The EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final roared on again yesterday with the biggest day of the stop so far. The Super High Roller revealed its champion whilst the Main Event finally got under way with a bumper field on Day 1a.
Check out how each played out below, there was certainly plenty of high quality action.
EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final Super High Roller – Colman Claims Title
The first major event at the European Poker Tour Season 10 Monte Carlo Grand Final has been completed after the Super High Roller revealed its winner last night. Daniel Colman managed to come out on top of the final table of eight and eventually beat Dan Cates during heads up for a payout of €1,539,300.
In fact, hose two and the player who finished third in Igor Kurganov had all agreed on a chop of the prize pool that meant there was just €241,000 additional for the winner to take home and €115,400 for the runner up.
Heads up actually started with Cates having a substantial chip lead but his opponent played patiently and chipped away at it. The final hand came when Cates pushed with the Qd-10c and Colman made the call with the Kh-6h. The board fell as the 3c-9d-6d-3h-Ah and Colman managed to hit a pair and win the Monte Carlo Grand Final Super High Roller title.
How It Finished
1st) Daniel Colman – €1,539,300 (d)
2nd) Dan Cates – €1,283,700 (d)
3rd) Igor Kurganov – €1,128,300 (d)
4th) Richard Yong – €637,600
5th) Rono Lo – €493,340
6th) Paul Phua – €385,000
7th) Ole Schemion – €307,000
8th) Olivier Busquet – €241,000
EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final Day Main Event 1a – Hadad Early Leader
With one event finishing up we had another kicking off with this one being the final Main Event of Season 10 on the EPT. It brought in almost double the entries on the same day as last years event with 214 taking their seats on Day 1a.
117 of those were still standing (or sitting) come the end of the day with Samir Hadad holding the chip lead with 178,100. The likes of JC Alverado, Tom Middleton and Simon Deadman also finished inside the top ten whilst big names like Dominik Nitsche, Antonio Esfandiari and PokerStars Team Pros Bertrand Grospellier and Marcel Luske also advanced.
— Bertrand Grospellier (@elkypoker) April 26, 2014
PokerStars Team Pro Vicky Coren was looking to make it three EPT Main Event wins but unfortunately she busted out on Day 1a along with the likes of Patrik Antonius, Mike Watson, Isaac Haxton and Max Silver. She did hint however, that she might have a pop at the upcoming High Roller.
Well I’m afraid there won’t be a 3-time EPT champion THIS season. Monte Carlo no good. But it would have been too soon anyway, wouldn’t it?
.. but I might now take two days to catch up on sleep then give the High Roller a spin #NoSuchThingAsTooMuchPoker
— Victoria Coren M. (@VictoriaCoren) April 26, 2014
Join us tomorrow to see what is to be an expected bigger field than Day 1a for Day 1b and to see who will be joining these survivors into Day 2.
The Current Top Ten
1st) Samir Hadad – 178,100
2nd) Talal Shakerchi – 159,500
3rd) JC Alvarado – 145,000
4th) Tom Middleton – 124,000
5th) Timo Eckhert – 116,000
6th) Simon Deadman – 115,000
7th) Nick Maimone – 114,800
8th) Mark Teltscher – 114,000
9th) Gil Morgensztern – 110,700
10th) Sotirios Koutoupas – 102,300