The 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour came to an exhilarating conclusion as Italy’s Giuliano Bendinelli completed an incredible comeback from one big blind early in the final day to defeat France’s Jimmy Guerrero in heads-up play, triumphing over the record-breaking field of 2,294 in the 2022 EPT Barcelona €5,300 EPT Main Event to claim €1,491,133 and the trophy.The biggest EPT Main Event in history saw players from 78 different countries make their way to Casino Barcelona to create a prize pool of €11,125,900.Early in the day, with six players remaining, the 31-year-old Bendinelli lost nearly all of his stack against Guerrero and was left with just over one big blind. He was able to spin that up and continue his run in front of his energetic Italian rail, and ultimately, produced a real-life “chip and a chair” story.
“I can’t believe it. It’s the best day of my life. I’m speechless. I can’t believe it happens today, in the most important day of my life. I couldn’t remember ever making a comeback from one big blind. I’m proud about how I played, but also I won some showdowns, of course, to be here. I need luck, like the last hand with quads against full house, so it’s a mix between skill and luck. I’m grateful to be here.”
When heads-up play was reached, the two players took a short break before they returned and agreed to a deal that guaranteed €1,422,480 for Bendinelli, while Guerrero was guaranteed €1,250,337. The two then commenced heads-up play for an additional €68,653, along with the trophy and glory of the title.
2022 EPT Barcelona €5,300 EPT Main Event Final Table Results
|5||Patrik Jaros||Czech Republic||€434,850|
|8||Scott Margereson||United Kingdom||€198,000|