Andrey Pateychuk wins European Poker Tour San Remo

Andrey Pateychuk wins European Poker Tour San Remo

Friday, 28 October 2011

You may only know Andrey Pateychuk from his deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event from this year, where he finished in 15th place to pick up almost half a million dollars. He’s nearly doubled that score with his most recent live performance, beating a large field at the PokerStars EPT San Remo.

The final table of eight was created when Norwegian player Johnny Lodden busted as the bubble boy in ninth place – no prizes for guessing what Lodden Thinks about that one. This left us with a final table that included EPT Berlin champion Kevin MacPhee, looking to match his girlfriend Liv Boeree’s victory in this same event. Also playing for the top prize on the final day were Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman and Daniel Neilson, the Australian tournament player with over $500k Down Under.

MacPhee busted in eighth place, as befitting his shortstack, when Barny Boatman made an excellent call for MacPhee’s chips holding Qs-7s and wound up way ahead and staying ahead of MacPhee’s 5-6o. Boatman wouldn’t make it a UK victory, though, being eliminated in fourth place with his biggest career cash of €225,000.

This left us, after the elimination of Aussie Neilson, heads-up between Pateychuk and Bulgaria’s Dimitar Danchev. One key hand turned the entire tournament around, when Pateychuk and he got all the chips in the tournament – bar a few big blinds – in the middle on a 2h-4s-9s flop; Danchev was way ahead with Ts-9c against 7c-6s but the eventual champion hit an 8 and a 5 to make a miraculous straight. Two hands later, the tournament was done.

“It feels great to win. I can’t really imagine a better birthday present than this.” said Pateychuk.
“I wasn’t feeling that nervous today. I haven’t played so many live tournaments but I’ve played a lot of final tables online so I have a lot of experience. It was actually harder when it was 30 players and people like Johnny Lodden, Lex Veldhuis, Kevin MacPhee and Mike McDonald were still in. It was tough if they had position on you.”

The full final table payouts were as follows:
1. Andrey Pateychuk - €680,000
2. Dimitar Danchev - €600,000
3. Daniel Neilson - €285,000
4. Barny Boatman - €225,000
5. Jan Bendik - €170,000
6. Yorane Keringnard - €130,000
7. Rocco Palumbo - €95,000
8. Kevin MacPhee - €63,694

Image courtesy of Neil Stoddart at PokerStars.

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Tags: EPT San Remo, Andrey Pateychuk, Johnny Lodden, Kevin MacPhee, Barny Boatman, Daniel Neilson, Dimitar Danchev