EPT10 Grand Final: Meet Sebastian Bredthauer. Here for free. He's still laughing
We've found him. By that we mean the player here for almost nothing, overachieving with the performance of a lifetime. His name is Sebastian Bredthauer and it's not hard to understand why, in between telling his story, he couldn't help but burst into laughter. Not only that, this is his first EPT. It would be, given that it's his first ever live tournament. Cue more laughter from Bredthauer.
Bredthauer's story of how he turned 100 FPPs into a seat in the Grand Final, and a guaranteed cash finish, is probably best left to him.
"I started with 100 FPPs online," said Bredthauer. When I started I really didn't know what kind of tournament I was playing, I just put them in. I thought I'd wait until I got 1,000 points and get a deck of cards or something. So I just played, got higher and higher. When I got to the 5,000 level I started to realise it was for the Grand Final. Then I got a little shaky."
At this point, he stretched his arms out wide and laughed again. I laughed too.
It's a well-trod story that never really gets any less incredible, from nothing to a potential mouth-watering spectacle of Bredthauer reaching the final table, not to mention the potential seven figure windfall. It's so far so good for the 23-year-old, who negotiated several layers of online tournament to qualify, admittedly almost blowing it at the last stage.
"The last tournament was really exciting," said Bredthauer. "The starting stack was 7,500 chips and I lost 5,000 in the first hand. Then I got five-six of clubs and flopped four-seven-eight of clubs (more laughing). I just played very tight, like in this tournament. I'm getting kind of far."
Bredthauer is getting far. When I spoke to him there were 36 players left. Now there are 28 making for a pay out of at least €32,200. Bit of a leap then from the $11 tournaments he usually plays on PokerStars, under the username "bredti0808". Surely nerves are a factor.
"Not anymore," he said. "I think the first day was hard because I got no cards at all. But I came through. The second was hard as well. The third day I got aces six times. Then I doubled in the last hand of yesterday, again with aces. I doubled again with jack-queen against king-ten. He flopped a set, I turned the flush. So I'm feeling good."
And so, alongside the likes of David Williams and Ville Wahlbeck, the Media and Communications Management student from Hanover, whose only live poker experience was some hastily arranged home game with friends for play money, plays on towards an improbably finish. Under no illusions about how much the money will mean to him, he plans to wait and play his best hands. So far his best hand is aces, and if the last few days have been anything to go by they shouldn't be long in coming.
The more the better.
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Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.