EPT9 Prague: Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek swoops down to claim €128,700 in Event #11

Online terror Simon Ravnsbaek proves that he can perform live as he tears up the tough €2k field to take top honours and €128,700

Danish pro Simon Ravnsbaek has had a good year. Not only has he scored back-to-back years of cashing more than $350,000 in live tournaments, but he's currently ranked number one on Official Poker Rankings for online tournament players. That is no simple task. You have to win, and you have to win big. How's about $964,606 in tournament cashes on PokerStars? A large chunk of those winnings came when he took down the 2012 SCOOP Event 21-High event for an incredible $344,262.00 payday.

Ravnsbaek has threatened to go deep in a few EPT Main Events but is yet to break past the 30's. One feels that is just a matter of time given increasingly strong performances on the live circuit. Just a couple of months ago he just missed out on a final table of a €8,500 event. His 12th place finish netted him €54,995 but the €1,172,850 up top would have pushed his name up the pecking order of the poker world. And, you know, given him an enormous amount of money. But it's all about the glory, right?

Other players have have scored that glory (and the cash) in the past that went deep in this event include three former EPT champs; Kevin MacPhee, Lucien Cohen and Nicholas Chouity, as well the likes of WSOPE winner Elio Fox, PCA bounty champ Andrew Chen, and Super High Roller winner Alex Bilokur (who won another side event just a couple of days ago).

Event #11, 11-12 December
Buy-in: €2,150
Game: NLHE
Players: 306
Prize pool: €593,640


Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek

1. Simon Ravnsbaek, Denmark, €128,700
2. Michael Gagliano, USA, €108,700
3. Solyom Nandor, Romania, €53,400
4. Daniel Erlandsson, Sweden, €41,500
5. Alexander Dovzhenko, Russia, €32,600
6. Jaspreet Singh Panchni, UK, €26,700
7. Dalibor Buha, Serbia, €20,800
8. Yngve Steen, Norway, €14,800
9. Alex Bilokur, Russia, €11,500
10. Eddy Maksoud, Lebanon, €11,500
11. Vladimir Velikov, Bulgaria, €10,200
12. Paul Volpe, USA, €10,200
13. Kevin MacPhee, USA, €8,900
14. Ognjen Sekularac, Serbia, €8,900
15. Andrew Chen, Canada, €7,700
16. Agris Klaise, Latvia, €7,700
17. Lucien Cohen, France, €6,500
18. Kirill Telezhkin, Russia, €6,500
19. Sean Jazayeri, USA, €6,500
20. Elio Fox, USA, €6,500
21. Alex Casals, UK, €5,900
22. Tsymbal Igor, Russia, €5,900
23. Samuel Albeck, Germany, €5,900
24. Andrey Lobzhanidze, Russia, €5,900
25. Nicolas Chouity, Lebanon, €5,300
26. Robert Haigh, Germany, €5,300
27. Giovani Gouveia, Portugal, €5,300
28. Thomas Blomberg, Sweden, €5,300
29. Alexander Shelukhin, Russia, €4,760
30. Petar Kochev, Bulgaria, €4,760
31. Roger Hairabedian, France, €4,760
32. Andoni Larrabe, Spain, €4,760

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Rick Dacey
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