Ami Barer Hits a Big Payday in Barcelona

By Ben Hamill - September 08 2015

Ami Barer Hits a Big Payday in Barcelona

Mustapha Kanit of Italy has won the 2015 European Poker Tour Barcelona €10,300 High Roller along with the €738,759 first prize. Canadian Ami Barer of Vancouver made the final table and finished in sixth place for a very nice payday of €206,500.

Day One Belonged to Ping San Chan

The tournament started with 401 players who paid the €10,300 buy-in and received 50,000 in tournament chips to start. The top 71 finishers were guaranteed prizes. The first day of the tournament ended with Ping San Chan of Toronto in first place with 367,500 chips. Unfortunately, Ping San Chan faded on Day Two and was eliminated out of the money, but still, it was a spectacular first day for Ping.

The second day of the tournament featured a full eleven hours of poker. By the end of the day, 30 players remained. Aliaksei Boika of Belarus was in first place with 1,985,000 chips, followed by Matias Jansson of Sweden and Adrian Mateos of Spain. Ami Barer of Vancouver was in fourth place with 1,354,000 chips. Other Canadians who survived Day Two included Mike McDonald of Waterloo, Ontario, in thirteenth place; Christopher Lockhart, a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, in twenty-fourth; and Jiachen Gong of Pointe-Claire, a suburb of Montreal, in twenty-sixth.

Day Three started at 12:30 in the afternoon at Level 22, with blinds of 12,000/24,000 for the thirty players remaining. Jiachen Gong was eliminated early in the day, taking 28th place and €28,500 when his pair of tens fell to Paul Tedeschi's pair of jacks. Christopher Lockhart busted a few hours later, with four hearts (in other words, nothing) against Aliaksei Boika's pair of sevens, and took 20th place and €42,200. It was getting into the evening when Mike McDonald went all in with Queen-King against Nick Petrangelo's Ace-King. McDonald was eliminated in 12th place with €60,900.

The Final Table

After the eleventh and tenth place finishers were eliminated, the final table was formed. Nick Petrangelo of the United States was the chip leader with 4.4 million, followed by Aliaksei Boika at 4.2 million, Kuljinder Sidhu and Mustapha Kanit tied at 3.5 million, and Ami Barer in fifth place with 3.1 million chips.

It was around 9 in the evening, the players were into Level 28 with blinds of 50,000/100,000, when Barer went all in with a pair of tens, Boika went all in with a pair of queens, and chip leader Petrangelo held a pair of aces. Another ace on the flop clinched it for Petrangelo, as Barer went out in sixth place for €206,500 and Boika in fifth for €265,600.

As high-stakes high-level play continued, Mustapha Kanit accumulated enough chips to move into the lead and Kuljinder Sidhu moved up to second place, as former chip leader Nick Petrangelo maintained the third position and Niklas Astedt remained in fourth. After Astedt was eliminated, with a €336,700 prize, the three remaining players decided to end the tournament and divide up the prize money. Kanit took first place and €738,759, Sidhu took second place and €640,000, Petrangelo took third place and €592,840, and everybody was happy.

A Great Victory for Mustapha Kanit

For Mustapha Kanit from Alessandria in northern Italy, 2015 has been a year of success piled on success. Just a few months ago, he won a €936,500 first-place prize in Monte Carlo, and now he has won a €738,759 first-place prize in Barcelona. And at just 24 years of age, it is clear that Mustapha will be a major presence in the world poker arena for many years to come.

And a Great Tournament for Ami Barer

For Ami Barer, a sixth-place finish and a prize of €206,500 (CA$ 306,365) help cement his place as one of the top Canadian poker players today. Like Mustapha Kanit, Ami Barer is 24 years old and has already seen some great poker success. In 2014 he won first prize of $1.6 million Australian dollars (CA$ 1,558,291) at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship, and at last year's EPT Barcelona No Limit Hold'em event he won fourth place and €276,900 (CA$ 400,883). It seems clear that Ami Barer is destined to be a major force in Canadian poker for many years to come.