British pro Boeree has won €1,250,000 after besting a field of 1,240 players at the €5,300 PokerStars.com San Remo event in Italy.
The 25-year-old poker pro caught her breakthrough victory today after four years on the circuit at EPT San Remo. It proved good timing, as the event was also the biggest EPT event ever held in Europe. Boeree beat young Swedish pro Jakob “mendieta19” Carlsson who had to settle for second and €750,000 to ease his pain.
In all EPT San Remo drew entries from a diverse 44 countries, creating a total prize pool of €6,014,000. A total of 184 players were paid out.
Despite being far-and-away her biggest career achievement to-date Boeree seems to be taking it all in her stride, like a seasoned professional. “Winning a major event is exactly what I’ve been working towards. I went round to all the EPTs as a host but all I was thinking was: ‘I want to play.’ I have been working very hard on my game but I can’t believe I have won. I’m over the moon, absolutely over the moon.”
Boeree becomes the third woman to win an EPT event, and the second British woman behind Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren, who won EPT London in Season three. Fans won’t have to wait long to see the astro-physicist poker player with model looks in action again, courtesy of her win, she earned her seat into the EPT Grand Final which kicks off in Monte Carlo on Sunday, April 25.
As well as Boeree, Allan Baekke will definitely be one to watch at the marquee event of the season. Baekke was still in the mix late, and would have became the first two-time EPT Champion had he not been eliminated in 12th place for €50,000.
Some of the other notable cashes included Team PokerStars Pros Matthias de Meulder, Pierpaolo Fabretti, Thomas Bichon, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Arnaud Mattern, Jason Mercier, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Jose "Nacho" Barbero, Jude Ainsworth, Jens Thorson and Alfio Battisti.
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