2010 PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest

2010 EPT Snowfest Main Event
Day: 5
Event Info

2010 PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Level Info
60,000 / 120,000

2010 EPT Snowfest Main Event

Day 5 Completed

Allan Bække Wins the 2010 PokerStars.net EPT Snowfest! (€445,000)

OMG I won!
OMG I won!
This has been a long and crazy day of high-class poker in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, and Allan Bække has thoroughly earned his first place money and his two trophies.

The day started at high speed with four players busting in around two hours. But with the excellent structure and a lot of chips in play, Bække would have to endure a three-hour-long three-way and a two-hour heads up match before he could claim the title.

The 27-year-old Danish pro, who plays online as "Sifosis", took a massive chip lead way back on Day 3 when he found aces on the last hand of the night to beat Paul Valkenburg's pocket kings. He never looked back. Bække remained chip leader coming into the final table, and although he lost it a few times - the final four spent several hours swapping the chip lead between them - Bække never lost focus and fought his way back to the top.

At one point in the heads up match Bække had a 7:1 chip lead over Russell Carson and had him all in and dominated. Carson got lucky that time to stay in the game, and then doubled up again not long after to bring the stacks back to even. But Bække, the online heads-up specialist, remained calm and got it all back in the end.

Bække has every reason to be over the moon with his first big live win, but to be honest there are few people in the Alpine Palace right now who will be overly disappointed with their week here in the Austrian Alps. Poker aside, the good folks at PokerStars and the Alpine Palace have treated everyone to a frankly astoundingly luxurious week full of great skiing, amazing food, glorious scenery and the last word in hospitality. It is with the utmost reluctance that everyone will be trudging home in the morning, but we know that we'll be back here next year.

PokerNews.com will be back on the EPT trail in San Remo in just about two weeks, but until then, from all of us here in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, it's over and out.

Tags: Allan BækkeAllan Baekke

Russell Carson Eliminated in 2nd Place (€296,000)

Carson - runner up
Carson - runner up
Well that didn't last long.

First hand back, Russell Carson opened on the button and it looked like Bække reraised, only for Carson to shove; the cards were on their backs almost immediately.

Bække: {7-Clubs} {7-Diamonds}
Carson: {K-Clubs} {J-Spades}

Board: {6-Diamonds} {7-Spades} {2-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}

Carson was drawing dead on the flop, and the plucky Canadian could not manage another double up.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

Tags: Russell Carson

Level: 30

Blinds: 60,000/120,000

Ante: 0

Break it Up

We've come to the end of another level, and it's time for one of those pesky 10-minute breaks. Just enough time to grab an espresso.

Hopes of Big Action Raised, Dashed

Russell Carson made it a standard 260,000 from the button and Bække called.

Flop: {3-Clubs} {9-Spades} {8-Clubs}

Bække bet out an amount we sadly couldn't quite make, but the raise from Carson was to 1.1 million. Call. Suddenly the hand got interesting.

Disappointingly, though, they checked down the {5-Clubs} turn and {5-Spades} river, and Carson flipped {J-Diamonds} {10-Diamonds} for a straight draw that hadn't come in. Bække's {Q-Clubs} {8-Diamonds} for two pair was good, and he picked up the healthy 2.7 million pot.

Tags: Allan BækkeAllan BaekkeRussell Carson