If there was going to be any confusion over who has been the best tournament player of 2012, Dan Smith who is already well ahead at the top of the Global Poker Index rankings, which ranks players based on their tournament results over the past few years, has just pretty much confirmed it.
Yesterday he won yet another side event at a European Poker Tour stop, with it being the EPT Prague €5,200 turbo. The event could also arguably be one of the toughest six seater final tables of all time, with it including names such as Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Paul Berende and the living legend Bertrand Grospellier.
When you think that the players on the table such as the PokerStars Team Pro Grospellier, who has amassed an incredible $10,147,375 from live tournament cashes throughout his poker career, Bryn Kenney with $2,452.122 and Dan Kelly with a total of $2,452.122, it makes it a fairly rich table already.
Smith not only had to beat that extremely tough table but also the 42 original registrants into the event. That number brought a prize pool of €203,700 with Smith himself taking the biggest chunk of €68,120 for himself.
That’s not a bad looking score for a day’s work, though it certainly looks a lot better when it is added to the other $3,650,758 he has won throughout this year online…just from live tournaments.
As it turned out, the final table didn’t last as long as what was anticipated with the first elimination being the legend himself Grospellier. The next player that went was the American professional Bryn Kenney for a payout of €16,300 and he was followed about 30 minutes later by Berende for a decant cash of €20,400.
That left us with the three remaining players, with Dan Smith already at the top of the chip counts at this point. Daniel Kelly was the next to be edged out, though a decent score of €28,500 should make his Christmas a better one.
We were then at heads up, with Smith holding about a 3-1 advantage over his opponent Marc-Andre Ladouceur. In fairness it was over fairly quickly, with Smith taking the winners cheque and Ladouceur being content enough with his payout of €56,080.
How It Finished!
Dan Smith – €68,120
Marc-Andre Ladouceur – €56,080
Daniel Kelly – €28,500
Paul Berende – €20,400
Bryn Kenney – €16,300
Bertrand Grospellier – €14,300
In our opinion, there have only been a handful of players that have achieved the extraordinary this season, with Dan Smith certainly being one of them. The question is can he follow it all up in 2013? We look forward in anticipation.