EPT12 Barcelona: Martinez, Fernandez grab two more titles for Spain
We deliver here a quick look-in on a bit of the side action as both the Main Event and High Roller move into their latter stages of play tonight.
There were a couple more champions found this evening, both hailing from the host country.
A little bit earlier tonight the €200 NL "Saturday SuperStack" (Event #63) played all of the way down from 334 entrants to a champion. That was the event we were discussing earlier chosen by the Norwegian contigent as their "Vi Menn Open," with 106 of them participating.
The top 47 finishers split the €66,736 prize pool, with 10 of the players from Norway picking up cashes. The highest finisher among that group was Ove Andre Stenberg who finished 12th for €990, adding another cash to his victory in the PLO €500 (Event #50) earlier this week.
The final table, meanwhile, featured representatives of France, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and Japan. In the end it was Spain earning yet another silver spade to add to the ones they've already secured at the festival, as Jose Antonio Torres Martinez took the title and €13,000 first prize.
Then just after the clock struck midnight it was another Spaniard, Marcos Fernandez, taking down the €1,500 eight-handed pot-limit Omaha (Event #56) after topping a field of 135.
Fernandez beat out the U.K.'s Peter Charalambous heads-up for the win, while also outlasting a tough final table including seventh-place finisher and EPT5 Warsaw winner Joao Barbosa and eighth-place finisher Naoya Kihara of Team PokerStars Pro Online. He earned €49,420 for his victory.
We've crossed into the midnight hour here, and with the High Roller in the money and the Main Event still playing with nine players left, several other events continue to play out on all sides of the spacious -- and still, nearly two weeks in, vibrant as ever -- poker room.
We'll catch you back up with all of the night's winners in the morning. Meanwhile, continue to enjoy the coverage of the Main and High Roller right here on the PokerStars Blog.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.