EPT Berlin 2012 - Davidi Kitai Wins Main Event

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2012. April 23. |
Belgian WSOP winner Davidi Kitai won his first EPT title in Berlin. The €5,300 buy-in EPT Berlin Main Event finished yesterday.
Davidi Kitai sat down to the final table as chipleader with 5,695,000 chips. NAPT champion Andrew Chen was also there in third place with 3,600,000. 

Chair 1: Cesar Garcia Domínguez - 1,485,000
Chair 2: Pratyush Buddiga - 1,280,000
Chair 3: Mario Puccini - 2,065,000
Chair 4: André Morath - 1,940,000
Chair 5: Andrew Chen - 3,600,000
Chair 6: Davidi Kitai - 5,695,000
Chair 7: Bahadir Kilickeser - 4,640,000
Chair 8: Marc Wright - 1,540,000

Pratyush Buddiga was first to leave. Interestingly enough, Buddiga is a former spelling champion: he won the 2002 Scripps National Spelling Bee. He went all-in at the 27th blind level with AQo, got called by Kilickeser (ATo), and unfortunately for Buddiga, a Ten came on the turn. 

Marc Wright finished seventh, and was soon followed by César "CesarSPA" García. At the 29th level, Chen eliminated Kilickeser. 

Andrew Chen - 7,075,000
Davidi Kitai - 6,765,000     
Mario Puccini - 6,140,000
André Morath - 2,340,000

Shortstack André Morath managed to double up on Puccini, who thus got into a dangerous situation. With not too many chips left, Puccini went all-in with JTo to Ktiai's preflop raise, and the Belgian called with pocket Queens. With a neutral board, Puccini said goodbye in fourth place. 

Davidi Kitai - 11,905,000 
Andrew Chen - 6,415,000 
André Morath - 4,000,000

Players got down to heads-up at the 31st blind level. Chen raised from the button to 240,000, to which Morath went all-in with 2,445,000. Chen called. 

Chen: {#}A {#}J 
Morath: {#}A {#}3

Board: {#}K {#}J {#}T {#}6 {#}9  

Kitai and Chen, the two favorites started heads-up. 

Davidi Kitai - 12,035,000
Andrew Chen - 10,285,000

In the heads-up, Chen took hold of a serious lead and counted 17,135,000 in chips. Kitai had to climb back from here, and soon enough, he was leading again with one of his ingenious calls. Kitai raised to 350,000 with {#}K {#}5, Chen 3bet to 900,000 with {#}K {#}J, and Kitai called. The flop came {#}2 {#}Q {#}8. Chen bet 615,000, Kitai called. The turn was a {#}4. This time, Chen bet 1,480,000, which again got called by Kitai. The river was a {#}5, which means Kitai made third pair. Chen went bluff-all-in with 11,190,000. Kitai started tanking and finally decided to call. 

Davidi Kitai - 16,230,000
Andrew Chen - 6,090,000

At the 33rd blind level the tourney reached its last hand. The chips were shoved in the middle preflop. 

Kitai: {#}K {#}7
Chen: {#}A {#}Q

Board: {#}K {#}6 {#}6 {#}3 {#}

Kitai won the tournament with a full house. 

Davidi Kitai, winner of EPT Berlin 2012
Davidi Kitai

After his 2008 WSOP $2,000 PLH title, Kitai won his first EPT title yesterday. 

Final Results: 

1. Davidi Kitai - €712,000
2. Andrew Chen - €613,000
3. Andre Morath - €290,000
4. Mario Puccini - €220,000
5. Bahadir Kilickeser - €172,000
6. Cesar Garcia - €133,000
7. Marc Wright - €97,000
8. Pratyush Buddiga - €72,000
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