Christophe Benzimra wins EPT Season 8 Champion of Champions
With eight seasons of the European Poker Tour now passed, the circuit has amassed more than 80 champions. They come from all places, backgrounds, and bankrolls, but only a couple are the Champion of Champions. This week, Season 6 EPT Warsaw winner Christophe Benzimra became one of them.
For the past couple of seasons, the EPT has hosted the Champion of Champions event at the season-ending Grand Final. The €100,000 freeroll is open to anyone who has an EPT title. Last year, Jason Mercier cemented his place among the champs. This year, the honor went to Benzimra.
Benzimra got heads-up with EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard heads-up and took down the win for €35,000 worth of buy-ins to EPT Season 9 tournaments. The 49-year-old Frenchman beat out 39 champs for the title.
"It feels fantastic! I'm very happy," he said. "I haven't been playing much this season but I will be next season."
In 2009, Benzimra won EPT Warsaw for €400,000 just a few years after taking up poker. Though he's been out of the game for most of the year, he and five other champs now have a lot of buy-ins to spend in Season 9.
Here are the final results to the Season 8 Champion of Champions tourney.
Congrats to Benzimra on his win.
EPT Season 8 Champion of Champions results
1st - Christophe Benzimra (EPT Warsaw champion) - €35,000
2nd - Zimnan Ziyard (EPT Loutraki champion)- €25,000
3rd - Jake Cody (EPT Deauville champion) - €17,500
4th - Arnaud Mattern (EPT Prague champion) - €10,000
5th - Frederik Jensen (EPT Madrid champion) - €7,500
6th - Mohsin Charania (EPT Grand Final champion) - €5,000
The bubble was EPT Dortmund champion Sandra Naujoks.