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    Friday, October 28th, 2011 by Ryan

The European Poker Tour’s San Remo event is officially in the books, and it featured a solid field of 837 players with a €3,734,694 prize pool. The first place winner was set to receive €800,000, the European Poker Tour trophy, and a bracelet for taking down the event. The event featured a whirlwind of players near the top of the leaderboard, but in the end it was one player that stood out above the rest. Andrey Pateychuk was the player in the end who outlasted the field, and took home the first place prize. Pateychuk is a 22 year old Russian poker pro who actually finished in 15th in this years World Series of Poker Main Event, and he now has a nice tournament victory to add to his already solid resume.

Play came down to Pateychuk and Dimitar Danchev who is a poker player from Bulgaria in the heads up play. Before heads up play began, the two players decided to make a deal, which gave both players €600,000, with the final €80,000 being awarded to the winner of the event. Play went Pateychuk’s way throughout most of the heads up match, but he ended up laying a huge bad beat on his opponent in order to gain control of the match.

The two went heads up for nearly two hours when they were almost even in terms of chips, and then the big hand came. Danchev started the action with a raise, and Pateychuk three bet, with Danchev calling. Pateychuk then threw out a continuation bet of 1,200,000 on a 2-4-9 flop with two spades. Danchev then made a raise, which led to Pateychuk shoving all in. Danchev made the call and turned over ten-nine off for top pair. Pateychuk was holding six-seven and was going to need a miracle to hold on to his tournament life. The miracle then came in the form of an 8 on the turn and a 5 on the river to give him the straight, and leave his opponent nearly on his way to the rail.

Danchev was able to double up once more, but it didn’t take many more hands before Pateychuk finally took out his opponent. This big score for Pateychuk may have made his miss of the 2011 WSOP Main Event final table a bit easier to deal with. This event is now his largest tournament cash in his career; and it is not a bad one for a player who just recently decided to get into poker just over three years ago. For Danchev, his €600k cash is also his biggest tournament win as well.

The following is the final table standings, and the payouts for the eight players who were able to outlast the other 829 players:

1. Andrey Pateychuk- €680,000 2. Dimitar Danchev- €600,000 3. Daniel Neilson- €285,000 4. Barny Boatman- €225,000 5. Jan Bendik- €170,000 6. Yorane Kerignard- €130,000 7. Rocco Palumbo- €95,000 8. Kevin MacPhee- €63,694

Most of the eyes in the poker world will now turn to the World Series of Poker November Nine, who will kick off their final table in Las Vegas on the 6th of November and will play until a final champion is crowned, and the $8 million payday is paid out to its eventual winner.

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