Belgien pro Davidi Kitai this weekend won the EPT Berlin Main Event after defeating Andrew Chen heads-up. The win gave Kitai a €712,000 first prize and awarded him a Triple Crown title.
The European Poker Tour this weekend took another step towards its season finale in Monte Carlo, Monaco, as Belgian pro Davidi Kitai secured himself the Main Event title after beating Canadian Andrew Chen heads-up for the penultimate EPT trophy of the year.
The €5,000 Berlin Main Event saw a stellar field of seasoned tournament pros turn up at the Berlin Spielbank venue, with several former EPT champions taking their seats for Day 1A and 1B last week.
Following five days of play, 2011 EPT Snowfest winner Vladimir Geshkenbein looked as if he would become the first double EPT champion after securing a crucial chip lead with 24 players left, but the Russian failed to keep his momentum and was eliminated in tenth place, just shy of another EPT final table.
Instead, Belgian pro Davidi Kitai would break away and create all the headlines, as he fought his way through an agonizingly tough final table in order to face Canadian pro Andrew Chen heads-up for title.
The duo represented the most experienced players of the final table, and proved to be an all but even match once heads-up play went underway.
The players' respect for each other was further underlined as they decided to make a deal after the first dinner break, giving Kitai €632,000 and Chen €613,000, while leaving €80,000 left in play.
For Kitai, however, there was more than just another bundle of Euro notes on the line, as he would secure himself a Triple Crown title with an EPT win, as the just fifth player in history to take down WPT, WSOP and EPT events.
Following an intensely entertaining heads-up round, the Belgian would do just that, as he went on to take over a big enough a chip lead to force through a final showdown.
Eventually, the title was decided as Kitai shoved his [kd] [7h] into Chen's [Ad] [qh] with the dealer laying out a [kh] [6s] [6d] [3s] [ks] board to give Kitai a full house and the win.
"I feel really great," Kitai said about his achievement, according to the PokerStars Blog
"It's amazing. I didn't expect to beat that field. I feel really good," he added.
Meanwhile, Chen collected his €613,000 runner-up prize, showing dignity in defeat as he congratulated the new champion.
For both players, a new task will now lie ahead already this week, as the European Poker Tour finishes off its Season 8 in Monte Carlo with the €10,000 Grand Final on Wednesday.
The Monte Carlo final will mark on of the highlights of the European tournament calendar, and will go on to make an early start already today, as the €100,000 Super High Roller gets underway at 2pm, local time.