• Andrey Pateychuk wins ept San Remo For €680,000

    Russian student Andrey Pateychuk has won EPT8 San Remo after besting a talented final table and 837-strong field overall. His win heads-up against Dimitar Danchev ended Bulgaria’s hopes of a first ever EPT champion.

    As well as the EPT San Remo title and €680,000 first prize, Pateychuk also wins a stunning bracelet from EPT Season 8 Official Bracelet Sponsor Shamballa Jewels worth more than €10,000.

    Pateychuk, who celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, said: “It feels great to win. I can’t really imagine a better birthday present than this. 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.”

    Pateychuk, who is studying Information Security at Bauman Moscow State Technical University, has no plans to give up college and says he’ll be straight back to class when he leaves San Remo. The young Russian had virtually no live results until he grabbed attention this summer by coming 15th in the WSOP Main Event for nearly $480,000.

    Danchev, who normally plays online cash games at the $5-$10 to $10-$20 levels, only had a few relatively small live results before today’s big cash. The 26-year-old from Plovdiv, who chopped for €600,000 for second place, has been a pro for two years.

    Third place went to Daniel Neilson, the 2010 Australian Player of the Year and winner of High Roller events at both ANZPT Perth and ANZPT Sydney. Neilson, who held the chip lead for two days straight, took home €285,000.

    There was disappointment though for several big names. Dutch Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis was eyeing up his first EPT final but bust in 15th place for €22,000 while fellow Team Pro Johnny Lodden from Norway was aiming to better his EPT Budapest fifth place, but bubbled the final for €45,000. EPT Berlin champion and PokerStars qualifier Kevin MacPhee made the final but his hopes of becoming the first player to win two EPTs were ended when he was eliminated in eighth place.

    British poker pro and celebrated commentator Barny Boatman has a string of live results totalling more than $1.75 million but has yet to win a major title. His hopes were dashed when he bust in fourth place for €225,000.

    Others who made the money were EPT Dortmund champion Mike McDonald (18th), Italian Poker Tour Player of the Year Mustapha Kanit (19th) and WSOPE champion Elio Fox (23rd) – all for €19,000, plus Italian Poker Tour Female Player of the Year Carla Solinas (30th, €16,000), Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst (40th, €14,000), EPT founder John Duthie (41st, €14,000) and PokerStars qualifier Shaun Deeb (71st, €10,000).

    A total of 831 players from 53 countries entered the €4,900 Main Event, creating a total prize pool of €3,734,694. 128 places were paid.

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