Juan Manuel Pastor has traveled from our country to play the EPT Dortmund. After his absence from EPT Copenhagen, Pastor, a regular commentator on EPT Live and Casino Malaysia: Stars at stake, returned to the tables of Europe’s most important poker tour, and it seems with a vengeance.
Pastor, sponsored by PokerStars, managed to sneak into the cash slots at EPT Dortmund. He eventually fell in 49th place and pocketed €8,300 for his efforts.
With this result, the Spaniard consolidates himself as one of the most regular players on the circuit and becomes the first Spanish player to cash in 3 consecutive EPT events. Quite a feat.
Congratulations to Juan Manuel and let’s hope the good run continues!
The last few months have been great for poker player Sebastian Ruthenberg. Starting in the 2023 WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud event, the German from Team PokerStars Pros had a great run that is now culminating in victory at the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) in Barcelona.
By beating a field full of professional players from around the world, including the $50,000 event champion H.O.R.S.E. 2023 WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen and Canadian star Daniel Negreanu, Ruthenberg, 24, walked away with an incredible €1,361,000.
“This year has been really amazing,” said the German after his victory. “I don’t know what to say except that I was very lucky.”
He started playing at the final table with the second stack and eventually outplayed Ireland’s Fintan Gavin heads-up when the Irishman moved all-in with 7-4 unsuited against suited K-9. Ruthenberg. It was apparently an easy call for Ruthenberg, who at the time had a 5-to-1 chip advantage.
Although the flop came a 7, the Irishman’s luck didn’t hold as the turn and river brought up a K and a 9 for Ruthenberg’s two pair. Don’t feel too sorry for Gavin though, he walked away with a whopping €792,000 for this loss.
With this championship, Ruthenberg surpasses his previous EPT result (he had finished third) and gives him the credibility of one of the best young poker players in the world.
Ruthenberg will now play the EPT London event and should be considered an early favorite to win the EPT Player of the Year honor.
The other players at this international final table at the Gran Casino Barcelona included Martin Nielsen from Denmark, Davidi Kitai from Belgium, Dren Ukella also from Germany, Jason Mercier from the United States, Samuel Chartier from Canada and Daniele Mazzia from Italy.
619 players had paid the €8,000 buy-in to EPT Barcelona, creating a record prize pool of €4,952,000. Among those who competed in a field packed with professionals were retired ice hockey superstar Mats Sundin and Spanish tennis legend Sergi Bruguera. It was their first EPT appearance as PokerStars Ambassadors.
“I am very happy to become an Ambassador for PokerStars,” said Sundin. “It allows me to continue my personal ambition to do charity around the world as I will be donating 100% of my poker winnings to charity. For me, the combination of excitement and challenge that poker presents, plus the potential for good deeds is a win-win situation.”