Sydneysider Daniel Neilson has again stamped his class as one of the nation’s premier tournament players with a stunning third in the EPT San Remo Main Event at Casino Sanremo on the Italian Riviera, and pocketing more than AUD $377,000 for his efforts.
Neilson, whose two previous biggest tournament cashes came in High Roller events at The Star in 2009 (ANZPT) and 2010 (Sydney Champs), dominated the event. He was second in chips at the end of days three and four), led the field into the final table and was still the man to catch with five players remaining.
He lost the chip lead to eventual champion Andrey Pateychuk when he pushed all-in over the Russian’s four-bet pre-flop and found his A-9 up against A-K for a pot of more than 9.5 million. The board ran out 4-7-6-A-Q. His tournament ended in similar circumstances when he found his A-5 dominated by the A-9 of Dimitar Danchev, with the board of K-8-J-7-10 ending Neilson’s amazing run.
EPT San Remo final table results
1 Andrey Pateychuk (Russia) €800,000
2 Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria) €600,000
3 DANIEL NEILSON (Australia) €285,000
4 Barny Boatman (UK) €225,000
5 Jan Bendik (Slovakia) €170,000
6 Yorane Kerignard (France) €130,000
7 Rocco Palumbo (Italy) €95,000
8 Kevin MacPhee (USA) €63,694