Eight players returned today to play for the EPT San Remo title, but they all knew that only one would walk away as the winner, while the rest would have to settle for the rest. Of these eight, only one had a previous title to her name – Victoria Coren–Mitchell, who was going for her second EPT victory after a 2006 trophy in London.
Coren did not try to hide her excitement going into today’s final table despite being the shortest stack. She was determined to give her best and fight for the title all the way, although at one point when the play got four-handed, she tweeted that this might be as far as she would go. But it wasn’t!
After getting through grueling three-handed play, she ended up in a heads-up match for the title against the Italian Giacomo Fundaro. Unlike three-handed, heads-up play did not last long, as Vicky got her opponent all-in on the turn holding top two pair against Fundaro’s slow-played pocket Aces. She needed to fade the river as Giacomo had a few outs, but as the river bricked out, it was all over. Victoria Coren–Mitchell made it – she won her second EPT title, together with €476,100 and a stunning luxury watch to match. Not only this, but she enters poker history as the first two-time EPT champion! Fundaro will have to settle for second place and a very nice cash of €298,700, but no title for him on this occasion.
Third place elimination really took a while, as all three players were looking for their chance to get into heads-up battle. But eventually, it was Coren who managed to really build up her short stack and eliminate Jordan Westmorland. She took most of Westmorland’s stack in a trips versus trips confrontation and finished off what she had started a couple of hands later when she rivered an Ace with her Ace-Trey against the Queen-Six of Westmorland. Third place was good for €213,850.
Things just wouldn’t work out for Andrea Benelli. After catching some heat at the start of the day, the deck simply went cold on him and he had no luck picking up spots either. His stack was dwindling and he eventually found himself all-in against Fundaro and despite having a dominating hand, he failed to hold. He walked away with fourth place and prize money of 166,700.
Fifth place went to Italian Andreas Goeller. The payday of €130,750 is probably not a disappointment for someone who plays poker as a hobby. Finishing in sixth, Bruno Stefanelli managed to better his best live cash so far as he walked away with €102,700.
We do not see many Croats at EPT final tables, which meant that Andrija Martic’s performance today attracted some attention. Sadly for all supporting him, he wasn’t able to take the first EPT title back to Croatia, as he was eliminated in seventh place. Things didn’t really go right for him today, and eventually it was a bead beat that took the remainder of his chips after his Ace–Jack lost to Benelli’s King–Jack. Probably not the result Andrija was hoping for, but he still takes home €76,650 for his performance in San Remo.
Frenchman Emmanuel Pariset had been playing on a short stack for most of Day 4 and Day 5, but managed to get to the final table. Unfortunately for him, his luck ran out today. Pariset actually made an all-in move out of turn on a six-high flop holding King–Queen and was met with a quick call from Benelli with pocket Kings. Despite picking up a flush draw on the turn, he failed to improve on the river and was the first of the final table to hit the rail with €53,100 for his efforts.
And just like that, it was over. The EPT San Remo Main Event has reached its culmination and another champion of poker was crowned – or crowned again this time. All congratulations to Vicky Coren for her performance in the Main Event and her second EPT title, and to all others who made it to the final table.
San Remo did not disappoint (not that EPTs ever do). Although this event is over, the next one is just around the corner and soon enough we’ll be enjoying more great poker. Good game!