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Elder Earns EPT San Remo Title
24-year-old British pro Rupert Elder captured the EPT San Remo title on the Italian Riviera Tuesday.
The former economics student earned €930,000 for the win and took home a Shamballa Jewels bracelet, a seat in the EPT Grand Final and a seat in the EPT Champion of Champions event.
The fourth British champion so far this season, Elder beat German Max Heinzelmann heads-up.
Beginning to develop a bit of a bridesmaid reputation, Heinzelmann also finished runner-up three weeks ago at EPT Berlin.
“I’m very happy to have won, very excited," Elder said. "It hasn’t actually sunk in yet. Max is a great player – he was definitely my toughest opponent at the table.”
25-year-old Canadian Xuan Liu finished third. The first female final tablist on the EPT this season, Liu is a former University of Waterloo student - a breeding ground for poker pros including Glen Chorny, Michael Watts, Michael “Timex” McDonald and Nenad Medic.
Team PokerStars Pro and EPT6 Kyiv champion Max Lykov finished fourth.
A total of 987 players from 57 countries entered the €5,300 main event creating a total prize pool of €4,786,950.
Next up for the European Poker Tour is the season ending Grand Final in Madrid, Spain beginning Saturday.
Here's how the final table finished up in San Remo:
1 Rupert Elder €930,000
2 Max Heinzelmann €600,000
3 Xuan Liu €360,000
4 Max Lykov €290,000
5 Francesco De Vivo €220,000
6 Massimiliano Manigrasso €170,000
7 Costantino Russo €125,000
8 Roberto Spada €81,950