Mark Teltscher's dream of capturing a 2nd EPT Championship fell at the final hurdle when a bad beat handed Sander Lylloff the €1.1 million first prize. We were only 4 hands into the heads up match, after Greg Dyer was eliminated in 3rd place, when the final hand was dealt.
Lylloff held a 2-1 chip advantage of Teltscher when he raised before the flop holding Jack Ten, Teltscher reraised him with pocket kings only for Lylloff to come over the top of him for all the chips. A flop of Queen-Jack-Seven all hearts looked very good for Teltscher, who had the king of hearts in his over pair. The turn gave Teltscher a sucker punch when a second Jack hit and the river a meaningless black four ended he show.
25 year old Sander Lylloff is from Denmark and regarded as one of the best backgammon players in the world. Remarkably he and Teltscher (also a highly regarded backgammon player) are very good friends are roommates in Barcelona during this event. This is his first major result in poker and he may look to emulate his countryman Gus Hansen, who also is both a champion poker and backgammon player.
Lylloff joins Alexander Stevic, Jan Boubli and Bjorn-Erick Glenne in sharing the title of EPT Barcelona Champion (The 3rd Scandinavian to do so). His payout of €1.1 million is twice as much as the same title in season 2 and 3 of the EPT and 11 times more than in season 1 (Although the buy-in is 8 times bigger and there were nearly 3 times as many entrants than its maiden year).
27 year old Teltscher, from London, is already one of the most successful tournament players in the UK. Having previously won the 2nd EPT event in London he then went on to win the $5000 Five Diamond World Classic. This €600,000 cash for 2nd place takes him well over the $1 million mark in tournaments alone.
The next stop on the EPT tour is in London at the end of the month, however you might be interested in a little festival taking place next week not too far from that, the £10,000 entry World Series of Poker Europe. Join us from Thursday for all the action, starting with the £2,500 HORSE event.
Ed Note: Qualify for the rest of the EPTs at Pokerstars and get a $150 deposit bonus