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Jensen Smashes to Victory at EPT Madrid
Denmark’s Frederik Jensen waded through a final table that included seasoned pros, recreational players and a French rap superstar to claim the 2012 PokerStars EPT Madrid main event title earlier today.
For the victory Jensen pocketed €495,000 and a Shamballa Jewels bracelet valued at more than €10,000.
That sum was added to the $1.44 million Jensen has already earned playing live poker tournaments, including a runner-up finish at the 2010 Aussie Millions main event worth over $1 million.
This event’s payout structure originally called for a €545k first-place prize but when action got three-handed, the remaining players struck a deal.
The agreement guaranteed Frederik Jensen €395,000, Andrei Stoenescu €330,000 and Fraser MacIntyre €290,000.
€100,000 and the title of EPT champion stayed on the table for the eventual winner.
Jensen Storms to Victory Following Deal
Romania’s Andrei Stoenescu was the first out post-chop. He got all-in on the flop with middle pair against Jensen’s open-ended straight flush draw and couldn’t dodge one of the Dane’s many outs.
Jensen entered the heads-up match with 9.5 million to MacIntyre’s 4.8 million but after just a few orbits that lead had grown to roughly 12 to 2.5.
15 minutes later the tournament was over.
The final hand saw MacIntyre open-shove 2.43 million with blinds of 60k/120k and a 10k ante with A♦ 9♠.
Jensen was more than happy to call with A♣ T♥ and it held up to make his victory official.
Thanks to his €290k payday Fraser MacIntyre moves into second place on Scotland’s all-time live tournament money list behind David Vamplew.
Here are the full final table payouts from EPT Madrid, adjusted to reflect the three-way chop.
- 1st. Frederik Jensen (Denmark) €495,000
- 2nd. Fraser MacIntyre (Scotland) €290,000
- 3rd. Andrei Stoenescu (Romania) €330,000
- 4th. Bruno Lopes (France) €140,000
- 5th. Ricardo Ibañez (Spain) €115,000
- 6th. Ilan Boujenah (France) €92,000
- 7th. Nicolas Levi (France) €69,450
- 8th. Jason Duval (Canada) €48,000
Before the three-handed deal was struck five players went broke, and three of them were French.
Lopes, Levi Among Pre-Deal Busts
The first player to exit this final table was Canadian Jason Duval, and he was followed by France’s Nicolas Levi.
Levi, who had made two EPT final tables previous to this, bowed out thanks to a lost preflop all-in race against fellow Frenchman Bruno Lopes.
Next out was Ilan Boujenah in sixth.
Boujenah emigrated from Israel to France to play online poker and is now ranked 132nd in the world in live tournaments on the Global Poker Index.
Boujenah has pulled close to $1 million in lifetime earnings with his score today in Madrid.
Start of day chip leader Ricardo Ibanez had found extreme good fortune on his way to the final table but that luck ran out in fifth place.
And finally, setting the stage for the three-way chop was Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes, out in fourth.
Lopes was one of the founding fathers of hip hop in France but has turned to poker in a big way in recent years. Click here to read a conversation we had with him in Cannes last year.
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