A total of 477 players took part in the second ever European Poker Tour event in Madrid and the first with it as a 'regular' stop instead of the Grand Final with a final table that combined the experienced EPT veterans with online qualifiers and recreational players. After a final table that lasted eleven hours, it was Frederik Brink Jensen that took home €495,000 and the EPT title.
Jensen, who had previously come second in the Aussie Millions and made the final table of EPT Vilamoura last season, battle backed several times from being the short stack to secure his first major title. Jensen beat PokerStars online qualifer Fraser MacIntyre heads up in a short battle which the Dane dominated and won at the first attempt with against the of MacIntyre on a board of .
At the start of the day it was Ricardo Ibañez who, as well being the only Spaniard, was the chip leader with nearly a quarter of the chips in play. However, despite his aggessive image on Day 4, Ibañez chose early on to sit back and let the others fight it out. The final table went nearly two levels before we finally lost our first player, Jason Duval pushing with against Stoenescu's – the latter flopping a pair of aces to send the Canadian to the rail.
EPT regular and third time finalist Nicolas Levi was next to be eliminated. The Frenchman, in his familiar hat, was unable to climb out of the short-stack hole that he'd been in since the beginning of the day and lost out when he failed to spike with against Bruno Lopes' . Another regular, the occasionally fiery Ilan Boujenah followed him out of the door soon after when the Israeli got coolered holding top two pair with on an board against Lopes' after all the money went in on the turn.
Play then continued for over two hours before we saw another chair taken away from the table and with it went Ibañez, who had been hoping to become the first Spaniard to win an EPT, his exit causing severe disappointment for his watching fans. It was during the 40,000/80,000 level and Stoenescu had raised from the small blind with Ibañez moving all in behind him from the big blind, the Romanian instantly called with queens which held against ace-deuce and catapulted Stoenescu into the chip lead.
The pot that changed the tournament though was when Lopes flat-called a three-bet from Jensen with kings to see a flop where the latter bet/three-bet all in with and the Frenchman snap-called. Jensen was a 2:1 dog but caught the on the turn while the river was a brick. Lopes, one of the stars of the French rap scene, was crippled as a result but rallied briefly with a double up and subsequently won several more pots. He was undone though when he pushed with over the top of MacIntyre's initial raise, only for Stoenescu to reshove behind him with which held – though not without a sweat on the board.
After playing a bit longer, the three managed to thrash out a deal guaranteeing MacIntyre €290,000, Stoenescu €330,000 while chip leader Jensen picked up €385,000 with the rest still to play for. Stoenescu busted out in third place in a big pot against Jensen when his failed to hold against the Dane's straight flush draw on a flop of . The on the turn gave the Romanian a few outs but he missed on the river.
This left Jensen holding a 2:1 chip lead over MacIntyre and victory was sealed for the Danish pro after a short 15-minute heads up battle.
Congratulations then to Frederik Jensen and all the players who made the money here in Madrid. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be back next week to bring you all the news from the next EPT in Campione, Italy!