With an epic heads-up battle lasting six hours on its own, the final three opted for a three-way deal. After beating the near 1,500 strong field, who each paid €5,300 to play the first EPT event of Season 11, Andre Lettau emerged victorious.
The German took home the title and €794,058 in prize money, though runner-up Samuel Phillips took home a lot more thanks to the three-handed deal. Phillips banked over a million Euros in total (€1,021,275), while the third player in the deal, Hossein Ensan, picked up €652,667.
Final Table Results
|2||Samuel Phillips||United States||€1,021,275|
Ensan started the day with the chip lead, being the only player with over 10 million in chips. But it was Lettau who made the first move early in the day, winning four pots in a row and pushing himself up the leaderboard. Phillips made an early run himself, soon taking the chip lead from Ensan after picking up aces against Ensan’s King of Hearts/Jack of Spades.
Phillips continued to dominate the remaining players, constantly keeping the pressure on them as they were forced to concede pot after pot due to ICM.
Andrey Shatilov was the only player on the final table with previous EPT final-table experience, having made the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final table a couple of years ago. Yet even his experience couldn’t help him for long. The Russian played well, but found himself short with a King and 10 of Spades. Lettau made the call with an Ace of Spades/Jack of Hearts and the board was left with just four players.
Andrea Dato was soon eliminated in fourth place, leaving the final three to play it out. Phillips soon won a monster pot and took the lead. It was at this point the three remaining players had a heated discussion, working out a deal that left €90,000 for the winner. Ensan was soon eliminated by Lettau.
This meant Lettau started the heads-up battle with a 5-1 chip lead against Phillips but over the course of the following hours the lead swapped hands several times. After 141 hands of heads-up action – more than in the rest of the final table itself – the tournament came to an end on Hand #273.
All eyes are now on London, where the next EPT event will start in just over a months’ time.
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