The third and final day of the €3,000 Mystery Bounty Championship at the 2022 PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour reached its conclusion after roughly nine hours of play. The final 23 players out of a field of 1,132 entries played down to a winner on Friday afternoon and at the end, a new EPT champion emerged in Johannes van Bemmel.
The Dutchman, who is plenty experienced in the online streets, won his first-ever live tournament, capturing a €251,726 first-place prize and a beautiful piece of “Spadie” silverware. He also captured a total of 10 bounties for an additional €23,000 for a total win of €274,726. This was far and away his largest live score, besting a fifth-place finish at a tournament in the Netherlands back in May, where he won €15,806.
Van Bemmel started the final day in 14th place among the 23 remaining runners with just 1,010,000 chips, but he was able to fight his way back and capture the famous EPT trophy.
“I started below average with a million and there were many tough players left, so I was really taking this hand-by-hand. I quickly was able to triple my stack to three million and I began to think that maybe this would work out but I still didn’t have any hopes or expectations,” said van Bemmel. “But the whole week, I felt good. It was going badly until this moment, I busted a lot of tournaments but this one just felt good. I was winning flips, I had ace-king against ace-queen maybe six times, aces against kings, and if you have those kinds of situations, you can win tournaments. I’ve been very fortunate, I played my hands well and we’re here now.”
|Johannes van Bemmel
|Paulo Roberto Brombim