Frenchman Remi Castaignon outlasted a field of 782 players to win the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event on Sunday.
Castaignon survived a rollercoaster ride during the final table to claim his first major tournament victory and take home the first place prize of €770,000.
A tired Castaignon was clearly delighted to have scored the biggest payday of his poker career and live out a life dream.
“I haven’t really taken in the fact that I am the winner yet,” Castaignon said.
“I always said in my head that one day I would win a big tournament.”
Castaignon started the final table with forty percent of chips left in play but lost a massive hand to German Enrico Rudelitz early on the final day of the event that decimated his chip stack.
“I started off the final table as chip leader but I did go down to four million in chips,” Castaignon said.
“But I never lost hope and I always believe that I was going to win.”
Castaignon said he was mentally and physical exhausted and could even think about his poker future.
“I am going to have a rest and think about it,” Castaignon laughed.
Earlier in the day Vojtech Ruzicka was crowned European Poker Tour Deauville High Roller Champion claiming the first place prize of €313,000.
Like most high-roller events the field was stacked but Ruzicka was still able to overcome a poor start and claim victory.
“I had a really bad start, I was short stacked after day one but then I started running good and my bluffs worked like they should so everything was fine,” Ruzicka said.
Ruzicka said he enjoys playing high roller tournaments because there are still players in the field he believes he can outplay.
“There was a lot of great players in this tournament but there was still maybe twenty percent of players who are not so good so it is still good to play,” Ruzicka said.
The European Tour takes a short break but will return on the 10th of March with the highly-anticipated London Festival of Poker.
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