Welcome to the fourth and final day of the extremely successful €1,100 Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event at the 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour. The field of 6,313 has been reduced to the final nine who hit the felt today to battle down to the €600,000 winner.
The chip leader to start the final day with 43,400,000 in chips is Jack Sinclair of the United Kingdom. Sinclair is the most accomplished player of the final nine as he has close to $4.3 million in career live earnings, including his two seven-figure score, the WSOP Europe Main Event win in 2018 and his most well-known result when he came in eighth in the 2017 WSOP Main Event.
In second position is Rick van Bruggen with 32,800,000. The Dutchman has just $20,000 in career earnings thus far and will be looking to make a huge splash and gather his first six-figure career cash.
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Rick van Bruggen||Netherlands||32,800,000||55|
|9||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||43,400,000||72|
Ahmad Rehaime of Canada comes into the final day third in chips with 22,400,000 as he has the most modest poker resume of all the final day players with no live tournament cashes prior to this breakout performance. Fellow Canadian Kyle Ho is right behind him in fourth with 20,100,000 in chips.
The rest of the final nine is highlighted by WSOP Europe bracelet winner Renat Bohdanov of Ukraine who sits sixth in chips with 17,800,000.
Day 4 will begin on Sunday, August. 13 at noon local time on Level 37 with 56 minutes remaining at blinds of 300,000/600,000/600,000. Levels are 60-minutes long and there will be breaks every two levels of play.
The PokerNews live reporting team will be on the scene at Casino Barcelona to bring you the final table for Day 4 of the ESPT Main Event. PokerStars will also stream live on Twitch and YouTube from 1 p.m. local time. PokerNews will be reporting on the same delay.
Rick van Bruggen might have just over $20,000 on his Hendon Mob resume, but he is an experienced grinder. Van Bruggen picked up poker when he was 18 and now considers himself a professional player.
The 27-year-old Dutchman specializes in live cash games and is now making his tournament breakthrough. He vaulted into second place on the very last hand of Day 3, winning a coin flip to eliminate Mathias Siljander in 10th place.
From the nine finalists, Ahmad Rehaime has the most modest Hendon Mob profile with only two WSOP Online cashes worth just over $2,000. The 40-year-old entrepreneur has been playing poker ever since he became legally allowed to. Rehaime likes to play mostly live cash games.
The biggest accomplishment is coming up this Sunday, but Rehaime claimed the biggest success for him is ”having fun with it“.
Simon Bouaksa is also about to notch a ground-breaking result. Bouaksa had about $16,000 in reported live cashes coming to this tournament. Bouaksa works in finance and has played poker recreationally since 2007.
Now the 44-year-old from Luxembourg is guaranteed to best his €8,365 payday from WPT Amneville 2010. Apart from poker, Bouaksa enjoys live tournaments, sports and music.
Renat Bohdanov reached the final table on his 25th birthday. It won’t be his first big finale on EPT this year. He had already come close to taking down the FPS Monte Carlo High Roller, finishing second for €187,460.
Bohdanov is a professional player who boasts $427,365 in all-time live tournament cashes. He is currently the #28-ranked Ukrainian player, and a victory in the Estrellas Main Event would push him into the nation’s top 15. His accomplishments include a WSOP bracelet from King’s Rozvadov.
Kyle Ho claims he’s a professional Pez collector, but there’s no denying he’s also pretty good at playing poker. While Ho listed “railing my friends” as his biggest poker accomplishment, he’s guaranteed to break $500,000 in live winning with his Estrellas Main Event payout, which will be his first cash on European soil.
The 33-year-old from Vancouver has played the game since 2004 and mostly likes live cash games. But tournaments seem to suit his abilities too. Ho’s best result came last October when he topped a Pure Poker Tour Main Event in Edmonton for around $70,000. When not at a poker table, Ho enjoys playing video games.
Hendrik Soering has played poker for well over 10 years and 2022 seems to be the year when everything starts to click for him. The 34-year-old from Alkmaar notched €64,210 in March after finishing third in the WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam event.
Soering only needs to ladder up one more position in the Estrellas Main Event to secure his new career-best score. Considering his stack – precisely in the middle of the standings – he’s a favorite to do that.
Yoan Asparuhov is the shortest stack on the final table with just over 12 big blinds, but it’s already been his best live tournament run. Asparuhov doesn’t play poker for a living; he co-owns a digital marketing agency. But he learned the game in high school and enjoys playing both tournaments and cash games, live and online.
Apart from playing cards, Asparuhov likes to spend time with his family and also enjoys riding motorcycles.
German player Björn Bruns has only one reported live cash to his name. He started playing poker in 2009 and prefers to compete in the online fields. Bruns usually battles in multi-table tournaments, and the upcoming finale is his first known major achievement.
Early into Day 3, Bruns was seen scoring a double knockout with pocket tens against Choi Yun Lam’s ace-queen and Rembert Net’s ace-king. The hand propelled Bruns to the chip lead at the time and helped him cruise towards the final table.