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.

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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

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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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