Smith wins EPT Super High Roller Barcelona

Poker enthusiasts are delighted to see the European Poker Tour return, with the first event in the schedule being in Barcelona. In the end, it was American Dan Smith who triumphed, with the Las Vegas-born player overcoming a large field to take home the $1,183,100 Super High Roller event.

It would be fair to say that as soon as Smith reached the final table, he had a massive advantage. He, along with Mike McDonald and JC Alvarado, held 80% of the chips in play - with Smith being the chip leader by a comfortable margin. Bearing this in mind, most people though that the top three had already been devised, although that was not to be as McDonald finished the tournament in 5th place. However, JC Alvarado did keep his healthy stack and completed the tournament in 2nd, with Mike Watson coming 3rd.

As heads-up play began, Smith and Alvarado quickly decided that a deal was the best course of action. This seemed to surprise a lot of spectators, as Smith at the time held a comfortable 5-3 chip lead. Nevertheless, it was announced that Smith would be awarded €862,925 while Alvarado would take home a check for €788,675. This still meant that there was an unclaimed €100,000, as well as the Shamballa bracelet.

Unlike most heads-up situations, this tournament actually saw quite a lot of action. There were no immediate shoves, with both players being relatively tight. In the end, it came down to an AS-KD all-in move from Smith against Alvarado's pocket Kings. With an ace arriving on the flop, the tournament reached a conclusion and Smith added another cash-finish to his already impressive resume. The victory means that Smith adds to the recent $368,943 that the player took home for his 3rd place finish in event #50 in the WSOP.