10/12/2012 : EUROPEAN POKER TOUR SAN REMO FALLS TO FRENCH ACE
French poker pro Ludovic Lacay enjoyed his biggest yet pay day, taking home Euro 744,000
French poker pro Ludovic Lacay and his bank manager will be on cordial terms this week after the French ace scored his biggest win yet in taking down the Pokerstars European Poker Tour San Remo main event for a take-home of Euro 744,000 and his first EPT title.
Lacay faced a talented final table that included Jason Lavallee €538,089, Artem Litvinov, Angelo Recchia, Jason Tompkins, Micah Raskin, Adrian Piasecki and Ismael Bojang, surviving to enter the heads up against Canadian pro Jason Lavallee with a 2 to 1 advantage.
The duo quickly agreed a chop that left Euro 100,000 up for grabs, before Lacay lowered the boom on his opponent and sent him to the cashier with a second placing claim to Euro 538,089.
In related news, the Euro 10,000 buy-in High Roller event at EPT San Remo fell to German poker ace Benny Spindler, enabling him to add another EPT trophy to his collection – he won the EPT Tallinn High Roller last year, along with the EPT London main event.
The trophy was accompanied by a pay day of Euro 253,000 as Spindler took the lion's share of a Euro 823,200 prize pool generated by 84 entrants for the event.
It was no easy task, and included battling through a formidable final table and a five hour heads up against Keven Stammen from the USA.
Spindler started the final day's action second to the chip leader but fought his way onto a final table that included Stammen, Joel Nordkvist, Joseph Cheong, Kent Roed, Philipp Gruissem, Igor Kurganov and Igor Yaroshevskyy.
That five hour heads up tussle saw Spindler holding an almost 3 to 1 lead at the start, but it turned out to be one for the books as Stammen fought back and the duo struggled for supremacy in an up-and-down contest that tested both players.
Perhaps that persuaded the two to agree a chop that left Euro 30,000 on the table for the winner, and enabled Stammen to claim a useful runner-up prize of Euro 200,000.