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August 02, 2011 08:09 ET

Aleksandar Abutovic Wins Paradise Poker Tour Barcelona

Second Largest Ever ParadisePoker Tour Main Event Attracts 311 Players but German Takes Down 27,000 Euro Top Prize

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) -

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Aleksandar Abutovic from Germany won the main event on the final stop of season II ParadisePoker Tour for €27,000 at the Gran Casino, Barcelona over the weekend. The €500 buy in tournament attracted 311 players.

When the tournament got to the business end a deal was struck three-handed then heads up another deal was struck. Jose Maria Felices was a just over 2:1 chip leader but offered his opponent €2,000 of the remaining €10,000 being played for. Abutovic accepted and the game was over within a couple of hands.

The final hand saw Felices on the button raise to one million (blinds 30,000/60,000) before Abutovic moved all-in. Felices had committed nearly half his stack so called off the rest. He was in very bad shape though.

Felices: 3s 4d
Abutovic: Jc Jd

The board ran 8s7h Ks 5c 2s. Felices had picked up a straight draw on the turn but it failed to materialise. He offered his hand to his opponent before taking a step back and allowing him to take the plaudits.

"I'm happy because my son arrived about one hour before play began," said Abutovic after his victory. "I had a good feeling when he arrived and I told him I was going to do well."

"I'm very happy to win as this is the biggest thing I've ever won," the German continued.

The final table payouts* at the event were (*after deal):
1: Aleksander Abutovic - €27,000*
2: Jose Maria Felices - €28,000*
3: Pawel Jaskolski - €20,000*
4: David Motoro - €12,000
5: Piotr Gajdecki - €9,500
6: Dimitar Dimitov - €7,500
7: Olaf Haglund - €5,700
8: Javier Cruz - €4,500
9: Juan Sabatas - €3,500

The Barcelona leg of the ParadisePoker Tour was the sixth and final stop on season II which took in Portugal, England, Austria, Czech Republic and Spain twice – Madrid and Barcelona.

Bryan Carroll, marketing manager at ParadisePoker.com said, "We are very happy that our first visit to Barcelona attracted 311 players, our second biggest field across both seasons. The whole tournament was played in great spirits and we can't wait to come back here in November as one the stops for season three."

"I would like to pay tribute to the excellent Gran Casino Barcelona for the part they played in the success, as well as all the players and staff involved in making this one of our best PPT events to date."

The ParadisePoker Tour will be back for a third season with the schedule being announced in mid-August. Details will be found on www.ParadisePokerTour.com.

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