2009 PokerStars.com EPT San Remo

€5,300 EPT San Remo Main Event
Day: 5
Event Info

2009 PokerStars.com EPT San Remo

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
50,000 / 100,000

€5,300 EPT San Remo Main Event

Day 5 Completed

Constant Rijkenberg Wins the PokerStars.it EPT San Remo (€1,508,000)

Constant Rijkenberg - 2009 EPT San Remo Champion
Constant Rijkenberg - 2009 EPT San Remo Champion
After only five hands of heads up play to finish off our epic six days of EPT over here, Finland is left out in the cold while the crown goes to the Netherlands in the shape of young Dutchman Constant Rijkenberg.

It has been a rollercoaster ride of a final table for Rijkenberg. He almost immediately lost half his stack to Dragan Galic who was chip leader going into every day of the tournament, and then clawed it back, largely through hitting some fortunate flops very hard, to stomp on the rest of the table with obvious glee. Whatever he was doing up there on final table, it clearly worked for him, as the 20-year-old whippersnapper now has an EPT title, a shiny trophy and a gigantic cheque for €1,508,000 to his name.

As we leave the Casino San Remo for the last time, headed for Monte Carlo and the finale of this EPT season, it is safe to say that no-one will be having more fun tonight than Constant Rijkenberg. Until next week in Monaco, it's goodnight from PokerNews.com.

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Kalle Niemi Eliminated in 2nd Place (€862,000); Constant Rijkenberg Wins 2009 PokerStars.it European Poker Tour San Remo Main Event!

Kalle Niemi - 2nd Place
Kalle Niemi - 2nd Place
Hand #134 -

Constant Rijkenberg opens with a raise to 250,000. Kalle Niemi responded with a reraise to 850,000. Rijkenberg, never shy about putting chips in the pot, very quickly calls. The flop doesn't seem like much of an action flop, {3-Spades} {5-Spades} {10-Hearts}. Niemi makes a massive 1.075 million bet and again Rijkenberg quickly calls.

The turn is the {5-Hearts}. Niemi moves all in for 2.765 million and Rijkenberg double-fist-pump-snap-calls!

Niemi: {A-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds}
Rijkenberg: {A-Hearts} {A-Spades}

A cunningly laid trap by Rijkenberg! It helps that Niemi made top pair on the flop and didn't see a scare card on the turn. Both players are out of their seats. With just one card to come, Niemi can only be saved by a river ten. The dealer burns and turns the {4-Hearts} to secure the 2009 San Remo Main Event championship for Constant Rijkenberg. Niemi will leave with a "disappointing" €862,000.

Hand #133 - Constant Rijkenberg

Kalle Niemi raises to 250,000 from the button. Constant Rijkenberg calls to a flop of {A-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} {8-Spades}. He checks over to Niemi, who bets another 275,000. Rijkenberg thinks things through before check-raising to 620,000. Niemi throws his hand away.

Hand #131 - Kalle Niemi

Kalle Niemi limps in from the small blind. Constant Rijkenberg raises to 325,000. Niemi calls for the second hand in a row, although this time he has position after the flop. That flop, by the way, is {Q-Clubs} {8-Spades} {10-Diamonds}. Rijkenberg bets out 525,000 on the flop. Niemi puts in a large raise, inducing a quick fold from Rijkenberg.

Gustav Sundell Eliminated in 3rd Place (€480,000)

Gustav Sundell - 3rd Place
Gustav Sundell - 3rd Place
Hand #129:

The remaining three players returned to the table and fireworks went off on the first hand back:

Kalle Niemi opened with a raise, Constant Rijkenberg folded and Gustav Sundell reraised all in. Niemi made the call and a showdown ensued:

Sundell: {A-Hearts} {6-Hearts}
Niemi: {A-Diamonds} {J-Spades}

The board filled out {5-Hearts} {8-Diamonds} {K-Spades} {3-Diamonds} {2-Clubs} and Niemi's ace-jack high held up to eliminate Sundell from the tournament.

There will now be a short intermission while the production crew moves things around for the heads-up match.

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Deal or No Deal?

Truth is, we don't know -- but our remaining three players have left the table, presumably to do some business. Hopefully they'll be back shortly.