Daniel Pidun wins EPT Berlin after two near misses
After two successive years of making the final two tables of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Berlin Main Event, Daniel Pidun finally managed to make the official final table (he finished in 9th place in 2011 and 17th place in 2012) in the tournament, and not only did he make the final table, but the German poker player utterly dominated the final table from start to finish to pick-up his first major tournament win.
Despite an all-star field of 912 players, the final table of the EPT Berlin saw nine fairly unknown players competing for the €880,000 first-place- prize, and like all EPT Main Events before it, the winner of the 2013 EPT Berlin Main Event would be a first-time winner on the tour –the EPT is now nearly nine year-old and there has yet to be a repeat winner.
Pidun came into the final table just behind chip-leader Robert Haigh with 5,250,000 chips compared to Haigh’s 5,495,000, but neither Haigh nor the rest of the field was going to contain Pidun on this day, as he ran-over the final table with a combination of aggression, good play, and good cards. Pidun was winning pots right from the get-go, but he was doing so without getting to showdown. That all changed when play became five handed –and thanks to an incredibly long penultimate day on Friday the chip-stacks were getting pretty short—and Pidun would go on to eliminate each remaining player at the final table, with the two chip-leaders heading into the day, Pidun and Haigh, clashing heads-up for the title.
Pidun’s achievements at the EPT Berlin seem to be a bit of an outlier, as his career cashes now tallies six, with three of them being in the past three EPT Berlin Main Events –and these are by far the three largest cashes of his career. It will be interesting to see if winning well over $1,000,000 USD will be enough to get Pidun to start travelling the tournament circuit?
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:
Next up on the 2013 Season 9 PokerStars European Poker Tour schedule will be the Grand Final in Monte Carlo which will take place from May 6 through May 15, where Season 9 will wrap-up with one of the most prestigious tournament titles in poker on the line before the entire poker world is put on pause for just over six-weeks as players travel to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker in late May.
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