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Updated: 28th May 2012 Written by / Poker News

pokerstars ept berlinPokerStars European Poker Tour Berlin, the biggest poker tournament hosted in Germany was interrupted on day 4 by armed robbers, causing chaos in the casino as people rushed for the exits. Footage of the robbery was recorded from EPT live and was released briefly on youtube before the video was removed. Luckily nobody was hurt and the incident only lasted 15 minutes, while the robbers held up the registration area of the EPT at Grand Hyatt Hotel.

The main event which was down to the final 20 players resumed a few hours later and one other EPT event was canceled, when players were allowed refunds. Lets hope stricter security is used in future live tournament events where large sums of money are involved.

The first ever Poker Stars EPT Berlin main event had 945 registered players and the buy-in was €5,300 with a prize pool of €4,725,000

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PokerStars EPT Berlin Results

American player Kevin MacPhee won the main event after winning his seat from a PokerStars satellite. PokerStars guaranteed a €1,000,000 for the winner of the EPT Berlin event.

  1. Kevin MacPhee - €1,000,000
  2. Ilari Tahkokallio - €600,000
  3. Marc Inizan, France - €350,000
  4. Artur Wasek, Poland - €280,000
  5. Ketul Nathwani - €210,000
  6. Marcel Koller - €165,000
  7. Marko Neumann - €120,000
  8. Nico Behling - €72,000
  9. Alfonso Amendola - €50,000
  10. Norman Kastner - €50,000
  11. Luca Cainelli - €40,000
  12. Paul Thomas Otto - €40,000
  13. Evgeniy Zaytsev - €30,000
  14. Carsten Joh - €30,000
  15. Stefan Huber - €25,000
  16. Ilya Gorodetskiy - €25,000
  17. Lennart Holz - €23,500
  18. Mathias Kuerschner - €23,500
  19. Jude Ainsworth - €23,500
  20. Theo Jorgensen - €23,500

Kevin MacPhee won seats to 14 EPT events this season through PokerStars qualifying satellites this is the first time he had a big cash in an EPT event. PokerStars is the worlds biggest poker room they sponsor all the top poker pros and live poker events.

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European Poker Tour official statement on the Robbery

Yesterday at approximately 14:15, an armed robbery took place at the European Poker Tour (EPT) event in Berlin. Nobody was seriously injured. Four armed men were involved in the robbery which targeted the tournament registration desk outside the tournament area.

No shots were fired and the suspects quickly fled after a security guard intervened. The police investigation so far has shown that the suspects had a handgun and a machete. Contrary to tabloid reports, no Kalashnikov assault rifles or hand grenades were used. The suspects did not enter the tournament area and the money taken was substantially less than what has been reported.

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Photo released in a German Newspaper

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