EPEC III in Sardinia – Poker at its best

Sunday, May 17th, 2009 by skylowlow

As I mentioned in a previous post, I won a trip to Sardinia to play the Everest Poker European Cup (EPEC) final tournament.

After a two hour flight and a subsequent fifty minute bus ride, I arrived at the Chia Laguna Resort with fantastic weather (about 24° C), where all players were awaited by the Everest Team.

After the check-in, I was relaxing at the pool and awaiting the EPEC welcome party. Besides the other German and European players, I also met Silke Burghardt again, who, like myself, won the EPEC-qualification in Munich.

The next day stood under the sign of poker. The famous and probably best poker tournament director Thomas Kremser welcomed the players and said the holy words “dealer, shuffle up and deal” and the EPEC tournament began. First all went right, I could win a few pots but then I had a little downswing and after two hours. I was all-in with A10 unsuited against AQ unsuited. Fortunately, I got a ten on the river to double up with this two-outer.

After that, the poker god was not really well-minded to me and so after about four hours of playing time, I was busted with AJ suited against AK unsuited. My opponent flopped a full house and I was nearly drawing dead. Only the last ace would have helped me to split the pot. But turn and river was a blank card so the tournament ended for me. After that I had a lot of time to cheer for the other players and to explore the environment of the beautiful resort and the beach.

Here are a few pictures of the tournament and the beach:

EPEC Beach Pic 3
EPEC Beach Pic 4
EPEC Poker Table Pic 1
EPEC Poker Table Pic 2
EPEC Poker Table Pic 3
EPEC Beach Pic 1
EPEC Beach Pic 2

The first day of the tournament was played down to 36 players, which were all in the money. The 36th still got € 400, which was, looking at the drink prices in the disco (4 Euros for a Coke, 8 Euros for a Cuba Libre), not bad.

After about four and a half hours of playing time on the second day, the nine finalists were found. The final table contained three Swiss players, two Swedish players, an Italian player, a French and two Dutch players.

Chip counts of the last nine players

Seat Name Land Chip count
1 Sohail Ghaleh Assadi Switzerland 86.000
2 Mario Cotogno Italy 155.000
3 Johan Carlvik Sweden 264.000
4 Paweł Kabat Poland 204.000
5 Dirk Willem Karsies Netherlands 304.000
6 Marvin Torsoh Netherlands 173.000
7 Pablo Finini Switzerland 464.000
8 Susanne Birkemose Sweden 91.000
9 Gael Seydoux Switzerland 153.000

The nine finalists played about five hours before the two last players were found:
Pablo Finini and Gael Seydoux, both from Switzerland, played the heads-up, which lasted only a few hands. Pablo Finini defeats his opponent and won the third EPEC tournament. He took a prize of € 21.000 and Gael Seydoux, as the runner-up, received still € 16.000.

Here are a few pictures and videos of the final table:

EPEC Poker Final Table Pic 1
EPEC Poker Final Table Pic 2
EPEC Poker Final Table Pic 3
EPEC Winners Pic 1

Payouts of the EPEC III

Position Name Land Payout
1 Pablo Finini Switzerland € 21.000
2 Gael Seydoux Switzerland € 16.000
3 Johan Carlvik Sweden € 12.000
4 Marvin Torsoh Netherlands € 9.000
5 Susanne Birkemose Sweden € 7.000
6 Sohail Ghaleh Assadi Switzerland € 5.000
7 Dirk Willem Karsies Netherlands € 4.000
8 Mario Cotogno Italy € 3.000
9 Paweł Kabat Poland € 2.000
10 Jacopo Spandri Italy € 1.600
11 Ferenc Koreck Hungary € 1.600
12 Angelika Von Hielmcrone Germany € 1.600
13 Herman Campmans Netherlands € 1.300
14 Kersten Rutzel Germany € 1.300
15 Christian Müller Germany € 1.300
16 Benoist Fechner France € 1.000
17 Enrico Garzotto Italy € 1.000
18 Martin Sarat France € 1.000
19 Barna Jankacs Hungary € 800
20 Marco Orlandi Switzerland € 800
21 Maurizio Cuomo Italy € 800
22 Samuel Roman Alegre Rinne Spain € 600
23 Joffrey Huber Germany € 600
24 Clément Judic France € 600
25 Johann Richter Austria € 500
26 Emmanuel Rapinier France € 500
27 Jimmy Garnoy France € 500
28 Richard Dutour France € 400
29 Michael Hoegerl Germany € 400
30 Silke Burghardt Germany € 400
31 Istvan Marosi Hungary € 400
32 Teppo Helminen Finland € 400
33 Christophe Lacas France € 400
34 Cyril Gras France € 400
35 Piero Mormina Italy € 400
36 Jürgen Lautwein Germany € 400

I wish to thank Everest Poker for this great and well organized event. I hope that I can participate again in such a poker event in the near future.

Finally, many greetings to Stephi, Silke and Thomas, Robert and Nicole, Joffrey, Mareike and Klaus, Albert and Era and Robert “Susi” Werthan of Pokerfirma.de. Perhaps we can see us again in another tournament.

You can find more pictures of the EPEC III tournament on Flickr.

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1 Comment to EPEC III in Sardinia – Poker at its best

fußball blogger
May 28, 2009

Hey skylowlow,

thanks for your little travel report! Bad luck for you, but it seems like you had a great time. Now I really regret letting you win the qualification tournament ;-) See ya in Venice next year (hopefully)…

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