Andrey Pateychuk Wins 2011 EPT San Remo

Andrey Pateychuk has triumphed at the EPT San Remo, after overcoming a field of 879 players over six days to lift the title, and collect €680,000 ($963,056) in prize money after a heads-up chop was agreed.
The Russian pro cashed in at his first live tournament back in May 2010 and reached the media’s attention after placing 15th at this year’s WSOP Main Event for $478,174. With his latest victory in Italy, Andrey Pateychuk has now taken his career earnings to $1,489,349, to go with his $225,504 won online under the screen name “aangierr.”
First player to be eliminated in 8th (€63,694) was a short-stacked Kevin MacPhee, who pushed with 6-5 only to be called by Barney Boatman with Qs-7s. He was soon followed by Italy’s last hope Rocco Palumbo, who moved all-in with K-Q but exited in 7th place (€95,000), defeated by Jan Bednik’s pocket fives.
Just 15 minutes later, Yorane Kerignard got his marching orders in 6th (€130,000) holding pocket threes to  Dimitar Danchev’s Ad-Jd, while Slovakian Jan Bednik’s push with Kc-10c saw him leave the field in 5th (€170,000) while adding to Andrey Pateychuk’s stack, who had called him with pocket Jacks.
It was then time for the seasoned UK pro and Hendon Mob member Barny Boatman to bow out gracefully after pushing his 1.4 million stack with pocket threes into Pateychuk’s pocket queens. The board fell A-Q-6-J-J to eliminate Boatman who collected his biggest score to date of €225,000 ($322,766) for his 4th place finish.
Start of the day chip leader Daniel Neilson was then dispatched in 3rd (€285,000) holding A-5 to Dimitar Danchev’s A-9, thus heralding in the heads-up phase of the competition.
Bulgaria’s Dimitar Danchev and Russia’s Andrey Pateychuk subsequently decided to make a deal that saw them guaranteed €600,000 each with €80,000 still left to play.
Eventually, 2.5 hours later a short-stacked Danchev fell holding Ks-Qs to his opponent’s pocket sevens, with the board running out J-J-4-A-3. With his win, Andrey Pateychuk has now claimed Russia’s second EPT title.

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