Big Finish for Neilson at the EPT

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October 29 2011

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"Neilson's 3rd place finish in EPT San Remo pushes his tournament winnings over $1 Million!"
October 29, 2011

When the final eight remaining players returned to the felt at the final table of the PokerStars European Poker Tour event in San Remo, there would be players from eight different nations. One of those nations was Australia and the player proudly representing our country was one Mr. Daniel Neilson.

The big finish for Neilson came just a few weeks after fellow Australian Andrew Hinrichsen took down a WSOPE event, an event in which Neilson was seen in Hinrichsen’s celebration photos. Neilson would be hoping that Hinrichsen would be able to return the favour in the EPT San Remo event as he went to the final table with the chip lead.

Final Table Seating Assignments

Seat Player Chips
1 Andrey Pateychuk 3,105,000
2 Kevin MacPhee 1,115,000
3 Barny Boatman 2,490,000
4 Daniel Neilson 6,700,000
5 Rocco Palumbo 1,160,000
6 Yorane Kerignard 2,145,000
7 Dimitar Danchev 4,435,000
8 Jan Bendik 3,980,000

Neilson began the day as table captain, managing to amass almost half the chips in play at one point. His action slowed down toward the end of the day as Dimtar Danchev took on the role of the captain eliminating a couple of players before Russia’s  Andrey Pateychuk gave Neilson some grief.

Somewhat of a turning point for Neilson occurred when he five-bet shoved holding {A-Hearts} {9-Diamonds} and got snapped off by Pateychuk who held {A-Spades} {K-Clubs} . A {4-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} board was no help for Neilson and Pateychuk moved to hold a chip lead that would last until the end of the tournament.

By the time there were only three players remaining, it was Neilson going up against Pateychuk and Danchev. Neilson fought hard by his demise would eventually come when Neilson got his chips in holding  {A-Spades} {5-Diamonds}  and coming up against the {A-Diamonds} {9-Spades}  of Danchev. The board bricked out and Neilson was home in a very respectable third place to see a huge €285,000 sent his way.

The roughly AUD$400,000 score for Neilson joins his already impressive resume which includes wins in the PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, at the Sydney Champs and the Western Poker Classic. Neilson now has over $1 Million in tournament earnings and sees him sit just outside the top 10 of the most successful Australian players of all time.

With Australia’s hopes on the rail, there was still an EPT title to give away and it would be Pateychuk who would fair too good for Danchev as the Russian took down his second European Poker Tour title and the €680,000 to go along with it.

Final Table Payouts

Place Player Prize
1 Andrey Pateychuk €680,000
2 Dimitar Danchev €600,000
3 Daniel Neilson €285,000
4 Barny Boatman €225,000
5 Jan Bendik €170,000
6 Yorane Kerignard €130,000
7 Rocco Palumbo €95,000
8 Kevin MacPhee €63,694

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