While some of the world’s best poker players were getting ready to take part in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event yesterday, others decided that they might stand a better chance taking part in one of the smaller side events at his EPT stop.
The European Poker Tour Deauville Pot Limit Omaha Turbo was Event number five of the series, and though the field was small at 57 entries, it certainly provided a high level of poker expertise. The 57 players that took part in this €2,150 buy-in event ensured a prize pool of €111,720 which was to be shared amongst the best placed finishers.
Pot Limit Omaha might not be the most popular variety of poker to be played at tournament level, especially in comparison to Hold’em yet it will always attract the specialists that love the purity of the game and the action that it can bring. This was certainly the case yesterday as the poker on display was played at an incredibly high speed with big pots happening frequently.
The player that had the most of that expertise on the day was Anton Wigg who has a bit of a knack at winning side events in the European Poker Tour. Yesterday he topped the field to take home €13,420 which can now be added to the rest of his career earnings to date of $1,458,677.
This was amazingly his sixth side event victory in the EPT since he first started taking part in them in 2009, and while this one earned him far less than his best score at the 2010 EPT in Copenhagen of $672,818 he will be more than happy with his win rate on this tour.
Wigg was always the favourite due to his remarkable record in the EPT but still had to bustle his way through a tough final table that was full of well respected poker professionals. He was responsible for knocking out half of the table on his own though which obviously included the runner up Elie Payan from France.
The local player did well to make it into heads up but didn’t have enough to get past the superior play of Wigg. He was already well behind when heads up started and although he managed to win a few early hands it was only a matter of time until Wigg took him out.
He was awarded €7,620 for his brave efforts against the notoriously consistent Wigg and will surely be happy enough with that for now.
The Final Payouts
Anton Wigg – €13,420
Elie Payan – €7,620
Idris Ambraisse – €4,440
Danilo Donnini – €3,320
Georges Ghossan – €2,730
Pascal Leyo – €2,140
Michael Fratty – €1,680
Jean-Noel Thorel – €1,230