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This weeks PokerStars National Championship Barcelona has been quite the story in itself, but the story of winner, Argentinian Pedro Cairat is even more amazing.

The €1,100 single re-entry tournament attracted an incredible 4,557 entries and attracted some top talent, including HighstakesDB favourite Viktor “Isildur1” Blom former WSOP Main Event champ Martin JacobsonLiv BoereeJC Alvarado, Benny Glaser, and 2016 November Niner Kenny Hallaert. However, it was an unknown Argentinian in his first ever live tournament who managed to negotiate a week of ups and downs to eventually claim the title and a huge first tourney payday of €432,178 ($510k) after a three-way deal.

Cairat, who was understandably hugely emotional after his stunning and unexpected victory told after his victory that “This was the most stressful time of my life!” and that “I had the luck of a champion, and also good timing.”  When asked what he intended to do with his new-found wealth, however, Cairat simply said in between sobs of happiness, “It’s too difficult to think now.”

Above: An emotional Pedro Cairat after his remarkable victory at the PokerStars National Championship Barcelona

Cairat certainly wasn’t exaggerating when he said he had the “luck of a champion” as amazingly on day 1 of the tournament he was down to just a single big blinds before mounting a remarkable comeback.

Despite his comeback from his day 1 (very) short stack Cairat was once again in trouble as he found himself down to just 3 big blinds as the money bubble loomed. Once again he survived and went on to make the final table. Even then Cairat was the one with all the work to do as he entered the final day as the short-stack at the eight-man final table.

The Argentinian managed to negotiate the first stages of the final table whilst steadily accumulating chips and climbing the pay ladder as he saw Brian Kaufman (8th, €66,370), Dylan Kehoe (7th, €93,000) and Angel Blanco (6th, €127,000) all eliminated within the first hour of play.

From this point it was all about Cairat as he went on to ousted Agnius Ismailovas in 5th place in what must have been an agonising beat for Ismailovas as his pocket Aces were busted by Cairat’s {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} after the board came down {K-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Spades}{K-Spades}{5-Clubs} giving Cairat an Ace-high flush. Ismailovas earned €208,000 for his 5th place finish.

Above: Agnius Ismailovas was Cairat’s first victim at the final table who lost with AA vs AQ

Cairat then handed down another bad beat to eliminate Greece’s Nikolaos Lampropoulos when Cairat’s {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} beat Lampropoulos’s {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} when the {9-Spades} appeared on the river. A devastated Lampropoulos left in 4th, good for €258,000.

By this time Cairat had taken the lead and managed to negotiate at least a €402,178 payday after a three-way deal with Marius Gicovanu and Bart Lybaert. Cairat wanted the trophy, however, and after 40 minutes of 3-handed play he sent Lybaert to the rail after flopping a set of 2’s to Lybaert’s flopped top pair. Lybaert earned €368,470 for finishing 3rd.

Cairat started heads-up play with a huge lead of 115m to Gicovanu’s 19.5m, and despite an early double-up for the Romanian it was soon all over as Gicovanu made a stand with {A-Hearts}{10-Spades} only for Cairat to call with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}. A board of blanks followed and Gicovanu was out in 2nd for €372,349 and Pedro Cairat was crowned PokerStars National Champion Barcelona, winning €432,178 for his €1,100 outlay. Not a bad week’s work!

Final Table Results – PokerStars National Championship Barcelona

Position Player Country Prize
1 Pedro Cairat Argentina €432,178*
2 Marius Gicovanu Romania €372,349*
3 Bart Lybaert Belgium €368,470*
4 Nikolaos Lampropoulos Greece €208,000
5 Agnius Ismailovas Lithuania €165,000
6 Angel Blanco Spain €127,000
7 Dylan Kehoe Ireland €93,000
8 Brian Kaufman Uruguay €66,370

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