Season 10 of the European Poker Tour kicked off in Barcelona with big wins for Thomas ‘hitthehole’ Middleton, Vitaly Lunkin and Thomas Muhlocker, with oh-so-close finishes for the all-time-money list combatants Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel.
Middleton won the EPT Main Event for €942,000 after carrying the end of day chip lead for several days. Some fascinating deal discussions looked like they could have railroaded proceedings but Middleton eventually beat Kimmo Kurko heads-up for the title, the second season on the bounce that a Finn sporting a sparkly hat took that position following Ilari Sahamies in Season 9.
The festivities had kicked off with Vitaly Lunkin beating Erik Seidel in the €50,000 Super High Roller for €771,300. Seidel’s score was enough to leapfrog him above Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth on the all-time money list, but that didn’t last long. Negreanu clambered back over Seidel a week later with a runner-up finish in the €10,000 High Roller. Thomas Muhlocker won that one for €390,000, which you can read about by clicking here.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.