Kevin MacPhee, who goes by ImaLuckSac online, was declared the winner of the European Poker Tour Berlin event. His prize: 1 million Euros. His cost: nothing. That’s because Kevin qualified for his seat in the EPT Berlin event through a PokerStars satellite.
Of the total of 945 players (representing 48 different countries) that turned out for the €5,300 buy-in event in a series founded and hosted by PokerStars, 243 of those players were sent there by PokerStars themselves, one of them by the 29-year-old Idaho-born MacPhee, who finished off Ilari Tahkokallio from Finland heads-up for the top prize from the first EPT event ever to be held in Berlin.
This is the same EPT event in Germany’s capital city that made greater headlines last week by being robbed at gunpoint by a masked gunman. Thankfully nobody was hurt.
The inaugural EPT Berlin consisted of 6 days of poker tournament action at the Casino Spielbank Berlin with a combined prize pool totalling €4.725 million.
For his accomplishment, MacPhee also wins a bonus prize of a free seat in the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final next month. This is far from the first free seat MacPhee has won into a European Poker Tour event via online poker satellite—on the contrary, he’s won 14 EPT seats since season 5 and competed in 15. But this is his first big cash.
In April of 2008 MacPhee broke the PokerStars record for the most tournament leader board points earned, after building a one-month profit of €73,667.
This win at EPT Berlin was MacPhee’s second time playing heads-up versus Tahkokallio, the last time losing to him in a £1,000 side event at the October 2009 EPT London.