Răzvan Belea has achieved one of the great goals of his poker career – Champion of the European Poker Tour (EPT), one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world. The fact that this result comes in the capital of France, Paris, is all the more spectacular, especially as this tournament brings together some of the biggest names in the poker world from Europe, the United States and the world. We invite you to learn exclusively from Casino Inside about Răzvan Belea’s journey, successes and dreams in poker, and last but not least, his new goal.
Congratulations for the first European Poker Tour Main Event won by a Romanian! The question may seem cliché, but how did you feel when the cards that made you Champion came in?
Hello. Thank you very much, it means a lot to me to be appreciated for my results. It really is a historic result, I am overwhelmed. When I saw the Flop (the first 3 cards) I felt that hand could bring me the championship victory. When I saw the Turn (4th card) I knew even more and closed my eyes hoping that the River (last card) would not help my opponent. On the River though I wanted to think very hard before I paid because the title was at stake, but I couldn’t throw that hand away, when my opponent said congratulations I felt like I had become the European champion and was overcome with emotion.
How did your poker adventure begin?
It started in my hometown with games between childhood friends, whom I respect and appreciate because I had something to learn. Then I played no-money tournaments online after watching some TV shows in Romania. I think back then the site was called draculapoker, going on to play Pokerstars and Fulltilt sit and go, and tournaments with very small buy-ins. I could say I started from scratch.
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