Weekend Hit and Run: Simon Brandstrom Wins EPT Barcelona, Hunichen Dominates High Roller, and WPT Legends Returns

Simon Brandstrom took down the largest European Poker Tour in history by winning the 2019 PokerStars EPT Barcelona Main Event. And just hours later it was. We have those stories plus the latest on Kevin Hart’s car crash, and news from the current ongoing WPT and HPT events. This is the weekend Hit and Run.

Simon Brandstrom Wins Largest Ever EPT

A whopping total of 1,988 entries came together to play the opening stop of the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, and after six grueling days of poker only one man was left standing. His name is Simon Brandstrom and he’s also €1,290,166 richer after striking a deal heads-up.

Brandstrom is the 11th Swede to ever win an EPT and the first since 2013. Afterwards he noted, “I made a comeback on Day 1, and was down to 12k and spun it up a bit. And last night I was down to nine bigs with 15 players left and made a big rush from there – ended up as the chip leader.”

The final table was lightning fast as the final six played down to two in just one hour. Marton Czuczor had to settle for the runner-up spot – a place probably made even more painful because he’s already got 2nd once before. “Marton played very good. I probably didn’t play my A-Game, but the cards came my way,” Brandstrom added in his post-game interview.

Here’s how the final table finished courtesy of PokerNews:

The Barcelona Big Bucks

Congrats to all the winners!

Hunichen Crushes Barcelona High Roller

Not to be outdone by the EPT Main Event, the $10K High Roller also had a monstrous field of 540 entries – sorta like a main event all to itself. After several hours of play American Chris Hunichen and Israeli Uri Reichenstein found themselves heads-up and playing for over a million Euros. Or at least they would have if they hadn’t made a deal – one that gave Uri €794,415 and Chris €841,345. Now that’s walking-around money.

The final day began with 26 players and took about 12 hours to play down to a winner. The final table was a nice eclectic mix with the final nine hailing from nine different countries. Here are the place finishes of everyone at the final table courtesy of PokerNews:

High Rollin’ in the deep… stacks?

And congrats again to all you high rollers.

Quick Hitters

-PokerCentral has a nice write-up of Remko’s recent conversation with Tom Dwan. Dwan joined the PokerCentral podcast this week to talk all things high stakes. Check out the video interview here, which also features an appearance by Randall Emmett.

-CardPlayer has another great entry from Dealer Chick this week. This week, DC goes for a little something different and provides insight to a day in the life of dealing to a miserable poker player. As always, her article is filled with humor and creativity.

-The HPT East Chicago is in full swing and currently deep into Day 2. Mid-stakes crusher Eric Salazar currently paces the field as the chip leader with 3 tables left. First place in this bad mamma jamma is 186 dimes. Be sure to follow all the action on PokerNews, and come right back to PTP tomorrow to see who made the final table.

-We also check in with Robbie this week on the blog The EPT was the big story in poker this week, and CPL dispatched Geoff Fisk to cover the events. Fisk was able to interview several PokerStars Team Pros, but our favorite of his has to be this one with fan favorite Lex Veldhuis.

-Sadly, we are hearing that comedian and poker player Kevin Hart has been injured in a car crash. PartTimePoker’s own David Huber has the latest on this developing story.

-And finally the WPT is back with another season and one of their staples, the WPT Legends of Poker is back at the Bike this week. And so for a trip down memory lane check out this recap of Jordan Cristos’ historic win.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-Marle Cordeiro is back! In her latest vlog she talks about her recent trip to Run It Up Reno, where she played several sessions of 25/50. Most of those sessions were streamed and Marle breaks down a couple memorable hands she played. Her opponents include Jason Somerville, Jesse Sylvia, and Matt Berkey. And the last hand is a cooler that you simply have to see to believe:


-And as is to be expected, Doug Polk is back with fresh content and hot takes. In his latest video he breaks down a hand between two of the games most prolific vloggers – Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme. Owen fires out a big bluff on the river into Neeme. Will it work? What does Doug think about the play?


-And finally PokerNews is back with one final round-up of all the action from the EPT Barcelona. Check out all the action right here:


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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