Remi Castaignon (photo: PokerStars blog)
Despite a major wobble early, Frenchman Remi Castaignon held on to win the 2013 EPT Deauville main event title and €770,000 today in France.
Coming into the day as the overwhelming leader with 40% of the chips, Castaignon got involved in a huge pot early against German Enrico Rudelitz that almost ruined it for him.
Calling all the way down, Castaignon made a huge hero call on the river with fives on a Q♣ 6♦ 3♠ T♣ 4♦ board only to see Rudelitz flip over queens for top set.
The 8-million chip pot gave Rudelitz the lead and the momentum. But as can often happen in poker, Castaignon kept his head in the game, battled back and eventually prevailed against Lebanon's Walid Bou Habib heads-up.
An insurance broker from a small town in the Pyreness, Castaignon earned €770,000 for the win.
Bou Habib took home €475,000 for second while Rudelitz eventually crashed out in 4th for €215,000.
Jeff "YoungSupremacy" Hakim, the best known player at the final table and one of three players from Lebanon, came in the short stack and got coolered early to finish in 8th.
Official EPT Deauville Results and payouts:
- 1. Remi Castaignon €770,000
- 2. Walid Bou Habib €475,000
- 3. Robert Romeo Belgium €275,000
- 4. Enrico Rudelitz €215,000
- 5. Franck Kalfon €165,000
- 6. Joseph El Khoury €125,000
- 7. Noel Gaens €87,800
- 8. Jeffrey Hakim €60,000
Ruzicka Wins EPT Deauville High Roller
Vojtech Ruzicka (photo: PokerStars blog)
On the other final table wrapping up today, Czech Vojtech Ruzicka earned his biggest career score by taking down the High Roller final table for €313,000.
Ruzicka outlasted a table filled with tough opponents including Bryn Kenney, Steven "Zugwat" Silverman, Tim Reilly, Martin Jacobson and 2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel.
The final eight and payouts:
- 1. Vojtech Ruzicka €313,000
- 2. Timothy Reilly €180,000
- 3. Alexandre Reard €105,700
- 4. Martin Jacobson €83,200
- 5. Bryn Kenney €64,100
- 6. Steven Silverman €47,500
- 7. Jonathan Duhamel €38,000
- 8. Alain Goldberg €28,500
For a full recap of both final tables, check the PokerStars blog.