Middleton Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event
Tom Middleton, the British poker player, has won the 2013 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 no-limit hold’em Main Event. He overcame a field of 1,234 players to win €942,000, 1,920 Card Player of the Year points and a SLYDE watch. The 26 year old from Leeds is now in 29th place in the overall POY standings as a result of his victory.
The win has also brought Middleton’s lifetime live and online combined tournament winnings to over $3 million.
He plays online under the name “hitthehole” and has almost $1.2 million in internet winnings.
The win was Middleton’s 12th career title and before it his largest ever win was $304,980 in a $5,000 event at the 2012 Fallsview Poker Classic.
Middleton had been playing impressively throughout the event; he finished as the chip leader every day since Day 3.
He overcame the Finnish poker player Kimmo Kurko heads-up to win the title. Kurko took home €750,000 as a result of the deal the two made during heads-up play as well as 1,600 POY points. He has now climbed to 30th place in the POY rankings.