Tom Orpaz has taken down the €50,000 Super High Roller Second Chance for a €442,440 payday.
The Israeli came into the event already on a heater after having won a €25,000 NL Hold’em event, banking €255,480. Now his live tournament career earnings total is past the €1 million mark after also chalking up a third place in a €5,000 tournament plus a cash in a €2,000 event.
This wasn’t the biggest event you’ll ever see at 24 entries in a major series but some of the names made it something special. Orpaz was on a mission from the get go, busting the likes of Jean-Noel Thorel and Sam Grafton and then storming through names such as Steve O’Dwyer and Timothy Adams.
Not only names from the poker scene but also Gerard Piqué of real Madrid fame.
Speaking after his victory, Orpaz said: “I’ve reached my goal. My goal was to make more than a million dollars in winnings and at least one trophy. I’ve got two of them and at least a million dollars. And we’re still here, right. Of course, it was a good run. I had some good hands, I had some bad hands, I had to adjust my play. I think most of my winnings are in these high roller ones, the 25K, the 50K, even the 10K, where I saw I could adjust towards the other players, the aggression, the bluffs. This is not my job. This is a hobby of mine. I have a job outside of poker. I have businesses. I have different things that I do. But this I do for fun, and sometimes fun pays you money. It’s the challenge to beat the best players in the world. It’s the hardest game in the world. And if you can beat that against the best players in the world, then it’s a good challenge, right.”
Gerard Piqué was also making his seventh live tournament cash in this event, upping his career total to $738,611. The football star is known to enjoy the occasional game of poker, having jumped into various high stakes events over the last 12 years since he made his first cash.
The Spaniard spoke to PokerNews in 2016 and told how he loves competition and wants to take on the best in any discipline.
EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results