ESPT Ibiza, September 21 - 25, 2011 - Event Coverage
On this page you will find Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table from the event.
Full reports from ESPT Ibiza are on the PokerStars blog.
A total of 426 bought into Estrellas Ibiza creating a total prizepool of €372,154. A min cash will net players €1,490 and the einner will take home a juicy €92,100.
1st. Grzegorz Gosk, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, €92,100
2nd. Alvaro Santamaria, Spain, €58,600
3rd. Carlos Simon Martinez, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €32,500
4th. Jeff Zsolt Soros, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €25,500
5th. Manuel Martinez, Spain, €19,550
6th. Raul Paez, Spain, €15,800
7th. Javier Tazon, Spain, PokerStars player, €12,650
8th. Alvaro Marino Nadal, Spain, TBL winner ESPT 1, €10,050
9th. Juan Manuel Pastor, Spain, Team PokerStars Pro, €7,450
10th. David Miguel Canvajal, Spain, €4,850
11th. Emilio Dominguez, Spain, €4,850
12th. Zoltan Szabo, Hungary, €4,850
13th. Juan Carlos Sanchez, Spain, €4,100
14th. Anna Sanchez, Spain, €4,100
15th. Julien Bottollier Depois, France, PokerStars qualifier, €4,100
16th. Neil Raine, United Kingdom, PokerStars qualifier, €3,350
17th. Salvador Torres Alamin, Spain, €3,350
18th. Dimitry Pavlenin, Russian Federation, €3,350
19th. Adrian Cardona, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €2,790
20th. Manuel Jimenez Cecilia, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €2,790
21st. Bastian Frederic Fischer, Germany, €2,790
22nd. Lorezo Sabato Italy €2,420
23rd. Jan Carlo Mussi Italy €2,420
24th. Joao Silva, Portugal, €2,420
25th. Jose Manuel Domingo, Spain, €2,053
26th. Alvaro Aspas, Spain, €2,053
27th. Victor Manuel Suengas Pomba, Spain, €2,053
28th. Sulyok Péter, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
29th. Iban Rodriguez Gonzalez, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
30th. Dimitrios Mertzanis, Greece, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
31st. Mossin El Yakoubi, Netherlands, €1,860
32nd. Jose Javier Patiño González, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
33rd. Robert Jarczynski, Poland, €1,860
34th. Roman Igorevich Dolgorukov, Russian Federation, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
35th. Alberto Blasi Llado, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €1,860
36th. Johan Lendenius, Sweden, €1,860
37th. Marcin Cichocki, Poland, PokerStars qualifier, €1,675
38th. Patrick Valenta, Germany, PokerStars player, €1,675
39th. Luis Ortega Pineda, Spain , €1,675
40th. Dmitry Rumyantsen, Russian Federation, €1,675
41st. Eric Palleja Ortiz, Spain, €1,675
42nd. Viktor Celikovsky, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, €1,675
43rd. Jose Maria Solis Marcos, Spain, €1,675
44th. Eric Palleja Ortiz, Spain, €1,675
45th. Sergi Mateo Larraz, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, €1,675
46th. Muca Ruschan, France, €1,490
47th. Carlos Calahorra Fernandez, Spain, PokerStars player, €,1,490
48th. Alejo Briones Sigales, Spain, €1,490
49th. Miguel Angel Lopez Diaz, Spain, PokerStars qualifier €1,490
50th. Barend Simon De Jong, Netherlands, PokerStars qualifier, €1,490
Jeff Zsolt Soros, 43, Palma de Mallorca, PokerStars qualifier - 1,710,000 chips
Jeff was born in Hungary but moved to Mallorca in 1997. For many years he ran real estate and construction businesses and is also a stock market analyst. He turned to poker full-time a year ago and has played a ton of events since then, leaving the businesses in the care of his wife Agnes. He said: "I have played lots of live events since turning pro - 29 tourneys actually. It's practically burned my bank-roll (!) but I really wanted to come to Ibiza so I bought in direct. He said: "Playing poker was actually Plan C for me. Plan B was to import furniture from Thailand but that didn't really work because of the crisis - no one is buying properties, so they're certainly not buying furniture!" Jeff, the current chip leader, has had some pretty good results since turning pro, amassing more than $166,000 in live tournament winnings. His best cash was fourth place in a €3k tournament in Barcelona for €66,000 last December. Just eight days later he went on to win the €1,200 Campeonato Espana De Poker event in Valladolid for €28,125. He also made the money at EPT7 Barcelona and cashed in the WSOP Main Event in 2010 for $36,463. He said: "Winning Estrellas Ibiza would be my best cash ever but there are some really strong players in this final - not only three of the best online players but also Raul Paez who is one of the best live players."
Álvaro Santamaría “Varosky”, 21, Palencia, PokerStars player – 1.533.000 chips
This young IT student, natural from Palencia, started playing poker 2 years ago through a friend and now is a part time poker player. Álvaro prefers playing online because it is easier to earn money. Amongst the different poker styles, he prefers NLHE cash games. He is coach at PokerStrategy.com, the biggest Spanish speaking poker school. He is also the Estrellas Leaderboard winner. Alvaro finished 3rd at ESPT2 Alicante for €26,800, 11th at ESPT2 Madrid, 66th at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid for €20,000 and is the winner of the ESPT2 San Sebastian €200 NLHE side event.
Manuel Martínez, 24, Valencia – 777.000 chips
Manuel, 24 years old, started playing live poker 3 years ago and is now a professional player. He dedicates his time to this sport and he prefers to play online for convenience and because it takes him less time. He does not like playing live because usually the action is slower, but he likes coming to live events for fun and to meet the other players. His favourite game is NLHE and he usually plays cash games. This is the second Estrellas tournament that Manuel plays, his first one was ESPT2 Alicante. This is the second final table for this young player, after winning a weekly $225 tournament in Valencia.
Carlos “carsimmar” Simon, 20, Herce, Rioja, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, 727,000 chips
Student Carlos Simon is playing his first ever live event at Estrellas Ibiza after winning his seat on PokerStars. Carlos took up poker playing with friends a few years ago but quickly graduated to playing online. Around a month ago, he was runner-up - out of a 3,700-strong field - in a $2.20 event for $1,600. Soon after, he had another final table - finishing fourth in a $55 tourney on PokerStars for $3,200.
This gave the 20-year-old mechanical engineering student the confidence to try qualifying for an Estrellas event. He said: "I was thrilled win my trip to Ibiza and I can't believe I am now on the
final table. I'm fourth in chips but today will be very hard. It's a very difficult table." Carlos, who comes from Herce, a tiny village with only 400 inhabitants in the Rioja region, is being supported here
in Ibiza by his friend Ramon. He said: "I've been really lucky. My friends and family are really behind me, including my brother Alberto and girlfriend Claudia."
Grzegorz Gosk, 20, Olsztyn, Poland – 528.000 chips
This 20-year-old IT Student started playing poker online 3 years ago. Although he is not a poker pro, he plays regularly. His favourite game is NLHE and he likes playing both, online and live poker. The most important for his is the balance between both. He likes playing live poker since he can see his opponents, and enjoys the online play since he can play more hands and control de stats while playing. This is the second Estrellas tournament that Gosk is playing after participating at ESPT2 San Sebastian. This is the first time that Grzegorz reaches a final table and he said that it is going to be a tough table. This year he run deep at the European Masters of Poker in Bulgaria. He also won a $3 rebuy tournament at PokerStars, where he won $700 $.
Raul Paez “El Toro”, 34, Barcelona – 442,000 chips
Raul Paez “El Toro”, is from Barcelona, but he is living in London. He started playing live poker 11 years ago and in 2004 began playing online. Now he is a professional poker player and is the second Spanish player with more cashes in live tournaments. His favourite game is PL Omaha, but he also plays mixed games like HORSE and NLHE tournaments. Raul finished 2nd at EPT8 Berlin €1,000 PL Omaha event for €29,600, 3rd in EPT6 Barcelona for €11,900 and he finished twice in the cash at the 2011 WSOP in Vegas.
Javier Tazón “MuckeDBoY”, 28, Santander – 1,533,000 chips
Javier Tazón, better known at the poker tables as “MuckeDBoY”, is originally from Santander and started playing online poker in 2005 with some friends. Tazon has played more than 6 million hands on PokerStars and now is a professional poker player. Javier is a PokerStrategy.com coach and prefers playing online because he can play more hands, multitable (he plays up to 24 tables at the same time) and he does not need to travel. He likes to attend live tournaments for fun and to socialize with the other players. Amongst Javier’s favourite games are NLH 2 $/4 $ and 25 $/50, cash games and NL tournaments up to $5,000.
Javier finished 157th at the 2011 PCA and cashed $17,500, he finished 377th at the 2010 WSOP in Las Vegas for $36,463.
Álvaro Marino Nadal “Drácula”, 32, Madrid, Estrellas TLB winner – 220,000 chips
Alvaro Marino, known as “Dracula” at the poker tables, has been playing poker for the last five years and decided to leave his profession in social services to dedicate his time completely to his passion. “Dracula” usually plays live cash games and he is the Season 1 Estrellas Leaderboard winner. He reached a final table in Vegas. And he also has reached several final tables at the Estrellas circuit: in 2010 he won the ESPT1 Malaga leg, finished in 3rd position at the ESPT2 Alicante €150 NLHE turbo and 6th at the ESPT2 Madrid for €10,100.
ESPT 4 Leaderboard
|1||Jose Alvarez Alvarez||128.5|
|2||Marciano Rodriguez Cortes||89.75|
|4||Adrian Mateos Diaz||83.55|
|6||Adrian Soriano Aleman||80.4|
|7||Anton Soñora Mendez||80|
|8||Jose Javier Patiño Gonzalez||78.9|
|9||Renato Antonio Da Silva Almeida||75.8|