Marti Roca De Torres Wins 2017 WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event

Marti Roca De Torres, a Spanish player with a handful of live tournament cashes, won last night the WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event for his first gold bracelet and the amount of €1,115,207. The player outlasted a field of 529 entries, including some of the world’s top poker pros, to now reign as the new WSOP Europe champion.

It is interesting to note that Torres had secured a seat into the prestigious tournament, which had its first edition in two years, by winning an online satellite. The player started playing poker several years ago. He quit his job as a teacher to dedicate his time to his favorite game. And his efforts paid him well last night at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic.

The final day of the WSOP Europe Main Event was played on Friday at the host venue. Action resumed with the final six players. Torres entered the tournament’s closing day second in chips with 7.26 million and trailing only six big blinds behind start-of-the-day chip leader Maria Ho.

Describing his final day of play, the WSOP Europe Main Event champion said that it was an exciting ride. He had his ups and downs over the course of action. But despite all the obstacles, Torres was well focused on building a solid chip stack. At some point, he began winning one hand after another, gradually pulling ahead of most of his opponents.

In his post-victory interview, the player said that there were times throughout the game when he really thought he would win and that there were also times when he thought that he would not be able to reach the end of the tournament. Yet, accumulating more and more chips gave him the confidence to carry on and eventually take down the event.

Heads-Up Action

Given the scale of the tournament, no one could have expected a short head-up match. And the two remaining opponents delivered what could be described as splendid performance and an action-packed duel.

Torres faced Italian poker pro Gianluca Speranza. The two-handed match began on Hand #195 of final table action and it took several hours and 75 hands before the name of the champion became clear.

Torres entered the match at huge disadvantage. He had 6.5 million in chips to his Italian opponent’s 19.95 million. It could have all ended on the very first hand of the heads-up match as the Spaniard shoved all in, putting himself at great risk. However, Speranza folded and his decision marked the beginning of an exciting duel.

The Italian player owned the felt during the first stage of heads-up play. He extended his lead to over 21 million in chips, while Torres came dangerously close to elimination on several occasions. The Spaniard’s show began with the start of Level 34. An all-in confrontation allowed him to improve his position significantly and to begin his march to victory. He emerged as the chip leader shortly after that dangerous situation and retained his advantage for a dozen of hands.

However, Speranza was not ready to give up on the title that easily and bluffed his way to the chip lead once again. Here it is also interesting to note that it was Torres who jumped more easily into all in situations, while his Italian opponent was more reserved in that regard.

Although Torres played dangerously, his approach to the game eventually won him the title. On Hand #269 of play, the two players were almost even in chips, but Speranza was the one to hold the bigger stack. Torres moved all in for his 12.725 million and the Italian called. The board ran out in Torres’ favor, leaving his opponent with around two big blinds.

On the very next hand Speranza moved all in with [10s][8d] and Torres called with [Qh][5d]. The [Ks][5h][4h][Ad][3s] appeared on the board to mark the end of an action-packed heads-up duel and to seal the title for Torres. Speranza left in second place, good for €689,246.

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