After the number of levels the arduous final table bubble had burned through on Friday, players were left with fairly shallow stacks for the final day’s play of the main event at EPT Berlin.
It came as no surprise then that the whole final table took less time than it did to sort out that bubble, finishing in around six hours.
The plentiful support on the rail for the home contingent had just a little cause for concern when the next three to bust were all German players, but the departure of Julian Thomas, Roman Herold and Alexander Helbig only served to strengthen the positions of the recipients of their chips – fellow Germans Daniel-Gai Pidun and Robert Haigh.
Doing well at EPT Berlin seems to have become something of a speciality for Daniel-Gai Pidun who placed 9th and 17th in the same event in 2011 and 2012 but this result is easily the biggest of his career, and to his credit he made winning this final table look almost easy.
Final table payouts were as follows:
1- Daniel-Gai Pidun (Germany) €880,000
2- Robert Haigh (Germany) €531,000
3- Lasse Frost (Denmark) €325,000
4- Pascal Vos (Holland) €255,000
5- Alexander Helbig (Germany) €202,200
6- Roman Herold (Germany) €155,000
7- Julian Thomas (Germany) €110,000
8- Roman Korenev (Russia) €77,000
That is the last of the regular European Poker Tour events for season 9 and now the tour heads to Monte Carlo for the €10,000 grand final. Look out for further tournament updates when the event begins on Monday 6th May.