EPT9 Sanremo: Final table player profiles

ept-thumb-promo.jpgEPT9 Sanremo is at its final table, the final eight from a starting field of 797.

The winner will receive €800,000, plus an exclusive Slyde watch, and become the second champion of EPT season nine.

The final table line up is as follows:

Seat 1: Ludovic Lacay, 27, Toulouse, France - 5,366,000


Lacay has been playing on the EPT since season four and has already cashed in nine main events, including eighth at EPT5 Warsaw for €32,843 and 21st at the EPT6 Grand Final for €52,000. Like many other players, the 27-year-old got into online poker after enjoying success in the video game world where he played for one of the best French Counter Strike teams. Lacay first came to prominence in 2007 when he was runner-up in the WPT Spanish Championship for €295,200, but his best live cash to date was 16th place in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $500,557, a result that also put him in the spotlight outside Europe. Although he has yet to win a major title, he is considered one of the best players in France (he is 11th in the all time money list) and has already accrued $2 million in live tournament winnings.

Seat 2: Jason Tompkins, 27, Kildare, Ireland - 3,605,000


Tompkins has been among the chip leaders in Sanremo since day one, and has now become the first Irish player to reach an EPT main event final table since Mick Graydon in Deauville last season. Ireland is still searching for its first EPT champion and Tompkins has been followed throughout this event by numerous supporters on Irish poker forums and via Twitter. Known online as blaaaaaah666, Tompkins actually prefers live poker and has cashes dating from 2007. He has made numerous final tables, including one of the UKIPT, and his biggest score was a sixth place finish in a World Series event this summer,
worth $86,000.

Seat 3: Adrian Piasecki, 23, Katowice, Poland, PokerStars qualifier - 2,045,000


Piasecki may well be new to playing live poker, having only played "a few" €1,000 events, but he says he is warming up to playing live. Given that he has already guaranteed himself at least €65,450 here in Sanremo, that should come as little surprise. Piasecki admitts that poker is his only way of making money but draws the line at calling himself a professional player. He currently lives with his parents but said that situation is likely to change following this deep run. "The money I win here tomorrow, it will help me to stand on my own feet," he said.

Seat 4: Micah Raskin, 44, New York, USA - 1,550,000


Raskin is a 44-year-old businessman from New York, USA, who has become a regular fixture on the international poker circuit. He has amassed more than $1.1m in live tournament winnings in a relatively brief career at the tables, and is now at his first EPT final table. He grew up in Queens, New York, where he learnt poker from his father, Tommy, playing in the basement of the family home with his twin brothers. The twins - Logan and Roger - are here in Sanremo and have been supporting Raskin from the rail throughout the tournament.

Seat 5: Jason Lavallee, 26, Montreal, Quebec - PokerStars qualifier - 5,545,000


Lavallee is a 26-year old professional poker player from Montreal, Quebec. Though he generally plays a mixture of both tournaments and cash games, Lavallee has sharpened his focus on tournament play as of late. Lavallee had his first major tournament cash in 2007, and his biggest came for finishing in second place in the $15,000 World Poker Tour Championship event at Festa al Lago for $795,150. Since then Lavallee has been able to bring his total tournament winnings up to $1,055,312.

Seat 6: Ismael Bojang, 23, Hamburg, Germany - 2,845,000


Bojang, 23, has been playing poker for five years. A former economics student at Göttingen University, Bojang is mainly a live cash and tournament player and plays very little online. This he puts down to the entertainment value. It's more fun to play live, he says, with fewer distractions. Living in Hamburg, he regularly travels to France and Austria to play Omaha cash games. Despite this he still plays the occasional PokerStars tournament on a Sunday but it's live poker that has brought him the most success, including four cashes at this year's WSOP. To date his live tournament earnings amount to nearly $400,000.

Seat 7: Angelo Recchia, 29, Brindisi, Italy - 1,755,000


Recchia hails from San Vito dei Normanni in Brindisi and first started playing poker six years ago in online heads up SNGs and MTTs. His first live experience was in 2010 competing in the PokerStars.it All Stars Of Poker. He finished sixth for €12,000. Recchia graduated in linguistics, then did military service and worked as a barman all around Italy before becoming a poker pro. His best live result to date was winning a €1,000 IPT Sanremo side event in January for €32,000. He also has several other smaller cashes to his name from the PCA, WSOP and Eureka Poker Tour. Online, he came fifth in the PokerStars.it Sunday Special for almost €10,500 and third in the PokerStars.it Sunday High Roller for around €6,500.

Seat 8: Artem "roi kin23" Litvinov, 38, St Petersburg, Russia - 800,000


Litvinov is an EPT regular with five main event cashes to his name already, including 16th at EPT8 Deauville for €26,000. Litvinov works in marketing but plays a lot of high stakes poker, both live and online. He first started playing poker about seven years ago, and his best result to date was in April when he outlasted players such as Phil Ivey, Alex Bilokur and Martin Finger to finish fifth in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final High Roller for €216,000. His live tournament winnings already total nearly $500,000 - but would have been €122,960 more if he hadn't bubbled the Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona. Online, he also has a string of tidy results including third in a $2k SCOOP NL event for $206,784 and third in a WCOOP event for $144,808.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in Day 6