Lucien Cohen gave French poker fans something to cheer about at the final table of PokerStars EPT Deauville last night.
The 47-year-old, who runs a pest control business in Paris, outlasted all seven of his opponents to win the €880k first-place prize and EPT title.
It’s unlikely that many had their money on the amateur poker player to win as he had to beat noted pros Martin Jacobson of Sweden and online poker pro Alex Wice.
Jacobson, who finished second at EPT Vilamoura, appeared destined for victory as he made it to heads-up play against Cohen. Instead Cohen used his 2-1 chip advantage to overwhelm the Swede and claim the trophy.
It was certainly a memorable final table as Cohen’s friends and family cheered him on. Cohen was using a plastic rat - the mascot of his pest control company - as a card protector and he frequently picked it up and cheered when he won a pot.
Cohen had to cut his way through a massive 891-player field to join Brandon Schaefer, Mats Iremark, Moritz Kranich and Jake Cody as an EPT Deauville champion.
The PokerStars European Poker Tour will now head to Copenhagen for a 37,250DKK buy-in main event scheduled for Feb. 21-26.
Here are the complete final table results from EPT Deauville:
1. Lucien Cohen – 880,000
2. Martin Jacobson – 560,000
3. Alex Wice – 330,000
4. Julien Claudepierre – 260,000
5. Kaspars Renga – 200,000
6. Kenny Hallaert – 155,000
7. Anthony Hnatow – 110,000
8. Ruslan Prydryk – 66,800