French businessman wins EPT Warsaw

Warsaw winner
'I am not a professional player, I play for fun.'

A French businessman who plays more for the love of the game than the money won himself a PokerStars European Poker Tour title in Warsaw this weekend.

"I think I was lucky today," said Christophe Benzimra, who beat Italian pro Alfio Battisti heads-up to win the Polish leg of the tour and its almost €360,000 first-place prize.

"I am not a professional player, I play for fun. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not giving up work. I play poker just for the pleasure of it."

The owner of a Plexiglas factory in Bucharest, Romania, the 47-year-old began playing poker just three years ago and has competed in almost every EPT over the past two years.

The win represents his first cash.

Held at the Casinos Poland at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the fourth edition of EPT Warsaw drew 203 players creating a more than €1.1 million prize pool.

Considering the event is not televised, EPT Warsaw is traditionally the least-attended EPT stop.

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, who broke his own records by reaching a fifth EPT final table and recording his 12th cash, finished fourth.

Although he has yet to win an EPT title, Pagano's finish pushed him past fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier on the EPT all-time Tournament Leader Board.

Oleksandr Vaserfirer, who began the final tale with the chip lead, finished third.

Ukrainian Ruslan Prydryk finished fifth and Canadian Clayton Mozdzen, one of 33 PokerStars qualifiers in Warsaw, finished sixth.

Russians Alexander Klimashin and Anatoly Gurtovoy finished seventh and eight respectively.

EPT Warsaw also included a nine-man High Roller event, won by Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri.

Next up on the PokerStars European Poker Tour is EPT Vilamoura set for Nov. 17-22 in Portugal.

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