Carter Phillips Takes Down European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona
It’s been a good summer for the British pros on the circuit, and it nearly came to a very satisfactory end in Spain as Birmingham’s Marc Goodwin came tantalisingly close to winning the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Barcelona Open.
In the end, however, it was highly-regarded American player Carter Phillips who took down the €8,000 buy-in event, overcoming Goodwin’s long-held chip lead to finally dominate the final table. Local player Santiago Terrazas was cheered on by a highly-partisan home crowd which made for some fireworks late on, but the Spaniard eventually departed in 3rd for a €300,000 payday. In another show of Brit strength, up-and-coming youngster Asa Smith from Ledbury finished in 5th for a healthy €200,000.
Come the heads-up battle, Carter held a 170,000 lead over Goodwin, and in the end matters were decided with Goodwin moving all-in on a gutshot straight draw. It wasn’t to be, Carter took the pot down and the title, and the visibly emotional young American, who has 4 EPT cashes this year already, heads to London in good form.
The tour moves on to the Hilton Metropole in London from 1st-7th October as the best players in the world descend on the capital, first for the WSOPE and then the EPT.
FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
1st Carter Phillips — €850,000
2nd Marc Goodwin — €530,000
3rd Santiago Terrazas — €300,000
4th Mihai Manole — €250,000
5th Asa Smith — €200,000
6th Toni Ojala — €160,000
7th Matt Lapossie — €120,000
8th Georgios Kapalas — €80,000