Pieter de Korver Wins EPT Berlin Cup
Monday, 22 April 2013
After four days of action and a number of twists and turns, the Netherlands Pieter de Korver has taken down the opening event of this year’s EPT Berlin: the Berlin Cup.
Concluding yesterday with a final table of eight players, this year’s Berlin Cup will be remembered not just as a success for the EPT but for former EPT Grand Final champion Pieter de Korver.
After welcoming 911 players to the felt last week, the €1,100 opening event certainly reinforced the notion that Berlin is one of the most popular EPT stops on the circuit.
Indeed, with pros and qualifiers lining up for their shot at a prize pool of more than €850,000, it looked as though any number of familiar faces might take the title.
At the start of yesterday’s finale it looked as though PKR’s Vladimir Geshkenbein was going to walk away with the €180,000 top prize.
However, after two tough hands the Russian pro hit the rail in eighth place with a consolation prize of €16,870.
Geshkenbein’s exit opened the door for the table’s other notable pro, de Korver, to assert his authority. After watching those around him lose their stacks, he was happy to agree to a three-way deal with Anatoly Filatov and Sebastian Gohr.
With a deal struck, de Korver was able to hold his nerve and finally scooped €145,400 and the title when he overcame Gohr in a swift heads-up battle.
As de Korver collected his trophy, EPT Berlin’s Main Event got underway across the poker room with a total of 347 players taking to the felt on Day 1A.
Leading the way when time was called on the session was Ronny Voth (196,100), just ahead of Mike Kunze (188,000) and Thomas Richter (176,100).
1 Pieter de Korver €145,400*
2 Sebastian Gohr €93,600*
3 Anatoly Filatov €126,000*
4 Jonas Garstick €53,000
5 Esben Guenther €41,000
6 Erik Scheidt €31,000
7 Gokhan Onal €23,000
8 Vladimir Geshkenbein €16,870
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