€5,300 EPT Main Event
€5,300 EPT Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Patrik Jaros Leads the Final Six into the Finale of the €5,300 Main Event

SandraBarbour • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Patrik Jaros
Patrik Jaros

The record-breaking €5,300 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour Main Event drew 2,294 runners over two opening flights to generate a €11,125,900 prize pool, of which €1,714,000 will go to the winner of Sunday’s final table.

Just six players remain in the hunt for the top spot and Patrik Jaros holds the lead with 14,975,000. Jaros started the fifth day third in chips and was steadily growing his stack, eventually taking a seat at the unofficial final table with the chip lead. He was responsible for the elimination of Paul Fischill in ninth place to extend his lead, and stayed consistent throughout the rest of the day, putting himself in prime position for the final day.

He is followed closely by Kayhan Mokri with 14,575,000. Mokri started the final table at the bottom of the leaderboard but he fought his way back to the very top within the next level by winning multiple pots, then scoring a massive double through Scott Margereson when he managed to get paid with kings against Margereson’s queens. He will be looking for his first live victory.

Fabiano Kovalski sits in third with 12,925,000. The accomplished Brazilian clearly brought his best game to the tables during this crucial day and made multiple hero calls. He managed to send Michael Pinto to the rail in seventh place to close the day after calling Pinto’s bluff shove with only ace-high.

Giuliano Bendinelli (10,700,000), Neville Mateus (10,550,000), and Jimmy Guerrero (5,100,000) round up the top six.

The remaining players are all guaranteed €334,480 but all eyes will be on the €1,714,000 top prize and on the title.

Fabiano Kovalski
Fabiano Kovalski

Here's how the final table looks heading into Day 6:

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Kayhan MokriNorway14,575,00058
2Jimmy GuerreroFrance5,100,00020
3Patrik JarosCzech Republic14,975,00060
4Fabiano KovalskiBrazil12,925,00052
5Giuliano BendinelliItaly10,700,00043
6Neville MateusBrazil10,550,00042

Day 5 Action

Day 5 began with 16 players still in the hunt and 10 destined to hit the rail.

The feature table provided the first knockout of the day when short stack Tigran Harutyunyan three-bet jammed on the button with ace-ten but got looked up Guerrero who saw ace-queen in the small blind and stayed ahead.

The next casualty was Jack Salter. He three-bet jammed with queen-ten suited from the small blind only to be snap-called by Jaros’s kings on the button.

Lucas Silva Rocha was sent to the exit in fourteenth place after putting his last crumbs at risk with ace-five suited and couldn’t hit against Guerrero’s pocket threes.

Meanwhile, Peterson Machado couldn’t get much going at the final table and his run came to an end when he put his last chips at risk with a straight draw on the flop against Paul Fischill’s pair and straight draw. Machado couldn’t hit, heading to the rail instead.

Bruno Pega had to settle for twelfth place shortly after. Pega was left with a big blind after losing a flip with ace-jack against Maher Nouira’s tens and headed to the payout desk the very next hand.

The next victim was Maher Nouira. Nouira showed he got heart but bluffed his tournament life away after check-raising all in with pocket nines in a massive pot, only to see a call from Kovalski who had flopped a pair of kings.

The unofficial final table was reached with the elimination of Valentin Cristea. After losing multiple pots in a row, Cristea’s run was over when he three-bet jammed his last few big blinds with king-seven off into Jaros’s ace-six suited. Although, he flopped a king, the turn brought an ace and he took tenth place.

Paul Fischill played a short stack masterfully during the final table, but it was all over when he ran his ace-king into Jaros’s kings and was eliminated.

Next up was the most accomplished player at the final table, Scott Margereson. He started the final table second in chips but it went downhill soon after when he woke up with queens against Mokri’s kings and paid him off. He couldn’t recover from thereon and he lost the rest of his chips when he flopped an open-straight draw against Mokri’s top pair but couldn’t hit.

The seventh place went to Michael Pinto when his bluff with queen-high on a paired board, didn’t get through Kovalski who called him off with ace-high.

That prompted bagging time for the last six.

Cards go in the air for Sunday’s finale at 12:30 p.m. Play will continue with 19 minutes and 28 seconds remaining at Level 33 with blinds of 125,000/250,000 and with a 250,000 ante.

The final table will be streamed with cards-up coverage by PokerStars Live on Twitch and YouTube on a 30-minute delay.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand to bring you all the final table action as it happens until a winner is crowned.

Remaining Final Table Payouts

1  €1,714,000
2  €1,027,470
3  €734,470
4  €565,280
5  €434,850
6  €334,480
7Michael PintoNetherlands€257,330
8Scott MargeresonUnited Kingdom€198,000

Tags: Bruno PegaFabiano KovalskiGiuliano BendinelliJack SalterJimmy GuerreroKayhan MokriLucas Silva RochaMaher NouiraMichael PintoNeville MateusPatrik JarosPaul FischillPeterson MachadoScott Margereson

Play Has Concluded

dsalituro • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

The remaining six players are currently bagging their chips for the night.

They will return at 12:30 p.m. local time tomorrow to play down to a champion.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.

Michael Pinto Eliminated in 7th Place (€257,330)

SandraBarbour • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Michael Pinto
Michael Pinto

Patrik Jaros raised to 500,000 from the cutoff with {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and Fabiano Kovalski called from the button with {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}. Michael Pinto also called from the big blind with {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}.

The flop came {k-Spades}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades} and action was checked through to the {k-Diamonds} turn. Pinto bet 350,000 and Jaros folded but Kovalski gave it some thought then called.

The {8-Diamonds} completed the board and Pinto moved all in for 2,400,000.

Kovalski went deep into the tank, then made the call, winning the pot with ace-high and eliminating Pinto in 7th place for €257,330.

Fabiano Kovalski br
Fabiano Kovalski
br 12,530,000 3,100,000
Michael Pinto nl
Michael Pinto
nl Busted

Tags: Fabiano KovalskiMichael Pinto

Mateus Four-Bet Shoves

dsalituro • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Neville Mateus raised to 600,000 from under the gun with {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts} before Fabiano Kovalski put in a reraise to 1,500,000 on the button with {a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}. Giuliano Bendinenlli in the small blind gave it some thought with {a-Spades}{8-Spades} before folding.

Mateus responded by shoving all in for 7,800,000 and Kovalski snap-folded.

Neville Costa br
Neville Costa
br 9,925,000 2,125,000
Fabiano Kovalski br
Fabiano Kovalski
br 9,430,000 -2,620,000

Tags: Fabiano KovalskiNeville Mateus

Guerrero Shoves on the Turn

SandraBarbour • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Kayhan Mokri limped from the small blind with {10-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} and JImmy Guerrero checked from the big blind with {a-Hearts}{5-Spades}.

On a flop of {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{j-Hearts}, Mokri threw in a bet of 250,000 that Guerrero called.

The turn brought the {6-Spades} and Mokri continued with another bet of 525,000. Guerrero responsed by moving all in for 2,825,000 and Mokri snap-folded.

Kayhan Mokri no
Kayhan Mokri
no 16,900,000 -1,530,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
fr 4,600,000 1,970,000

Tags: Jimmy GuerreroKayhan Mokri

Everyone Loves a Chopped Pot, Especially Guerrero

dsalituro • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Jimmy Guerrero
Jimmy Guerrero

Jimmy Guerrero jammed his last 3,250,000 from under the gun with {a-Spades}{8-Spades} and Patrik Jaros called next to act with {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}.

Guerrero found himself dominated and at risk as the flop came {2-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{7-Spades}. The {6-Clubs} on the turn opened the possibility of a chop, and Guerrero found a lucky {2-Diamonds} on the river to split the pot as Jaros ripped off his sunglasses and put his hands on his head in disbelief.

Patrik Jaros cz
Patrik Jaros
cz 17,230,000 930,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
fr 3,580,000 950,000

Tags: Jimmy GuerreroPatrik Jaros

Bendinelli Wakes Up With Aces, Kovalski Gets Away Cheap

dsalituro • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Kayhan Mokri raised to 500,000 from the hijack with {q-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and was called by Fabiano Kovalski in the small blind with {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}.

In the big blind, Giuliano Bendinelli looked down at {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} and reraised to 1,650,000. Mokri quickly folded, but Kovalski asked for a count and tanked for a moment before also sliding his cards into the muck.

Kayhan Mokri no
Kayhan Mokri
no 18,430,000 -1,370,000
Fabiano Kovalski br
Fabiano Kovalski
br 12,050,000 -2,250,000
Giuliano Bendinelli it
Giuliano Bendinelli
it 7,500,000 375,000

Tags: Fabiano KovalskiGiuliano BendinelliKayhan Mokri

Guerrero Triples Up

SandraBarbour • Level 33: Blinds 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Jimmy Guerrero moved all in from the hijack for 750,000 and Fabiano Kovalski called from the button along with Michael Pinto in the big blind.

On a flop of {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, Pinto moved all in for 2,750,000 and Kovalski let it go.

Michael Pinto: {j-Spades}{8-Spades}
Jimmy Guerrero: {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}

Pinto was ahead with a pair of eights, but the turn came the {a-Spades} giving Guerrero the lead and the {10-Spades} river filled up the board for Guerrero to triple up with aces and tens.

Michael Pinto nl
Michael Pinto
nl 2,750,000 -1,000,000
Jimmy Guerrero fr
Jimmy Guerrero
fr 2,630,000 1,880,000

Tags: Fabiano KovalskiJimmy GuerreroMichael Pinto