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Saturday, April 25, 2009 | Francis Lee


The penultimate leg in the 2009 European Poker Tour (EPT) was held in San Remo, Italy.  1,178 players bought into the €5,300 buy in main event creating a prize pool of €5,713,300.  The first place prize on offer was €1.5 million and a seat to the EPT grand final to be held in Monte Carlo in a few weeks time.

The winner of this event would have to get through four days play to get to the top prize and the difficulty of the task was largely increased with the number of well known pro’s in the field.

Dragan Galic had the best of the running through out the first few days play right up to the final table where he upheld his chip lead.  He ended up amassing over 3 million in chips which was 400,000 more than Gustav Sundell in second place.  Kalle Niemi who qualified for this tournament through a satellite on Poker Stars had also made the final table but was one place off short stacked Ovi Balaj.  Here’s how the rest of the final table looked.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st  Dragan Galic 3,098,000
  • 2nd Gustav Sundell 2,625,000
  • 3rd  William Reynolds 2,531,000
  • 4th  Constant Rijkenberg 932,000
  • 5th  Alexander Fitzgerald 721,000
  • 6th  Danilo D’Ettoris 686,000
  • 7th  Kalle Niemi 641,000
  • 8th  Ovidiu Mihai Balaj 625,000

Constant Rijkenberg made the best start in the opening exchanges, first by doubling up against the chip leader Dragan Galic beating :3s :3h with :kd :kh Then just three hands later he eliminated Danilo D’Ettoris into eighth place with :4h :4c against :ah :qd D’Ettoris had a chance of hitting a flush draw when the board was showing :jh :7d :3h :5h but the :3d ended his tournament.

Alexander Fitzgerald was next to fall when he was crippled down to just 135,000 in chips when doubling up William Reynolds.  On the next hand Fitzgerald’s all in raise was called by both Ovi Balaj and Galic.  Galic lead out with a 150,000 bet after the flop came down :3s :2d :10h to which Balaj folded.  Galic tabled :js :10s having top pair ahead of Fitzgerald with :kc :9d Fitzgerald was handed a glimmer of hope as the :qc came down on the turn but the :ah on the river left him to collect €171,000 finishing in seventh place.

Just three hands later Ovi Balaj was looking favourite to double up all in with :9d :9s against Reynolds :6s :6h This quickly changed as the flop gave Reynolds a set showing :6d :2s :3h No nine came for Balaj on the final two cards sending him out in sixth place winning €229,000.

It was the early chip leader Dragan Galic who was next to fall on the 60th hand of play on this final table.  He was all in with :9h :9d against the current chip leader Rijkenberg who had :ah :qc It was the perfect flop for Rijkenberg as it came down :10s :kc :jd giving him a straight and the :3h on the turn left Galic drawing dead with one card to come.

There were more hands played during four handed play than what had been played from the start of the final table.  The long wait for the next elimination was ended when Reynolds and Rijkenberg clashed with Rijkenberg ahead pre flop having :ah :7d against :kd :jd Rijkenberg then went onto pair an Ace on the flop to which Reynolds could not recover.

Three hands later Gustav Sundell was all in having :ah :6h against Kalle Niemi ahead with :ad :js The final board blanked out for both players as it came down :5h :8d :ks :3d :2c leaving Sundell to head for the rail to collect €480,000 for finishing third.

Heads up lasted just five hands as all the chips went into the middle after the flop had come down :10h :3s :5s Niemi had hit top pair with :ad :10d but he had run into Rijkenberg with :ah :as Only a ten would save Niemi but the :5h and :4h confirmed Rijkenberg as the 2009 EPT San Remo champion.  As well as the €1.5 million Rijkenberg also won a seat to the EPT grand final in Monte Carlo to be held at the end of the month.

Final Standings

  • 1st  Constant Rijkenberg €1,508,000
  • 2nd  Kalle Nieme    €862,000
  • 3rd  Gustav Sundell €480,000
  • 4th  William Reynolds €377,000
  • 5th  Dragan Galic €314,000
  • 6th  Ovi Balaj €229,000
  • 7th  Alexander Fitzgerald €171,000
  • 8th  Danilo D’Ettoris €114,000



  • danny boy » May 20th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    1 of the best EPT games i av seen Rijkenberg deserved to win

  • danny boy » May 20th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    he played good poker


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