EPT Grand Final - Madrid - Live Updates

Day 5 Live Updates

05/13/2011 (4 years ago)

Ivan Freitez Wins EPT Grand Final Madrid

Ivan Freitez
Run-good reigns supreme.

This year’s EPT Grand Final is over and Ivan Freitez is champion! They say momentum is a big factor in winning majors and it’s doubtful we’ve ever seen a better example than Freitez’s victory tonight.

He came into four-handed play as the dominant chip leader and even though he didn’t always get it in with the best hand, it was apparent to everyone that there was no stopping Ivan Freitez.

Ivan Freitez takes €1.5 millions and his very first major title. Torsten Brinkmann takes second and over $1 million.

Torsten Brinkmann Runners-Up for €900,000

He put up a fight but in the end Ivan Freitez’s run-good was just too powerful. The final hand started with Ivan Freitez opening with 9Ts and Torsten Brinkmann shipping with big slick.

A nine on the flop was all it took to put Freitez in the lead and after the turn and river bricked it was all over.

Tamas Lendvai Finshes 3rd for €550,000

Continuing the trend of super-run-good, Ivan Freitez has put a bad beat on Tamas Lendvai to send him out in 3rd place.

All-in pre-flop with pocket nines to Freitez’s A-9, Lendvai was looking good for the double. An ace on the flop changed all that, leaving Lendvai drawing to just one out to survive.

The case nine didn’t make an appearance and Lendvai was forced to ship he stack across the table.

Danilyuk Busts 4th, takes €400,000

Andrey Danilyuk open-shoved from the button and Freitez re-shoved from the small blind, forcing a heads-up all-in confrontation.

When the cards were on their backs we saw A-9 for Freitez racing Danilyuk’s pocket treys. The pair stayed best all the way to river, when an ace hit the felt and shipped yet another massive pot to the eventual champion.

Andrey Danilyuk takes €400,000 for his 4th place finish.

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05/12/2011 (4 years ago)

Final Four at EPT Grand Final Madrid

Ivan Freitez
Ivan the awesome.

Two more players have been eliminated since we checked in last, leaving us with the final four and marking the beginning of an approximately four-hour break.

In case you haven't been informed, the remainder of this final table will be streamed live, with hole cards and a two-hour delay.

In the meantime we've got a party to go to. PokerStars has rented out a club in Madrid for the EPT Awards and will be hosting media and players alike for the next few hours.

But, getting back to the final table report, both Eugene Yanayt and Juan Maceiras have been eliminated. Ivan Freitez dispatched with Yanayt, getting it in good with nines to Yanayt's fives. The nines held and Yanayt was out in 6th for €250,000.

Shortly after, Juan Maceiras three-bet shoved for 1.9 million over an opening raise from Torsten Brinkmann. Brinkmann snapped him off with AK and it held up against Juan's QJs. Juan Maceiras is out in 5th for €315,000

Thanks in part to his elimination of Eugene Yanayt, Ivan Freitez is now the overwhelming chip leader with about 40% of the chips in play. Check out the counts below and join us in a few hours for the conclusion of this year's EPT Grand Final

Ivan Freitez 7720000
Torsten Brinkmann 6750000
Tamas Lendvai 3790000
Andrey Danilyuk 2460000
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05/12/2011 (4 years ago)

Freitez Leads Final 6 - EPT Grand Final Madrid

Ivan Freitez
Chip leader Ivan Freitez.

Today's final table got off to a late start due to the seemingly inevitable technical difficulties associated with live streaming but the players made up for it by getting straight down to business.

We've already lost two players and, obviously, they were the two name players.

Andrew Li, who holds the speed record for earning SuperNova Elite on PokerStars, was the short stack and the first to bust. He three-bet shoved A-Q from the small blind after Eugene Yanayt opened and got a call from pocket treys.

Yanayt didn't hit an ace or a queen but the board double-paired and counterfeited Li's pair. Andrew Li took €130,000 for his eighth-place finish.

Next out was Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes, who had a shot at winning poker's Triple Crown, having already won a WSOP bracelet and a WPT major. That dream evaporated when he open-shoved 7-8 from the small blind and got called by Eugene Yanayt with pocket tens.

Gomes turned an eight but couldn't get there on the river. He's out in 7th for €185,000.

Check out the current chip counts below and check back for more highlights in a bit.

Ivan Freitez 5500000
Eugene Yanayt 5000000
Torsten Brinkmann 3500000
Tamas Lendvai 2860000
Juan Maceiras 2200000
Andrey Danilyuk 1880000
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05/12/2011 (4 years ago)

Final Table Counts and Profiles - EPT Grand Final

Half man, half machine.

We're moments away from the commencement of the final table here at the PokerStars.com Grand Final and we've got the chip counts and profiles for you right here.

(If you're wondering how it went down last night we've got the full story right here on our EPT Day 4 live coverage page)

Final Table Chip Counts

Ivan Freitez Venezuela 5995000
Juan Maceiras Spain 3150000
Andrey Danilyuk Russia 2645000
Eugene Yanayt USA 2420000
Torsten Brinkmann Germany 1875000
Alex Gomes Brazil 1670000
Tamas Lendvai Hungary 1655000
Andrew Li USA 1210000

Big ups to Mad Harper and the EPT staff for supplying us with these profiles!

Seat 1: Eugene “oogee” Yanayt, 27, Santa Monica, California, USA – PokerStars SuperNova Elite – 2,420,000

Yanayt is one of the top Triple Draw cash games players in the world, regularly competing against high-stakes players such as Gus Hansen, Phil Ivey and Matt “hoss_tbf” Hawrilenko. Yanayt’s family hail from Russia and he grew up in Moscow until he was nine when he moved to Boston with his mother.

Yanayt majored in Computer Science at University in Los Angeles (where he now lives) but has been playing poker for around nine years. As a SuperNova Elite, Yanayt was given a package to this year’s PCA and bought his way in to the 2010 PCA with FPPs, but he doesn’t play many tournaments and still has virtually no live tournament results apart from a 414th place cash in the WSOP Main Event in 2006 for £30,000.

On Day 3, Yanayt, who is a FIDE ranked chess master, went from 64,000 to a 2,374,000 chip lead, thanks to three big hands against Allen Bari, EPT Berlin champion Ben Wilinofsky and Ole-Kristian Nergard.

Seat 2: Tamas Lendvai, 39, Budapest, Hungary – 1,655,000

Last July Tamas Lendvai beat a 505-player field at IPT Venice to win €235,000, propelling him well on his way to topping the Italian Poker Tour tournament leader board. That victory was one of five cashes the Hungarian has made on the IPT. His achievements last year, live and online, also convinced Lendvai to become “three-quarters pro,” as he puts it, spending much of his other time running his own security company.

Lendvai started playing five years ago, dabbling in small live tournaments in Hungary after becoming enthralled with the game on TV. It’s become a profitable passion as he’s since racked up $566,464 in live winnings and another quarter-million at PokerStars under the screen name ‘tomicars’.

On the chance of winning the EPT Grand Final title and €1,500,000, Lendvai said: “It’s the most prestigious event in the world, more so than the World Series now, it’s packed with the best players. My first goal was to make the final table, we’ll see what happens after that.”

The Hungarian, a regular feature at PokerStars tournaments around the world, has achieved his first goal. Live TV will reveal how much further he can go – he’s a very real threat at this final table.

Seat 3: Juan Maceiras, 26, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain– Team PokerStars Pro – 3,150,000

Former law student Maceiras took up poker while studying international business in St Louis, Missouri. After building his bankroll in local tournaments in Spain, he started to compete in bigger buy-in events and in 2007 got his first break when he came ninth at EPT Barcelona, earning €64,800. Just a few months later, he bettered that finish with a sixth place at EPT Warsaw, worth 344,641 Polish zloty (approx $148,000).

In addition to those big scores, Macerias has also cashed at EPT San Remo and EPT Prague; came third in the €2,000 event at last season’s EPT Grand Final, and was runner-up in the Estrellas Poker Tour inaugural event in Alicante, for €44,000.

He has also clocked up impressive results online, including PokerStars’ Wednesday Quarter Million in January 2009, and the Main Event of the first-ever Iberian Championship of Online Poker in February 2011.

When Maceiras turned pro, he was following in the footsteps of his sister Maria - a former Spanish poker champion - and his father Juan Antonio “Vietcong01” Barros, who has won both the PokerStars Sunday Million and the PokerStars Warm-up.

Seat 4: Andrey Danilyuk, 25, Moscow, Russia – PokerStars qualifier - 2,645,000

Danilyuk has played numerous EPTs (he thinks around 20) but making the final table of this season’s Grand Final is his best result to date. Last year Danilyuk played in Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko’s World Cup of Poker team and he is being railed in Madrid by a large group of Russian players.

Danilyuk, who also runs an online food-and-drink retail business, has been playing poker around six years, both live and online. Online his biggest cash has been for around €20,000.

He says he steers clear of big buy-in events. He came 51st at last season’s EPT Grand Final, for €31,000, but his biggest live cash to date was 201st at last summer’s World Series Main Event, where he earned $48,847.

Seat 5: Andrew Li, 25, Arlington, Virginia, USA – PokerStars SuperNova Elite – 1,120,000

Li has been playing poker since 2004 and professionally since 2008, after he graduated from the University of Virginia where he studied Biology and Psychology. Li primarily plays sit and goes on PokerStars under the handle "azntracker" and plays between 30 and 40 tables at once.

This year he broke the record for reaching SuperNova Elite in the quickest time. It took him just two months, breaking the previous speed record by nearly three weeks. He only decided to come and play Madrid the day before the tournament started as his room mate (Pariesh "Dana Gordon" Jain) was making the trip.

He’s now banking his biggest win by far - wherever he finishes in the final. After this year's WSOP he is planning to relocate to Sydney, Australia so he can carry on his online career. Away from the tables Li likes to travel and participate in many outdoor action-adventure pursuits.

Seat 6: Ivan Freitez, 46, Caracas, Venezuela – 5,995,000

Freitez has played numerous EPTs and already cashed twice this season – 16th at EPT Copenhagen in February, for Danish Kroner 105,000 (nearly $20,000) and 55th at EPT Snowfest, for €6,400. His best result to date was winning a $1,000 no-limit tournament at the Venetian last July, for $108,170. Although the father-of-three describes himself as a professional poker player, Freitez runs his own transport business. Today is a double celebration for Freitez – today is his youngest son Ivan’s fifth birthday and it’s his wedding anniversary tomorrow for the final table.

Seat 7: Torsten Brinkmann, 27, Osnabrück, Germany – 1,875,000

Economics student Brinkmann has been playing poker since 2006 and is a regular in heads-up cash games, as well as the Sunday tournaments on PokerStars. He also plays live in his home casino in Osnabrück.

His best online result was runner-up in a $215 WCOOP event, for $193.620, in 2009, losing heads-up to Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ElkY Grospellier. His best live finish was first place at the €1,000 Twente Classics Enschede, for €33,480.

This is his third EPT. He cashed last season at EPT Berlin in 88th place for €12,000. Brinkmann is being railed in Madrid by his girlfriend Natalie Hof, one of the last six contestants left in the German poker talent show “Das PokerStars.de Ass” which is airing now in Germany.

Seat 8: Alex Gomes, 28, Curitiba, Brazil - Team PokerStars Pro – 1,670,000

Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes is in a unique position to become only the third ever winner of poker’s “Triple Crown.” The 28-year-old Brazilian already has a WPT victory under his belt (Bellagio Cup, 2009, $1,187,670) and a WSOP bracelet ($2,000 No Limit, 2008, $ 770,540); now he needs an EPT title to become only the third member of poker’s most exclusive club.

Only four years ago Alex was fully set on a career as a lawyer. He played poker at home with friends but was committed to his career and was already a partner in a corporate law firm. However, once he started playing online poker he was soon winning big money, including first place in the Wednesday Hundred Fifty Grand for $65,333.

Eventually he turned pro – a decision which brought rapid rewards. First he took down the $2k NLHE event at the 2008 WSOP, for $770,540; then he joined Team PokerStars Pro and only weeks later came fourth at the first LAPT event in Punta del Este, in Uruguay.

Gomes, who came 33rd at last season’s EPT Grand Final, earning €35,000, is a keen sportsman and plays soccer regularly, as well as supporting his local team, Curitiba FC. He plays online as 'Allingomes'.

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2 €900,000
3 €550,000
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