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European Poker Tour -- San Remo Main Event Begins Thursday

A Large Field is Expected Once Again at the Italian PokerStars EPT Stop

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2009 EPT San Remo Champion Constant RijkenbergThe PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo €5,000 no-limit hold’em main event begins on Thursday, April 15. The popular stop on the EPT has drawn very strong numbers during its first two years and this season should be no exception. The first San Remo stop attracted 701 players, and last year the event drew an impressive 1,178 to the Italian Riviera.

The champion in 2009 was Constant Rijkenberg (pictured right), a 20-year-old student from Amsterdam. He came into the huge field undaunted, and he made good on his boastful claims to win the tournament and €1,508,000.

“I expected it … I said three weeks ago that I was going to win this tournament, and it was true,” said Rijkenberg after last year’s final table. It will be difficult for him to defend his title, with a four-digit field expected once again in poker-mad Italy.

Players will begin with 30,000 in chips in the EPT San Remo no-limit hold’em main event, and blinds begin at 50-100. Levels will be 60 minutes long on day 1 and then they will increase to 75 minutes in length thereafter. The final table will crown a champion on Wednesday, April 21. You can follow along with all of the action from EPT San Remo on the PokerStars blog feed daily, and you can watch everything from the final two days of the event on the EPT Live video feed. Check back at the end of play each night for a full recap of the day’s events.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the EPT San Remo main event:

Thursday, April 15: Day 1A
Friday, April 16: Day 1B
Saturday, April 17: Day 2
Sunday, April 18: Day 3
Monday, April 19: Day 4 (play down to 24 players)
Tuesday, April 20: Day 5 (play down to 8 players)
Wednesday, April 21: Final table

2009 EPT San Remo:

Buy-in: €5,000
Number of Entries: 1,178
Total Prize Pool: €5,713,000
First-Place Prize: €1,508,000
Places Paid: 112

Final-Table Results:

1: Constant Rijkenberg — €1,508,000
2: Kalle Niemi — €862,000
3: Gustav Sundell — €480,000
4: William Reynolds — €377,000
5: Dragan Galic — €314,000
6: Ovi Balaj — €229,000
7: Alex Fitzgerald — €171,000
8: Danilo D’Ettoris — €114,000

Former San Remo Champions:

2008: Jason Mercier
2009: Constant Rijkenberg