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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | Francis Lee

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The European Poker Tour (EPT) was in Copenhagen, Denmark for the 8th leg of the series. The four day main event attracted 460 players with quite a few of the well known poker players from across the world in attendance. The $10,000 buy in main event had a total prize pool of $4,190,423, paying the top 40 finishers, with the first place prize set at a massive $1,236,095.

When we reached the final table stage of the tournament at the start of day four, Tim Vance an online qualifier was leading the chip rankings with $1.4 million in chips. He had almost double of his nearest rival Ramus Nielsen and treble of third placed Daniel Ryan. The official chip rankings was as follows:

Final table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Tim Vance $1,408,000
  • 2nd Rasmus Hede Nielsen $789,000
  • 3rd Daniel Ryan $557,000
  • 4th Soren Jensen $500,000
  • 5th Magnus Hansen $458,000
  • 6th Nicolas Dervaux $336,000
  • 7th Patrick Andersson $283,000
  • 8th Simon Dorslund $267,000

Patrick Anderson was the first to go on this final table in the early exchanges, he moved All In with :kh :6c over the top of Daniel Ryan’s initial raise, Ryan called with :ad :5c and took the pot when the final board came down :js :7c :5d :10s :jh

Only a few hands later Tim Vance dispatched Simon Dorslund on the short stack out into 7th place. Dorslund found his :ah :8d dominated against :ad :kh The big slick held up as the board ran out :jd :9c :2c :10s :6h increasing Vance’s chip lead.

At this point the last of the short stacks Nicolas Dervaux decided to make a stand pushing All In with :js :5d He found a caller in Soren Jensen tabling :ad :7d Dervaux took an early lead after the flop paired his Jack but the Turn proved to be decisive as the :ah put Jensen back in pole position. The :6h on the river confirmed Dervaux’s exit in 6th place, collecting $201,158 in prize money.

We had to wait a while before the next knock out hand came about, as play slowed down considerably after the short stacks had left the table. This was until Daniel Ryan pushed All In with :as :qs from an early position and was called by Ramus Nielsen with :ah :ks No Queen came for Ryan as the final board was :2d :jd :3s :ac :3h

This is where Nielsen’s luck ran out as he lost all his chips in a coin flip situation against Tim Vance. Nielsen’s pocket Eights were beaten as Vance paired an Ace on the River sending Nielsen to the rail in 4th place.

Three handed play lasted for quite a while with the three remaining players jockeying for position. This was until Jensen and Hansen got involved after seeing a cheap flop of :10s :9h :4h Jensen raised first of all, Hansen re raised All In with :6h :10d having top pair, but Jensen made the call tabling :4s :9s having flopped two pair. The final two cards came down :5h :7s to set up the heads up showdown between Vance and Jensen.

Heads up play lasted for five hours as both players started on pretty much an even chip stack. They both had good chances to finish off the event, only to see the other player double up at crucial times. The final hand came when Vance called Jensen All In after hitting a nut flush holding :as :10s and the board showing :2c :7c :8s :3s :4s

Tim Vance picked up the $1,236,095 first place prize and a seat to the EPT Grand Final to be held in Monte Carlo. He won a seat to this event through one of the satellites held on Poker Stars.

Final Result

  • 1st Tim Vance $1,236,095
  • 2nd Soren Jensen $699,724
  • 3rd Magnus Hansen ??
  • 4th Rasmus Hede Nielsen $310,119
  • 5th Daniel Ryan $255,648
  • 6th Nicolas Dervaux $201,158
  • 7th Simon Dorslund $159,250
  • 8th Patrick Andersson $113,151



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