Ka Kwan Lau Wins EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for €910,400

September 5, 2023
Mark Patrickson

Ka Kwan Lau has won the EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller for €910,400. After three days of exhausting action, the Hong Kong grinder seized victory at 2am to rack up his fourth live tournament win.

The event attracted 475 entries to build a prize pool of €4,500,000 which saw the top eight finishers walk away with six-figure scores.

Forty players lined up on the final day, but many quickly fell by the wayside. There were three former EPT event winners left in the field, but they also could get a break when it was needed.

Razvan Belea, winner of the Main Event in Paris earlier this year, had his UTG 11bb shove with pocket fives called by AJo and the jack turn ended his run.

Patrik Antonius went with his second pair when getting short but found himself up against a set. And Dominik Planka of Poland, who won this event in Deauville, France, almost a decade ago, lost a flip with pocket sixes against AJo when a jack came on the flop.

Long Final Day

The final table was a vicious affair. After two hours of play, Francesco Pilato was heading to the cashier and then it was like Domino Rally. One player after another busted, with the final six all being sent home by Ka Kwan Lau himself.
The heads-up battle lasted a mere two hands as Lau had almost all of the chips by then, anyway.
A great performance by the man from Hong Kong who wasn’t even playing his favorite game. Speaking to PokerNews after his win, Lau said:

“This last day was insanely long. We returned with 40 players left on Day 3, which is a lot. So we knew it would be long if we were on the final table. But I didn’t expect it to be that long.

I know it would be hard to reach the first place, as No-Limit Hold’em is not my main game. So I was not very confident when I played. But from the start of Day 1, everything was going very well. I had good situations, and I ran very well during the whole tournament."

Rank Player Country Prize
1 Ka Kwan Lau Hong Kong €910,400
2 Ouassini Mansouri France €568,750
3 Vladas Tamasauskas Lithuania €406,250
4 Eric Sfez France €312,550
5 Maher Nouira Tunisia €240,400
6 Alexandre Reard France €184,950
7 Aleksandr Shevliakov Russia €142,300
8 Toby Joyce Ireland €109,450
9 Francesco Pilato Italy €85,250
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