Henrik Hecklen Wins Estrellas High Roller Tournament in Barcelona

The European Poker Tour in Barcelona is underway and the schedule is full of smaller and bigger side-events that players can enjoy. One of those tournaments is the Estrellas High Roller tournament which had a €2,200 buy-in, which isn’t usually a high roller tournament, but due to Estrellas tournaments being for the smaller stakes players, it is considered a legitimate high roller tournament.

Lots of players decided to give the tournament a shot, even though it would end up colluding with the EPT Main Event, providing a tournament with a high prize pool and lots of good poker. The final five final table players began play late Sunday evening after being interrupted and here they found a winner.

The Danish Henrik Hecklen ended up winning the tournament, after showing the table how to play aggressive. Already in the first hand of the day Hecklen took out the first player, American David Peters. Next man out was Pratyush Buddiga in fourth place and then Kovtunov out in third place.

The heads-up duel between Hecklen and Santiago Nadal became a long fight, which was primarily dominated by the rails surprise of Nadal’s comeback. Nadal came back way too late from the dinner break and had been blinded from 4.3 million in chips down to 500K, equal to around four big blinds.

Eventually Hecklen began taking minor and bigger pots down constantly and the last hand of the day came when Hecklen came all-in preflop with KhKk against Nadal’s 8k9s and with no help for Nadal, Hecklen could celebrate his €293,000 win with a few drinks and then the EPT High Roller tomorrow.

Daniel Allermand

Daniel Allermand is a freelance writer, with more than 4 years of experience in the industry as an operator, affiliate and poker player. Daniel has decided it was time to try and bring more coverage about the industry to the general public by writing articles about everything from poker to casino.  

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