WPT National Barcelona – Edu Garcia Freixa Claims Win

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Whilst London was the main destination for poker players that past few weeks, what with the European Poker Tour, UK & Ireland Poker Tour and World Poker Tour holding events, just a two hour flight away in Spain was another tournament that attracted a huge field. The World Poker Tour National in Barcelona brought in such a large field in fact that the event had to have an additional day added to its schedule.

515 players in total showed up to take part in the event, making it a record breaker for a WPT National event and due to that field and a final day that went on forever, they added an extra day for the players to decide a winner.

A long final day in the event lasted an astonishing 14 hours with the final table of eight seemingly not wanting to go anywhere. It took an age for heads up to be reached and when it was, the two players were also very stubborn in their play.

The winner in the end was Edu Garcia Freixa who not only had to survive that record breaking field but also had to play his good friend of six years in Joseph Maria Galindo during heads up. It was his friend that had the chip lead at the start of that session but that lead would switch hands on a number of occasions throughout the two days that the session was played over.

The final hand actually came quite quickly on that additional day however as both players pushed their chips into the middle with Garcia Freixa holding the A-10 against his friends A-5. We are unsure of how the board fell but we do know that Garcia Freixa was the man that claimed the €50,000 first place payout whilst his friend would have to be content with the runner up payout of €33,000.

The two of them probably went on to celebrate together having both one large amounts of money, though on this occasion it was Garcia Freixa that had the bragging rights.

How it Finished

1st) Edu García Freixa – €50,000

2nd) Josep María Galindo – €33,000

3rd) Cristian Castro – €21,000

4th) Vicent Soubrie – €16,000

5th) Adán Soler – €12,000

6th) Kfir Katz – €9,700

7th) Mohammed El Mekssani – €6,400

8th) Serges Saletic – €3,460

It has certainly been a busy time for tournaments recently but we now have somewhat of a break until the World Series of Poker Main Event final table next month and then the European Poker Tour Prague kicking off in December. We as per usual will keep you updated on both events and have daily reports on how they play out.