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2014 Player of the Year? Ole Schemion Wins EPT San Remo High Roller

Everyone who follows the High Roller action has already heard of Ole Schemion. The German is a regular at the high stakes tournament tables around the world not passing any major event when it comes to the European Poker Tour.

He has over $4 million in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob Poker DB, including a big seven-figure win in the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final. He is a true EPT grinder playing a wide range of events with buy-ins ranging from €2,200 to $100,000. He is also the leader in the EPT Season 10 Player of the Year rankings. But he failed to capture a major tournament trophy. Until San Remo!

Schemion finally broke the ice yesterday and dominated the competition till the end, winning the €10,300 EPT San Remo High Roller event. He needed four cashes in the previous HRs and SHRs of Season 10 in Barcelona and the PCA to put his hands on the first big trophy of his career.

And he also needed just three hours to take down the last seven players left in the final day of the San Remo event.

The final table action started full steam ahead and the field shrank from eight to seven players in the very first hand of the day. The unlucky one was Tunisian Imed Ben Mahmoud. He was down under ten big blinds and immediately moved all-in after the chip leader American Philip Sternheimer open-raised. Mahmoud had a very good hand in #ad#qc but Sternheimer held the absolute nuts preflop – #ac#as. The Tunisian didn’t leave the table empty-handed, though, cashing in €36,550 for his eighth place finish.

Brit Tamer Kamel followed him after defending his big blind with #ac#5h. The initial preflop raiser, Canadian Max Greenwood, made a continuation bet on a #qd#qh#5s board and the Brit raised all-in with two pairs. Greenwood snap-called showing trips as he held #qs#js. Kamel received a €47,800 prize for his seventh place finish.

Griffin Benger hit the rail next; he had to make a move with his ten big-blind stack and shoved the button with #as#5h. Schemion called with #ac#kh and took all the chips in the middle after the #9s#4h#8d#8s#jh board ran out. Benger will head to his homeland Canada €60,700 richer.

The future winner made yet another victim in Italian Mustapha Kanit. It was a true war of the blinds with Kanit open-raising preflop and Schemion defending his big blind. The Italian confidently three-barreled to go all-in on the river with two pairs. The German, however, held two bigger pairs sending Kanit railing in fifth spot for €77,700.

The next elimination could have very well secured Schemion the title. Again, the war of the blinds was on, this time with the German trying to ‘steal’ the big blind of Sternheimer. The American three-bet, and Schemion min-four-bet. “Will you show if I fold?” Sternheimer asked, according to PokerStars Blog. But he couldn’t fold his #jh#js and eventually put all his stack in the middle. The German called with #as#ah, severely crippling the American who was left with about one big blind. The next hand meant doom for Sternheimer as he finished fourth for €96,700.

One hand later and another player was eliminated. Lone Russian Alex Bilokur made a bold move on the flop with bottom pair only to see he was dominated by Schemion’s top pair. For his performance, Bilokur cashed in €119,400.

The heads-up play lasted only fifteen minutes with the German securing his win in a classic Ace battle: #ah#jd vs. #as#4s. The runner-up Greenwood will take home a decent six-figure prize of €182,100.

The winner is now €265,000 richer. He is also very close to securing the top spot in the EPT Season 10 Player of the Year leaderboard. Only a miracle could dethrone him. And if a miracle does happen, be sure to check PokerUpdate as we will provide the latest updates from the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

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