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Ludovic Lacay Wins European Poker Tour San Remo Main Event

Frenchman Earns $963,020 For Capturing First Major Title

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Ludovic Lacay With six final table finishes and nearly two-million in earnings, Ludovic Lacay was already a very successful poker player despite having never won a major event. But at the Casino San Remo that all changed, as the Frenchman broke through at his seventh final table to claim his first major tournament title by winning the 2012 European Poker Tour San Remo €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event.

“It feels pretty good,” said Lacay after the win. “It’s the accomplishment, getting there and beating all the players. When you start a tournament you aim for the first place but you never expect it. Here I am, it’s amazing.”

The 27-year-old made a deal with heads-up opponent Jason Lavallee that essentially left €100,000 and the title to play for. Lacay emerged victorious, securing €744,910 ($963,020) while Lavallee took home €538,089 ($695,641).

As a result of his first major win, Lacay now has lifetime tournament earnings of nearly $2.9 million. This was his fifth six-figure score, with his largest prior cash being $500,557 for finishing 16th in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event.

In addition to the money, Lacay also was awarded 1,824 Card Player Player of the Year points, which was enough to catapult him into 35th place in the overall POY standings when combined with his sixth-place finish in a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure earlier this year. Lavallee earned 1,520 points and climbed to 49th place.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Ludovic Lacay $963,020 1824
2 Jason Lavallee $695,641 1520
3 Artem Litvinov $366,174 1216
4 Angelo Recchia $291,128 912
5 Jason Tompkins $221,257 760
6 Micah Raskin $170,795 608
7 Adrian Piasecki $124,214 456
8 Ismael Bojang $84,686 304

Winner photo courtesy of Neil Stoddart/PokerStars.