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EPT Tallinn: Mattern Third in Bid for Second EPT Title
A massive suck out derailed French Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern’s bid to become the first player with two EPT titles in Tallinn Monday night.
Mattern, who won EPT Prague in 2007 and had a previous shot at becoming the first two-time EPT title holder at a final table in Warsaw back in 2008, ended EPT Tallinn in third after he got it in with queens against Kevin Stani's threes only to see a three come on the turn.
A Norwegian PokerStars qualifier, Stani went on to beat Moscow student Konstantin Bilyauer heads up to book the €400,000 win in the EPT's kickoff to its seventh season.
A total of 420 players dropped the €4,250 buy-in to play PokerStars EPT Tallinn, making it the biggest poker tournament ever held in Estonia.
Stani, a 27-year-old business management graduate, won his seat in a $530 online satellite on PokerStars just days before the event began.
"I was playing cash games online and just randomly saw the satellite advertised in the PokerStars lobby," he said." I wanted to come here anyway so I thought I'd play it. It feels awesome to win. I've been through some tough times which have made it hard to focus.. made it hard to play.. but I stayed with poker and told myself things are going to get better. I'm glad I did."
His previous best live result was 127th in this year's WSOP Main Event for $57,000.
While players like Jason Mercier and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier have won EPT Main Event and High Roller titles, no player has two EPT Main Event wins.
Mattern, who has over $1.7 million in career tournament earnings, had to settle for the €160,000 third-place prize in Tallinn.
Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano also achieved a record-breaking 15th cash in the tournament taking 26th place for € 8,000.
Next up for the EPT is a stop in Vilamoura, Portugal Aug. 28- Sept. 2.