Italy’s Bendinelli Takes Down Biggest EPT Main Event in History

Italy’s Bendinelli Takes Down Biggest EPT Main Event in History August 23, 2022 Mario Alfonsi
by Mario Alfonsi  |  Published on Aug 23, 2022  |  Updated on Aug 23, 2022

Giuliano BendinelliSummary

  • Bendinelli won the 2022 EPT Barcelona Main Event for more than €1.4 million
  • He was left with just one big blind during the final day but was able to recover
  • He is the third player from his home country to become an EPT Main Event champ

The 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Barcelona finally came to a close and once again, the tournament set a new record after pulling in a total of 2,294 entries. In the end, it was Giuliano Bendinelli who would go down in history as the winner of the biggest-ever EPT Main Event.

The Italian poker pro agreed to a heads-up deal with France’s Jimmy Guerrero that guaranteed each of them seven-figure payouts. They left €68,653 in cash and the title to play for which all went to Bendinelli. Overall, he won €1,422,480 for his impressive run.

Victory Didn’t Come Easy for Bendinelli

The Pokerstars tournament attracted participants from 78 different countries to generate €11,125,900 in total prize money. The field whittled down to just six players when the final action took place and Bendinelli almost lost his chance in the tournament after he was left with just over one big blind during the early stages of the game. The 31-year-old managed to recover and ultimately navigated his way to victory.

Bendinelli is no stranger to the EPT as he has been taking part in various EPT tournaments, including the Main Event, for over a decade. But he never reached the final table in all of them. Before winning this year’s EPT Main Event in Barcelona, his largest cash was €100,000 which he won at the 2013 EPT Monte Carlo.


Bendinelli just couldn’t find the words when asked for a reaction to his victory. Winning the tournament was beyond his imagination and he simply couldn’t believe he was able to survive that one-big-blind struggle. He said it all boiled down to a combination of skill and luck. He thanked all of those who supported him along the way. He dedicates his win to his dad.

Final Table Results

Bendinelli is just the third player from Italy to win an EPT Main Event. The other two were Antonio Bounanno and Salvatore Bonavena who won the 2014 EPT Monte Carlo and the 2008 EPT Prague respectively.

The other players who made it to the 2022 EPT Barcelona Main Event final table were: Scott Mergereson (8th, €198,000), Michael Pinto (7th, €257,330), Kayhan Mokri (6th, €334,480), Patrik Jaros (5th, €434,850), Fabiano Kovalski (4th, €565,280), and Neville Costa (3rd, €737,470).

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