Davidi Kitai, a poker professional from Belgium, recently won the main event at the EPT 2012 held at Berlin.
When Kitai got lucky and defeated Andrew Chen to win a prize sum of $941,488, he also won the coveted title of the Poker Triple Crown.
Davidi Kitai already had a WPT win and WSOP bracelet to his name and the EPT win shot him into the ranks of those elite players who have won the 3 most difficult poker events in the world.
The Triple Poker crown is an illustrious title awarded to those skilled poker players who manage to win championship titles in all 3 of the world’s most famous poker tournament series.
This includes a title as the World Series of Poker (WSOP), a championship at the European Poker Tour events and a title at the World Poker Tour (WPT).
Very few players in the world have secured the Poker Triple Crown status and this elite title is a much coveted one.
When Davidi Kitai began the final leg of the European Poker Tour 2012 he had a good chip lead and advantage over his other opponents. However, as the game reached the heads up stage, Andrew Chen took the lead and looked to win the game. This did not in any way disrupt Kitai’s game and he continued playing with a very good hand. Kitai made a lot of calls and good bets and this worked out in his favour.
After the game, Kitai’s opponent Andrew Chen commented on the win and game play,
“I guess he (Kitai) had me. He said that he was going to call a lot of rivers which seems foolish. It’s truly difficult to talk about a hand like that. I was definitely going to push a lot of rivers and it’s just an embarrassment he hit a five. In a way he three-outed me. I hope that it’s shown on Television that way rather than him just holding me faking.”
This win at the European Poker Tour 2012 is reputed to be one of the best scores and wins that Davidi Kitai has ever achieved on the EPT. As of now, his earnings in live tournament wings amount to $3 million. Kitai also earned plenty of Player of the Year points and may just end up being crowned the Player of the Year 2012.