Chris Hunichen won the 2019 European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,300 no-limit hold’em high roller event for a whooping €841,345.
He managed to outlast 540 entries to win the biggest slice of the humongous prize pool. In his poker career, he has more than $6.5 million in lifetime earnings but this was his best live cash.
Prior to the start of the tournament, Hunichen had received bad news which undoubtedly affected him psychologically.
He was informed that his father was just diagnosed with diabetes, his long-time friend had died, and that his dog was diagnosed with kidney disease. However, he managed to shelve his emotions and do what needed to be done.
“Pretty devastating day yesterday as I arrived in Barcelona excited for my first ever trip out here I get a message that my dad has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. A few hours later I find out one of my very close friends, an icon, a legend, and an amazing person/friend Zi had been found dead of a heart attack. Couple of hours later I get a call that my dog I’ve had 13 years was diagnosed with kidney disease and pancreatitis and they don’t know how much longer she will make it. I’m pretty heartbroken and will be playing with a heavy heart this week”
Chris Hunichen blitzes through the final day
Coming to the final day, Hunichen was closer to elimination than he was to the top position. He was 21st out of 26 players. Fortunately, all the players returning for the final day were guaranteed to finish in the money.
After a flurry of eliminations, Hunichen found himself among the leaders. With nine players remaining, he was fourth on the leaderboard.
Jack Salter was unfortunate to be eliminated by Hunichen in 9th place after his pocket fours were no match for Hunichen’s Ace-king. He went home with $98,257.
With six remaining, lander Lijo was next to fall to Hunichen. Lijo had pocket nines while Hunichen had Ace-Queen(suited). Hunichen landed a pair on the flop and it was game over for Lijo. His sixth-place finish earned him $240,704.
Andreas Berggren was eliminated in third place for $501,187 USD to set up heads up play between Uri Reichenstein and Hunichen. At the time, Hunichen had slightly above 15 million chips while Reichenstein had almost 12 million chips. The two players agreed to an equity chop where Hunichen effectively locked $933,893 and Reichenstein $881,801.
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