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EPT Berlin Season 9: Daniel Pidun wins €880k top prize

Pidun simply destroyed his opponents – taking the chiplead early and never faltering as he knocked out player after player and increasing his lead to what would eventually become insurmountable.

The win marks an exceptional three-year stretch for amateur player Pidun, who finished ninth in this event in 2011 and 17th a year ago. He found victory this time earning €880,000 after putting away Robert Haigh to seal the tournament.

With just three players remaining Pidun had amassed a huge chip lead over his two opponents.  Lasse Frost was knocked out in third place and he took home €325,000. Haigh doubled up once but it wasn’t nearly enough to get a chance to compete with Pidun’s huge stack. On the final hand Pidun shoved all in with nine-eight of spades and Haigh snap-called with ace-king. The flop gave Pidun a pair of eights and Haigh did not manage to catch up.

Haigh walked away with €531,000 for his second place finish while Pidun was crowned the Season 9 EPT Berlin winner.

Commenting on his win, Pidun said, “I don’t know, [Berlin] seems to be my city. But I’m very happy. It’s a dream come true.” The final table payouts and Card Player Player of the Year points were:

  1. Daniel Pidun (Germany) — €880,000 
(1,824 Player of the Year points)
  2. Robert Haigh (Germany) — €531,000 
(1,520 PoY points)
  3. Lasse Frost (Denmark) — €325,000 (1,216 PoY points)
  4. Pascal Vos (Netherlands) — €255,000 
(912 PoY points)
  5. Alexander Helbig (Germany) — €202,200 
(760 PoY points)
  6. Roman Herold (Germany) — €155,000 
(608 PoY points)
  7. Julian Thomas (Germany) — €110,000 
(456 PoY points)
  8. Roman Korenev (Russia) — €77,000 (304 PoY points)

With his points, Pidun is now joint ninth place in the Card Player Player of the Year rakings, tying with French pro Remi Castignon.

Elsewhere in Berlin, 28-year-old Griffen Benger from Canada won the EPT High Roller tournament for €429,000. The €10,300 buy in event attracted 103 players plus 37 re-entries creating a prize pool of €1.37 million.

With the EPT Berlin event over, the European poker world will now set its sights on Monte Carlo for the Season 9 finale for the EPT. The EPT Grand Final will be contested in Monaco from 6-15 May with a huge field expected to be in attendance for what is essentially the EPT’s Grand Championship.

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Bradley Chalupski

Bradley Chalupski made his first deposit onto an online poker site in 2009 and has been paying rake and following the poker scene ever since. He received his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010.