EPT12 Barcelona: Spaniards collecting silver spades
Host countries for every European Poker Tour stop tend to be well represented in the festivals they stage.
Indeed, for the larger countries they almost invariably tend to have the highest percentage of players in every field, and for that reason alone -- and perhaps the less tangible edge provided by home field advantage -- often win a handsome share of the prize pools and silver spade trophies.
When it comes to EPT Main Events, it took 106 festivals for Spain to produce its first champion, with 21-year-old Adrian Mateos taking down the EPT Grand Final in Monaco in May. At the moment with less than 450 players left in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, Samuel Bernabeu, Carlos Vallve Arias, and Jonathan Concepcion are currently representing the home country well and sporting big stacks.
Speaking of Spanish players' success online -- and here at EPT Barcelona -- PokerStars SuperNova Elite Javier "MuckeDBoY" Tazon earned his first major title this week here by winning the €2k Estrellas High Roller, topping a field of 1,055 to earn €202,630 after a four-way final table deal.
Like so many in the online poker world, Tazon is a former Starcraft player who made the move to poker in earnest several years ago, having been a SuperNova Elite for four years' running now. The 32-year-old earned extra notice back in 2012 when he set a world record for playing the most online poker hands in a 24-hour period.
With his victory, Tazon joined three other EPT Barcelona winners from Spain so far in the festival.
Miguel Seoane Iglesias picked up a €20,300 prize and the trophy for topping 189 players in the €500 NL Hyperturbo (Event #11). His fellow countryman Pedro Lamarca likewise won a hyperturbo, this one the 530-player €1K (Event #27), to capture a €36,260 first prize and a silver spade. And Sergio Soler Medem bested 140 to take down the €200 Seniors Event, winning an EPT trophy and €6,520.
With a host of side events left to go, we'll see how many more silver spades hosts can claim.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.