EPT11 Grand Final: Hat-trick for Dayan; Seniors, Win the Button Stud High/low and €2K bounty conclude
Poker, it's a funny old game. When play got three-handed in the €5,000 eight-handed turbo most independent observers money would've been on Dominik Nitsche or Dan Heimiller. Nitsche has three WSOP bracelets, knows the maths of the game and how to play a short stack, whilst Heimiller has over €5,000,000 in lifetime earnings, two WSOP bracelets of his own and 27 tournament victories to his name.
Neither though has a €5,000 eight-handed turbo title. David Dayan now has three, in the same venue, in consecutive years! On Sunday he beat 78 players to win €104,000, back in 2014 he defeated 58 players to win €84,400 and in 2013 36 players were put to the sword as he collected €64,600. Nitsche's runner-up performance earned him €74,000, Heimiller's €48,400, whilst Tom Hall finished sixth for €23,100. Hall was watched from the sidelines by close friend Jack Salter and the latter said of Dayan. "We nicknamed him the punisher." The Brazilian certainly handed out some of that today as he completed his hat-trick. Back of the net!
Players who love turbos could get their fill yesterday as there was also a €2,000 turbo bounty. €1,000 of the entry fee went to the prize pool whilst the other €1,000 was a players' bounty. 152 players liked the sound of this event and with 15 minute levels the top 20 were soon in the money. Walid Bou Habib (15th) and Joao Barbosa (13th) both fell before the final table but there was still plenty of top talent. Showing that 'old guys' can play fast structures too, Jean-Noel Thorel (6th, €8,000) and Talal Shakerchi (4th, €12,700) both went deep but neither could prevent Nikita Lebedev from winning the first prize of €34,300. This is Lededev's second cash of the festival as he finished 17th in the FPS High Roller on Saturday.
The Seniors got their moment in the sun yesterday in the shape of a €200+€20 tournament for the over fifties. 89 players created a prize pool of €17,266 of which €4,585 was reserved for the winner, with the top 13 getting paid. Although Nicholas Galtos might not look a day over 49 he's in fact 55 and he went all the way to fourth place in this tournament for a return of €1,650. At that point the top three cut a deal and Paul Didier Obigand went on to win an adjusted €3,996.
Hollywood actor Sean Astin, star of such films as The Goonies, Rudy and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was one of 152 players who entered the €300+€30 Win the Button event. Unfortunately for Astin he would stone bubble the event, finishing in 21st place. WCOOP leaderboard winner Alan Gold finished in 15th place but the victory went to Abraham Serrano. The 64-year-old and his wife Rosario Garzon live in Madrid and travelled to EPT Malta just to enter side events where she won the Woman's event. They now both have an EPT victory to their name!
It wasn't all about hold'em yesterday though as fans of non-flop games got into the action via a €500 Stud High/Low event. It attracted 22 runners and Paolo Compagno from Switzerland took top honours winning €4,480. It's his second EPT title as he won the Limit Omaha High Low - Double Board - 8 Handed - Deepstack Turbo at EPT10 Vienna.
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