John Juanda Looking to Win First European Poker Tour Title

Published on August 29th, 2015 11:17 pm EST

Europea Poker Tour - EPT 12 - Barcelona - Logo on blue backgroundEPT12 Barcelona, which has been a big success so far in terms of player attendance, is nearing its completion.

The EPT12 Barcelona main event, which attracted a total of 1,694 entrants, is down to just nine players. The final table of the event will get underway at 12 pm local time on Sunday afternoon.

36 year-old Denys Shafikov, who has been dubbed a "lunatic" by some of his fellow opponents, will take a dominating chip lead with him to Sunday's final table. The Ukrainian player will be looking to parlay his "lunacy" into a 1.42 million EUR first place prize when action re-starts on Sunday afternoon.

Shafikov finished Saturday's play with nearly 17.5 million chips, more than double that of his next closest opponent, Steven Warburton. Andreas Samuelsson has 7.15 million chips, while Frederik Jensen has nearly 5.6 million.

John Juanda, who has over $16 million in total lifetime tournament earnings, will be looking to win his first European Poker Tour event on Sunday. Juanda, who has five World Series of Poker bracelets, came extremely close to winning a EPT title in 2010 but ended up finishing in second place in the UKIPT Grand Final for $852,868. Juanda will have his work cut out for him, as he will enter the final table with a little over 4 million in chips.


As mentioned, the winner of the event will walk away with over 1.42 million EUR. The runner-up will take home 796,100 EUR, while the third place finisher will receive 557,900 EUR. All nine of the final table participants are guaranteed a minimum of 104,000 EUR.


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