Andre Lettau Wins EPT Barcelona Main Event For €794kAugust 28, 2014 11:51 am
The 2014 European Poker Tour Barcelona €5,300 main event marked the 100th EPT main event in the tour’s history, and the landmark event did not disappoint, either, after a record 1,496 players produced what turned out to be the biggest EPT field ever held on European soil. Seven days of action later, and it was 27-year-old internet pro Andre Lettau who remained to claim the title, and walk away with the huge €794,058 ($1,045,913) first place prize.
Following his terrific victory, the German pro, commented: “I’m excited to have won. I want to say thanks to my rail.” He also said that the money was all important to him, but added that it was also “OK to be an EPT champion.”
By the time the EPT Barcelona Main Event reached its final table of eight, Hossein Ensan was the chip leader on a 10,295,000 stack, followed by Samuel Phillips (9.035m), Ji Zhang (6.48m), then Andre Lettau (5.405m). Also in contention on much smaller stacks was Slaven Popov (3.72m), Andrey Shatilov (3.675m), Kiryl Radzivonau (3.42m), and Andrea Dato (2.825m).
Andre Lettau then claimed his first victim after his A-J bested Andrey Shatilov’s K-10 preflop shove to send the Russian to the rail in 5th for €286,000. Hossein Ensan (A-7) then did likewise to Andrea Dato (A-2) in 3rd (€362,000), after which the three remaining players agreed a deal in which Samuel Phillips would receive €1,021,275, Andre Lettau €704,058 and Hossein Ensan €652,667, with €90,000 earmarked for the eventual winner.
A short while later, Andre Lettau (K-Q) sent Hossein Ensan to the rail in 3rd to set up the final battle between Germany’s Lettau and USA’s Phillips for the title.
As heads-up began, Lettau held a 5-to-1 chip advantage over his final opponent and after reducing Phillips to just 12bb, the defining hand was played when he moved all-in preflop holding 8-7 only to be called by Lettau with K-10. The dealer subsequently put out a K-5-2-9-K board to lock up the win for Lettau.
Final Table Results:
1 – Andre Lettau (Germany) €794,058*
2 – Sam Phillips (USA) €1,021,275*
3 – Hossein Ensan (Germany) €652,667*
4 – Andrea Dato (Italy) €362,000
5 – Andrey Shatilov (Russia) €286,000
6 – Kiryl Radzivonau (Belarus) €224,500
7 – Ji Zhang (Germany) €171,600
8 – Slaven Popov (Bulgaria) €121,300