A magnificent epilogue to the EPT Barcelona Main Event.
The most important tournament of the European Poker Tour, which stopped in the Catalan capital, ended with the victory of Simon Wiciak after a shout of heroism.
With his low pair, the Frenchman went all-in on his opponent and secured a victory that gave the impression of undisputed dominance, considering that Wiciak was the tournament’s chip leader for three consecutive days.
The winner told PokerNews how he felt about the deciding hand.
In the neck-and-neck race for victory, the Brazilian Sydenstricker has 28.78 million chips against Wiciak’s 32.9 million chips. After the opponent opens with QT at 1.1M the French pin 65 from the big blind and decides to 3-bet to 4M and receives the call in his opponent’s position.
Flop 952Wiciak bet 3M, Sydenstricker calls.
Turn 4 and after the check by the French Sydenstricker, he bet 3.5 million after receiving the opponent’s call.
On the river 9 Wiciak checks again and Sydenstricker moves all in with 19,375M.
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In the end, Wiciak calls with his pocket fives and triumphs!
As Wiciak thought
In the video interview, Wiciak explained that his heroic reputation was the result of various types of information.
“At first I asked him what the stack was and he didn’t want to tell me, but if you have aces or a very strong hand, they’re usually happy to tell me what your stack is. At Tribet, I thought it was important to have some with suitable connections within reach, and when he didn’t want to call, the second piece of information came for me. When I found the second pair, I thought I shouldn’t place any blocking bets or value bets. My hand is easy to call because the opponent has aces with a small kicker that he wants to bluff, like A6-A7. Additionally, he could float on the flop with KJ’s KQs, which are good hands because they have overcards and backdoor straight and flush draws.”
But the Frenchman admitted that he also took advantage of a size tell from his opponent:
“I had been sitting at the table with him for three days and he usually made big bets when he had the point and small bets when he didn’t. After betting a third pot on the turn, I wondered if it made sense to go all-in on the river. I figured that if he wanted to be called, he would bet a small amount again to get the most value possible. Then, when he got the point, he was usually relaxed, but at that moment he didn’t move, he was stiff… With all these considerations, I decided to call.