Ludovic Lacay outlasted a field of 797 players to win the European Poker Tour Sanremo Main Event.
The victory was the young Frenchmen’s first ever major tournament triumph and the first place prize of € 744,910 was easily the biggest cash of his career.
Lacay wasn’t even thinking about the money and was simply over the moon to have won such a prestigious tournament.
“I don’t even think about the money just the accomplishment, getting their and beating all the players. When you start a tournament you aim for first place but you never expect to get it and here I am it’s amazing,” Lacay said.
Lacay lost a big hand to eventual runner-up Jason Lavallee during the final table but was able to rebuild his chip stack almost immediately and easily vanquish his foe when they went heads-up to claim the tournament.
“It felt really unfair to lose when I was favorite but I was like it doesn’t matter I’m just going to focus again because it’s not about deserving it’s about strength and I did my best to come back and I came back in chips, getting a bit lucky by winning all I played in against all the other players,” Lacay said.
“In heads-up I hit every board and he really had no chance.”
Lacay was so focused on winning the tournament that he didn’t even check had much money the winner would take home.
“I didn’t want to put any pressure on myself and I just wanted to play my game all the way to the end,” he said.
Before this tournament Lacay had a number of high finishes in major tournaments but had yet to break through for a maiden victory.
The European Poker Tour continues in Prague in December.
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