EPT9 Berlin: Pieter de Korver captures Berlin Cup and €145,400

Former EPT Grand Final winner Pieter de Korver has won the Berlin Cup claiming his first major title since the EPT Grand Final four years ago.

De Korver topped a field of 911 players to take the lion's share of the big money after a three-way chop gifted him €145,400. Runner-up Sebastian Gohr pocketed €93,600 and 3rd place finisher Anatoly Filatov got a chunkier €126,000, showing why it can make a lot of sense to agree to a chop. The final table of the €1,100 event held two EPT champions in De Korver and the mercurial Vladimir Geshkenbein. As noted earlier, it was not your average side event.

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No comeback was allowed for Gohr













De Korver's last silverware lift took place in Monaco back in Season 5 with a heads-up victory over American Matt Woodward to take down the €2,300,000 first place prize. It made him the fourth Dutchman to win an EPT title, but the following couple of years were relatively dry in comparison.

Following a 2009 haul of more than $3,000,000, 2010 provided live scores of 'just' $136,888 and 2011 a miserly $67,889. The back end of last year, however, saw a turn in tournament fortunes with a runner-up finish in the Masters Classics of Poker for €171,720 and a 3rd place for €100,000 in the Hold'em Challenge Winter Edition. Those two big 'almost' finishes looked to have bundled added emotion onto the Dutchman who was more than a little dewy-eyed during his post-win interview with the video blog team (see above).

Congratulations to De Korver who plays his first EPT in a couple of years tomorrow.

EPT9 Berlin, event #1
Date: 17-21 April 2013
Buy-in: €1,100
Game: NLHE
Players: 911
Prize pool: €883,670

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Pieter de Korver

1. Pieter de Korver, Netherlands, €145,400
2. Sebastian Gohr, Germany, €93,600
3. Anatoly Filatov, Russia, €126,000
4. Jonas Garstick, Switzerland, €53,000
5. Esben Guenther, Norway, €41,000
6. Erik Scheidt, Germany, €31,000
7. Gokhan Onal, Germany, €23,000
8. Vladimir Geshkenbein, Russia, €16,870
9. Eddy Scharf, Germany, €13,000
10. Jonas Klausen, Denmark, €13,000
11. Alexander Helbig, Germany, €10,500
12. Ahmad Sameein, Iran, €10,500
13. David Kolmberger, Germany, €8,500
14. Frank Fingerle, Germany, €8,500
15. Manfred Hammer, Germany, €6,500
16. Tillmann Raschke, Germany, €6,500
17. Stefano Rossomando, Italy, €5,200
18. Frederic Vacher, France, €5,200
19. Damir Bota, Croatia, €5,200
20. Paul Nunes, UK, €5,200
21. Joshua Marquardt, Germany, €5,200
22. Radu Catoiu, Romania, €5,200
23. Florian Schultz, Germany, €5,200
24. Florian Maas, Germany, €5,200
25. Upeshka DeSilva, USA, €4,300
26. Todor Petkov, Bulgaria, €4,300
27. Bernhand Gotz, Germany, €4,300
28. Matthias Bausenwein, Germany, €4,300
29. Nandor Solyom, Romania, €4,300
30. Jerome Dumayet, France, €4,300
31. Nezihi Kucuk, Germany, €4,300
32. Nichan Khorchidian, Lebanon, €4,300
33. Karl Andre Oddsen, Norway, €3,700
34. Justas Semaska, Lithuania, €3,700
35. Evgeny Ivanov, Russia, €3,700
36. Michele Galatola, Italy, €3,700
37. Davide Scafati, Italy, €3,700
38. Florence Allera, France, €3,700
39. Max Lykov, Russia, Team Pro, €3,700
40. Sebastian Gloger, Germany, €3,700
41. Sangkhadech Fremming, Denmark, €3,200
42. Marco Drafehn, Germany, €3,200
43. Rachid Chaouki, France, €3,200
44. Ismael Bojang, Germany, €3,200
45. Jan Thomas Dittscheid, Germany, €3,200
46. Fabrizio Cuocci, Italy, €3,200
47. Feldhuns Aleksandrs, Germany, €3,200
48. Jan Schenk, Germany, €3,200
49. Zoran Marinkovic, Serbia, €2,800
50. Vasileios Panagiotidis, Greece, €2,800
51. Erich Kollmann, Austria, €2,800
52. Philipp Salewski, Germany, €2,800
53. Alessandro Laubinger, Germany, €2,800
54. Pascal Hartmann, Germany, €2,800
55. Torsten Hinze, Germany, €2,800
56. Joao Brito, Portugal, €2,800
57. Len Lauwers, Belgium, €2,500
58. Deniz Ortacbayram, Germany, €2,500
59. Przemyslaw Adam Dajer, Poland, €2,500
60. Shai Shalom Halifa, Israel, €2,500
61. Kevin Vandersmissen, Belgium, €2,500
62. Alfonso Amendola, Italy, €2,500
63. Peyman Luth, Germany, €2,500
64. Ara Melkistian, Lebanon, €2,500
65. Patrice Brandt, Germany, €2,500
66. Wilhelm Sascha, Germany, €2,500
67. Marko Nalis, Germany, €2,500
68. Leo David Otto Schulz, Germany, €2,500
69. Oender Resber, Turkey, €2,500
70. Nijat Ramadani, Germany, €2,500
71. Robert Auer, Germany, €2,500
72. Paul Testud, France, €2,500
73. Jerome Kobina Evans, Germany, €2,200
74. Aaron Lim, Australia, €2,200
75. Wojciech Barzantny, Germany, €2,200
76. Martic Andrija, Croatia, €2,200
77. Alexander Huuk, Germany, €2,200
78. Per Arne Liljedahl, Sweden, €2,200
79. Aditya Johannes Kumar, Germany, €2,200
80. Katja Kukkasjarvi, Finland, €2,200
81. Emilio Van Boxmeer, Germany, €2,200
82. Nenad Kurtisevic, Germany, €2,200
83. Michael Palauschek, Germany, €2,200
84. Ghafoor Hossen, Sweden, €2,200
85. Thorsten Runge, Germany, €2,200
86. Harry Maurer, Germany, €2,200
87. Kay Anne Wookey, United Kingdom, €2,200
88. Piotr Romanczukiewicz, Poland, €2,200
89. Daniel Erlandsson, Sweden, €2,000
90. Florian Schoettler, Germany, €2,000
91. Emil Ohlsson, Sweden, €2,000
92. George Clyde-Smith, UK, €2,000
93. Ingo Hackbarth, Germany, €2,000
94. Alexander Maurer, Germany, €2,000
95. Svjatoslav Pojak, Germany, €2,000
96. Geir Torsvik, Norway, €2,000
97. Ioannis Konstantinidis, Cyprus, €2,000
98. Yuriy Barna, Ukraine, €2,000
99. Ljulj Sabani, Bosnia and Herzegovina, €2,000
100. Claus Rasmussen, Denmark, €2,000
101. Alexander Kell, Germany, €2,000
102. Spivack Ariel, Germany, €2,000
103. Borys Drabkin, Ukraine, €2,000
104. Stephan Bier, Germany, €2,000
105. Mario Puccini, Germany, €2,000
106. Christoph Erdt, Austria, €2,000
107. Huseyin Arkun, Germany, €2,000
108. Felix Trau, Germany, €2,000
109. Rachid Arbaoui, Belgium, €2,000
110. Christopher Ahrens, Germany, €2,000
111. Ondrej Vinklarek, Czech Republic, €2,000
112. Daniel Melten, Germany, €2,000

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