Lunkin Wins EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Event
Vitaly Lunkin has won the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller event and the first trophy of EPT Season 10. The Russian player won €771,300 and a Shamballa Jewels bracelet after overcoming an incredibly tough field including his heads-up opponent Erik Seidel.
It wasn’t a bad result for Seidel either, he has been playing poker since 1988 and his second place at the EPT was his 39th six-figure-plus cashout, a remarkable number by any standards. Seidel won €557,100 which places him third on the all-time money list with over $18 million in live career winnings.
As for the winner, Lunkin holds two WSOP bracelets, one from the 40th Anniversary event where he beat Isaac Haxton and Greg Raymer. He has lifetime cashes of $4,433,423 and his victory will place him near the top of the Russian all-time money list.
After winning Lunkin said, “I’m really happy. Until this summer, I hadn’t really played any big tournaments for about three years, but I decided to play the World Series and finished 46th in the Main Event. This helped me regain some confidence in my game so I sold some shares to friends, and came to Barcelona in a very good mood. I respect Erik a lot. We’ve known each other for many years.”