Through nearly ten full seasons of the European Poker Tour Greece had never been able to call one of their own a champion. That all changed Saturday in Deauville, France as 31-year-old Sotirios Koutoupas beat Eugene Katchalov heads-up to win EPT Deauville and €614,000 ($839,615 US).
“It was my time now, it was my time to win,” Koutoupas said after his win. “I was very lucky today in some situations, but that’s poker. Everything went well for me.”
Lucky indeed. Koutoupas twice cracked aces at the final table. The first time he made runner runner two pair with K Q to send Anthony Lerust, the lone French player at the final table, out in eighth place. The second time he held A K and flopped a flush to bust Harry Law in fifth. All told Koutoupas eliminated five of the final table’s eight players. Third place finisher Oliver Price took care of the other two eliminations.
The final hand also say Koutoupas come from behind. All the chips went in pre-flop with Koutoupas holding A 3 and Katchalov way ahead with A K. The 5 3 3 flop however was unkind to Katchalov and when the turn failed to produce any help for Katchalov he was Koutapas’ final victim of the day.
Katchalov, the 2011 BLUFF Player of the Year, would have added Triple Crown Winner to his resume had he been able to outlast Koutoupas. Instead he consoles himself with €379,500 ($518,948 US) runner-up money for his first six-figure score since August 2011.
“I’m satisfied with second place. I’ve got a lot of money to soothe my wounds,” Katchalov said.
Despite being an amateur poker player, Koutoupas now has an EPT title and a second place finish to his credit and over $1.5 million US in lifetime earnings. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Ramzi Jelassi at EPT Prague.
The event drew a field of 671 players, down from the 782 in Season 9. The next stop on the European Poker Tour is in Vienna, Austria March 12 – 19.
EPT Deauville Main Event Final Table Payouts
- Sotirios Koutoupas – €614,000 ($839,615 US)
- Eugene Katchalov – €379,500
- Oliver Price – €271,200
- Eli Heath – €207,800
- Harry Law – €164,600
- Rustem Muratov – €128,200
- Carlo De Benedittis – €93,000
- Anthony Lerust – €63,900
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