Swede wins 2007 Everest Poker European Cup

The Spoils of War

Two hundred players from 17 countries had qualified for the 2007 Everest Poker European Cup (EPEC) which was played this weekend. Sweden's Pär Wennström won the tournament and €21,000 in prize money.

Only 185 of the 200 who qualified showed up to play in the two-day event at the Casino Vilamoura in Portugal.

Despite a slow start, Pär Wennström from Gällivare took command of the tournament during the opening day, and had a huge chip lead when play broke for the evening.

The 19-year-old kept playing solid poker on Day 2, and was in third place when the final table began. Eventually the Swede faced Richard Dutour from France in the heads-up match for the title.

Dutour had a big chip lead when the final battle began, but the Frenchman managed to bluff his chips away and Wennström turned things around.

In the last hand of the tournament, Dutour moved all-in with the worst possible starting hand, 7-2, and Wennström called with K-4. The Swede's hand held up and the 2007 Everest Poker European Cup had come to an end.

"It feels amazing. When we broke for dinner yesterday I would have been glad to finish in the top 100," said Wennström in a post-tournament interview.

Results from the 2007 EPEC:

Place Name Country Prize
1st Pär Wennström Sweden €21,000
2nd Richard Dutour France €16,000
3rd Roberto Machado Portugal €12,000
4th Oscar Reyes Spain €9,000
5th Thomas Pauchard Switzerland €7,000
6th Jerome Cappelier France €5,000
7th Marloes Willems Netherlands €4,000
8th Bart Besselink Netherlands €3,000
9th Diede Pennin Netherlands €2,000

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