Day 6 Completed
Day 6 Completed
It's been a swift and relatively painless final here in Deauville - least painful of all for 47 year old Parisian Lucien Cohen. The pest control magnate proved himself to be a real character, producing and sometimes consulting with several plastic toy rats over the course of the tournament, and frequently grandstanding and encouraging raucous celebrations among his railers, who were only too happy to oblige.
This is the first time that a French player has ever won an EPT on home turf, making Cohen's achievement particularly impressive. He battled through a field of 891 players including some of his country's finest poker players - Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Thomas Bichon and Arnaud Mattern all fell by the wayside before the rodent-loving amateur took the title.
It was also an extraordinarily tough final table that Cohen faced, including as it did such talent as Martin Jacobson, who was playing his third ever EPT final table and his second this season, as well as Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert and Canadian online pro Alex Wice, who has won the PokerStars Sunday Warm Up and placed third in last year's WSOP $2,500 World Championship Mixed Events 8 Game event. It was the elimination of Wice in third place with against Cohen's pocket queens that gave Cohen a huge heads up chip lead and ultimately led him to the title and the €880,000 first prize.
Many congratulations to all the finalists here in France. The EPT apparatus is being dismantled as we speak and will be reassembled in Copenhagen in three weeks' time. The PokerNews.com European live reporting team will be following them there, so until next month in Denmark, it's au revoir.
Lucien Cohen has won EPT Deauville in a very one-sided heads up encounter against Martin Jacobson. Just like in Vilamoura earlier this year the Swede will have to settle for the runners-up spot.
Cohen just won hand after hand until eventually Jacobson moved all-in with and Cohen called with .
Cohen paced up and down behind the table while Jacobson remained motionless in his seat. The flop was . The turn was .
"Block your ears!" said a reporter next to us.
Cohen erupted in jubilation! He was stood with clenched fists screaming into the roof of the casino. In the crowd his supporters were equally as manic.
Lucien Cohen is our EPT Main Event Champion at Deauville.
Martin Jacobson has done nothing but lose in the past few minutes - no big pots, but he's lost a series of small ones and is now down to just 2.4 million.
Jacobson raised to 260,000 from the button and Lucien Cohen called to see a flop on which he check-called another 260,000 from Jacobson. They both checked the turn and saw a river. Cohen bet out 600,000 and Jacobson laid it down.
The one bit of luck that Jacobson experienced was when he raised from the button and Cohen called. They checked down the board until the river, when Cohen just open-folded.
But after that, it was straight back to losing.
Jacobson called Cohen's 260,000 button raise but then check-folded to 500,000 from Cohen on the flop.
The next hand he checked his option to a limp from Cohen, before check-folding to Cohen's 350,000 bet on the flop.
And the hand after that, Jacobson raised his button and Cohen called to see a flop. Cohen checked, Jacobson bet 270,000, and then folded to Cohen's 600,000 check-raise.
Jacobson is now in possession of less than 10% of the chips in play. He's going to have to make some kind of a move soon if he's not going to finish second in this EPT.
Lucien Cohen continues to pick up the significant pots in this heads up encounter. Here are a few of the most recent ones.
Cohen made it 260,000 from the small blind and Martin Jacobson called. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Jacobson bet 300,000 and Cohen called. The river was the and Jacobson bet 650,000 and Cohen called. Cohen took the hand down with ace high . Jacobson mucked for queen high.
After Cohen's usual over the top celebration he told Jacobson that he was crazy and I think he believes him.
Cohen called in the small blind and Jacobson checked. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Jacobson checked. Cohen went to count a bet out and Jacobson mucked his hand.
Jacobson bet 260,000 from the small blind and Cohen called. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was the and Cohen bet 600,000 and Jacobson called. The river was the and again Cohen bet 600,000 and again Jacobson called. Cohen won again with for two pair while Jacobson mucked his hand.
Lucien Cohen, doing a little dance to the music on his headphones, raised to 260,000, but Martin Jacobson reraised from the big blind. "How much? I call," said Cohen; only after he announced call was he informed that it was 700,000 in total.
Jacobson checked the flop and Cohen bet 1 million. Back to Jacobson, who paused - and then announced all in for 4.8 million. Cohen wandered off and talked into some French media outlet's video camera for a few moments; when he returned it was to fold.
Jacobson has made a slight recovery to 7 million.
Martin Jacobson made it 260,000 form the button and Lucien Cohen tried to check; the raise was pointed out to him and he called instead. He checked the flop to Jacbobson who bet 250,000, but then check-raised to 650,000. Jacobson gave it up, and dropped to 5.6 million.
Two hands later and Jacobson was on the button and raising to 260,000 again; once more, Cohen called. They checked down the board to the river, when Jacobson bet 350,000. Cohen gave it up, and Jacobson got a few chips back.
Lucien Cohen has all of the momentum going into the heads up encounter with EPT Vilamoura Runner-Up Martin Jacobson.
Here are the first few hands from the heads up encounter and Cohen still has that momentum.
In the first hand Cohen limps from the small blind and Jacobson calls. The flop is and Jacobson check-calls a bet of 400,000 by Cohen. On the turn we have the and again Jacobson check-calls this time for 1.4 million. The river is the and Jacobson checks for the third time and Cohen bets 2 million which is instantly called by Jacobson.
Cohen flings onto the table and Jacobson mucks. There are a series of huge cries from the predominantly French crown and Cohen dances once again.
Jacobson bets 260,000 and Cohen calls. The flop is and both players checked. The turn was the and Cohen bet 400,000 and Jacobson folded.
Cohen called and Jacobson checked. The flop was and both players checked. The turn was and Jacobson check-called a 400,000 Cohen bet. The river was the and both players checked. Jacobson won with for Ace high. Cohen held
Biggest pot of the tournament - and it was all over in less than 30 seconds.
Alex Wice opened to 300,000 from the small blind and Lucien Cohen reraised to 700,000 in the big blind. Wice quickly 4-bet to 1,700,000 and Cohen instantly moved all-in, instant call.
The board came and Cohen (and his supporters went absolutely mental) screaming and shouting so loudly that we began to worry about our eardrums. Cohen carried on shouting for a over a minute to the point where one of the tournament staff had to tell him to calm down at which point he and Wice shook hands.
Wice then shook hands with Jacobson, wishing him luck for the heads-up match.
Alex Wice and Martin Jacobson have finally decided to chance going up against each other. The score is currently one-all.
First, Jacobson raised to 250,000 on the button and in the small blind Wice tanked up for an unprecedented eight seconds before calling. Lucien Cohen called too from the big blind and they all got to see a flop.
It checked around to Jacobson who bet 420,000. Wice called, Cohen folded and they went heads up to the turn.
Wice checked again, and Jacobson bet again - the exact amount is a mystery as it's rather hard to see from the rail and the gentleman who was meant to be announcing the action briefly lost concentration, but either way it was enough to make Wice fold.
Next hand, though, Wice got a few chips back when he raised to 250,000 from the button and Jacobson called from the big blind. They both checked the flop and Jacobson checked again on the turn before giving it up to a 300,000 bet from Wice.