A Romanian player has emerged as the champion for the first time in the European Poker Tour (EPT) history. Razvan Belea, after a grueling heads-up play, defeated Peter Jorgne of Sweden to claim victory in the EPT Sochi Main Event, making a massive prize of €1.7 million. He fought through a field of 758 participants to claim the prestigious title.
Belea led the chip count on the final day and outlasted his final four opponents, maintaining his lead throughout the action-packed conclusion of Days 4 and 5. The accomplishment was a dream come true for Belea, who had always aspired to win an EPT title, having watched the tours for a long time.
Overwhelmed with emotions, Belea struggled to articulate his experience but emphasized the countless hours he spent studying and playing poker to achieve his goal. He spoke his gratitude to his supporters and excitement for the future of poker in Romania.
Ivonne Montealegre, the Founder and Event Director of The Malta Poker Festival shared her enthusiasm for Belea's impressive win, calling it a powerful story. She highlighted that his win would significantly impact poker growth in Eastern Europe, inspiring more players to participate in higher-stakes tournaments. This groundbreaking victory has allowed Belea to compete at a very competitive level without the pressures that higher stakes bring, and she wishes him many more triumphs in the future.
The Romanian player's success is pivotal for the country's poker scene. It hoped to inspire more regional individuals to pursue the game. Furthermore, the tournament was distinguished for its diversity, as players from more than 60 countries participated in the competition. The EPT, one of the most prestigious poker events globally, holds the Sochi Main Event in high regard, as it is considered one of the most demanding tournaments on the poker circuit.
More about the European Poker Tour (EPT)
The European Poker Tour (EPT) is a series of European poker tournaments. It was founded in 2004 by John Duthie and is now owned and operated by the world's largest poker company, PokerStars. The EPT holds several events annually, featuring various poker games such as Texas hold 'em, Omaha, and seven-card stud. The tour attracts professional poker players and amateurs, with some events having buy-ins ranging from a few hundred euros to tens of thousands of euros. The EPT is widely regarded as one of the world's most prestigious poker tours and has helped popularize poker in Europe.