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Top Pros Find Success at 2012 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Sanremo Side Events

Posted at 08:45 2012-10-11 by Chad Holloway

The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour commenced its second stop of Season 9 last week at the Casino Sanremo in Sanremo, Italy. The €5,300 Main Event may be the cornerstone of the stop, but plenty of side events have kept players busy. What’s more, some of those events have been won by some familiar players.

Event #2, the €5,300 IPT High Roller, attracted 75 entrants to create a prize pool of €378,300. That event saw Canada’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur emerge victorious after facing a 4-1 chip deficit in heads-up play against Alex Roumeliotis to win €132,400. That made it three six-figure scores in a row for Ladouceur, who also finished 13th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $465,159 and second in the EPT Barcelona Heads-Up Championship for €101,000.

"I remember sitting at the €10,000 Heads-Up in Barcelona with that big trophy next to me," Ladoucuer told Rick Dacey of the PokerStars Blog after the win. "I played for nine hours with it on the table so to actually win one is nice. To get a first title on the EPT is nice."

Another player who found success was Chris Sly, who is more accustomed to playing second fiddle to Sam Trickett. The pair have been best friends for over 15 years, and Sly has watched Trickett rack up over $17 million in tournament winnings, including $10 million for a runner-up finish in this summer's $1 million Big One for One Drop. In the EPT Sanremo Event #10 PLO Turbo “8 Handed” Double Chance, it was Sly’s turn to bask in the spotlight.

Sly managed to top a field of 75 to capture the €51,000 top prize, and while that was a far cry from the $10,112,001 Trickett won in the One Drop, his best friend was on the rail to support him. "I didn't even know if I'd definitely won because I didn't know what the chips were for a minute," Sly told the PokerStars Blog after the hand. "Sam came over and said, 'You've won, you've won.' I said I didn't know if I had and he said, 'You've definitely won.' I don't think it's kicked in yet."

While Ladouceur and Sly were two of the more notable winners, numerous pros had big scores in Italy. Here’s a look at some of the side-event results from EPT Sanremo:

Marc-Andre Ladoucuer
Marc-Andre Ladoucuer

EPT Sanremo Event #2 IPT High Roller

Buy-inEntrantsReloadsPrize Pool
€5,000 + €300753€378,300
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Marc-Andre LadouceurCanada€132,400
2Alex RoumeliotisSweden€83,200
3Kevin SchulzUSA€49,200
4Joel NordkvistSweden€36,000
5Mihails MorozovsLatvia€26,500
6Vadim KursevichBelarus€18,900
7Michael BenvenutiUSA€17,000

Mohamed Akeb
Mohamed Akeb

EPT Sanremo Event #4 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€300 + €3078€22,698
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Mohamed AkebFrance€8,000
2Martin StaszkoCzech Republic€5,000
3Piero PiaveItaly€2,900
4Patrick FortinCanada€2,150
5Slaven PopovBulgaria€1,590
6Bruno GiuseppeItaly€1,130
7Fabio MazzarelloItaly€1,020
8Carmine OttavianoItaly€908

Manig Loeser
Manig Loeser

EPT Sanremo Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€500 + €90145€126,585
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Manig LoeserGermany€39,600
2Emin AghayevAzerbaijan€22,160
3Jan BendikSlovakia€13,300
4David VamplewUK€9,500
5Manolo de VecchisItaly€7,645
6Luigi SangermanoItaly€6,300
7Manlio LeminaItaly€5,000
8Rodrigo CaprioliItaly€3,800

EPT Sanremo Event #10 PLO Turbo “8 Handed” Double Chance

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€2,000 + €10075€145,500

Chris Sly
Chris Sly

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Chris SlyUK€51,000
2Eric SfezFrance€32,000
3Yuval BronshteinUSA€18,900
4Dario AliotoItaly€13,800
5Daniele VescoItaly€10,200
6Thomas BlombergSweden€7,300
7Brian RobertsUSA€6,500
8Bryn KenneyUSA€5,800

EPT Sanremo Event #13 Women’s Event

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€300 + €3056€16,296

Svetlana Orlik
Svetlana Orlik

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Svetlana OrlikRussia€5,850
2Olga LermolchevaUkraine€3,750
3Kami HudsonUSA€2,280
4Mariela BlancoBolivia€1,630
5Gaelle JaudonFrance€1,150
6Elena BanasRussian Federation€900
7Bernadette MartinoMonaco€736

EPT Sanremo Event #14 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€2,000 + €100153€296,820

Keven 'Stammdogg' Stammen
Keven 'Stammdogg' Stammen

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Keven StammenUSA€92,900
2McLean KarrUSA€51,950
3Antanas GueorguievBulgaria€31,150
4Shannon ShorrUSA€22,250
5Roman RomanovskyiUkraine€17,800
6Kent LundmarkSweden€14,850
7Alexander ZyaminRussian Federation€11,900
8Jacques TorbeyLebanon€8,900

Vincent van der Fluit
Vincent van der Fluit

EPT Sanremo Event #17 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
€900 + €90165€144,045
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Vincent van der FluitNetherlands€42,500
2Jody BertozziCanada€24,000
3Paul TestudFrance€14,000
4Xia LinItaly€10,600
5Leo MargetsSpain€8,700
6Miuseppe PasturaItaly€6,800
7Mikhail KorotkikhRussia€5,300
8Igor PihelaEstonia€3,905

The PokerNews live reporting team is on the ground reporting the EPT Sanremo Main Event right now so be sure to follow our live updates in the Live Reporting Section.

*Pictures courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.

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