it’s an amazing game”

“So right now I’m not thinking of stopping that. I’m only thinking of travelling to the most important tournaments and getting more trophies.

At this moment, I’m not tempted to try a Super High Roller. It’s really hard to battle them. You have to give a lot of hours of your life to be a winner in that kind of event.

“I think I make poker more funny. I think it’s an amazing game. Sometimes the players get so serious, but I like taking it back to basics. I like the show.”

Alejandro Lococo

Francisco Benitez

Our next two stories come from one of the most popular EPT festivals — Barcelona.

Not just any EPT Barcelona, but the record-breaking 2022 edition that saw massive fields throughout the entire festival.

Francisco Benitez had previously won High Roller titles on the LAPT and UKIPT. Then in June 2022 he won the BSOP Rio de Janeiro Main Event, and soon followed that up with near back-to-back victories in the EPT Barcelona Mystery Bounty and €25,000 Single Day High Roller.

Francisco Benitez

How Uruguay’s Francisco Benitez Dominated EPT Barcelona

Unbelievably, it could have got even better for the Uruguayan who now sits third on his country’s all-time money list, as he racked up two further top-five finishes in €25,000 High Rollers, eventually walking away from the festival with total cashes of over €1 million.

Aug. 18, 2022 Event #41: €25,000 No Limit Hold’em 2nd €421,480 $432,687
Aug. 12, 2022 Event #16: €25,000 No Limit Hold’em 4th €191,790 $197,272
Aug. 10, 2022 Event #11: €25,000 No Limit Hold’em 1st €341,565 $350,647
Aug. 8, 2022 Event #3: €10,200 No Limit Hold’em – Mystery Bounty (Event #3) 1st €114,080 $116,263
      Total Cashes: €1,068,915

Juan Pardo

Juan Pardo

Spaniards have a long and rich history on the EPT, even though it took until 2015 for the first Spanish EPT Main Event winner.

But at the High Roller tables, Spaniard Juan Pardo had an incredible EPT Barcelona in 2019 winning two High Roller titles.

The first Single-Day High Roller saw Pardo defeat professional football Gerard Pique heads-up before adding a €50,000 High Roller title just 12 hours later.

Sander van Wesemael

Ok so it wasn’t the European Poker Tour, and it wasn’t in the same event — but this achievement certainly warrants a mention.

In 2017, Sander van Wesemael won three PokerStars Cups. Not bad right? But he won them in-a-row. First in Marbella, then Lille and finally in Barcelona; combined he beat close to 4,000 players to win over €190,000. Not bad for a €330 tournament!

Year Event Field Payout
Aug-17 PSC Barcelona 2,648 €127,000
Jul-17 PSF Lille 558 €28,704
Jun-17 PSF Marbella 788 €36,450

Back-To-Back at the WSOP

Finally, away from the EPT, there are certainly some special doubles at the World Series of Poker. No we’re not talking about Mark Newhouse making back-to-back final tables or Dan “Jungleman” Cates retaining his $50,000 Players Championship title in 2022.

In 2021, no fewer than SIX players won multiple bracelets in the same year. Since the WSOP started, only a select group of players have achieved this feat Scotty Nguyen, Max Pescatori and Brian Rast, with Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth among a select group to have done it twice!

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Will Shillibier

Executive Editor E.U.

Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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