It was a dominant performance from Abel Gongora who topped the final table en route to capturing the title at the €1,100 20th anniversary edition of 888poker Live Madrid. In no time, Gongora managed to score the knockout of the last five eliminations, including his face-to-face match with Bernard Carreras. Gongora beat a field of 374 entries to collect the lion’s share of the almost €350,000 prize.
Gongora entered the final table as the chip leader and with a bit of deck luck, he master-classed his competition. The Spaniard will pocket it €70,000 for his efforts, by far the biggest tournament win of his career. It ended when Gongora flopped the straight and faced Carreras’ check-raises on both the flop and the turn. With all the chips in the middle on the turn, Gongora swept his opponent’s flush draw to win the title.
Final table payouts
PlacePlayCountryPrize (EUR) 1ABEL GONGORASPAIN €70,000 2BERNAT CARRERASSPAIN €50,000 3PAULO COSTROPORGAL €36,000 4antonio dascenzoitaly €28,000 5miguel moraspain €22,000 6Jose Puentespain
Action of the final day
There were 39 players who returned to their seats for the third and final day of the tournament, all of whom had closed at least a minimum of 2,100 euros. The chip leader at the start of the day Sebastian Moreno He started the day strong by eliminating several players before the first break and increasing his lead over the field. Ian Simpson he was the only member of Team 888poker still in the field and put in a valiant effort, but fell short and exited in 26th place.
The short stacks continued to drop at a rapid pace and were down to just 21 players at the first break of the day. Coming to his senses, Gongora began to move towards the top of the leaderboard. Once they reached the final table, Gongora consolidated a good lead over the rest of the competition. The deck seemed to turn around for Moreno, who went cold at first with ace-king against pocket kings of Paulo Castelo.
The short stacks of Welcome Sanchez i Palm Iron were next to hit the rail, pocketing a six-figure payday for their efforts today. That’s when Gongora, who was waiting patiently, started to make his move with the help of the deck hitting him right in the face. With a very healthy chip lead, Gongora started to apply ICM pressure to the short stacks and started hitting some cards as well.
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Comparison against Jose PuenteAce-high reduced the field to five players and then Gongora woke up with the best of two pocket pairs when he fought back. Miguel Mora in the blinds Moments later, Gongora finished Antonio Dascenzo which came down to just one big blind flopping a straight.
Despite a small hiccup with three players remaining where Gongora doubled up both of his opponents at one point, he got back on the train when he left another straight against Castelo’s first pair. This set up the head-to-head match where Gongora had over 90% of the chips in play. There were a couple of early all-ins that led to cut pots and then Carreras hit first with a double. However, just three hands later, Gongora put a wrap on the event with his third straight flop in less than two hours.
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