The longest heads-up battle in EPT history ended in an amazing $1,715,439 win for Italian poker player Antonio Buonanno.
It took 10 hours of heads-up play for Antonio Buonanno to win the grand prize at this year’s European Poker Tour (EPT), but it was worth it. The Italian poker pro won $1,715,439 after defeating Britain’s Jack Salter.
“It was very hard and very long. Salter is a good player and it was very difficult to win this EPT,” Buonanno told reporters. “I played five days very short-stacked but I think I played good poker yesterday and today,” he added.
From clothing store owner to poker pro
According to the latest gambling news, Buonanno took the title, the trophy, the $1,715,439 prize, as well as 2,100 Card Player Player of the Year points. This will be enough to move him into a tie for 10th place in the overall Player of the Year race standings.
The Italian used to own a clothing store and decided to become a professional poker player. Things have worked out well with his new career, as he traveled the EPT circuit for the past four years and has won a World Series of Poker title.
Payouts awarded at the 2014 EPT final table:
1. Antonio Buonanno – $1,715,439
2. Jack Salter – $1,058,315
3. Malte Moennig – $756,730
4. Mayu Roca Uribe – $579,653
5. Magnus Karlsson – $459,295
6. Sebastian Von Toperczer – $357,337
7. Kenneth Hicks Jr – $260,774
8. Sebastian Bredthauer – $178,184