Igor Kurganov Wins PSC Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller For €1,084,100

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Igor Kurganov Wins PSC Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller For €1,084,100
22 Aug

It was one of the biggest and best fields ever assembled in the Super High Roller world, and it was Igor Kurganov who emerged victorious yesterday – taking down the PokerStars Barcelona €50K title and just over €1million, launching him to 23rd spot in the all-time tournament money-winners list.

The 86 entries saw a host of the game’s most famous names pony up the huge buy-in, including Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Colman, Isaac Haxton and Bryn Kenney, but it was Russian Kurganov who dominated the final table.

“It was relatively simple today,” said Kurganov after his huge win. “I won the first three, four hands in a row and immediately became the chip leader… I think I was leading all the way except for about 20 minutes.”

Kurganov, pictured in his winning tweet with long-time partner and fellow pro Liv Boeree, has now passed the $14million mark in lifetime cashes and this was his 4th 7-figure payday, and remarkably his first tournament victory in Europe.

“It’s incredible! I’m so happy!” said Kurganov, well-known for his charity and philanthropic work through ‘Raising for Effective Giving’. He was less than charitable to his fellow players at the final table however, taking out 6 of them himself on his way to the title.

Negreanu, Choi, Kruk, Fast and Aldemir all fell to the rampant Russian, and then he found himself heads-up with the lesser-known Polish player Bartlomiej Machon. A deal was discussed and put in place, guaranteeing Kurganov a million euro payday, and when they resumed it was a short and sweet end to the match-up with Kurganov's Q♣Q♦ toppling the Pole’s Q♥J♥.

Machon’s €864,694 continues a remarkable run for the young Pole, with 14 cashes and over $1.5million since his first recorded live cash at last year’s WSOP.

The Barcelona stop on the PokerStars Championship tour has been overshadowed by the horrific and deadly terrorist attacks in the city this past week, but despite the proximity of the casino to the city centre tourist area it seems that none of the poker players in Barcelona were caught up in the tragic events.


1Igor Kurganov
2Bartlomiej Machon
3Koray Aldemir
4Dietrich Fast
5Ivan Luca
6Christopher Kruk
7Bryn Kenney
United States
8Stanley Choi
9Daniel Negreanu
10Daniel Colman
United States

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