Here are the final eight at EPT Berlin season nine:
Seat 1: Julian Thomas, 32, Karlsruhe, Germany – 1,735,000
Julian Thomas works as a poker coach and mainly competes in sit-and-go and multi-table tournaments online. He is currently writing a sit-and-go strategy book called “Advanced Concepts in SNG Play” to be published in May next year. He won a live satellite here in Berlin for his seat in the main event.
Seat 2: Roman Korenev, 24, Krasnoyarsk, Russia – 2,995,000
Roman Korenev has been a professional player for the past three years, mainly playing multi-table tournaments. His best live result before making the EPT Berlin final was at EPT Deauville in February where he finished third in the €2,700 France Poker Series high roller event, winning €53,200. He also min-cashed the main events of both EPT Deauville (€8,000) and EPT Prague (€10,000).
Seat 3: Robert Haigh, 28, Germany – 5,495,000
Robert Haigh comes from Germany but currently lives in Brighton on south coast of England. He is an EPT regular whose biggest win to date came at a €1,100 no limit hold’em side event at EPT Barcelona at the start of the season, which he won for €70,970. He was also runner-up in the Eureka Poker Tour high roller tournament at EPT Prague in December, worth €59,200. He won a €1,000 no limit hold’em bounty event at EPT Deauville in February. His total live tournament winnings already exceed $260,000.
Seat 4: Alexander Helbig, 24, Marburg in Germany – 3,315,000
This is Alexander Helbig’s third EPT event and he has already enjoyed some success in the German capital this week. At the start of the festival, Helbig took part in the inaugural €1,100 Berlin Cup and finished 11th for a €10,500 pay day. That was his best live result at the time but now he is guaranteed at least €77,000 for making the main event final. Other results include winning a €250 no limit hold’em turbo at the recent Masters Finale event in Dortmund, presented by the EPT.
Seat 5: Lasse Frost, 28, Arhus, Denmark – 3,700,000
Lasse Frost has been playing poker for seven years, mainly just for fun, and even though last August he decided to take a year off from his job in economics to play poker full time, he insists he will return to work after the summer even if he wins here in Berlin. Frost has been playing live poker for quite some time, but this is his first ever EPT event. It has already yielded his biggest live cash to date. Frost considers himself both a cash game and tournament player. He lives in his native Denmark with his girlfriend.
Seat 6: Pascal Vos, 25, Netherlands – 1,750,000
Pascal Vos says he hasn’t had much experience playing poker live and that this is his appearance on the European Poker Tour. Even so, he has been playing for a couple of years and is now a full-time professional, making the final table of WCOOP this year.
Seat 7: Daniel-Gai Pidun, 36, Lippstadt, Germany – 5,250,000
Daniel-Gai Pidun rarely plays tournaments but has had a decent conversion rate whenever he has tried. He takes a week’s holiday every year to play EPT Berlin and has cashed in both of the past two season’s events: last season he came 17th for €20,000 and two years ago he bubbled the final to finish ninth for €45,000. They are his two best live results to date. He also competes in tournaments at Casino Bad Oeynhausen near his home. Most of the time though, Pidun is busy running a cell phone parts company with his brother Thomer, as well as spending time with his family. Thomer also plays poker and in 2009 the pair found themselves on the same final table in a €200 Bad Oeynhausen tournament. Thomer finished second and Daniel-Gai fourth.
Seat 8: Roman Herold, 26, Germany – 3,050,000
Roman Herold has four tournament cashes to his name, one of which in Barcelona at the beginning of EPT season nine, when he finished 35th for €20,000. His best live result before this week came when he was runner-up in a tournament here in Berlin earlier this year, worth €22,785.