EPT Barcelona: Main Event final table player profiles

Learn a little bit more about the six players who have made it to the EPT Barcelona final table — the largest EPT in history. Profiles compiled by EPT Media Coordinator Jan Kores, with photos by Danny Maxwell.


Seat 1: Kayhan Mokri, 28, Norway – 14,575,000

Kayhan Mokri

Kayhan Mokri has enjoyed an astonishing amount of success in poker tournaments since he turned professional around four years ago, despite not playing much volume. Cash games are the Norwegian’s bread and butter, yet he’s already racked up more than $200,000 in live cashes (not including the €334,480 he’s guaranteed at this final table). It’s on PokerStars where he really broke out, however. Playing under his “KayhanMok” screenname, Mokri finished third in last year’s $10,000 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Main Event for a massive $791,074 payday. “Maybe I’ll start playing some more tournaments now,” he said, and that seems like a fantastic plan. Should Mokri take down the EPT Barcelona Main Event, he’ll be the fourth player from Norway to win an EPT and the first in 12 years.

Kayhan Mokri’s Main Event run:

Day 2 – 178,000 – 64th / 780
Day 3 – 1,303,000 – 1st / 210
Day 4 – 3,000,000 – 3rd / 64
Day 5 – 10,620,000 – 2nd / 16
Day 6 – 14,575,000 – 2nd / 6


Seat 2: Jimmy Guerrero, 40, France – 5,100,000

Jimmy Guerrero

Jimmy Guerrero is no stranger to EPT Main Event final tables. The Frenchman finished third in the big one back at EPT Monte Carlo 2016 for €406,850, and that remains the biggest score among his $1.7 million in live tournament results. He’s coming into this final table as the shortest stack, but just one ladder will secure him a new career-high. Guerrero was busy grinding cash games so didn’t hop into the Main Event until the start of Day 2. Cheering him on behind the rail will be his wife, successful poker player Thi Nguyen, who was his fiancée back at the Monte Carlo finale. “I thrive when the table is fun,” he says. “Silent tables, no one likes them! All in all, I think it might one of the most entertaining tables in EPT history.” If Guerrero takes it down, he’ll become the 11th EPT Champion to hail from France.

Jimmy Guerrero’s Main Event run:

Day 2 – 30,000 – 651st / 780
Day 3 – 740,000 – 11th / 210
Day 4 – 1,350,000 – 19th / 64
Day 5 – 1,160,000 – 14th/ 16
Day 6 – 5,100,000 – 6th / 6


Seat 3: Patrik Jaros, 29, Czech Republic – 14,975,000

Patrik Jaros

Patrik Jaros had only played one EPT Main Event prior to registering for this tournament. Now, with the chip lead, he’s in pole position to become a champion. Jaros is from the Czech Republic and primarily plays cash games, although he’s well-versed in tournaments too, with more than $220,000 in cashes to date. He’s steadily climbed the stakes since becoming a poker pro and has enjoyed many career-best scores throughout 2022. Outside of poker, Jaros likes to play computer games – mainly the World of Warcraft. “I’m not that good at sports,” he says, but he’s certainly solid at poker and should he win today, he’ll become the Czech Republic’s second EPT winner, following Jan Skampa’s win at EPT Prague 2009.

Patrik Jaros’ Main Event run:

Day 2 – 77,500 – 384th / 780
Day 3 – 497,000 – 47th / 210
Day 4 – 2,200,000 – 6th / 64
Day 5 – 10,350,000 – 3rd / 16
Day 6 – 14,975,000 – 1st / 6


Seat 4: Fabiano Kovalski, 34, Brazil – 12,925,000

Fabiano Kovalski

Fabiano Kovalski has made some gutsy plays so far in this EPT Barcelona Main Event, but that’s not surprising when you glance at his poker résumé. Known as “kovalski1” on PokerStars, the Brazilian has almost $5 million in online cashes plus more than a million won on the live felt. Moreover, he’s very experienced in this particular event having cashed the big one in Barcelona four times (2016, 2018, 2019, and now 2022). His best result was in 2018 when he finished 11th for €98,900, a sum he’s already smashed this week. This is his first EPT final table, though, so he’ll be hoping to draw from all of his experience and clinch the title.

Fabiano Kovalski’s Main Event run:

Day 2 – 83,500 – 350th / 750
Day 3 – 291,000 – 99th / 210
Day 4 – 1,600,000 – 9th / 64
Day 5 – 4,540,000 – 6th / 16
Day 6 – 12,925,000 – 3rd / 6


Seat 5: Giuliano Bendinelli, 31, Italy – 10,700,000

Giuliano Bendinelli

Giuliano Bendinelli has been playing EPT events for more than a decade, with five Main Event cashes under his belt. Alas, none were deep runs, but he’s changed all of that in Barcelona this week and now has a shot at winning the biggest EPT in history. The Italian has enjoyed a lot of results in EPT side events over the years, most notably winning a €1,100 event at EPT Monte Carlo for €100,000 back in 2013. Now guaranteed to eclipse $1 million in live cashes, Bendinelli will set a new career-high with his EPT Barcelona payday and will join Salvatore Bonavena and Antonio Buonanno as the third EPT Main Event champion from Italy (and first in eight years) should he come out on top.

Giuliano Bendinelli’s Main Event run:

Day 2 – 84,500 – 344th / 780
Day 3 – 274,000 – 104th / 210
Day 4 – 1,155,000 – 24th / 64
Day 5 – 5,885,000 – 5th / 16
Day 6 – 10,700,000 – 4th / 6


Seat 6: Neville Mateus, 30, Brazil – 10,550,000

Neville Mateus

Neville Mateus began his poker career in home games around Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, before moving on to poker clubs and eventually turning pro. Since then, the Brazilian has amassed around $60,000 in reported live cashes, the best of which came in the 2014 WSOP Monsterstack event where he finished 47th for $26,534. But Mateus has enjoyed success online too. He plays on PokerStars under the moniker “NevilleWeeee” and has more than $1.4 million in cashes on the site. His biggest result came in the 2020 WSOP Online Millionaire Maker when he finished sixth for $288,356, so with his first EPT Main Event cash, he’s already guaranteed to beat it. Mateus or Kovalski will become the second Brazilian EPT champion if they emerge victorious, following Marcelo Mesqueu‘s title at the tour‘s previous stop in Monte Carlo.

Neville Mateus’ Main Event run:

Day 2 – 104,000 – 248th / 780
Day 3 – 301,000 – 93rd / 210
Day 4 – 1,595,000 – 10th / 64
Day 5 – 3,825,000 – 7th / 16
Day 6 – 10,550,000 – 5th / 6

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