Davidi Kitai wins EPT Berlin
Monday, 23 April 2012
Famous Belgians are somewhat thin on the ground but Davidi Kitai can join the likes of Eddie Merckx, Jacques Brel and Audrey Hepburn on the list, well in the poker world at least.
The 32-year-old from Brussels collected his first EPT title in Berlin over the weekend, and in the process joined Jake Cody, Gavin Griffin and Roland de Wolfe in the exclusive band of players to have won EPT, WSOP and WPT titles.
Kitai outlasted a final table that included Cornwall's Marc Wright and prolific online winner Cesar Garcia from Spain before beating Canadian pro Andrew Chen heads up. The pair shared a taxi en route to the tournament, and shared over €1.3m on their departure with Kitai taking the €712,000 first prize when his K7 came from behind to beat the short stacked Chen's AQ.
“It’s amazing to win! I’m feeling great. I didn’t expect to beat that field and it was a very tough final table. I’m going to celebrate with all my friends in Belgium, and in France, and we’re going to celebrate in Monte Carlo for sure.” said the winner.
The final table positions and payouts were as follows:
1 Davidi Kitai, Belgium, €712,000
2 Andrew Chen, Canada, €613,000
3 Andre Morath, Germany, €290,000
4 Mario Puccini, Germany, €220,000
5 Bahadir Kilickeser, Germany, €172,000
6 César García, Spain, €133,000
7 Marc Wright, UK, €97,000
8 Pratyush Buddiga, USA, €72,000
We don't have long to wait for the next EPT action with the Grand Final in Monte Carlo starting tomorrow.