The final table at EPT Berlin was set yesterday with 8 players lead by a Canadian chip leader Ben Wilinofsky who had a moderate lead over German opponent Maximilian Heinzelmann. Even going into the final table, Ben made personal history by succeeding to make his first live tournament cash. Up until now, Ben’s more than $1M in career poker winnings came from playing online and he becomes the first Canadian poker player in a long time to take an EPT title.
As soon as the final table action started, Ben Wilinofsky applied pressure to the other large stacks and played an aggressive final table, a strategy which ensured him the win.
On the final hand of heads up play, Wilinofsky is holding . Heinzelmann who is holding . flops a pair of eights . Heinzelmann went all in and after some thought Wilinofsky called. The turn card was a which gave the German 2 pairs but the Canadian made a better hand with a straight. Then came a and it was victory for Wilinofsky who wins his first live tournament at €825,000 ($1,138,000 CAD) and Heinzelmann walks away with €500,000 for 2nd.
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