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2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona

€10,000 High Roller

Day 3 Completed

Posted 08-25-2012 21:23 GMT+2
€10,000 High Roller
Day 3 Completed

Laurent Polito Wins EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller (€270,229)!

• Level 22: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Champion Laurent Polito
Champion Laurent Polito

After a very long day of action yesterday for Day 2 of the 2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller, Day 3 ended in a flash. It took just about seven hours of play before crowning a champion and that player proved to be France's Laurent Polito, who earned €270,229, the title and the Shamballa Jewels bracelet.

Polito began the day third in chips behind Tobias Reinkemeier and Alex Bilokur. Together, the three of them made it down to three-handed play before Reinkemeier fell in third place, setting the stage for a heads-up clinic put on by Polito.

When the heads-up match began, Polito was down nearly one million in chips, but that didn't deter him from crushing. First, a deal was struck between the two where Bilokur would take home €295,451 and Polito €270,229, based on the chip counts. Left to play for was the title, the trophy and the Shamballa bracelet.

Nearly the entire match went Polito's way, as he constantly had the upper hand (or better hand) against Bilokur, specifically at the showdown. Bilokur just couldn't get anything going and Polito stole the show by winning pot after pot. After taking the chip lead, Polito continued to take chunks from Bilokur before the final hand came up.

The final hand summed up the entire heads-up match altogether, as it was Polito who held the better of it when Bilokur put the money in. Even though Bilokur went all in with pocket nines, which could be considered a preflop monster heads up, Polito held two queens. No help came for Bilokur on the flop, turn or river and he was eliminated in second place.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1Laurent Polito€270,229
2Alex Bilokur€295,451
3Tobias Reinkemeier€119,660
4Stanislav Labutkin€95,180
5Carlos Mora€73,430
6Jean-Noel Thorel€54,390
7Bertrand Grospellier€43,150
8Joao Vieira€32,630

That wraps up PokerNews' coverage from the €10,000 High Roller, but there's still plenty of action left here at EPT Barcelona. The Main Event still has four players remaining with over €1 million to first place. Be sure to check out that coverage as well.

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Alex Bilokur Eliminated in 2nd Place (€295,451)

Alex Bilokur - 2nd Place
Alex Bilokur - 2nd Place

Alex Bilokur raised to 80,000 on the button and Laurent Polito reraised to 230,000 from the big blind. With a stack of about 1.25 million to start the hand, Bilokur moved all in. Polito's eyes lit up when he heard those sweat words from Bilokur and he quickly called.

Bilokur: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Polito: {Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The flop came down {10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Polito's queens stood strong. The {7-Spades} was placed out on the turn, which meant Bilokur needed a nine and a nine only on the river to stay alive.

The river card completed the board with the {8-Diamonds} and Bilokur was officially eliminated — the queens for Polito had done it. Due to the deal struck earlier when heads-up play began, Bilokur took home €295,451, which was actually the larger prize of the two.

Laurent Polito FR 5,556,000 1,300,000
Alex Bilokur RU Busted

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Polito Putting More Hurt On Bilokur

Alex Bilokur raised to 80,000 and Laurent Polito called from the big blind. After the {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop, both players checked to see the {7-Hearts} land on the turn. Polito checked and Bilokur bet 150,000. Polito made the call.

The river was the {6-Diamonds} and both players checked. Bilokur showed the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for ace high and lost to the {9-Spades}{7-Spades} for Polito.

Laurent Polito FR 4,256,000 250,000
Alex Bilokur RU 1,300,000 -250,000

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A Better Two Pair for Polito

From the button, Laurent Polito raised to 95,000. Alex Bilokur called from the big blind and the two players then checked the {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} flop. The {3-Clubs} was added on the turn and both players checked again. The {8-Clubs} completed the board on the river and Bilokur fired 250,000. Polito snap-called.

Bilokur showed the {J-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} for two pair, kings and eights. Polito showed a better two pair with the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and won the pot.

Laurent Polito FR 4,006,000 810,000
Alex Bilokur RU 1,550,000 -810,000

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Polito Increasing

• Level 22: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Laurent Polito check-called a bet of 125,000 on the {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{2-Hearts} flop from his opponent, Alex Bilokur. The turn was the {7-Hearts} and paired the board. Both players slowed down with a check and the river landed with the {A-Hearts}. Polito fired 300,000 and Bilokur folded.

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Posted 08-25-2012 19:47 GMT+2 donpeters
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Blinds:
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Ante:
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