Two prominent poker tours completed their latest events over the weekend, with one featuring a rare championship and the other featuring one of its largest fields of their current season.
On Sunday in Dortmund, Germany, the European Poker Tour featured a final table that included such players as Team PokerStars members Luca Pagano (from Italy) and Scandinavian professional William Thorson. Along with fellow pros Johan Storakers and former EPT Dortmund champion Mike McDonald, it was a truly formidable final table but, in the end, a woman captured the championship for only the second time in the five year history of the EPT.
Sandra Naujoks, a German PokerStars Shooting Star member, was able to vanquish the tough field and defeated Holger Kanisch in heads up play to become only the second female to win on the EPT. For the championship, she pocketed a €917,000 payday that, added with her victory over WSOP bracelet holder Alexander Kravchenko in October of last year, gives her over €1 million in tournament earnings in just the last six months. She joins England’s Vicky Coren, who won the EPT London in 2006, as the only female champions in the history of the tour.
In Atlantic City, NJ, 208 players put up their $5000 entry fee for the World Series of Poker Circuit’s latest stop at Caesars. By the time the final table had been determined on Saturday, there were several grizzled veterans on the felt but it was a fresh faced Canadian who captured the title.
David Zeitlin and Frank Vizza were the veterans at the table and they were joined by a few of the “young guns” of the game today. Online player Chris “SLOPPYKLOD” Klodnicki, Matt Brady and Alex Bolotin joined Zeitlin and Vizza at the table but were unable to drive to the heads up competition.
The heads up match came down to two Canadians, with 23-year-old Samuel Chartier holding a 2-1 lead over John Nixon. The final hand featured Chartier’s dominating A-J against Nixon’s A-10; the flop of A-J-5 virtually sealed the hand for Chartier and, once the turn blanked, gave the Montreal native his first major championship.
Chartier is quickly making a name for himself in the tournament poker world. In 2008, he was at the final table of the EPT Barcelona – where he finished seventh – and also has a cash at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure the same year. Chartier earned a payday of $322,000 and a seat in the field at this summer’s WSOP Championship Event in Las Vegas for his Atlantic City victory.

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