Dan Smith Wins EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller EventTuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Ryan
Obviously any tournament that features a €50,000 buy-in is going to draw quite a bit of attention, and this is exactly the case of what happened at the European Poker Tours (EPT) Barcelona Super High Roller Event. When the event began, there were obviously some big names involved in the tournament, but when it came down to the final table a few players definitely stood out, as there were some of the most well-known poker players in the game participating. One player, Dan Smith, has had an incredibly impressive year to this point, and if he could take down the win at the Super High Roller Event in Barcelona, then he could be looking at possibly having one of the best years of any live tournament player this year.
The action got down to the final eight players on Sunday, and Dan Smith found himself with 5.108 million chips, which gave him the chip lead over strong players in Mike “Timex” McDonald, who had 4.650 million and JC Alvarado with 3.116 million. This meant that the top three players in the tournament were officially holding more than 80% of the chips in play, and no one else at the table had more than 700k. The other players in the field including the likes of Erik Seidel, Ilari Sahamies, Jim McCrink, Mike Watson, and Talal Shakerchi.
It wasn’t too much of a tough run for Smith to make that championship push though. While he did lose that chip lead at one point, it wasn’t for a very extended period of time, and he never found himself in fear of going to the rail. He played well and stuck strong throughout play, and also hit a few good cards as well. When the action was down to four players left, he and Sahamies got into a pre-flop war, which went on until both players were all in, but Smith had Sahamies covered easily. Sahamies turned over A-Q against the A-10 of Smith, but Smith was able to hit a ten on the flop in order to pull in the massive pot. He was now holding 9.655 chips to the 4.450 of Alvarado, and 1.895 of Watson.
Watson was sent home in third place, and it was a heads up match that featured a three to five chip lead over Alvarado at this point. The two made a deal right off the bat though that gave Smith €862,925, and Alvarado took home €788,675. This meant that there was still another €100,000 up for grabs from this point forward, which meant there was still work to be done as well.
Alvarado actually picked up the chip lead early, but Smith got it back quickly and then made a dash to the finish line. He got it all in with A-K against Alvarado’s K-K, and Smith was able to hit the ace to take down the championship as well as the additional €100,000.
To sum up just how strong this year has been for Smith, he also won the $100k No Limit Hold’em Challenge at the Aussie Millions for more than $1 million, as well as winning three events at the European Poker Tour Grand Final for around $690k. From there he went on to finish third in a $5k event at the 2012 World Series of Poker. Just this year alone he has more than quadrupled his live tournament winnings!