WPT Spanish Championship

Dates

Season Six – 12 – 16 October 2007

Buy-in

€7 800

Prize Pool

€1 695 000

Entrants

226

Venue

The chic Casino de Barcelona is situated in one of the most attractive areas of the cosmopolitan capital city of Catalonia, the Port Olimpic – the port area is synonymous with Barcelona’s famed nightlife and includes a variety of clubs, restaurants and bars. The casino offers all the usual table games including both French and American Roulette, Black Jack, Point-Blank and Mini-Point-Blank as well as a range of slots. The casino epitomises the elegance of its Spanish and international clientele and the gaming room is open for business until 5am each day.

Getting there

Barcelona International Airport, also known as ‘El Prat’, is a major transport hub and accommodates services from all over the globe on a regular basis.

Contact Details

Gran Casino de Barcelona, Calla Marina 19 – 21, 08005 Barcelona

Telephone – +34 932 257 878

Results

It was the first time the WPT had travelled to the Spanish city of Barcelona, and although the eventual turn-out was not as good as anticipated, several of the top ranked North American players did make the Atlantic crossing to contest the €1 695 000 prize pool.

The Final Table was very much an international affair with players from France, Denmark, Austria, Russia, Sweden and USA taking part in the critical show down. The chip counts were as follows: Poleschuk – 176 000, Johansson – 855 000, Sung – 670 000, Hansen – 902 000, Lacay – 400 000 and Lehman – 329 000. The eventual champion started at the Final Table with caution – he preferred to sit back and watch the rounds go by, initiating very little action of his own, until he knocked out Sweden’s Christer Johansson into third place.

At heads up time the two remaining combatants, Lehmann and Frenchman, Lacay, were evenly matched, but it didn’t take the Austrian very long to stamp his authority onto the dying moments of the encounter. He won several big pots and then went on to close his hapless opponent down when he flopped top pair to beat Lacay’s second pair, claiming the €537 000first prize. Lacay walked away with €295 200 for his efforts.

Lehmann’s Poker Wins

  • 2005 – Bregenz Open – $1 960
  • 2007 – Bodensee Poker Championship – $51 641
  • 2007 – WPT Spanish Championship – $789 592
  • 2008 – CAPT Bregenz Open – $142 188

Final Table

  1. Markus Lehmann
  2. Ludovic Lacay
  3. Christer Johansson
  4. Steve Sung
  5. Gus Hansen
  6. Vladimir Poleschuk