Sam Grafton Takes Down PokerStars Festival Bucharest for €117k

Sam Grafton is €117,707 richer after taking down the latest PokerStars Festival Main Event in Bucharest.

The English pro got past 3,300 entries to claim the top prize. The event awarded over €1.3m in prize money making it the biggest tournament ever held in Romania.

With the win Grafton, who is sometimes known by his online name TheSquid, moved his all-time live tournament earnings to just under $1m and now sits at $910,000.

Grafton entered heads-up play against Turkish poker player Anil Olgun Ozdemir at a severe 3-1 chip disadvantage but managed to battle back and eventually claim the title.

France’s Patrick Bueno Busts in Fifth

Grafton, who worked as one of the commentators for the GPL several years ago, was arguably the most well known player at the final table but French pro Patrick Bueno also made an appearance.

Patrick Bueno

Patrick Bueno

Bueno ended up falling in fifth place when he lost a race with pocket tens to an opponents ace-king. Bueno earned €34,400 for his efforts in the contest.

Grafton is primarily an online player but has been putting more work into live tournaments over the last few years and told organizers the live victory was a treat.

“I feel really proud. I’ve been playing PokerStars events for a long time and it feels like a completion of something I’ve been trying to do for six years since I played UKIPT Coventry,” he said.

The majority of players at PokerStars Festival Bucharest were locals but there were also a large contingent of players from France, Bulgaria and the Ukraine.

The festival also played host to a €2,200 high roller that drew the likes of Chris Moneymaker, Andreas Klatt, Vladimir Shabalin and Alexandru Papazian, the first Romanian to win a WSOP bracelet.

In the end it was Isreal’s Or Patreanu who took down the high roller for a haul of €55,500.

Barcelona Looming for PokerStars Live Events

With PokerStars Festival Bucharest out of the way there is a major PokerStars event looming on the horizon.

The first-ever PokerStars Championship Barcelona will take place Aug. 15-27 at the Casino Barcelona.

The €5,300 buy-in Main Event will carry a massive €7m guaranteed prize pool and electric music star Zedd will provide some beats for the exclusive players’ party.

Satellites are still running for PokerStars Championship Barcelona and you can hit up our PokerStars review to snag an account and get in on the action.