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Dane Shreds Inaugural EPT Snowfest
Online poker pro Allan “Sifosis” Baekke froze out the competition at PokerStars.net European Poker Tour Snowfest this weekend.
Baekke, a 27-year-old Dane from Copenhagen, outlasted 545 players to win the EPT title and €445,000 first place prize.
"I feel awesome," said Baekke. "It's so big. It's every poker player's dream."
German poker pro Johannes Strassman made the final table and appeared destined to win the event until Baekke rivered a flush against his top two-pair to eliminate the Team PokerStars Pro in third place for €166,000.
The rest of the final table was made up primarily of lesser known players although Canadian Russell Carson had a huge contingent of friends and family cheering him on to his eventual runner-up finish for €296,000.
Another highlight was Austrian Lukas Baumann who did his best to make the hometown crowd proud before finishing in seventh place for €46,000.
The tournament marked the first time PokerStars had ventured into the Australian Alps to host Snowfest.
Taking place at the Alpine Palace Card Casino in Hinterglemm, the €3,500 buy-in event took place over six days from March 21-26.
Snowfest was attended by several big name poker players including Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Lex Veldhuis and Alexander Kravchenko.
The EPT now shifts its focus to the Italian and French Riviera with EPT San Remo scheduled for April 15-21 and the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo taking place April 25-30.