Kitai Earns Triple Crown with EPT Berlin Win

Davidi Kitai

Belgian Davidi Kitai became poker's fifth-ever Triple Crown winner by snagging the title at EPT Berlin on Saturday.

Kitai, also the first-ever Belgian WSOP bracelet winner and WPT title holder, earned €712,000 after outlasting Canadian Andrew Chen in an intense heads-up match to seal the win.

Chen, an EPT regular and respected pro in his own right, took home €613,000 for his-runner-up finish and the knowledge that he was simply outlasted by a tough player who made several marginal calls on the river to beat him.

Starting the heads-up match with the advantage, Chen put the heat on Kitai with his aggression but a key hand a couple hours in turned the tide in Kitai’s favor.

Kitai open to 350,000 with K 5 and Chen three-bet to 900,000 with KJo. Kitai called and the flop came Q-8-2.

Chen bet 615,000 and Kitai called. A turn 4 brought a 1.4m bet for Chen and Kitai called again.

A five on the river brought a shove from Chen and Kitai emerged from the tank with a great call to take control of the match.

Kitai polished Chen off shortly after and now moves to just under $3 million in live earnings with the win.

For a full recap of yesterday’s final table, check the PokerStars blog.

Final-table finshers and their payouts below:

1. Davidi Kitai €712,000

2. Andrew Chen €613,000

3. André Morath €290,000

4. Mario Puccini €220,000

5. Bahadir Kilickese €172,000

6. César García €133,000

7. Marc Wright €97,000

8. Pratyush Buddiga €72,000

The next stop on the EPT is the Grand Final which kicks off wth the €100,000 Super High Roller event tomorrow. will be on the scene with live reports so check our news section tomorrow.

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