After the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ended, many poker professionals decided to take a break, waiting for the Aussie Millions to begin. There was no shortage of pros willing to compete in the EPT Deauville Main Even, but none of them were capable of beating Sotirios Koutoupas. The Greek survived some scary encounters and got lucky when he needed most, to win the tournament and collect the lion’s share worth €614,000.
An interesting interview featuring the winner and taken right after the main event ended can be watched here http://www.pokerstars.tv/channels/2014/02/ept10-deauville-champion-sotirios-koutoupas.shtml. The Greek player was one of the 671 date €5300 for a chance to participate in this prestigious tournaments and he enjoyed an excellent return on investment. Competition was steep and he had to face vastly more experienced opponents at the final table, including PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov.
While his opponent had the advantage of experience and popularity, Koutoupas had the deepest stack and he put its entire weight behind his actions. He picked his fights carefully but didn’t hesitate to lock horns with professionals such as Eli Heath who brought a significant stack to the final table. He caused his elimination in the fourth place and then focused his attention on Oliver Price who was struggling with a puny stack and was waiting for an opportunity to go all in.
When this chance presented itself, he didn’t hesitate but his seemingly strong starting hand was beaten by the Greek. This was the sixth and final player to be eliminated before the heads-up began and Sotirios was clearly ahead with 75% of the chips in play. Eugene Katchalov was hardly impressed by his opponent’s advantage and managed to close the gap in the first half an hour. He won two big pots and got within striking distance of the chip leader, but he couldn’t cross the 8 million chips threshold.
From that point onward he started to bleed chips and eventually was forced to go all in with A-K, only to see his hand utterly destroyed by an unfavorable flop. He had to settle for a consolation prize of €380,000, while the Greek player claimed the first bought in the EPT Deauville Main Event and $614k. This is how the final table looked like at the end of the tournament:
- Sotirios Koutoupas – €614,000
- Eugene Katchalov – €379,500
- Oliver Price – €271,200
- Eli Heath – €207,800
- Harry Law – €164,600
- Rustem Muratov – €128,200
- Carlo De Benedittis – €93,000
- Anthony Lerust – €63,900