Davidi Kitai: Triple Crown Winner

Davidi Kitai has just become the latest Betfair poker player to win the coveted Triple Crown after taking down the European Poker Tour (EPT) event in Berlin for €712,000. Kitai defeated a bumper field of 745-players and can now perch his EPT title on his mantelpiece next to his World Poker Tour (2011, LA Poker Classic) and World Series of Poker (2008, $2k Pot Limit Omaha) titles. The Belgian, all-time live tournament money earner, has become the second Belgian to achieve recent acclaim after Kevin Vandersmissen took down the 2012 Irish Open just a few short weeks ago.


Kitai won the event after, what many media observers are describing as, the greatest heads-up battle of Season 8 so far. With just the Grand Final in Monaco to go, it is a safe bet that it will be remembered as the very best. Kitai defeated Andrew Chen in that heads-up final. Miraculously Chen was observed on Twitter, around the money bubble, predicting that he was going to bubble the event – from bubble to €613,000 – not a bad achievement.


Kitai said on his victory, “I feel really great, it’s amazing. I never expected to beat this field.”


Davidi Kitai becomes the first ever Belgian to win an EPT event and secures not only the wonderful cheque, but also a Shamballa bracelet worth more than €10,000 and a seat in the €100,000 Free Roll Champions of Champions event being held in Monte Carlo in a few days time.

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