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German wins PokerStars.com EPT Deauville
This year's edition of PokerStars.com EPT Deauville marked the triumphant return of the European Poker Tour to France, but it ended up being a German who stole the show.
Moritz Kranich, a 28-year-old online pro from Hamburg, outlasted a record field of 645 players to win a staggering €851,400. It was the first time in three years that the EPT had rolled into picturesque Deauville to host a world-class tournament.
"It's amazing to win this event," said Kranich. "I never imagined when I got here on Tuesday that this would happen. I'm very, very happy."
Moritz, who married six months ago, now plans to buy an apartment for his wife Jessica while playing more EPT tournaments and the Surinder Sunar, Freddy Deeb, Joao Barbosa and Team here.
Thanks to this year's success there is a strong chance that the EPT will return to Casino de Deauville another €5,350 buy-in tournament next year.
In the meantime, the next stop on the PokerStars European Poker Tour is EPT Copenhagen in Denmark. The €5,300 event takes place Feb. 17-21 at Casino Copenhagen in the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel.
For your shot at qualifying for an EPT event, head to PokerStars.