Daniel Pidun has steamrolled the final table to win the European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.
It took Pidun just six hours to claim victory and he took home €880,000 as well as a European Poker Tour Trophy for his efforts.
After working hard to qualify for the final table Pidun changed gears on the final day of the tournament and dominated from start to finish.
“Yesterday I started pretty good and then during the day I lost a lot of my stack and I was worried I was going to be the final table bubble boy again but thank god I won some hands and I avoided it,” Pdiun said.
Pidun took the chip lead early in the final table and used his big stack to perfection, putting constant pressure on the short stacks.
By the time the tournament was three-handed Pidun had accumulated an almost unassailable chip lead and he wasted no time eliminating Lasse Frost and Robert Haigh to win his first major poker tournament.
It was an incredible effort by the amateur poker player who has been playing the game for less than five years.
“My brother brought me to poker,” Pidun said.
“He was always speaking with his friends about poker; about the flop, turn and river; I didn’t even understand what those words meant.
“After a while I became more interested and I started playing.
“I played a tournament at my local casino and finished second, which won me a ticket into the EPT Dortmund event.”
Pidun has turned that ticket into a lucrative poker career and he now made over $1 million playing live tournament poker.
Despite the massive monetary windfall the father of two doesn’t believe this victory will change his life.
“It is a nice prize pool but it won’t change my life a lot, it will just make my life a little easier,” Pidun said.
We have almost reached the conclusion of Season 9 of the European Poker Tour with the EPT Grand Final kicking off on May 6th in Monte Carlo.
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