EPT9 Berlin: Rupert Elder beats Max Heinzelmann (again) to claim €49,800

Rupert Elder started off his EPT Berlin campaign with a victory reminiscent of his EPT title win back in Season 7 by beating Max Heinzelmann in Event #5 (€1,100 NLHE turbo) for €49,800. Elder beat Heinzelmann into the runner-up spot in the Sanremo Main Event two seasons ago to claim the €930,000 winner's cheque. Heinzelmann had to settle for second once again, a spot he's becoming all too familiar with having also finished second to Ben Wilinofsky here at EPT Berlin at the previous tour stop.


Max Heinzelmann (left) and Ruper Elder

Fellow nearly man Pierre Neuville, who has also finished runner-up in two EPT Main Events. claimed the final spot on the podium. Neuville most recently claim close in an epic heads-up against Team Online's Mickey Petersen at EPT Copenhagen.

EPT9 Berlin, event #
Date: 19 April 2013
Buy-in: €1,100
Game: NLHE turbo
Players: 174
Prize pool: €168,780


Rupert Elder

1. Rupert Elder, UK, €49,800
2. Max Heinzelmann, Germany, €28,270
3. Pierre Neuville, Belgium, €16,450
4. Theodoros Aidonopoulos , Greece, €12,320
5. Omar Lakhdari, France, €10,100
6. Armin Eckl, Germany, €7,930
7. Milan Tomasz Rabsz, Poland, €6,250
8. Eddy Maksoud, Lebanon, €4,560
9. Christian Wilhelm Polkow, Germany, €3,550
10. Jannick Wrang, Denmark, €3,550
11. Torsten Brinkmann, Germany, €3,200
12. Tariel Robanishvili, Russian Federation, €3,200
13. Philippe Ktorza, France, €2,870
14. Najib Kamand, United Kingdom, €2,870
15. Rasmus Dahl Sibast, Denmark, €2,530
16. Sebastian von Toperczer, Germany, €2,530
17. Antonino Venneri, Italy, €2,200
18. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, France, Team Pro, €2,200
19. Patrice Sitbon, France, €2,200
20. Damir Vailjevic, Croatia, €2,200

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