2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Main Event
Jours 6
Event Info

2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Prize Pool
Info Niveau
800,000 / 1,600,000

Main Event

Jour 6 a débuté

Seat 6: Andre Akkari, 42, Sao Paulo/Brazil, Team PokerStars Pro - 8,150,000

Andre Akkari
Andre Akkari

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has secured his fourth cash in Barcelona's EPT/PokerStars Championship Main Event. Following his 32nd place in 2015, 61st in 2011 and 134th in 2014, Akkari's fourth notch from Barcelona will be the most precious.

Akkari pulled to the chip lead early on Day 4 when he knocked out Patrick Leonard with ace-king against queens, spiking a king on the river. He eventually finished the day with the biggest stack to continue his amazing rally. "It was an amazing day, incredible!" Akkari said, adding: "Everything started going my way. I think I played good, I was getting a lot of value from my good hands," Akkari said at the end of Day 4.

The 42-year-old from Sao Paulo has been around for more than a decade. Akkari is accomplished player both live and online. Known as "aakkari" in the virtual realm, Akkari has amassed over $3.4 million in tournament winnings at PokerStars. His online CV includes Sunday 500 and Sunday Warm-Up wins.

Akkari ranks fourth in the Brazilian all-time money list with over $1.6 million in live tournament cashes. He's locked to move ahead of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos after picking up his Main Event cash. "You have to be completely focused, with a full attention to everything that is happening around and try not to give up a chip away be making mistakes," Akkari is aware.

So far, Akkari's greatest moment at a poker table came back at the 2011 World Series of Poker. He captured a bracelet in a $1,500 NL Hold'em Event, taking $675,117 along with the gold. Akkari's previous closest shot at a PokerStars Main Event final table was 23rd place at the star-studded EPT11 Grand Final.

Akkari's Main Event run:

Day 2123,30056 / 865
Day 3202,500100 / 287
Day 4566,00032 / 70
Day 56,160,0001 / 16
Day 68,150,0003 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Andre Akkari
PokerStars Team Pro
Day 4 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner

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Seat 5: Lachezar Plamenov Petkov, 26, Varna/Bulgaria - 10,325,000

Lachezar Petkov
Lachezar Petkov

26-year-old Bulgarian player Lachezar Plamenov Petkov soared into the chip lead during Day 5 after scoring a huge double through Tsugunari Toma. Petkov's queens held against Toma's tens and pushed him over 8 million in chips.

Petkov has accrued just over $220,000 in live tournaments until he arrived at PokerStars Championship Barcelona. His biggest payday came in the $10k High Roller at Merit Poker Gangsters & Chicago Poker Cup in Cyprus. Petkov qualified to the tournament for just $630 and made it to the final table along with fellow PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event finalist Albert Daher. While Daher left in eighth place, Petkov emerged victorious for a handsome $168,755.

That large bankroll booster convinced Petkov to turn pro. He plays mainly heads-up sit-n-gos and $100 Spin & Gos online. Petkov, however, still enjoys travelling around the world and playing in live tournaments. This will be his second cash in a PokerStars Championship Main Event. He picked up HK$79,300 for a 62nd place finish in Macau. His résumé also features several small cashes from Las Vegas.

Petkov's Main Event run:

Day 270,600267 / 865
Day 3128,500171 / 287
Day 4525,00035 / 70
Day 53,630,0006 / 16
Day 610,325,0002 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Lachezar Plamenov Petkov

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Seat 4: Raffaele "1mDonuts" Sorrentino, 37, Catanzaro/Italy, lives in Malta, PokerStars player - 15,500,000

Raffaele Sorrentino
Raffaele Sorrentino

Raffaele Sorrentino has become the first two-time PokerStars Championship Main Event finalist. More importantly, the 37-year-old from Italy might as well become the first two-time champion. After conquering the Main Event in Monte Carlo for €466,714, Sorrentino is now desperate to claim another title. He called for it at the end of Day 3: "How will I finish this tournament? I will win again!" he said.

Sorrentino hails from Calabria but resides in Malta so that he could continue crushing the international online tournament fields as "1mDonuts" at PokerStars. The nickname is familiar to many MTT grinders in the virtual realm. Sorrentino has both second and third from a Sunday 500 to his name as well as a final table appearance in a Sunday Million. During his trip to EPT13 Prague, Sorrentino pocketed the biggest cash in his online career. He busted an EPT side event and decided to play an online session in his room. He ended up winning the Thursday Thrill for $106,166.

Sorrentino's victory in Monte Carlo doubled his lifetime live tournament earnings but the Italian wasn't quiet during summer either. Last month, he won the $1,600 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty at Deepstack Extravaganza III in Las Vegas, taking $84,588. So far, Sorrentino has amassed over $1 million in live cashes and he's now guaranteed to pick up his third six-figure reward and has a decent shot at scooping his first seven-figure cash. He will move to the Italian top 20 on the all-time money list after adding his Main Event prize.

Sorrentino's Main Event run:

Day 285,800161 / 865
Day 3300,00044 / 287
Day 4955,00019 / 70
Day 53,000,0009 / 16
Day 615,500,0001 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Raffaele Sorrentino
Day 5 Chip Leader

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Seat 3: Brian Kaufman Esposito, 27, Montevideo/Uruguay, PokerStars - 6,475,000

Brian Kaufman
Brian Kaufman

Uruguay's Brian Kaufman gave up his economy studies a year and a half ago to pursue his professional poker career. While he revealed the decision didn't come easy, Kaufman's drive towards poker is paying off. The 27-year-old from Montevideo is exclusively a tournament player.

He hadn't been seen much on the live felt but qualified for PokerStars Championship Main Event online at PokerStars. Kaufman made sure his name would be remembered after his first trip to the Catalonian capital. He made it to the final table in the largest live tournament in PokerStars history, finishing eighth in a 4,557-entry field in the PokerStars National Championship.

Kaufman is now marching to the Main Event final table, riding a wave of success. He's already guaranteed a bigger reward than the €66,370 from the National Championship. But Kaufman needs a top five finish to score his overall personal best result. He's notched two six-figure prizes including one exceeding $300,000.

Outside of poker, Kaufman's main hobby is music. He plays guitar at home. Kaufman is also a football fan, a proud supporter of his hometown team National Montevideo.

Kaufman's Main Event run:

Day 262,800317 / 865
Day 3267,00053 / 287
Day 41,465,0008 / 70
Day 55,480,0002 / 16
Day 66,475,0004 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Brian Kaufman Esposito

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Seat 2: Sebastian Sorensson, 27, Lund/Sweden, PokerStars qualifier - 6,125,000

Sebastian Sorensson
Sebastian Sorensson

Sweden has been constantly recruiting well-known poker superstars who thrive on both live and online scene. But only a little was known about Sebastian Sorensson before he arrived for the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event.

The 27-year-old from Lund, a town near Malmö, became the latest Swedish export to the PokerStars TV final table broadcast. After his last week's debut on the live felt at a tournament back home, Sorensson is now playing his second-ever live tournament.
"This is a completely different experience," Sorensson said. "You have to be focused for many days and a lot of hours. It costs a lot of energy," he learned from his long stretch in the Main Event.

Sorensson calls himself a semi-professional player for the last year. His other source of income comes from his a job in a warehouse. Sorensson likes producing music but there's not much time left for his passion these days with his poker. Sorensson is a huge Mixed Martial Arts and Conor McGregor fan.

Sorensson's Main Event run:

Day 253,100407 / 865
Day 3150,000151 / 287
Day 4269,00058 / 70
Day 52,555,00011 / 16
Day 66,125,0005 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Sebastian Sorensson

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Seat 1: Usman Siddique, 25, Walsall/UK, PokerStars qualifier - 3,875,000

Usman Siddique
Usman Siddique

British poker player Usman Siddique first came to attention back in April 2016 when he conquered the UKIPT6 London Main Event for £84,100 at the age of 23. Back then, Siddique considered his mixed games abilities as his biggest advantage: "In mixed games, you have to adjust to each individual game. This helps in MTTs where the dynamics are constantly changing," he said.

Siddique, who was born in Walsall but resides in London, is now a familiar face on the European poker circuit. He set his new personal best result this April, finishing third in the partypoker Millions Nottingham Main Event for £105,000. Siddique has already bested that prize by making the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event final table.

Siddique has been in a fine form here at PokerStars Championship Barcleona. He made it to the last three tables in the PokerStars National Championship, finishing 24th in a giant, record-breaking field of 4,557 entries for a €17,510. Then he entered the Main Event, kicking off strong on Day 1b. He doubled with aces against kings and then bagged the fifth biggest stack before the start of Day 2; he was the highest ranked player among all finalists.

Accomplished live, Siddique is prolific online as well. His accolades include a PokerStars Sunday Million final table and a Spring Championship of Online Poker title.

Siddique's Main Event run:

Day 2191,0005 / 865
Day 3172,500128 / 287
Day 41,296,00011 / 70
Day 54,650,0003 / 16
Day 63,875,0006 / 6
Joueur Jetons Progression
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Usman Siddique

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Who Will Win The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event?

Can Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari Win The Main Event?
Can Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari Win The Main Event?

It took five long days for 1,682 players to get down to the final six of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event. The tournament has been a gigantic success for each of them, having already secured a share of at least €252,000 each of the incredible €8,175,000 prize pool. At the end of the night, the trophy and a life-altering cash of €1,410,000 is awaiting the victor.

Perhaps the biggest story of them all is being written by current chipleader Raffaello Sorrentino (15,500,000). It took nearly100 EPT's for a two-time winner to emerge, yet Sorrentino could become a PokerStars champion for the second time in six editions. Sorrentino cashed €466,714 for winning the PokerStars Championship Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino and needs to finish third or better to surpass that cash. Making the final table again is an improbable feat on its own, winning his second PokerStars Championship title would cement an incredible legacy.

Second in chips is Lachezar Plamenov Petkov from Bulgaria (10,325,000). The heads-up Spin & Go player on PokerStars has already racked up his biggest lifetime cash and is in prime position to call himself a millionaire after the night is over.

The biggest name at the final table sits in third: Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. Cheered on by a boisterous Brazilian rail, Akkari clung to the short stack for most of Day 5 before surging late last night. With over $3,4 million in lifetime cashes and experience playing in the limelight, all eyes will be on the red spade pro as the final table unfolds.

Brian Kaufman Esposito, Sebastian Sorensson and Usman Siddique round out the final six players that will take their seats at noon local time to start the sixth and final day. All their respective profiles, as well as those of the other three, can be found underneath this introduction.

The broadcast will start at 1 p.m. with holecards showing, and will be on a security delay of an hour. The live reporting blog will be following along with the stream as to not spoil any of the action. The action will resume at 12 p.m. local time with 23 minutes left at blinds of 100,000/200,000 with a running ante of 25,000 and continue until the last man is standing. The PokerNews live reporting team will be providing start-to-finish hand-for-hand coverage until the winner is crowned, so don't miss any of the action on this exciting last day of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona!

Hands #1-3: Sorensson Flops an Overpair

Hand #1: Lachezar Petkov opened to 425,000 with {j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} in the cutoff. Sebastian Sorensson defended big blind with {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}. The flop came {k-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{q-Clubs}, giving Sorensson a pair. Both players checked, bringing a {2-Diamonds}. Sorensson bet 725,000 and took it down.

Hand #2: Raffaele Sorrentino opened under the gun to 425,000 with {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Andre Akkari was dealt {a-Spades}{k-Diamonds} and flatted in the cutoff. Sorensson came along with {a-Hearts}{2-Hearts} in the small blind.

They went three ways to {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Sorensson thought things over and checked. Sorrentino bet 525,000. Akkari called. Sorrensson mucked his top pair. The turn was a {2-Diamonds} and Sorrentino checked. Akkari bet 975,000 and Sorrentino gave it up.

Hand #3: Sorensson raised with {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} on the button to 475,000. Sorrentino defended his big blind with {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}. The flop came {2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}. Sorrentino check-called 750,000. The turn was an {8-Spades}. Sorrentino checked again. Sorensson fired another barrel for 1,325,000.

Sorrentino gave it up.

Joueur Jetons Progression
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Andre Akkari
9,800,000 1,650,000
PokerStars Team Pro
Day 4 Chip Leader
WSOP 1X Winner
Sebastian Sorensson se
Sebastian Sorensson
7,750,000 1,625,000

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