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EPT Results - Season 10

See below for all tournament results for EPT Season 10, including details on Vicky Coren's historic second EPT win in Sanremo, and figures from the Spain's richest ever poker tournament in Barcelona. Click on the tournament name for complete results from that event, or use the right-hand menu for more results from past EPT seasons.

EPT Barcelona (28/08/13 - 07/09/2013)

ESPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
A Estrellas Main Event
28/08/2013
€1,000 + €100
1798 €1,744,060 Soenke Jahn
€169,136
B NL - Unlimited Rebuy + Addon Super Satellite to EPT Main Event - THREE SEATS GUARANTEED ( €50 RB & AO)
28/08/2013
€100 + €10
191 €29,779 4 seats awarded
C NL - Super Satellite to Estrellas Main Event Day 1B - THREE SEATS GUARANTEED
28/08/2013
€150 + €15
146 €21,243 19 seats awarded
D NL - Turbo
29/08/2013
€200 + €20
125 €24,250 Roberto Lanero Carrillo
€4,668
E NL - Estrellas Mini Event
30/08/2013
€300 + €30
469 €136,479 Gilles Silbernagel
€30,780
F NL - Unlimited Rebuy + Addon Super Satellite to EPT Main Event - ONE SEAT GUARANTEED (€50 RB & AO)
30/08/2013
€100 + €10
199 €49,858 9 seats awarded
G NL - Estrellas High Roller
31/08/2013
€1,850 + €150
521 €934,935 Jonathan Currle
€149,610
H PLO -Double Chance
01/09/2013
€250 + €25
127 €30,798 Oren Rosen
€6,615

ESPT Main Event Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€ )
1 Soenke Jahn   169,136
2 Paul Nunes   204,589
3 Alin Sameeian   158,475
4 Marcelo Fonseca   121,000
5 Marc Pujol Cases   67,400
6 Pablo Cusí   53,800
7 Lukasz Roczniak   41,100
8 Alfonso Amendola   29,000
9 Igor Yaroshevskyy   22,160
10 Josef Antos   18,560
11 Alan Rocamora Garcia   18,560
12 Carmelo Placenti   16,535
13 Milan Polke   16,535
14 Mustapha Kanit   14,790
15 Alexandra Mariov   14,790
16 Aparicio Sole Ingacio   13,045
17 Martin Guth   13,045
18 Josep Manel Torta   11,300
19 David Penarroya   11,300
20 Viacheslav Abo   11,300
21 Wouter Van Der Peiyl   9,560
22 Diago Soto Benitez   9,560
23 Guy Goossens   9,560
24 Madis Erit   7,900
25 Jason Lavallee   7,900
26 Alexey Pugachev   7,900
27 Jordan Jordanov   7,900
28 Samuel Rodriguez Merino   6,750
29 Kyriakos Mitsopoulos   6,750
30 Karolis Sereika   6,750
31 Stefano Terziano   6,750
32 Aquilino Lopez Del Rio   5,755
33 Ilya Bedernikov   5,755
34 Dmitry Vitkind   5,755
35 Alejandro Perez Torres   5,755
36 Dieter Edling   5,755
37 Bjorn Geissart   5,755
38 Tomas Ksenevicius   5,755
39 Vitaliy Shepitko   5,755
40 Mark Lane   4,780
41 Inigo Rodriguez Gomez   4,780
42 Tigran Yazychyan   4,780
43 Allyn Shulman   4,780
44 Charlotte Van Brabander   4,780
45 Jose Luis Puente Oña   4,780
46 Thierry Navarro   4,780
47 Pawel Keller   4,780
48 Ruben Osvaldo Hurinich   4,780
49 Marcel Buissink   4,780
50 Miguel Fernandez Reguiera   4,780
51 Konstantin Streletskiy   4,780
52 Alain Bauer   4,780
53 Raigo Aasmaa   4,780
54 Norbit Szecsi   4,780
55 Konstantin Puchkov   4,780
56 Rayk Leuthold   3,820
57 Antonio Perrez Salas   3,820
58 David Egea Gomez   3,820
59 Marc Gonzalez Valls   3,820
60 Dariusz Paszkiewicz   3,820
61 Chritstian Serrano Pleguezuelos   3,820
62 Juan Santa Cruz   3,820
63 Julien Gaston   3,820
64 Pedro Oliva Martinez   3,820
65 Albert Macia Alcaide   3,820
66 Mantas Stikelis   3,820
67 Valdimir Dobrov   3,820
68 Valdimir Novitckii   3,820
69 Steven Watts   3,820
70 Gereard Chamorro   3,820
71 Julian Stuer   3,820
72 Alexandre Moix Mitjavilla   3,245
73 Manel Montalban Sala   3,245
74 Ben Masbah   3,245
75 Florian Stephan Loelinert   3,245
76 Carlos Hey De Lima   3,245
77 Karin Bruteij   3,245
78 Dimitar Yosifov   3,245
79 Gorka Gutierrez   3,245
80 Philippe Souki   3,245
81 On Albilia   3,245
82 Alex Casals   3,245
83 Sofia Lovgren   3,245
84 Garcia Valls Oroil   3,245
85 Mattia Toscano   3,245
86 Jose Javier Patiño Gonzalez   3,245
87 Javier Souto Corral   3,245
88 Andrea Benelli   3,245
89 Simon Robert Deadman   3,245
90 Jean Pierre Gleize   3,245
91 Alexandrer Lakhov   3,245
92 Walter Treccarichi   3,245
93 Juan Jose Iglesias Mora   3,245
94 Vasile Valentin Ahghel   3,245
95 Martin Mathis   3,245
96 Stanislavs Macugins   2,790
97 Francisco Javier Parra Soler   2,790
98 Tobias Daniel Wagner   2,790
99 Miquel Noguera Grifol   2,790
100 Ruben Monterde Soria   2,790
101 Adrian Vincent Daniel Schuh   2,790
102 Juan Maceiras Lapido   2,790
103 Axier Penagaricano Artega   2,790
104 Eduardo Elvis Boudet   2,790
105 Charles Georges Calfeus   2,790
106 Michael Franz Back   2,790
107 Ka Kwan Lau   2,790
108 Anatoly Filaton   2,790
109 Lauri Varonen   2,790
110 Asher Kramer   2,790
111 Peieter Ram   2,790
112 Lukasz Jaroslaw Jankoliski   2,790
113 Pedro Juan Rodrigo Caravaca   2,790
114 Ruben Velasco Merino   2,790
115 Jose Martorell Atienza   2,790
116 Henri Freder Benoni   2,790
117 Adrain Silva   2,790
118 Roger Patrick Hairabedian   2,790
119 Yacheslav Zobov   2,790
120 Xavier Ponce Vargas   2,370
121 Ahmed Ahmed   2,370
122 Jairo Arias Menendez   2,370
123 Jaime Eduardo Catanylee   2,370
124 Logi Unnarson Jonsson   2,370
125 Daniel Gomez   2,370
126 Andrei Konopelko   2,370
127 Miguel Angel Sainz Lopez   2,370
128 Alejandro Sanchez Arguiano   2,370
129 Paul Clin Ciaca   2,370
130 Oscar Antonio Romero Martinez   2,370
131 Marius Aurel Popa   2,370
132 Oscar Arino Saura   2,370
133 Gregory Hairabedian   2,370
134 Yves Victor Hallague   2,370
135 Anton Suarez Johansson   2,370
136 Dimitry Urbanovich   2,370
137 Marco Della Tommasina   2,370
138 Luis Miguel Marcos Pinto   2,370
139 Vincent Daniel Noe   2,370
140 Aki Petteri Vihikainen   2,370
141 Felix Juarez Hernan   2,370
142 Rudy Blondoeau   2,370
143 Jorge Colas Vaquero   2,370
144 Rory Kevin Brown   2,130
145 Calin Sebastian Maier   2,130
146 Oscar Montaner Del Valle   2,130
147 Jose Miguel Martinez Garnes   2,130
148 Spyros Karathanos   2,130
149 Josef Birchier   2,130
150 Boris Kuzmanovic   2,130
151 Joan Oriol Vilaseca Lecina   2,130
152 Tran Anh Khoi Le   2,130
153 Heinz Traut   2,130
154 Lluis Bartomeu Guerrero Fullana   2,130
155 Sindri Bjoernsson   2,130
156 Manuel Gonçalves   2,130
157 Karinm Erich Balm   2,130
158 Alexis Abreu Abrante   2,130
159 Rick Streefland   2,130
160 Tiziano Fasan   2,130
161 Alberto Blasillado   2,130
162 Viktor Lavi   2,130
163 Nicki Leander Dalgaard   2,130
164 Guy Felder   2,130
165 Matthieu Philippe Cabannes   2,130
166 John Philip Stokes   2,130
167 Amiran Ansguladze   2,130
168 Alialain Mekhtoub   2,130
169 Ezequiel Macho Morcillo   2,130
170 Laurynas Marius Levinskas   2,130
171 Carlos Humberto Arango Castano   2,130
172 Juho Heikki Heiska   2,130
173 Ruberto Merida Diaz   2,130
174 Alejandro Vaquiero   2,130
175 Joseph Alexander Loughney   2,130
176 Joerg Krupp   2,130
177 Erik van den Berg   2,130
178 Mike Villemin   2,130
179 Mitja Potocin   2,130
180 Adrian Naya Lopez   2,130
181 Jose Ramon Preciado Mora   2,130
182 Bonifacio Martinez Gonzalez   2,130
183 Jerome Lhostis   2,130
184 Stefan Andrea Mavermann   1,935
185 Jesus Ado Villacorta   1,935
186 Igor Ampudia Fernandez   1,935
187 Sergi Roca Pascual   1,935
188 Claas Eyke Segebrecht   1,935
189 Joel Visa Jordana   1,935
190 Antonio Dascenzo   1,935
191 Juan Antonio Gcmariz Solano   1,935
192 Niko Tapio Mykkanen   1,935
193 Thierry Cazals   1,935
194 Vincent Guillon   1,935
195 Fedrico Piroddi   1,935
196 Zhelyo Zhelev   1,935
197 Radoslav Jacek Morawiec   1,935
198 Larserik Isaksen   1,935
199 Juergen Chukad Cheng   1,935
200 Kevin Santner   1,935
201 Frederic Bussot-Fuentes   1,935
202 John Laurence Kiernan   1,935
203 Victor Patino Gonzolez   1,935
204 Martin Godsk Stausholm   1,935
205 Linda Christin Kinhult   1,935
206 Yves Pierre Maison   1,935
207 Paulo Cesar Figueiredo Ribeiro   1,935
208 Klein Jan Ginther   1,935
209 Benjamin Saada   1,935
210 Antonin Duda   1,935
211 Cayetano Garcia Ayala   1,935
212 Christophe De Meulder   1,935
213 Manuel Clement Buyaldon   1,935
214 Alejandro Tartiere Ontanon   1,935
215 Vyacheslav Potemkin   1,935
216 Brent Howard Chapman   1,935
217 Benjamin Garcia Rivera   1,935
218 Ignacio Cuesta   1,935
219 Marion Grootkerk   1,935
220 Eugeno Santamaria Tessier   1,935
221 Ruben Veras Fragoso   1,935
222 Jon Skiple Sataoeen   1,935
223 Adrian Jose Valero Arenas   1,935
224 Marco Caza   1,760
225 Dejan Divkovic   1,760
226 Manue Caldeira   1,760
227 Guiseppe Giannone   1,760
228 Eduardo Jose Gomez Cocera   1,760
229 Karl Maarten Eriksson   1,760
230 Carles Campas Rius   1,760
231 Lennart Konst   1,760
232 Angel Guillen   1,760
233 Aivaras Bardavskas   1,760
234 Richard Black Milne   1,760
235 Ruben Puras Die Guez   1,760
236 Nabil Mohamed Abdien   1,760
237 Juan Carlos Canoves Jorba   1,760
238 Halldor Sverrisson   1,760
239 Doris Windhoff   1,760
240 Korbinian Sonnenholzner   1,760
241 Teso David Do Mascimento   1,760
242 Aleksandar Traykovski   1,760
243 Roberto Romanello   1,760
244 Eugenii Veshitckii   1,760
245 Essig Waldemar   1,760
246 Andrey Chesnokov   1,760
247 Ruben Cebollada   1,760
248 Yoas Francois Mudde   1,760
249 Ivan Montaner Del Valle   1,760
250 Aleh Plavski   1,760
251 Denis Kipnis   1,760
252 Borya Gomez Garcia   1,760
253 Wilhelm Nordfjord   1,760
254 Carlos Monge Rodriguez   1,760
255 Robert Bonifacius   1,760
256 Theodoridis Georgios   1,760
257 Martin Staszko   1,760
258 Jose Luis Villanstre Avero   1,760
259 Harish Bath   1,760
260 Pedro Sanchez Lopez   1,760
261 Sergio Aido   1,320
262 Mattia Gianluca   1,320
263 Eamonn Blake   1,320
264 Marcin Wydroliski   1,320

ESPT Main Event Final Table

Paul Nunes, UK, PokerStars Qualifier: 14,475,000
This 25-year-old player from Guildford near London usually plays online tournaments and is a regular at EPT events. This is his second Estrellas event and he qualified after playing just one satellite.

Soenke Jahn, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier: 6,050,000
Jahn, 24, is playing his first Estrellas Poker Tour and came to Barcelona with a friend. He usually plays 1k tournaments but on bigger events such as the EPT only plays the €200 sides. Prefers playing multi-table Hold'em tournaments online.

Alin Saameian, Germany: 2,200,000
This 39-year-old player from Bremen is playing his first Estrellas Poker Tour evet. Has already played in five EPT Main Events as well as other EPT side events. His best result so far was second in a €28k event in the Czech Republic. He prefers playing live and specifically Hold'Em tournaments. He runs a business with his brother and has been playing poker as a hobby until now - although now the hobby is becoming serious!

Marcelo Fonseca, Brasil, PokerStars Qualifier: 2,800,000 chips
This player from Porto Alegre is a regular in LAPT and BSOP events. Winner of LAPT Uruguay in 2012 and 3rd place of LAPT São Paulo in 2011 which was at the time a record-breaking tournament in Latin America. Usually plays live tournaments in Brasil and this is his first participation in the Estrellas Poker Tour.  Prefers playing multi-table Hold'Em tournaments.

Alfonso Amendola, Italy: 700,000 (OUT IN 8TH)
This is the popular Italian's first time playing Estrellas tournaments, but the EPT regular has been visiting Barcelona for the past five years for EPTs. His best results so far include two WSOP final tables and ninth place at EPT Berlin. His favourite games at the moment are PLO and Open Face Chinese.

Marc Pujol, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier: 1,150,000
This 23-year-old player from Barcelona is playing the Estrellas Poker Tour for the first time. He usually plays Heads-Up Sit n Go Turbos online during weekends as he is currently studying Business Administration at university.

Lukasz Roczniak, Polnd, PokerStars Qualifiers: 1,615,000 (OUT IN 7TH)
Hailing from Warsaw, EPT regular Roczniak prefers Omaha High/Lo games. He has played at three stops of this fourth Estrellas Poker Tour season. He visited Barcelona last year as a tourist but this year brought friends to support him - and they will be railing him at his first final table.

Pablo Cusí, Spain: 6,760,000
This is the first final for this disabled Valencian player who is being assisted at the table by his brother. He has been playing online since 2008 and started participating in live events since 2010. This is his sixth participation in Estrellas tournaments and he prefers playing online cash games as he is fascinated by statistics and numbers.

EPT: Tournament Results

EPT Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
1 €50k Super High Roller
01/09/2013
€48,500 + €1,500
40 €2,448,765 Vitaly Lunkin
€771,300
2 Women's Event
31/08/2013
€300 + €30
86 €25,026 Hana Soljan
€6,880
3 NL RB/AO Super Sat to EPT Main
31/08/2013
€500 + €50
117 €115,915 23 seats awarded
4 €1k NL Turbo
31/08/2013
€1,000 + €100
201 €194,970 Jakub Mroczek
€36,020
6 NL RB/AO Super Sat to EPT Main
01/09/2013
€500 + €50
139 €142,105 26 seats awarded
7 NL Last Chance Turbo Super Sat
01/09/2013
€1,050 + €50
131 €133,423 26 seats awarded
8 €2k NL Turbo
31/08/2013
€2,000 + €200
172 €333,680 Fred Weiss
€77,580
9 €2k NL Holdem
04/09/2013
€2,000 + €200
363 €704,220 Alain Roy
€118,220
10 PLO - Turbo
03/09/2013
€500 + €50
97 €47,045 Alexander Orlov
€12,500
11 NL - Turbo
03/09/2013
€300 + €30
327 €95,157 Amiran Andguladze
€12,000
12 EPT10 Heads Up Championships
04/09/2013
€10,000 + €300
2 €19,600 Tobias Kuder
€19,600
13 NL Holdem - Single Re-Entry
06/09/2013
€1,000 + €100
633
(104 re-entries)
€714,890 Gerald Karlic
€110,000
14 PLO
05/09/2013
€1,500 + €150
124 €180,420 Florian Kossler
€45,400
15 NL - Turbo - Win the Button!
04/09/2013
€300 + €30
214 €62,274 Cristian-Alexandru Bala
€13,100
16 €10K NL High Roller
06/09/2013
€10,000 + €300
138
(42 re-entries)
€1,764,000 Thomas Muhlocker
€390,700
17 NLO8 - Turbo Deepstack
05/09/2013
€300 + €30
56 €16,296 Graham Clarkson
€4,890
18 €1k NLH Turbo Bounty
04/09/2013
€1,000 + €1,000 + €150
207 €194,580 Ondrej Vinklarek
€41,200
19 NLH Turbo Bounty
04/09/2013
€300 + €100 + €30
206 €59,328 Patrik Hirvonen
€10,117
20 €1k NL Holdem - 30 Minute Levels
06/09/2013
€1,000 + €100
138 €133,860 Dmitry Yurasov
€32,100
21 €1k NL Heads Up - 64 Cap
06/09/2013
€1,000 + €100
32 €31,040 Michael Flanagan
€13,970
22 €500 NL Holdem - Deepstack
06/09/2013
€500 + €50
221 €107,185 David Taborsky
€22,670
23 €300 NL Turbo
06/09/2013
€300 + €30
103 €29,972 Glen Cymbaluk
€7,950
24 €5k NL Turbo - "6 Handed"
07/09/2013
€5,000 + €200
43 €208,550 Joao Barbosa
€70,900
25 €300 NL Summer Deepstack Turbo
07/09/2013
€300 + €30
173 €50,343 Eugenii Vershitskiy
€9,618
26 €2000 NL Turbo "6 Handed"
07/09/2013
€2,000 + €150
110 €213,400 Joel Dias
€54,950
27 €100 NL Hyper Turbo - €10K GTD
07/09/2013
€100 + €10
199 €19,303 Johanne Cammarata
€4,280

EPT Super High Roller Event Lists

EPT Super High Roller Event Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€ )
1 Vitaly Lunkin   771,300
2 Erik Seidel   557,100
3 Steve O'Dwyer   355,100
4 Mike McDonald   269,400
5 David Benefield   208,150
6 Ole Schemion   159,200
7 Fabian Quoss   128,515

EPT Super High Roller Event Final Table

Seat 1: Timothy Adams (845,000)
Despite bringing the smallest stack into the final eight, Timothy Adams is no stranger to high pressure situations and success on the poker circuit. Adams, a Canadian professional poker player hailing from Burlington, ON, holds over $1.6 million in live tournament winnings to his name. Adams is also known for his online play under the name "Tim0thee".

Adams' live tournament results date back as far as 2007, but he found true glory during the summer of 2012 at the World Series of Poker. During that summer, Adams scored an impressive five cashes, one of which happened to be a victory and a WSOP bracelet. Adams conquered the field of Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed to clinch his first bracelet win and pocket over $392,000 in prize money.

Despite his WSOP bracelet being one of, if not the most prestigious items on Adams' live poker resume, his largest cash came earlier this year at the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. Adams scored a fourth-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller which netted him €485,100 in prize money ($636,088) for the largest live tournament score of his life. If Adams can work his short stack up and best the field today, he will break his personal record set at the EPT Grand Final and find a new event sitting at the top of his resume.

Seat 2: Steve O'Dwyer (1,015,000)
Steve O'Dwyer is a familiar face on the European Poker Tour and may be best known for winning the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event. In what was the final Main Event of the EPT 9 season, O'Dwyer bested what was one of the most stacked final tables in EPT history. O'Dwyer conquered the likes of Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Lodden, Jake Cody, Noah Schwartz, and Grant Levy to pocket the €1,224,000 in first-place prize money as well as the title and the trophy.

Prior to winning that prestigious event, O'Dwyer was still a staple of the tournament circuit and found much success worldwide. O’Dwyer’s first big score was back in 2009 when he came sixth in the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for more than $213,796, but it was 2011 when the communications graduate had his breakthrough year. O’Dwyer won nearly $1.5 million that year and snagged a further $880,000 in 2012, tearing through EPT Season 8 with a fifth place in the EPT Barcelona €10,000 High Roller, a runner-up finish at EPT London for £465,000, and seventh at EPT Copenhagen for DKr 290,000. O’Dwyer originally hails from the United States but now holds an Irish passport and now lives in Dublin where he plays poker online.

Seat 3: Mike McDonald (2,300,000)
Born in 1989 in Waterloo, Ontario, Mike McDonald is a Canadian professional poker player best known for being the youngest-ever European Poker Tour champion. McDonald won the EPT Dortmund Main Event in 2008 and pocketed €933,600 for his impressive showing.

While his breakout showing in Dortmund remains McDonald's largest score on the EPT, he has found much success at other events since. In 2010, McDonald made a final table appearance that resulted in a third place finish at the EPT Prague Main Event. McDonald pocketed a cool €295,000 for this showing. Not too long after, McDonald claimed victory at the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em side event where his first place showing won him over $146,000.

McDonald started playing poker when he was a teenager and soon became known at the online poker tables by his nickname “Timex”, a moniker that he still goes by to this day. Despite being a short stack for a majority of the early final table play during Day 2, McDonald managed to build a stack and will be entering this final table third in chips with 2.3 million.

Seat 4: Fabian Quoss (1,120,000)
Hailing from Nuremberg, Germany, Fabian Quoss is a professional poker player who is no stranger to success at the tables. Quoss, who has over $3.1 million in lifetime live tournament winnings, burst onto the live scene back in 2009. At the 40th World Series of Poker, Quoss made a deep run in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event that eventually resulted in a runner-up finish. This deep run allowed Quoss to pocket $427,911 and from there Quoss' tournament winnings continued to grow.

Just over one year later, Quoss added his first live tournament win to his resume when he took down the £3,500 English Poker Open Main Event in London.

While these early highlights showcase the talent that helped propel Quoss onto the live tournament scene, the young poker superstar has found much success in high roller tournaments as of late. Quoss scored his largest lifetime live score earlier this year at the 2013 Aussie Millions AU$250,000 Challenge when he finished in third place for a AU$750,000 payday. Just one month later, Quoss found himself with another third place finish, this time at the EPT 9 London High Roller event. Quoss is clearly no stranger to high pressure and high buy in events and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with at this final table.

Seat 5: Erik Seidel (1,145,000)
Erik Seidel is no stranger to the poker scene, and he's especially no stranger to high buy-in events like this one. He won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge in 2011 for AU$2,500,000. That same year Seidel took third in the $100,000 Challenge for AU$625,000. Needless to say, the Poker Hall of Famer, who has more than $17.6 million in career earnings, knows just what he is doing in big buy-in events.

In 2003, Seidel took fourth in the AU$2,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event for AU$9,200, then took second in the AU$1,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for AU$35,000. In 2007, Seidel placed second in the $100,000 Challenge for AU$550,000 and topped that earning the next year when he came runner-up in the Aussie Millions Main Event for AU$1,000,000. He then won the AU$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha in 2010 for AU$120,000 in 2010, but 2011 proved to be his best year ever Down Under.

Born in New York City in 1959, Seidel always had a gifted mind for games of all kinds. He took up backgammon while in college and soon dropped out to pursue a professional career playing the game. New York’s famous Mayfair Club was like a second home to Seidel. There he was able to hone his skills against some of the best players around.

Seidel traveled around playing backgammon tournaments for about eight years before making some forays into the stock market. With more and more people indulging in poker at the Mayfair Club, Seidel decided to give it a shot. Poker wasn’t his only source of income though, as Seidel took up a regular job as a stockbroker with much more of a secure income. The security of a regular paycheck went out the window though in 1987 when the stock market crashed and Seidel lost his job. Luckily, he still had poker.

The Mayfair Club was growing with players and Seidel soon became one of the best of them, along with the likes of Howard Lederer and Dan Harrington. It was around this time that Seidel took a shot in Vegas at the 1988 World Series where he ended up placing second in the Main Event to the world renowned Johnny Chan. A few years later in 1991, Seidel would return to place second in another WSOP event. It would only take one more year for his wrist to be wrapped in WSOP gold.

In 1992, Seidel captured his first bracelet followed by a second bracelet in 1993. Another year later saw Erik walk away from the WSOP with another bracelet. The 1998 was another good year at the Series for Seidel. He was able to cash four times and win his fourth bracelet. One more year later, Seidel made a run at the WSOP Main Event again, this time placing fourth for almost $280,000.

Taking the next logical step, Seidel moved out to Vegas with his wife and from there the winnings just seemed to pile up. The years 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 all saw Seidel walk away from WSOP with more gold wrapped around his wrist to give him a total of eight bracelets.

Erik Seidel's Top 8 WSOP Results
Year Event  Place Prize
1992 $2,500 Limit Hold'em 1st  $168,000
1993 $2,500 Omaha 8 or Better 1st  $94,000
1994 $5,000 Limit Hold'em 1st  $210,000
1998 $5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw 1st  $132,750
2001 $3,000 No-Limit Texas Hold'em 1st  $411,300
2003 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha  1st  $146,100
2005 $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em  1st  $611,795
2007 $5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw 1st  $538,835

Australia and the WSOP aren't the only places Seidel shines. He had a deep, second-place run at the Jack Binion World Poker Open in 2002 along with wins at Festa Al Lago II and III, where he secured wins in both events. In 2008 Seidel took down the World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic for almost $1 million.

The big questions is... can Seidel notch his first EPT win here today? Only time will tell!

Seat 6: Ole Schemion (2,835,000)
Ole Schemion is one of Germany's brightest up-and-coming stars; what's more, he's established that reputation all before the age of 21! The youngster has already amassed more than $3 million in career live tournament earnings, including wins in the 2012 Masters Classics of Poker in Amsterdam for $368,895 and the 2012 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for $1,474,671. He has also won side events at EPT Berlin in both 2011 ($77,138) and 2012 ($90,075).

Schemion won a huge pot on Day 2 toward the start of the day when he woke up with pocket kings against Daniel Alaei's ace-king. From there, Schemion continued his dominance by consistently winning both small pots and big pots alike. Our Live Reporting team caught a particularly interesting hand involving Schemion and Steve O'Dwyer where Schemion three-barreled into O'Dwyer and showed one of his hole cards after a fold on the river. What Schemion held is still a mystery!

Schemion begins the final table with a big chip lead and barring a reversal of luck, he's primed to not the second-biggest score of his career. All he has to do is finish third or better and he'll do it.

Seat 7: David Benefield (1,020,000)
In the realm of online poker, 27-year-old David Benefield is a legend known by the name “Raptor.” That’s the moniker Benefield used when he first ran $450 into $20,000. Years later, that sum would be in the millions. Now, the better part of a decade later, the man who bought a half-million-dollar house in Fort Worth with Tom “durrrr” Dwan when he was 20, is not only at this final table, but also at the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event as the short stack in this year's November Nine.

Credited with creating the quad monitor set-up - a grind station system used by hundreds of online players nowadays - Benefield once posted a “Raptor Challenge” on Two Plus Two stating that he wanted to make enough money to buy a $1.4-million vacation home in Costa Rica, and while that may have been a dream of days gone by, he’ll be at least halfway there as he’s guaranteed $733,224 as a member of the November Nine.

Prior to this year, Benefield’s largest score was for $150,035 after finishing eighth in the €50,000 Majestic Super High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe. He also took sixth in the 2010 Event #17 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $135,718. Other notable live accomplishments include 73rd in the 2008 WSOP Main Event for $77,200, 13th in the 2008 WSOP Event #1 $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em for $41,360 and 10th in Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha for $53,721 the same year.

While things are going great for Benefield now, that wasn’t always the case for the former CardRunners instructor and member of the famed Ship It Holla Ballas. “For some reason, I am just not all that happy with what I am doing,” Benefield admitted in a blog post back in 2008. “I have made a ton of money, have set myself up for life, but can’t seem to get any fulfillment out of poker. I am working on some lifestyle changes, and they are coming along nicely.”

Among those lifestyle changes were eating healthfully, practicing yoga and moving to New Mexico to study philosophy and literature at St. John’s College. Benefield proceeded to announce his “retirement” from poker and two years later and transferred to Colombia University, where he is currently a part-time student studying Chinese and political science. While Benefield left the life of an online poker pro behind, he still traveled to the WSOP every year and as you know, while Benefield may have been done with poker, the game wasn’t done with him.

Interestingly, Benefield is guaranteed $733,224 in this year's WSOP, but he can surpass that if he were to managed a victory here today!

For more on Benefield we recommend you check out Ship It Holla Ballas!: How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker's Loudest, Craziest, and Richest Crew by Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback.

Seat 8: Vitaly Lunkin (2,470,000)
Vitaly Lunkin is 38-years-old professional poker player from Russia and the proud winner of over $3 million in career tournament earnings. Lunkin got his first cash in a tournament in 2003 when he took down a pot-limit Omaha event at the Moscow Open in 2003. He earned almost $12,000 for that win.

It wouldn’t be until 2006 that Lunkin would get his first World Series of Poker cash. He finished in the money in the Main Event that year for about $5,000 profit. The following year in 2007, Lunkin hit a score worth $25,500 in the Moscow Millions Main Event.

Big things would happen to Vitaly come 2008. He traveled back to Las Vegas for the WSOP and placed first in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. Lunkin earned $629,417 for the win, not to mention his first WSOP gold bracelet.

In 2009, Lunkin cashed in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo before returning to his home of Moscow, Russia for the Russian Poker Tour’s Main Event. The event was a $7,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event and Lunkin walked away with the victory and over $440,000. That same month, Lunkin’s poker career would get a lot better back in Vegas.

That is where a special $40,000 buy-in anniversary event was being held at the WSOP. That event attracted 201 of the toughest players in the game. When all said and done, Lunkin bested Isaac Haxton in heads-up play to earn the nearly $1.9 million first-place prize. It was not only considered one of the greatest tournament victories of all time, but also marked Lunkin’s second WSOP gold bracelet.

EPT Main Event Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Tom Middleton PokerStars qualifier 1,067,000
2 Kimmo Kurko   625,000
3 Kresten Nielsen PokerStars qualifier 440,500
4 Luca Fiorini PokerStars qualifier 328,000
5 Pasi Sormunen   253,000
6 Benoit Gury PokerStars sponsored player 188,000
7 Eduard Bhaggoe   143,000
8 Andreas Christoforou PokerStars player 102,430
9 Alejandro Perez   79,000
10 Stefan Kolossow PokerStars Qualifier 65,600
11 Emilio Jimenez PokerStars Player 65,600
12 Madis Muur PokerStars Player 58,950
13 Anaras Alekberovas PokerStars Player 58,950
14 Michel Eid   52,940
15 Niall Farrell PokerStars Player 52,940
16 Rens Feenstra PokerStars Player 46,940
17 Valentino Konakchiev   46,940
18 Nicolau Villa-Lobos PokerStars Player 40,940
19 Denis Pisarev PokerStars Player 40,940
20 Sergei Chantcev PokerStars qualifier 40,940
21 Florian Duta   34,950
22 Lukas Berglund PokerStars Qualifier 34,950
23 Jamila Von Perger PokerStars Player 34,950
24 Julian Thomas PokerStars Player 29,270
25 Martin Staszko   29,270
26 Parker Talbot PokerStars Player 29,270
27 Raphael Halfon PokerStars Player 29,270
28 Jacob Rasmussen PokerStars Player 24,720
29 Guillermo Olvera PokerStars Player 24,720
30 Maximilian Senft PokerStars Player 24,720
31 Christopher Andler   24,720
32 Thomas Butzhammer PokerStars Player 21,440
33 Yannick Frenette PokerStars Qualifier 21,440
34 Dragan Kostic   21,440
35 Jacek Markowski PokerStars Player 21,440
36 Christophe De Meulder Team PokerStars Pro 21,440
37 Miklos Zsuffa PokerStars Player 21,440
38 Kevin Vandermissen   21,440
39 Manuel Cuberos Live Satellite 21,440
40 Danny Covyn PokerStars Player 18,200
41 David Kaufmann PokerStars Player 18,200
42 Michel Pecheux   18,200
43 Dejan Divkovic PokerStars Player 18,200
44 Dimitar Danchev PokerStars Player 18,200
45 Max Greenwood PokerStars Player 18,200
46 Yakov Onuchin   18,200
47 Mike Watson PokerStars Player 18,200
48 Jari Haanniemi   18,200
49 Max Ruess PokerStars Qualifier 18,200
50 Douglas Souza PokerStars Player 18,200
51 Glib Kovtunov PokerStars Player 18,200
52 Dermot Blain PokerStars Player 18,200
53 Jonas Lauck PokerStars Player 18,200
54 Siddharth Jain PokerStars Qualifier 18,200
55 Sean Wilson   18,200
56 Nils Jarefjall PokerStars Player 14,960
57 Antonio Lacirignola   14,960
58 Francesco Delfoco   14,960
59 Petra Hruskova Live Satellite 14,960
60 Ryan Spittles PokerStars Player 14,960
61 Clement Thumy PokerStars Player 14,960
62 Andrey Danilyuk   14,960
63 Kent Lundmark PokerStars Player 14,960
64 Pascal Hartmann PokerStars Qualifier 14,960
65 Alejandro Belluccia   14,960
66 Jacques Torbey   14,960
67 Alain Debackere   14,960
68 Kevin Iacofano PokerStars Player 14,960
69 Eli Heath PokerStars Player 14,960
70 Aliaksei Boika PokerStars Qualifier 14,960
71 Zsolt Vasvenszki PokerStars Player 14,960
72 Albert Daher   12,700
73 Eli Heath PokerStars Player 12,700
74 Michael Skender PokerStars Player 12,700
75 Sebastian von Toperczer PokerStars Qualifier 12,700
76 Ramsey Khoury   12,700
77 Henri Benoni   12,700
78 Russell Thomas PokerStars Player 12,700
79 Mikalai Pobal PokerStars Player 12,700
80 Franceso Paola Conte   12,700
81 Vishal Pundjabi   12,700
82 Barham Kakahama   12,700
83 Renato Almeida PokerStars Player 12,700
84 Andrey Chesnokov   12,700
85 Grayson Ramage PokerStars Qualifier 12,700
86 Alex Stevic PokerStars Player 12,700
87 Stefan Vagner   12,700
88 Ivan Kotov PokerStars Player 12,700
89 Kevin Schulz PokerStars Qualifier 12,700
90 Antonio Brando Live Satellite 12,700
91 Milan Polke PokerStars Qualifier 12,700
92 Felix Stephensen PokerStars Player 12,700
93 Marc Colome PokerStars Player 12,700
94 Daniel Reijmer PokerStars Player 12,700
95 Anton Komarov   12,700
96 Massimo Di Cicco Live Satellite 11,350
97 Pawel Brzeski PokerStars Qualifier 11,350
98 Walid Bou Habib PokerStars Player 11,350
99 Maximiliano Gallardo PokerStars Player 11,350
100 Fokke Beukers PokerStars Player 11,350
101 Gaetano Dell`Aera   11,350
102 Alexey Makarov   11,350
103 Oscar Kroon PokerStars Player 11,350
104 Sampo Mikael Loeppoenen Live Satellite 11,350
105 Cesar Garrido   11,350
106 Martin Bolecek Live Satellite 11,350
107 Byron Kaverman PokerStars Player 11,350
108 Simon Mattsson PokerStars Qualifier 11,350
109 Therese Grønstad PokerStars Player 11,350
110 David Benefield PokerStars Player 11,350
111 Denis Gindash PokerStars Player 11,350
112 Isisdoro Barrena   11,350
113 Rien Wijermars PokerStars Player 11,350
114 Niclas Adolfsson PokerStars Player 11,350
115 Hui-Chen Kuo PokerStars Player 11,350
116 Jose Gonzales PokerStars Player 11,350
117 Markus Kivipuro   11,350
118 Massimo Mosele   11,350
119 Justin Gibson PokerStars Qualifier 11,350
120 Lothar Meier   10,000
121 Antonio Buonanno   10,000
122 Thomas Brauner PokerStars Player 10,000
123 Ole Schemion PokerStars Player 10,000
124 Josef Bachar   10,000
125 Abilio Ribeiro Live Satellite 10,000
126 Kevin MacPhee PokerStars Player 10,000
127 Pablo Alexander Tavitian PokerStars Player 10,000
128 Lukasz Roczniak PokerStars Qualifier 10,000
129 Kenny Hallaert PokerStars Player 10,000
130 Alessando Longobardi   10,000
131 Coloma Daniel PokerStars Player 10,000
132 Piotr Pietrzak PokerStars Player 10,000
133 Tigran Yazychyan PokerStars Player 10,000
134 Steve Gallo   10,000
135 Alexander Jung PokerStars Player 10,000
136 Mario Vojvoda PokerStars Player 10,000
137 Ole Nergard   10,000
138 Viacheslav Goryachev   10,000
139 Leonardo Carvarge Martins   10,000
140 Bo Kjaer Erichsen PokerStars Qualifier 10,000
141 Imed Mahmoud   10,000
142 Mihails Morozovs   10,000
143 Claas Segebrecht PokerStars Player 10,000
144 Grudi Hristov Grudev   8,680
145 Geoffrey Van Butsel PokerStars Player 8,680
146 Thom Gallagher PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
147 Victor Ramdin   8,680
148 Javier Etayo PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
149 Steven Watts   8,680
150 Kjetil Hansen Live Satellite 8,680
151 Marcos Paneque PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
152 Joao Barbosa PokerStars Player 8,680
153 Fabian Ortiz PokerStars Player 8,680
154 Morten Mortensen PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
155 Cristinel Sandu Live Satellite 8,680
156 Kenneth Kui   8,680
157 Sergey Rybachenko PokerStars Player 8,680
158 Leo Fernandez Team PokerStars Pro 8,680
159 Toni Judet PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
160 Marvin Rettenmaier PokerStars Player 8,680
161 Yann Dion PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
162 Dario Amorello   8,680
163 Berthold Winz   8,680
164 Ferdinando Lo Cascio   8,680
165 Aleksandar Denishev   8,680
166 Antonio Alfaia   8,680
167 Jose Javier Patiño   8,680
168 Igor Izmaylov   8,680
169 Daniel Colin Bass PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
170 Andre Vieira Andrade PokerStars Player 8,680
171 Teodor Caraba   8,680
172 Mario Adinolfi   8,680
173 Cédric Moerlen PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
174 Eduards Rakuss PokerStars Player 8,680
175 Jaco Verloop PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
176 Apostolos Chatzopoulos   8,680
177 Antal Roth Live Satellite 8,680
178 Santiago Soriano Ramos PokerStars Player 8,680
179 Luis Da Silva   8,680
180 Maksim Semisoshenko PokerStars Player 8,680
181 Shannon Shorr PokerStars Player 8,680
182 Deleanu Valentin PokerStars Qualifier 8,680
183 Stefan Jedlicka PokerStars Player 8,680

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Andreas “daskalos20” Christoforou, 32, Nicosia, Cyprus - 2,560,000
Andreas Christoforou has been a professional multi-table tournament player for the last four years. The Cypriot plays all the Sunday majors and made a Super Tuesday final table on PokerStars as recently as July playing under the name “daskalos20”. Christoforou also plays as “o daskalos” on Full Tilt and has cashed for more than $1.25m across the two sites. This is already his largest live cash but he had a couple of deep runs at the WSOP where small cashes could have been bigger.

“I will do my best but I know it’s tough... I’m an experienced player, I know what to do, but I have to be lucky as well,” said Christoforou.

Seat 2: Kimmo Kurko, 30, Tampere, Finland - 2,265,000
Kurko is a fulltime poker player who turned pro in 2008 after a win in Helsinki. He followed this up a year later by winning an EPT5 Sanremo €2,000 event. It was enough to make him a regular on the European circuit, with earnings to date of more than $1.1 million. Pokeritieto.com reporter Juhani Tyriseva said: "He's a lot like Juha Helppi. He doesn't make many mistakes."

Seat 3: Pasi Sormunen, 41, Riihimaki, Finland - 3,070,000
Sormunen, 41, is a businessman who considers himself a recreational player only, taking up the game three years ago. Like his fellow Finn Kimmo Kurko, Sormunen’s first major successes came at home where he finished third in the 2010 Midnight Sun event and then won the 2012 Helsinki Freezeout two years later.  Pokeritieto.com reporter Juhani Tyriseva said: "He's not afraid to put his chips in. And that's his strength. No fear, it's just for fun." Proof of this swashbuckling approach was all too clear at EPT London in March, when he tried to bluff Ruben Visser with ace-high. Visser showed a full house and went to win the title, Sormunen finished 15th for £20,000.

Seat 4: Tom “hitthehole” Middleton, 26, Leeds, UK - PokerStars qualifier - 9,850,000
Middleton has put in a strong performance at EPT Barcelona and it is not really surprising that he has made the final - having been the overnight chip leader for the last two nights. Middleton - known as Middy to his friends (who include Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody et al) - is a high-stakes online player with numerous big online scores to his name including second place in a multi-entry $1k event on Full Tilt Poker for $160,000, winning a Full Tilt Poker $1k for $97,000 and third in a WCOOP $500 rebuy for $84,000. He also has a string of live tournament results with winnings totalling nearly $1 million. He won his seat to EPT Barcelona on PokerStars in June.

Seat 5: Eduard Bhaggoe, 37, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 1,615,000
Bhaggoe is a recreational player who doesn't play online but enjoys the live poker scene enormously. He has been playing poker for around seven years, mainly in Holland. This is his third EPT - he also competed at EPT Berlin and Dortmund. At last season’s EPT Barcelona, Bhaggoe’s wife Siema played the Main Event but was eliminated just short of the money on Day 3 by Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo. They also had their luggage stolen at the airport so not an ideal trip. He said this one is going a lot better! This time around, Siema is railing him, alongside his brother who also plays poker from time to time.

Seat 6: Luca Fiorini, 43, Rome, Italy - PokerStars qualifier - 4,610,000
Fiorini used to run a franchise chain of estate agents in Rome but gave it up to focus on poker. He has been playing poker seriously for around four years now. He only ever plays tournaments, travelling once a month to destinations around his native Italy including Sanremo. He also plays online a lot where his best result was finishing second in a PokerStars.it Sunday Special for €20,000. He came to Barcelona without his girlfriend Romana because he says he needs to concentrate but joked: “If I win, we’ll get married, buy a house and have children. Not if I come second though!”  Fiorini won his seat to Barcelona on PokerStars.it. 

Seat 7: Kresten Nielsen, 25, Haslev, Denmark - PokerStars qualifier - 7,300,000
Kresten Nielsen is known as  'The Killer' in his native Denmark. He has never had a big live cash but he has a couple of big cashes on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. He's played some EPTs before, his first being the most memorable. It was in 2008 in Copenhagen and he knocked out so many players on the first day that the local Ace magazine put him on the cover of their daily news letter, naming him Kresten 'The Killer “. The name has stuck ever since. Nielsen won his seat to EPT Barcelona in a €320 Deep Hyper-Turbo qualifier in June.

Seat 8: Benoît “beubeu08bg“ Gury, 35, Ardennes, France - PokerStars.fr sponsored player - 5,610,000
Gury discovered poker in 2008 during an evening with friends. He started playing live cash games and, motivated by his success, then started playing on PokerStars. He also started watching a lot of videos, including EPT finals.

Benoit was absolutely passionate about his new hobby and, at the end of 2009 he started playing live tournaments, where he also performed well. But the turning point in his poker career was when he qualified for the 2012 French TV show “Direct Poker” and then won it. He said: “Playing poker on TV, it is very stressful! Everything happens very quickly ... but it's great!”

Gury’s prize was a sponsorship contract with PokerStars.fr worth $100,000 in tickets for EPTs, France Poker Series tourneys and the French Championship of Online Poker.  His biggest cash before now was making the final of a PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €1k side event.

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€ )
1 Thomas Muhlocker   390,700
2 Daniel Negreanu PokerStars Team Pro 263,800
3 Jean-Noel Thorel   181,500
4 Joni Jouhkimainen   148,000
5 Jonathan Duhamel PokerStars Team Pro 118,000
6 Ole Schemion   90,700
7 Richard Yong   66,000
8 David Benefield   47,850
9 Raoul Refos   39,500
10 Abi Khaitan   33,500
11 Ihar Soika   33,500
12 Sam Chartier   29,100
13 Kevin Vandersmissen   29,100
14 Andrey Shatilov   26,450
15 Marcin Wydrowski   26,450
16 Niklaus Teichert   23,800
17 Emil Mattsson   23,800
18 Toby Lewis   21,150
19 Gerard Piqué   21,150
20 Joao Barbosa   21,150
21 Dan Smith   19,400
22 Anton Morgenstern   19,400
23 Philipp Gruissem   19,400
24 Jose Carlos Garcia   17,650
25 Timothy Adams   17,650
26 Robert Haigh   17,650
27 Benny Spindler   17,650

EPT High Roller Event Final Table

Seat 1: Jonathan Duhamel (842,000) -- Duhamel is the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion and a member of Team PokerStars Pro. The Canadian has $11,891,086 in live tournament earnings coming into this event, with $8,944,310 of that coming from his WSOP Main Event win. In 2011, Duhamel won the 2011 EPT Deauville €10,000 High Roller for €200,000, and today he'll be looking to add a second EPT High Roller title to his trophy case.

Seat 2: Thomas Muhlocker (1,224,000) -- Austria's Muhlocker is one of the lesser-known players at the final table. With $315,381 in live tournament earnings, Muhlocker could more than double that with a win here in this event. This summer, Muhlocker earned the largest score of his career when he took sixth in Event #57: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the WSOP, earning $129,447.

Seat 3: Jean-Noel Thorel (1,260,000) -- Thorel is a veteran of the European poker circuit, especially in high roller events. He has $783,368 in live tournament earnings, but only one six-figure score on record. That result was from a second-place finish in the 2009 EPT Deauville €20,000 High Roller event where he won €115,200. He also took fourth in the EPT Deauville that Duhamel won in 2011, earning €53,000. Last year, Thorel finished sixth in this very event for €54,390.

Seat 4: Richard Yong (1,208,000) -- When you look up Yong's tournament results, you're only going to find a short list of four cashes, but all of them have been final tables and for no less than €400,000. In 2012, he took eighth in the WSOP's $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop for $1,237,333, second in the Aspers £100,000 High Roller for £570,000, and third in the WSOP Europe €50,000 Majestic High Roller for €400,000. Earlier this year in April, Yong took second in the HK$1,000,000 Manila Millions for HK$6,548,000.

Seat 5: Joni Jouhkimainen (1,945,000) -- For being so young, start-of-the-day chip leader Jouhkimainen has quite a long list of poker achievements. His largest result by far -- and his only six-figure score -- was last year, right here in Barcelona. Jouhkimainen took third place in the EPT Barcelona Main Event for €404,050. Jouhkimainen hails from Finland and has $1,475,356 in live tournament earnings.

Seat 6: Ole Schemion (530,000) -- Germany's Schemion is the baby of the group when you look at everyone's age, but he has a laundry list of impressive results that would depict otherwise. Schemion has several EPT side event wins under his belt, a massive Partouche Poker Tour Main Event win for €1,172,850, a Master Classics of Poker victory for €286,200, and a first-place finish in the Lebanese Poker Tour Kyrenia Championship Event for $201,206. Also of note is that Schemion has now cashed in the three most marquee events here at EPT Barcelona -- the other two being the €50,000 Super High Roller and the Main Event. In the Super High Roller, he took sixth place for €159,200. Schemion has $3,303,030 in live tournament earnings.

Seat 7: Raoul Refos (462,000) -- Refos only has five results on record, with his largest coming a few years ago in 2008 when he took sixth place in the Master Classics of Poker for €84,420. His other four results all come from EPT events, including a fifth-place finish in a €5,000 side event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final last year for €50,900. In total, Refos has $227,036 in live tournament earnings.

Seat 8: David Benefield (229,000) -- Like Schemion, Benefield is also making a deep appearance in his third marquee event here in Barcelona. Benefield took fifth in the €50,000 Super High Roller for €208,150 and also cashed in the Main Event. Benefield is the short stack at the final table, but it's a position he's going to have to welcome because come November, Benefield will be taking his spot at the WSOP Main Event final table last in chips. With similar chip position here against tough competition, this event will surely serve as a practice round for the 2013 WSOP November Niner. Benefield has $1,656,541 in live tournament earnings.

Seat 9: Daniel Negreanu (1,225,000) -- Negreanu is the other member of Team PokerStars Pro at this final table and needs no introduction. The Canadian, who now calls Las Vegas his home, has an astounding $18,186,975 in live tournament earnings, five WSOP gold bracelets, and two World Poker Tour titles. In 2013, Negreanu has been having himself quite the year, already earning $1,846,396. The bulk of this year's earnings came from Negreanu's fifth WSOP bracelet win when he won the inaugural WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event for AU$1,038,825.

 

EPT London (02/10/2013 - 12/10/2013)

UKIPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
1* UKIPT Main Event
02/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
747 £724,590 Robbie Bull
£113,405
2* NL - UKIPT Turbo - Win the Button!
02/10/2013
£100 + £10
158 £15,326 David Barnes
£3,560
3* NL - UKIPT NL - Turbo
03/10/2013
£200 + £20
126 £24,444 Philip Görres
£6,150
5* UKIPT London Cup
05/10/2013
£300 + £30
266 £77,406 Emmanouil- Iason Tsourounakis
£15,520
7* UKIPT High Roller
06/10/2013
£2,000 + £200
176 £341,440 Vanessa Selbst
£67,499
9* PLO Double Chance
04/10/2013
£300 + £30
89 £21,582 Chris Dowling
£5,730

UKIPT Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (£)
1 Robbie Bull PokerStars Qualifier 113,405
2 Ian Simpson   106,869
3 Jack Salter PokerStars Qualifier 59,125
4 Lasse Frost   44,635
5 Dario Samartino   35,360
6 Karl Mahrenholz   26,735
7 Patryk Slusarek   19,200
8 Paul Zimbler   13,115
9 Jesse McKenzie PokerStars Player 10,360
10 Sunny Chattha PokerStars Player 8,480
11 Daniel Stacey   8,480
12 Piers Whyman   7,535
13 Wayne Yap PokerStars Qualifier 7,535
14 Giuliano Bendinelli   6,810
15 Eugenio Verde   6,810
16 Jamil Ogunmakinwa   6,085
17 Rumen Nanev PokerStars Player 6,085
18 Charlie Coombs   5,360
19 Adrian Demusca PokerStars Player 5,360
20 James Thomson   5,360
21 Mark Spelman   4,635
22 Vytautas Spakauskas PokerStars Player 4,635
23 Karol Rostkowsk PokerStars Player 4,635
24 Jesper Winzerling PokerStars Qualifier 3,915
25 Niccolò Caramatti   3,915
26 Georgios Kapalas PokerStars Player 3,915
27 Andrew Seabright PokerStars Player 3,915
28 Kirit Patel   3,370
29 Nicolau Villa-Lobos   3,370
30 Filip Szpak   3,370
31 Vladimir Geshkenbein   3,370
32 Ka Kwan Lau   2,970
33 Luke Tatum   2,970
34 David Lappin PokerStars Qualifier 2,970
35 Mohammed Suhail   2,970
36 Alexander Jobling   2,970
37 Carlos Manuel Oliveira   2,970
38 Lucky nguyen   2,970
39 Daniel Rudd   2,970
40 Leon Louis   2,610
41 Victor Ilyukhin   2,610
42 Jonas Huttel   2,610
43 Vincent Verdickt   2,610
44 James Rann   2,610
45 Gintaras Simaitis   2,610
46 Michael Hoerl   2,610
47 Mathew Frankland   2,610
48 Daniel Weinman   2,610
49 Paul Delaney   2,610
50 Radu Catoiu   2,610
51 Tom Langley   2,610
52 Najam Masood Qureshi   2,610
53 Paul Reaney   2,610
54 Stefano Rossomando   2,610
55 Richard Trigg   2,610
56 Christopher Day   2,280
57 Peter Charalambous   2,280
58 Peter Tero Robinson   2,280
59 Dimitar Danchev   2,280
60 Antonin Duda   2,280
61 Mathew Perry   2,280
62 Gaurav Kumar   2,280
63 Kevin Parkes   2,280
64 Laurence Ryan   2,280
65 Isabel Carvalho   2,280
66 Andrew Hall   2,280
67 Niall Murray   2,280
68 Gordon Huntly   2,280
69 Thomas Reveley   2,280
70 Savid Phelan   2,280
71 Barry Greenstein Team PokerStars Pro 2,280
72 Ludovicus Van Wely   1,995
73 Paul Williams PokerStars Player 1,995
74 Sixiao Li   1,995
75 Sidney Opoong   1,995
76 Mandus Ihnen   1,995
77 Neil Mcculloch   1,995
78 Luke Reeves PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
79 Lukasz Roczniak PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
80 Laurynas Levinskas PokerStars Player 1,995
81 Jonathan Prince   1,995
82 Michael Panteli PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
83 Atanas Kavrakov   1,995
84 Hung-Tu Wang   1,995
85 Richard Chidwick PokerStars Player 1,995
86 Henrique Pinho Team PokerStars Pro 1,995
87 Brian Peattie PokerStars Player 1,995
88 Jordan Bamford   1,995
89 Phillip Mighall PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
90 Leon Campbell   1,995
91 Kenny Hallaert PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
92 Paul Whyman   1,995
93 David Docherty PokerStars Qualifier 1,995
94 Callum Smith   1,995
95 Jose Stamp-Simon   1,995
96 Alain Debackere   1,810
97 Hunter Frey   1,810
98 Simon Mattsson PokerStars Player 1,810
99 Nick Wealthall PokerStars Player 1,810
100 Darren Fuller   1,810
101 James Ball   1,810
102 Sebastian Saffari   1,810
103 Jason Tompkins PokerStars Qualifier 1,810
104 Ion Tronaru   1,810
105 Katie Swift   1,810
106 Sailajan Shritharan   1,810
107 Gary Fisher   1,810
108 Mario Reyes Navarro   1,810
109 Karl Andre Oddsen PokerStars Player 1,810
110 Danny van Ziyp PokerStars Player 1,810
111 Victoria Coren Team PokerStars Pro 1,810

UKIPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Lasse Frost, Denmark – 1,700,000
Arhus-based Lasse Frost has been playing poker for around eight years - mainly just for fun. However, in August 2012, he decided to take a year off from his job in economics to play poker full time. The decision paid off as in March this year he finished third at EPT Berlin for a gigantic €325,000 payday – by far his biggest live cash. At the time he said that even if he won EPT Berlin, he would still go back to work after the summer – and indeed he did, although it was in business for himself. Frost, who celebrates his 29th birthday next Saturday, considers himself both a cash game and tournament player and appears to have kept the knack – this is his first event on the UKIPT and he's made the final with average chips.

Seat 2: Jack Salter, United Kingdom (PokerStars Qualifier) – 3,645,000
Jack Salter won his seat to UKIPT London in a £11 rebuy satellite on PokerStars and now lies in near-tied first place with Ian Simpson going into the final day. Originally from London, the 26 year old studied in Manchester and now lives in Malta. In August this year, he enjoyed a deep run at UKIPT Galway, finishing 24th for €5,580. Jack's brother Louis also plays - although Jack has the edge when it comes to live events, with lifetime tournament winnings totaling more than $184,000. As well as UKIPTs, Salter has played events all over Europe including a few EPTs. Salter celebrated his 26th birthday on Thursday. He goes by the handle @jackziyang on twitter.

Seat 3: Dario Sammartino, Italy – 1,475,000
Italian player Dario Sammartino, 26, is no stranger to PokerStars live events and has cashed in numerous tournaments including the Italian Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour. Hailing from Naples, Italy, he won the IPT San Remo €5,000 High Roller in April for €35,000 and also made the penultimate day of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in May, finishing 19th for €30,000. In 2011, he had a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, finishing 17th for € 37,000. His lifetime tournament winnings already total more than $500,000. Here in London, he was the Day 1b chip leader and has been consistently among the leaders throughout the event.

Seat 4: Robert Bull, Scotland (PokerStars qualifier) – 1,335,000
Robbie Bull is a UKIPT regular who won his trip to UKIPT London in a £100 2x Chance qualifier on PokerStars. In 2012, while a student in Edinburgh, he finished third in UKIPT Bristol for £33,000 – his biggest live cash to date. His live tournament winnings already total more than $63,000 and he's now guaranteed at least £13,115 more for making the final. His twitter handle is @Robbie_Bull; he describes himself as a "semi-professional poker player" but is racking up experience and cashes throughout the season.

Seat 5: Karl Mahrenholz, United Kingdom (PokerStars Qualifier) – 850,000
Karl Mahrenholz graduated in 2003 and started a career in the city, later finding the Gutshot Card Club where he came into contact with the young players who would become the Hitsquad. Fellow member Sunny Chattha narrowly missed the final himself (finishing 10th). Despite the fact that he has played poker since the age of 18, he only became a professional player in 2005 – a good move considering he has since taken nearly $1m in tournament winnings, including finishing in 1st place in the 2009 GUKPT Cardiff (£38,700). He describes the Connaught Rooms as the "best venue ever".

Seat 6: Ian Simpson, United Kingdom – 3,525,000
Despite dropping to a stack of just 5,000 on Day 1, Ian Simpson has proven his move from Biology teacher to professional poker player was a wise one. The 27 year old from Newcastle is best known for his exceptional performance in the Irish Open, first winning the 'Sole Survivor' promotion in 2012 and then the whole shebang in 2013. Seconds after the final hand that saw him win €265,000, he was down on one knee proposing to his girlfriend, something even hardened poker journalists had never seen before. Hoping to make this year even more profitable, Simpson enters the final table in London almost tied for the chip lead.

Seat 7: Paul Zimbler – United Kingdom – 505,000
Paul Zimbler has live tournament cashes that stretch back over a decade. Having taken down events from Dublin to Tangier (his biggest cash being €36,400 for winning a Pot Limit Omaha event at the Irish Open in 2010) Zimbler has set his sights on the UKIPT for the simple reason that, "the structure is perfect." The slow blind levels suit the Marbella Kid especially as he feels that many entrants are more used to online or turbo tournaments and emphasises the power of patience as an underused skill. He enters the final as the definitive short stack with ten big blinds, but by the time they return to the UKIPT feature table he will have put his earlier misgivings over certain late-stage large pots to one side and focus on building a stack to win.

Seat 8: Patryk Slusarek – United Kingdom – 1,710,000
Patryk Slusarek has been playing poker for six years, mixing both live and online versions of the game, now professionally. Based in London, he's no stranger to the international tournament scene, cashing previously in several WSOP events plus EPTs in Berlin, the PCA and Monte Carlo. His biggest live win to date came in the latter, when he cashed for €25,000 at the EPT Grand Final in 2009. When asked what the six-figure first prize would mean to him, he replied, "breaking even for the last six months!" Although insisting that he wouldn't spend any of the big prize money should he win it, it would be surprising if Slusarek did not stick around for some of the upcoming action around the EPT.

EPT: Tournament Results

EPT Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE
POOL
WINNER
4 EPT10 Super High Roller
04/10/2013
£48,500 + £1,500
57 £2,736,855 Martin Finger
£821,000
6 NL Super Sat to EPT ME
04/10/2013
£500 + £50
130 £63,050 Katie Swift
£5,250
8 Women's Event
04/10/2013
£300 + £30
37 £10,767 Kelly Saxby
£3,660
10 NL Hold'Em Turbo
05/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
87 £84,390 Benjamin Dobson
£21,705
11 EPT 10 London Main Event
06/10/2013
£5,000 + £250
604 £2,929,400 Robin Ylitalo
£560,980
12 Open Face Chinese Unl Re-entry
06/10/2013
£2,000 + £200
21 £42,680 Phil Hellmuth
£15,800
13 NL Omaha Hi/Lo Turbo Deepstack
06/10/2013
£300 + £30
28 £8,148 Benny Glaser
£2,323
14 Super Satellite to Main Event
06/10/2013
£1,000 + £75
83 £80,510 Anton Vilhelm Kraus
£5,250
15 Last Chance Turbo Satellite
06/10/2013
£1,000 + £50
30 £29,100 Grant Levy
£5,250
16 NHL Turbo - 8-Handed
07/10/2013
£2,000 + £150
91 £176,540 Troy Burkholder
£46,870
18 PLO
08/10/2013
£500 + £50
60 £29,100 Liang Xu
£7,845
19 NHL Turbo - Win the Button
08/10/2013
£300 + £30
72 £20,952 Benjamin Dobson
£5,840
20 NL Heads Up 32 cap
10/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
32 £31,040 Davide Suriano
£13,970
22 Pot Limit Omaha 8 Handed
10/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
54 £52,380 Jens Lakemeier
£16,500
23 Hold'em Turbo
09/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
89 £86,330 Zimnan Ziyard
£22,920
24 NL - Holdem - High Roller - Single Re-Entry - "8 Handed"
10/10/2013
£10,000 + £300
119 £1,538,600 Jason Lavallee
£357,700
25 PL Omaha 8/Stud 8
10/10/2013
£500 + £50
23 £11,155 Fuad Serhan
£4,305
26 NL Hold'em Turbo
10/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
84 £81,480 Andrew Hulme
£22,410
27 NL Hold'em Turbo
10/10/2013
£300 + £30
47

£13,677

Kirit Patel
£4,650
28 NL Hold'em Deepstack
11/10/2013
£500 + £50
92 £44,620 Nicos Nicolau
£11,850
29 PLO Heads Up 32 cap
11/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
8 £7,760 Olivier Claude Jean Rousse
£5,044
30 8 Game
12/10/2013
£500 + £50
32 £15,520 Stephen Chidwick
£5,280
31 NL Hold'em 30 Min Levels 8 Hand
12/10/2013
£1,000 + £100
46 £44,620 Peter Akery
£15,170
32 Prince George Mega Stack
12/10/2013
£200 + £20
164 £31,816 Timotheos Timotheou
£6,750
33 NL Hold'em Turbo 6-handed
12/10/2013
£5,000 + £30
27 £130,950 Mark Radoja
£48,450
34 NL Hold'em Deepstack Turbo 30k GTD
12/10/2013
£300 + £30
74 £29,100 Marcel Dominik Feth
£7,504
35 NL Hold'em Turbo 6-handed
12/10/2013
£2,000 + £150
63 £122,220 Michel Dattani
£36,665
36 NL Hold'em Hyper Turbo - 10k GTD
12/10/2013
£100 + £10
61 £9,700 Colin Marks
£2,700

EPT Super High Roller Event Lists

EPT Super High Roller Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (£)
1 Martin Finger   821,000
2 Tobias Reinkemeier   593,900
3 Christoph Vogelsang   383,200
4 Bill Perkins   290,100
5 Johannes Strassmann   224,400
6 Timothy Adams   175,200
7 David Benefield   139,600
8 Patrik Antonius   109,455

EPT Super High Roller Event Final Table

Seat 1: Patrik Antonius, Finland (745,000)

Patrik Antonius is a professional poker player from Helsinki, Finland, currently living in Monte Carlo. He is known for winning the European Poker Tour Baden Main Event in 2005 as well as scoring numerous World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour money finishes. Antonius is also considered one of the best high-stakes online poker players in the world.

Born in 1980, Antonius started playing poker at a very young age with his friends. He was also a very promising tennis player, but suffered a severe back injury as a teenager and was out of the training for a year and a half. It was at that time when he started taking poker seriously playing $50 games with his buddies. When he turned 18, Antonius took his game to the local casino.

Although Antonius pursued his tennis career after the injury, a few years later he suffered another one and was forced to give up his dream of becoming a tennis superstar. In search of a new path in life he tried a number of other things including modeling, waiting tables, selling products door-to-door coaching tennis, but nothing caught up to him. Nothing except poker.

Antonius cashed in three European Poker Tour events one of which brought him the EPT title. In 2005 Antonius took down the EPT Baden €4,000 Main Event for the €288,180 first-place prize. He finished third at the EPT Barcelona Main Event that very same year collecting €117,000. His third EPT cash came only seven years later when Antonius finished fourth in the €98,500 8 Max Super High Roller Reload event at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for €443,000.

The first time Antonius finished in the money at the World Series of Poker was in 2005. He cashed in total of three events that year collecting almost $21,000 in winnings. Then in 2006 he added another five cashes. His best result that year was the ninth-place finish at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for which Antonius collected just over $200,000. In 2007 he scored his best WSOP result to date finishing third in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha for more than $300,000.

Antonius made another WSOP final table in 2008 placing seventh in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em for more than $120,000. Then in 2011 he scored a ninth-place finish at the WSOP Europe €10,000 Main Event in Cannes, France collecting €90,000.

Antonius begins today’s tournament as the short stack and will likely need to pick his spots carefully as the chip leader is seated to his direct left.

Seat 2: Martin Finger, Germany (4,740,000)

Very few players have had as much success as Germany’s Martin Finger in the last three years. It all started in 2011 when he amassed $1,037,917 in tournament winnings, which included a win in the EPT8 Prague Main Event for $964,023 – his largest career score to date. He also finished runner-up in a €1,000 No Limit Hold’em side event at that year’s EPT Barcelona for $60,508.

In 2012 he added $326,862 to his lifetime total by finishing fourth in the World Poker Tour Prague €10,000 High Roller for $65,501 and 14th in the EPT Grand Final €25,000 8 Max High Roller for $79,215.

Finger has already amassed $1,030,630 this year, and of course he’ll add to that significantly here today as his position as chip leader has him primed to make a run at the top prize. Finger’s superb year began back in January when he finished runner-up in the 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championships $1,100 NLHE Event for $168,912, and then he followed that up with a great summer at the World Series of Poker. It was there that he took 14th in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $251,549 and won his first gold bracelet in Event #21 $3,000 NLHE Six-Handed for $506,764.

Finger currently sits #51 on the Global Poker Index 300, but he’ll be jumping a few spots no matter where he finishes today.

Seat 3: Bill Perkins, USA (2,005,000)

Bill Perkins, who rebought in this tournament, is an interesting character and it's certainly tough to label him. Venture capitalist, clean energy enthusiast, commodities trader, poker player, raconteur, political agitator? Perkins has worn all those hats and more, but perhaps the title of the tournament he's been playing in the last couple of days would be the most accurate for any future business cards: Bill Perkins, Super High Roller.

For his day job, Perkins, who is married with three children, runs private equity and venture capital company in Texas, with a wide portfolio of business interests and investments – including movie production.

As far as poker is concerned, Perkins is a regular face on the Super High Roller circuit and, what can you say, the guy loves to play for the big bucks. Perkins is a loose and fast kind of player. Poker isn't where he makes his money or rather he wasn't until he finished third in the WSOP One Drop for $1,965,163.

In this game Perkins would be considered one of the underdogs, but that may not be fair for the businessman and amateur poker player. He’s appeared on The Big Game where he tested his skills against the best in the world, and he is no stranger to big buy-in tournaments. It may be only a matter of time before Perkins captures a title, and it could very well happen today.

The EPT10 London £50,000 Super High Roller started Day 1 pulling together some of the biggest names of the poker world to play for the kind of money that most of us can only really dream of - £821,000 for the winner in a three-day tournament.

*Bio courtesy of PokerStars. For more, visit the PokerStars Blog.

Seat 4: Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany (845,000)

Tobias Reinkemeier is a German professional poker player best known for winning the Season 7 European Poker Tour Grand Final €25,000 High Roller Event for almost one million euros in prize money. A year later Reinkemeier finished runner-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller event at the EPT Grand Final collecting just over one million euros.

Born in 1987, Reinkemeier started playing poker back in 2006 as soon as he turned eighteen. He took off with an online $50 no-deposit bonus from a poker training site. Since then Reinkemeier had never deposited any of his own money on an online poker site.

It was at the EPT tables that Reinkemeier made a name for himself. His first live tournament cash came at the EPT Dortmund €500 Hohensyburg Open event. Reinkemeier won the tournament and took home €30,000 in prize money. Then in 2010 he scored the biggest win of his career by taking down the EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo €25,000 High Roller event for €956,000. Two years later he came back to Monte Carlo for the Grand Final and collected an even bigger cash prize. Reinkemeier placed second in the €100,000 Super High Roller and took home €1,064,000 in winnings.

In March of 2008, Reinkemeier won the €1,500 No-Limit Hold'em 2nd Chance event at the Vienna Spring Poker Festival taking home €30,500. Then in July he placed first in the €1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the VIP Days in Venlo, Netherlands for €27,000. In January, 2010 he final tabled the North American Poker Tour's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller event. Reinkemeier ended up finishing the tournament in sixth place for $108,045. Then in September of the same year he reached the final table in another prestigious event, the Partouche Poker Tour's Main Event in Cannes, France. Reinkemeier placed eighth in that event for €130,700 in prize money. Two years later, in 2012 he finished second in the €10,000 High Roller 8 Max event at the GCOP II Vol. 4/6 event in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. He took home €93,000 in cash.

Before making a decision to drop out of school and concentrate on poker, Reinkemeier was studying economics at the university. Then in 2008 he opted to quit his studies and move to Malta together with his girlfriend, who also quit university at the same time. After living in Malta for a year, in 2009 Reinkemeier moved to London, England. In hindsight, all those decisions have turned out to be tremendously profitable.

Reinkemeier begins the day as the second shortest stack, though he does have position on two of the biggest stacks at the table.

Seat 5: Christoph Vogelsang, Germany (1,215,000)

Chistoph Vogelsang, 28, Masters in Risk and Finance. Comes from Germany but has lived in London for a few years and studied for an MBA in Risk and Finance at the London School of Economics. He mainly plays online high stakes heads-up cash games and has just started playing six max. He’s never played a live tournament of this size before but, after watching EPT Super High Rollers on television, he thought he stood a good chance.

Obviously that proved true as he has not only made the final table but has a real chance of making a run at the title with a stack of 1.215 million, which is good enough for fifth at the final table.

*Bio courtesy of PokerStars

Seat 6: David Benefield, USA (1,315,000)

David Benefield, a 27-year-old who made his name in the online poker realm, is one of the hottest players in the world right now. Not only is he a member of the 2013 World Series of Poker November Nine as the short stack in the Main Event final table, he currently leads the EPT10 Player of the Year Race. He’s also fresh off a fifth-place finish in the EPT10 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, a performance that earned him €208,150.

Credited with creating the quad monitor set-up – a grind station system used by hundreds of online players nowadays – Benefield once posted a “Raptor Challenge” on Two Plus Two stating that he wanted to make enough money to buy a $1.4-million vacation home in Costa Rica, and while that may have been a dream of days gone by, he’ll be at least halfway there as he’s guaranteed $733,224 as a member of the November Nine.

Prior to this year, Benefield’s largest score was for $150,035 after finishing eighth in the €50,000 Majestic Super High Roller at the 2012 WSOP Europe. He also took sixth in the 2010 Event #17 $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $135,718. Other notable live accomplishments include 73rd in the 2008 WSOP Main Event for $77,200, 13th in the 2008 WSOP Event #1 $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold’em for $41,360 and 10th in Event #50: $10,000 World Championship Pot Limit Omaha for $53,721 the same year.

While things are going great for Benefield now, that wasn’t always the case for the former CardRunners instructor and member of the famed Ship It Holla Ballas. “For some reason, I am just not all that happy with what I am doing,” Benefield admitted in a blog post back in 2008. “I have made a ton of money, have set myself up for life, but can’t seem to get any fulfillment out of poker. I am working on some lifestyle changes, and they are coming along nicely.”

Among those lifestyle changes were eating healthfully, practicing yoga and moving to New Mexico to study philosophy and literature at St. John’s College. Benefield proceeded to announce his “retirement” from poker and two years later and transferred to Colombia University, where he is currently a part-time student studying Chinese and political science. While Benefield left the life of an online poker pro behind, he still traveled to the WSOP every year and as you know, while Benefield may have been done with poker, the game wasn’t done with him.

Seat 7: Timothy Adams, Canada (1,135,000)

Timothy Adams is a Canadian professional poker player hailing from Burlington, Ontario who holds over $1.6 million in live tournament winnings to his name. Adams is also known for his online play under the name "Tim0thee".

Adams' live tournament results date back as far as 2007, but he found true glory during the summer of 2012 at the World Series of Poker. During that summer, Adams scored an impressive five cashes, one of which happened to be a victory and a WSOP bracelet. Adams conquered the field of Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Four-Handed to clinch his first bracelet win and pocket over $392,000 in prize money.

Despite his WSOP bracelet being one of, if not the most prestigious items on Adams' live poker resume, his largest cash came earlier this year at the 2013 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. Adams scored a fourth-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller which netted him €485,100 in prize money ($636,088) for the largest live tournament score of his life.

Adams made the final table of eight in the EPT10 Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller, but left empty handed in eighth place as he was that tournament’s bubble boy. No doubt Adams is happy to redeem himself here in London.

Seat 8: Johannes Strassmann, Germany (2,215,000)

In the early years, German pro Johannes Strassmann was all over the EPT.

Between the EPT3 Grand Final in March 2007 and EPT Snowfest in Season 6 (March 2010), Johannes cashed in a total of nine events including three final tables and two ninth place finishes. His lifetime live tournament winnings exceed $1.1 million – and the vast majority of that comes from EPTs.

Since March 2010 however – when he finished third at EPT Snowfest for a career best cash of €166,000, Strassmann has been largely off the scene. Today he said he took a break from the live poker circuit for some “personal spiritual development”. He said: “I’ve actually been traveling a lot, all over ... Europe, Thailand and quite a long time in the US. My father is American and I have a huge family over there. He had five sisters, so I have lots and lots of cousins – there’s actually about 200 people in my American family.”

Strassmann hadn’t abandoned poker altogether however. He played the EPT Berlin High Roller last season and has also been playing high stakes cash games at casinos in the Czech Republic and online – “to make a living”.

He also went in to business, launching a German poker coaching site which subsequently failed. He said: “It’s OK. As an entrepreneur, you expect some ventures to fail.” Originally from Bonn but now living in Vienna, 28-year-old Strassmann plans to play more live events going forward – including EPT Prague in December, the PCA in January and the Grand Final.

He said: “I’m going to play the High Rollers and some Main Events – the fun ones!” He is also in the process of setting up Europe’s first ever €100,000 Heads-Up tourney in Prague in December.

*Bio courtesy of PokerStars

EPT Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (£)
1 Robin Ylitalo PokerStars player 560,980
2 Georgios Karakousis PokerStars qualifier 349,200
3 Leo McClean PokerStars qualifier 249,850
4 Ludovic Geilich   193,340
5 Jeff Rossiter PokerStars player 152,320
6 Stefan Vagner   119,225
7 Jan Olav Sjavik   88,175
8 Kully Sidhu   60,640
9 Martin Kozlov PokerStars player 47,750
10 Senh Ung   39,255
11 Javier Etayo PokerStars player 39,255
12 David Yan PokerStars player 32,810
13 Nicolau Villa-Lobos PokerStars player 32,810
14 Tudor Purice Live Satellite 28,710
15 Kent Roed PokerStars qualifier 28,710
16 Neophytos Neophytou Live Satellite 25,780
17 Candido Goncalves   25,780
18 Thomas Muhlocker PokerStars qualifier 22,850
19 Andy Moseley   22,850
20 Nicky Katz   22,850
21 Steven Watts   19,920
22 Steven Warburton   19,920
23 Yngve Steen PokerStars player 19,920
24 Ryan Yu PokerStars player 17,285
25 Jamil Kanji PokerStars player 17,285
26 Joey Lovelady PokerStars qualifier 17,285
27 Salman Behbehani PokerStars player 17,285
28 Shannon Shorr PokerStars player 14,940
29 Leon Louis PokerStars player 14,940
30 Carla Sabini   14,940
31 David Ulliott   14,940
32 Ole Nergard PokerStars player 13,180
33 Gino Gabriel PokerStars qualifier 13,180
34 Paul Berende PokerStars player 13,180
35 Dimitrios Farmakoulis PokerStars qualifier 13,180
36 Ruben Velasco PokerStars qualifier 13,180
37 Taneli Salonen PokerStars player 13,180
38 Daniel Weinman   13,180
39 Christoph Weckmann PokerStars player 13,180
40 Joel Nordkvist PokerStars player 11,425
41 Kitty Kuo PokerStars qualifier 11,425
42 Timothy Adams PokerStars player 11,425
43 Sebastian Mueller PokerStars player 11,425
44 Wai Kin Yong PokerStars player 11,425
45 David Blom PokerStars player 11,425
46 Sam Greenwood PokerStars qualifier 11,425
47 Mario Puccini PokerStars qualifier 11,425
48 Andrew Newson PokerStars qualifier 11,425
49 Josef Antos PokerStars qualifier 11,425
50 Craig McCorkell PokerStars player 11,425
51 Dario Sammartino   11,425
52 Vasili Firsau PokerStars player 11,425
53 Mateusz Zbikowski PokerStars qualifier 11,425
54 Mark Newhouse   11,425
55 Jan Bendik   11,425
56 Max Altergott PokerStars player 10,255
57 David Vamplew PokerStars player 10,255
58 Daniel Laidlaw PokerStars qualifier 10,255
59 Luis Rodriguez PokerStars player 10,255
60 Daniel Reijmer PokerStars qualifier 10,255
61 Dan Smith PokerStars qualifier 10,255
62 Carlo Citrone   10,255
63 Chris Brammer PokerStars qualifier 10,255
64 Juan Manuel Perez PokerStars player 10,255
65 Peter Charalambous   10,255
66 Aris Petropoulos   10,255
67 Mike Watson PokerStars player 10,255
68 Ilan Suloman Live Satellite 10,255
69 Antonin Duda PokerStars qualifier 10,255
70 Simon Brooks   10,255
71 Mathew Frankland PokerStars player 10,255
72 Allen Richie   9,080
73 Stefan Grunewald PokerStars qualifier 9,080
74 Conor Shelly PokerStars qualifier 9,080
75 Kenny Hallaert PokerStars qualifier 9,080
76 Steven Silverman PokerStars qualifier 9,080
77 Rasmus Vogt PokerStars qualifier 9,080
78 Dhru Patel   9,080
79 Henrique Pinho Team PokerStars Pro 9,080
80 Manuel Bevand   9,080
81 Theo Jorgensen Team PokerStars Pro 9,080
82 Dennis Bejedal PokerStars player 9,080
83 Tamer Kamel   9,080
84 Ziv Vachar   9,080
85 Fabian Quoss PokerStars qualifier 9,080
86 Giovani Gouveia PokerStars player 9,080
87 Gaelle Baumann   9,080

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Georgios Karakousis, 63, Livadia, Greece - PokerStars qualifier - 4,390,000
PokerStars qualifier Karakousis has been playing poker for around 30 years but started with the Greek version of poker which uses just 40 cards out of the deck. He first started playing EPTs when the tour visited EPT Loutraki in Season 8 and has competed at about ten events since then. Guaranteed at least £60,640 for making the final, this is actually Karakousis’ first ever EPT Main Event cash but he has had several High Roller scores. These include runner-up in the €10k High Roller at EPT Madrid for €74,100.  He won his seat online on PokerStars in a £215 Double Chance qualifier a month ago. Karakousis, who is married with three daughters, and two grand-children, runs his own plastics factory back home in Greece.

Seat 2: Jeffrey Rossiter, 23, Australia - 5,205,000
Rossiter, 23, has had a stonking year already this year and is currently lying third in the 2013 Money List thanks to a runner-up finish in the GuangDong Asia Millions tournament for $3,155,887.  The buy in for the GuangDong event was one million Hong Kong dollars, which equates to about US $110,000. After a flurry of re-buys, the prize pool weighed in at more than $15m. Heineker, the German online cash-game wizard, was the only player Rossiter couldn't beat ("I guess Nik's not here?" Rossiter said when told he was the biggest winner at the Grand Connaught Rooms. He originally went to Asia in November 2011 and gradually developed an appetite for the nosebleed action, which kept him coming back.

"Because of visas, you can only be there for two months at a time and then you have to leave for a month so I've been coming and playing EPTs, and it's working pretty well," Rossiter said.

Seat 3: Ludovic Geilich, 25, Glasgow, Scotland - 805,000
Ludovic Geilich hit the limelight when he took down UKIPT Marbella in June for €130,000 after defeating a huge field of 763 players. He's been playing poker for ten years, five years full time. He has a German mother and Scottish father and has lived in Scotland all his life but has a lot of German family. He mainly plays
online MTTs with the occasional dabble into Limit Hold’em cash games. His biggest live result prior to Marbella was for £7,830 in a £300 GUKPT side event in Walsall. Online he’s chopped The Bigger $22 on PokerStars for $14,000.  Before turning to poker full time, Geilich was a proficient snooker player, but the
difficulty of the game means that going back after a break is not possible in a serious manner; he now focuses mainly on the virtual felt.

Seat 4: Robin Ylitalo, 27, Gothenberg, Sweden - 2,795,000
Ylitalo, an online regular, comes from a small town in Sweden up in Dalarna but now lives in Gothenburg with his girlfriend. This is his second deep run in an EPT Main Event. He came eighth in EPT8 Campione for €54,000. During this summer's World Series he came sixth in Event #49 ($1,500 NL) for $92,550. He also finished 141st in the Main Event. His live tournaments winnings up until this event now total $364,494. 

Seat 5: Kully Sidhu, 31, Birmingham, UK  - 560,000
Sidhu is a professional poker player whose best live result to date was beating Chris Brammer heads-up to take down the GUKPT Manchester event in 2010 for £54,850. It was a tough event with 192 runners and a final table that also featured the likes Sam Grafton and Joe Grech. This EPT London final table is Sidhu’s first EPT cash but he has had several cashes at UKIPT events - including winning a €150 NL Turbo Bounty in Galway in August, and ninth in a £150 NL Turbo Deepstack in Edinburgh. Making today’s final means he’s guaranteed £60,640, nearly doubling his total live tournament winnings to date.

Seat 6: Stefan Vagner, 35, Slovakia - 2,525,000
Vagner hails from Slovakia and has been playing poker for five years. He only plays live events and first competed on the European Poker Tour in Prague in Season 6. He cashed in Barcelona last month, his best live result to date. He has also played Italian Poker Tour events and cashed in the IPT Nova Gorica Main Event last year. Whatever happens tomorrow, he is guaranteed £60,640, already more than double his current lifetime tournament winnings.

Seat 7: Jan Sjavik, 49, Oslo, Norway - 870,000
Sjavik has been described as an “old school” Norwegian player whose best result was third at EPT3 London for £ 168,600. His nickname (and online name) is Balrog. Sjavik is considered one of the mainstays of Norwegian poker, the old guard that opened the doors for the younglings to come through. After EPT London, Sjavik finished third in Amsterdam at the Master Classics, and had a ‘close-to-the-business-end’ finish in Copenhagen a few weeks later. Total live tournament winnings to date: $1,910,364. In a bio on the Hendon Mob, they wrote “Known as 'The Satellite King' after his record breaking 10 supersatellite wins in the 2002 WSOP”

Seat 8: Leo “mcclean147” McClean, 24, Rushden, Northamptonshire, UK - PokerStars qualifier - 980,000
McClean is a project manager in the retail industry who has now just made the final table of the biggest live event he’s ever competed in. He won his seat to EPT London for a total investment of just £93 and, when it comes to live events, normally competes in £500 buy-in tourneys in places like Luton and Dusk till Dawn in Nottingham. He played an £11 satellite on PokerStars, didn't get anywhere in that so then he played a £82 satellite which got him into the £530 qualifier where he won one of three packages.

No matter what happens at tomorrow’s final, he has already achieved by far his biggest ever live cash, massively dwarfing his previous best - a third place finish in a tournament in Luton for £1,900 earlier this year.

McClean has another reason to be happy, he was one of many players to enter the Skrill Last Longer competition and with the exit of Ryan Yu earlier today, McClean won his £5,250 buyin back to go on top of his winnings.

EPT High Roller Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (£)
1 Jason Lavallee   357,700
2 Simon Higgins   242,330
3 Sorel Mizzi   161,560
4 Carla Sabini   132,320
5 Tamer Kamel   106,170
6 David Ulliott   82,315
7 Luca Pagano PokerStars Team Pro 60,930
8 Mark Teltscher   44,775
9 Talal Shakerchi   35,695
10 Frederik Jensen   30,005
11 Antonio Lafosse   30,005
12 Ariel Celestino   26,155
13 Ville Wahlbeck PokerStars Team Pro 26,155
14 Dan Shak   23,850
15 Tony Bloom   23,850
16 Sofia Lovgren   21,540
17 Joe Kuether   21,540
18 David "Bakes" Baker   19,385
19 Mark Radoja   19,385
20 Vicky Coren PokerStars Team Pro 19,385
21 Alexander Roumeliotis   17,850
22 Philipp Gruissem   17,850
23 Max Greenwood   17,850

 

EPT Prague (08/12/2013 - 18/12/2013)

EUREKA: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
1 EUREKA - Main Event
08/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
1,315 €1,275,550 Dimitri Holdeew
€226,400
4 NL - Turbo
08/12/2013
€200 + €20
144 €27,936 Albert Mykhaylyuta
€7,680
6 NL - Omaha High/Low - Deepstack Turbo
09/12/2013
€200 + €20
133 €25,802 Evgeny Zelenov
€7,100
8 EUREKA - NL - Mini Event
10/12/2013
€300 + €30
562 €163,542 Sergey Pakhomov
€31,450
10 5 Card PLO and PLO High/Low Mix - Deepstack - 6 Handed - Turbo
10/12/2013
€200 + €20
110 €21,340 Dmitri Tchernykh
€5,500
11 EUREKA - NL - High Roller
11/12/2013
€2,000 + €200
430 €834,200 David Peters
€131,000
12 Limit Holdem - Deepstack - 6 Handed - Turbo
11/12/2013
€200 + €20
78 €15,132 Anastasios Athanasiou
€4,160
13 PLO -Double Chance
11/12/2013
€250 + €25
197 €47,772 Ori Hasson
€10,600
16 NL - Crazy Pineapple - Turbo
11/12/2013
€200 + €20
100 €19,400 Pablo Rojas
€4,365
19 NL Holdem Mix Max
12/12/2013
€250 + €25
79 €19,157 Sasha Lempe
€6,417

EUREKA Event Chip Counts

The table below features the latest chip counts updated live from the event.

Player Country Status Chip Count

EUREKA Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Dimitri Holdeew PokerStars player 226,400
2 Ami Barer PokerStars qualifier 131,400
3 Stephen Chadwick PokerStars player 92,500
4 Jaroslav Peter   68,800
5 Mark Dalimore PokerStars player 53,500
6 Milan Simko PokerStars qualifier 39,800
7 Marcin Horecki TeamPokerStars Pro 30,500
8 Johannes Tiefenbrunner   21,700
9 Sergey Baranov   16,800
10 Joshua Hunt   14,000
11 Aleksandr Kraizer   14,000
12 Chris Moorman   12,550
13 Idan Raviv   12,550
14 Lasell King PokerStars qualifier 11,200
15 Alexander Reard   11,200
16 Martin Mulsow PokerStars qualifier 9,900
17 Krzysztof Stuchlik   9,900
18 Houssein Zbib   8,600
19 Zoltan Gal PokerStars qualifier 8,600
20 Thomas Martin Layher PokerStars qualifier 8,600
21 Georgii Bandura   7,350
22 Billey Demirtas   7,350
23 Mindaugas Simkus PokerStars qualifier 7,350
24 Malte Monnig PokerStars qualifier 6,100
25 Asaf Levi   6,100
26 Simon Bleckmann PokerStars qualifier 6,100
27 Kevin MacPhee PokerStars qualifier 6,100
28 Matthias De Meulder Team PokerStars Pro 5,250
29 Jakub Michalak PokerStars player 5,250
30 Adi Alkalay PokerStars player 5,250
31 Udo Erlei   5,250
32 Billy Chattaway   4,550
33 Ivan Skorospelkin Live satellite qualifier 4,550
34 Ruben Gonzalez PokerStars qualifier 4,550
35 Igor Kasyanov PokerStars qualifier 4,550
36 Martin Dahle   4,550
37 Mario Puccini PokerStars qualifier 4,550
38 Florin Calin   4,550
39 Cemil Doganyilmaz   4,550
40 Erik Soderholm PokerStars player 3,850
41 Alexander Beresnev Live satellite qualifier 3,850
42 David Lappin PokerStars qualifier 3,850
43 Henri Kasper   3,850
44 Evgeny Kocherov   3,850
45 Peter Macej PokerStars qualifier 3,850
46 Giuliano Bendinelli   3,850
47 Jean Montury   3,850
48 Fadi Char PokerStars player 3,850
49 Carina Wald PokerStars player 3,850
50 Emil Ohlsson PokerStars player 3,850
51 Gerhard Mair   3,850
52 Rudolf Mitja PokerStars qualifier 3,850
53 Jesse Yahinuma   3,850
54 Aleksey Ponakov PokerStars player 3,850
55 Pascal Vos PokerStars player 3,850
56 Artem Metalidi PokerStars player 3,150
57 Henrik Lindkvist   3,150
58 Vincent Andre Meli PokerStars player 3,150
59 Ioannis Marneros PokerStars player 3,150
60 Vitaly Safronov   3,150
61 Paschalis Pennos PokerStars player 3,150
62 Mihai Stinca PokerStars player 3,150
63 Christodoulos Adamou PokerStars qualifier 3,150
64 Oleksii Kovalchuk   3,150
65 Michal Misterek PokerStars player 3,150
66 Omar Zanarini   3,150
67 David Peters PokerStars player 3,150
68 Goran Karpati PokerStars player 3,150
69 Mandus Ihnen PokerStars player 3,150
70 Efstathios Karaolia PokerStars qualifier 3,150
71 Antonin Felfel   3,150
72 Martin Finger   2,650
73 Iosif Beskrovnyy   2,650
74 Leonid Spielmann   2,650
75 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 2,650
76 Petr Gajdos   2,650
77 Ilkin Amirov   2,650
78 Mathias Siljander PokerStars qualifier 2,650
79 Farid Chati   2,650
80 Dmitry Trofimchuk   2,650
81 Michail Karapanos   2,650
82 Abdessamade El Mzdadi   2,650
83 Christophe De Meulder Team PokerStars Pro 2,650
84 Florian  Lohnert PokerStars qualifier 2,650
85 Rene Hochmuth   2,650
86 Wojciech Lozowski PokerStars player 2,650
87 pavel meshkov PokerStars qualifier 2,650
88 Gerald Karlic PokerStars qualifier 2,650
89 Georgios Zisimopoulos PokerStars player 2,650
90 Yuriy Iskakov   2,650
91 Salvatore Bonavena   2,650
92 Alen Bilic PokerStars qualifier 2,650
93 Josip Dumic PokerStars player 2,650
94 Sunny Chattha   2,650
95 Dirk Wenkemann PokerStars player 2,650
96 Dean Clay PokerStars qualifier 2,350
97 Rafail Fatkhulin PokerStars qualifier 2,350
98 Igoris Kuklis   2,350
99 Hauke Heseding   2,350
100 Ludovic Geilich PokerStars player 2,350
101 Aleksandr Kokarev PokerStars qualifier 2,350
102 Jean-Yves Mallat   2,350
103 Massimo Belfiore PokerStars player 2,350
104 Silvio Panoscha PokerStars qualifier 2,350
105 Tomas Fara PokerStars qualifier 2,350
106 Eleftherios Sinnos PokerStars player 2,350
107 Drazen Hadur   2,350
108 Diego Gomez PokerStars qualifier 2,350
109 Tomas Kvapil PokerStars qualifier 2,350
110 arnost kopecky   2,350
111 Avi Cohen PokerStars qualifier 2,350
112 Thomas Scholze PokerStars qualifier 2,350
113 Sebastian Langrock PokerStars qualifier 2,350
114 dmitrii kopyl   2,350
115 Vitaly Veltmander   2,350
116 Georgios Voudantas   2,350
117 Ory Weihs   2,350
118 Davide Suriano   2,350
119 Petr Bulir   2,350
120 Henning Phol Live satellite qualifier 2,050
121 Antti Karkkainen PokerStars player 2,050
122 Zbigniew Wieczorek PokerStars qualifier 2,050
123 Kajetan Masiewicz PokerStars player 2,050
124 Simon Lofberg PokerStars player 2,050
125 Katie Lindsay PokerStars player 2,050
126 Volkan Dogan   2,050
127 Dennis Wilke PokerStars player 2,050
128 Allan Nicolas Montion   2,050
129 Zoran Dordevic Live satellite qualifier 2,050
130 Dmitriy Vladimirovich Mezhirov #N/A 2,050
131 Kent Lundmark PokerStars qualifier 2,050
132 Pedjman Hamie   2,050
133 Anders Andersen   2,050
134 Henrique Pinho Team PokerStars Pro 2,050
135 Igor Jelcic PokerStars player 2,050
136 Andreas Vlachos   2,050
137 Andreas Candelof Eriksson PokerStars player 2,050
138 Colin Lovelock PokerStars qualifier 2,050
139 Christopher Andler PokerStars player 2,050
140 Marius Pospiech PokerStars qualifier 2,050
141 Marek Banas   2,050
142 Sasha Lempe   2,050
143 Robert Haier Live satellite qualifier 2,050
144 Boris Scepanovic PokerStars qualifier 1,850
145 Stepan Lavrin PokerStars player 1,850
146 thomas wider PokerStars qualifier 1,850
147 Mariusz Jagodzinski PokerStars qualifier 1,850
148 Ofir Pinhasov   1,850
149 Joe Laming   1,850
150 Andreas Berggren PokerStars player 1,850
151 Mitchell Johnson PokerStars player 1,850
152 Aleksandr Gofman   1,850
153 Edvin Nyholm   1,850
154 Grudi Hristov Grudev PokerStars qualifier 1,850
155 Romain Rybicki   1,850
156 Claus Danninger   1,850
157 Franz Ditz PokerStars qualifier 1,850
158 Ojan Faramarzi PokerStars player 1,850
159 Marko Kolega PokerStars qualifier 1,850
160 Amanda Musumeci   1,850
161 Daniel Major   1,850
162 Irina Batorevich   1,850
163 Tomer Shteinhaur   1,850
164 Dragana Todorovic   1,850
165 Alexander Kostylev   1,850
166 Fedor Balin   1,850
167 Dimitrios Gkiourtzidis PokerStars player 1,850
168 Andrey Grenko PokerStars player 1,850
169 Michael Horburger   1,850
170 Toni Ojala PokerStars qualifier 1,850
171 Mathias Baumgartner   1,850
172 Lukasz Pezda PokerStars qualifier 1,850
173 Bohumil Valenta PokerStars qualifier 1,850
174 Robert Pucek   1,850
175 Yngve Steen PokerStars qualifier 1,850
176 Lars Anders Dahlin   1,850
177 Stefan Puchovsky   1,850
178 Krzysztof Skrzypaszek   1,850
179 Mikhail Shevchuk   1,850
180 Georgi Gochev PokerStars qualifier 1,850
181 Igor Rybak Live satellite qualifier 1,850
182 Mateusz Moolhuizen PokerStars qualifier 1,850
183 Martin Hansen PokerStars player 1,850
184 Niklas Nielsen   1,750
185 Heinrich Leuzinger   1,750
186 Jean Mikhael   1,750
187 Jean-Philippe Piquette   1,750
188 Tobias Wagner PokerStars qualifier 1,750
189 Tamas Barbarics PokerStars qualifier 1,750
190 Roman Foret Live satellite qualifier 1,750
191 Hakan Demircioglu   1,750

EUREKA Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Jaroslav Peter, 50, Ostrava, Czech Republic - 3,995,000
Jaroslav Peter is one of two Czech players left in the field (out of 70 who started the event). The 50-year-old only plays live tournaments and earned the 'Czech Poker Tour Player of the Year Award' last year after he managed to win the leaderboard and also the season's finale. Jaroslav already has experience of running deep in a huge field after finishing fifth out of 1,416 players in August's FullTiltPoker.net Pardubice Poker Festival Main Event.

Seat 2: Marcin Horecki, 36, Zakopane, Poland, Team PokerStars Pro - 1,340,000
Team PokerStars Pro Horecki is a professional player who used to be a succesful alpine skier, winning several medals for the national Poland team. An injury forced him to end his sports career and, after starting to play the card game Magic: The Gathering, he soon moved into poker. In October 2008 he finished third at the EPT London Main Event to take home £303,439 and repeated the same result at EPT Prague two years later when he finishing third again for a €247,000 payday. Horecki has also notched up two MicroMillions Player of the Series titles.

Seat 3: Johannes Tiefenbrunner, 22, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - 935,000
When you come from Bavaria, it's almost a certainty that you support Bayern Munich – as does young poker player Johannes Tiefenbrunner who has made it to the final table on his very first Eureka appearance. The 22-year-old has had an above-average stack for the whole event so far. Tiefenbrunner plays poker as a hobby, mainly live tournaments. His biggest cash to date was around €30,000 for a tourney in Rozvadov. Now guaranteed at least  €21,700 for making the final table, he is now on course for a career-best result here at Eureka Prague.

Seat 4: Dmitri Holdeew, 26, Germany, living in Vienna - 4,720,000
Business student Holdeew is making his first appearance at a Eureka tournament. He has been playing poker recreationally for around 2½ years but mainly plays cash games. His best live result to date was at a WSOP side event last year. He said: “I’m happy that I’m here. It’s a good event.”

Seat 5: Ami “UhhMee” Barer, 22, Vancouver, Canada - PokerStars qualifier - 7,280,000
Young Canadian Barer is another online shark in the field. He has won over $5.5 million online under the nickname "UhhMee". He has won two FTOPS titles and came close to winning a SCOOP bracelet but fell short at heads-up stage in Event #03 back in 2011. Eureka Prague could be Barer's biggest live success; so far his largest live cash is €45,000 after he finished 25th at the 2009 EPT Grand Final.

Seat 6: Milan Simko, 21, Chrudim, Czech Republic – PokerStars qualifier - 695,000
Representing the host nation, Milan Simko is here in Prague chasing the biggest poker result of his life. He plays online on PokerStars where he's known as "Nild0n". Milan won The Hot $55 seven months back and that $12,220 prize is his highest online payout; he has also notched up four further 5-figure cashes. He scooped the title at last year's Paradise Poker Tour in Prague for €33,005 which was his career highlight so date. Milan hails from Chrudim in the east of the country but now lives in Prague.

Seat 7: Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, 24, Deal, United Kingdom - 4,955,000
Stephen Chidwick is a well-known British pro who has had huge success both live and online. Known on PokerStars as "stevie444", Chidwick has won almost $4 million online including a $320 WCOOP Pot Limit Badugi event back in September. He missed the WCOOP ceremony for that victory as it was being held tonight, here in Prague, while he was still competing for his place on the Eureka final table. Chidwick first came to fame when he famously won 100 seats on PokerStars for the 2008 World Series when he was only 19. He now has several WSOP final tables to his name. His biggest live cash came in this year's World Series when he finished third in the $25,000 NL 6-handed event for $353,780; his total live winnings exceed $1.5 million.

Seat 8: Mark Dalimore, 50, Ireland – PokerStars player - 2,170,000
Dalimore has played several EPTs in his time, the last one being EPT Prague last season. The 50-year-old Irishman lived in Southampton before moving to the Czech Republic more than 20 years ago to work for a time-share firm. He now describes himself as a “retired volunteer” – he said: “I don’t work but I do help people, I volunteer!” He has one EPT Main Event cash to his name (Tallinn) but has made the money in side events in Budapest and here in Prague. His best live results to date have been in the World Series Main Event he cashed two years in a row (2010 and 2011) for a total of $66,00. His total live tournament winnings now total more than ¢200,000.

EPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
7 PLO Championship - 8 Handed
10/12/2013
€5,000 + €300
71 €344,350 Vanessa Selbst
€100,700
15 NL - Turbo
11/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
112 €108,640 Eetu Parpala
€27,400
18 Chinese - Open Face
12/12/2013
€2,000 + €200
28 €58,200 Petteri Kalenius
€21,500
22 NL - Turbo - "8 Handed"
13/12/2013
€2,000 + €150
204 €395,760 Niklas Astedt
€83,500
23 NL Hold em
15/12/2013
€2,000 + €200
315 €610,450 Jakub Michalak
€119,100
24 PLO - Turbo
14/12/2013
€500 + €50
162 €78,570 Ramali Sukarta Kusnadi
€18,250
25 NL - Turbo
14/12/2013
€300 + €30
289 €84,100 Lauri Pesonen
€16,850
26 NL Holdem - Reverse Mix Max
15/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
30 €29,100 Asj Taylor
€10,800
27 NL 5 Card Draw/ 2-7 Turbo 6 Handed
15/12/2013
€200 + €20
28 €5,432 Edouard Mignot
€2,010
28 Women's Event
15/12/2013
€300 + €30
39 €11,349 Aurelie Slahdji
€3,860
29 Pot Limit Omaha
16/12/2013
€1,500 + €150
110 €160,050 Stanislaw Miadzel
€24,000
30 NL Holdem - Single Re-Entry
17/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
348 €388,970 Michael Bech Lundsgaard
€53,990
32 NL Turbo - Win the Button
15/12/2013
€300 + €30
127 €36,957 Hesham Elmelehy
€8,000
33 Highroller Single Re-Entry
16/12/2013
€10,000 + €300
137 €1,724,800 Ivan Soshnikov
€382,050
34 Pot Limit 7 Card Stud Deepstack Turbo
16/12/2013
€200 + €20
30 €5,820 Rinat Shakirov
€2,150
35 NL Holdem - Deepstack
17/12/2013
€500 + €50
187 €90,695 Manuel Andrees Sadornil
€20,100
36 NL - Turbo Bounty
16/12/2013
€1,000 + €150
257 €241,580 Laurynas Levinskas
€48,400
37 PLO - Dealer's Choice 4/5 Cards Turbo
16/12/2013
€200 + €20
78 €15,132 Elmar Kofler
€3,620
38 NL Holdem Mix Max Deepstack
17/12/2013
€1,000 + €150
16 €31,040 Pierre Christensen
€13,940
39 PLO Heads Up
17/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
15 €14,550 Veselin Karakitukov
€9,450
40 PLO - Hi/Low - Deepstack Turbo
17/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
71 €13,774 Rinat Shakirov
€4,060
41 NLH 30 Min Levels
17/12/2013
€1,000 + €100
140 €135,800 Ahmed Ibrahimi
€32,620
42 NL - Winter Wonderstack
18/12/2013
€200 + €20
135 €26,190 Mandus Ihnen
€6,600
43 Pot Limit 7 Card Stud Hi / Low Turbo
17/12/2013
€200 + €20
34 €6,596 Claude Philippe Marbleu
€1,895
44 NL - Turbo - 6 Handed
18/12/2013
€5,000 + €300
22 €106,700 Jonathan Little
€44,800
45 NL Turbo
18/12/2013
€300 + €30
139 €40,449 Daniel Havlik
€9,700
46 NL - Turbo - 6 Handed
18/12/2013
€2,000 + €150
104 €201,760 Max Greenwood
€46,058
47 NL Hyper Turbo - €10K GTD
18/12/2013
€100 + €10
110 €10,670 Oleg Romanov
€2,755

EPT Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Julian Track PokerStars qualifier 725,700
2 Georgios Sotiropoulos   700,000
3 Stephen Chidwick PokerStars qualifier 378,000
4 Ka Kwan Lau PokerStars player 283,800
5 Ole Schemion PokerStars qualifier 218,300
6 Max Silver PokerStars player 160,200
7 Zdravko Duvnjak PokerStars player 118,200
8 Jorma Nuutinen PokerStars player 84,600
9 Sigurd Eskeland PokerStars qualifier 66,050
10 Radek Stockner   54,900
11 Erwann Pecheux   54,900
12 Ori Hasson PokerStars qualifier 49,200
13 Andrew Chen Live Satellite 49,200
14 Nikita Nikolaev PokerStars qualifier 44,300
15 Dimitri Holdeew PokerStars player 44,300
16 Tapio Vihakas PokerStars qualifier 39,400
17 Artem Metalidi PokerStars qualifier 39,400
18 Ihar Soika PokerStars qualifier 34,500
19 Tamer Kamel PokerStars qualifier 34,500
20 Romain Chauvassagne Live Satellite 34,500
21 Lasell King   29,600
22 Tomasz Kowalski   29,600
23 Anders Dahlin   29,600
24 Piotr Pietrzak PokerStars player 24,900
25 Sotirios Koutoupas   24,900
26 Yury Gulyy   24,900
27 Tiberu-Florian Georgescu   24,900
28 Jonathan Roy   21,200
29 Sam Chartier PokerStars qualifier 21,200
30 Rudi Johnsen PokerStars qualifier 21,200
31 Cezar Oprea Live Satellite 21,200
32 Emmanuel Murgia   18,400
33 Ludovic Lacay   18,400
34 Stefan Kolossow PokerStars player 18,400
35 Ana Marquez PokerStars qualifier 18,400
36 Ciaran Burke PokerStars qualifier 18,400
37 Ari Engel PokerStars player 18,400
38 Szabolcs Mayer   18,400
39 Moshe Elazar PokerStars player 18,400
40 Artem Romanov   15,600
41 Martin Wiklund PokerStars qualifier 15,600
42 Dmytko Samoilenko Live Satellite 15,600
43 Vit Blachut   15,600
44 Marcello Miniucchi   15,600
45 Sven Krieger   15,600
46 Julien Jean-Paul Brulet PokerStars qualifier 15,600
47 Morten Klein   15,600
48 Sergey Baburin PokerStars player 15,600
49 Jesper Winzerling Live Satellite 15,600
50 Andrey Volkov   15,600
51 Joao Simao PokerStars qualifier 15,600
52 Victor Sheerman   15,600
53 Simon Mattsson PokerStars qualifier 15,600
54 Andrea Benelli   15,600
55 Kevin Iacofano PokerStars qualifier 15,600
56 Igor Yaroshevskyy PokerStars player 13,200
57 Aleksey Ponakov PokerStars player 13,200
58 Liutauras Armanavicius PokerStars qualifier 13,200
59 Nihat Karyagdi PokerStars qualifier 13,200
60 Jonathan Little   13,200
61 Marcelo da Fonseca PokerStars qualifier 13,200
62 Oleh Okhotskyi   13,200
63 Jonathan Duhamel PokerStars Team Pro 13,200
64 Alex Bilokur   13,200
65 Nicolai Kramer   13,200
66 Andrey Grenko   13,200
67 Denys Drobyna   13,200
68 Paolo Compagno   13,200
69 Micha Hoedemaker   13,200
70 Dario Sammartino   13,200
71 Eugene Katchalov PokerStars Team Pro 13,200
72 Stefan Vagner   11,100
73 Marius Heiene   11,100
74 Walid Bou Habib PokerStars qualifier 11,100
75 Darren Elias PokerStars player 11,100
76 Anders Rasmussen   11,100
77 Antonio Lafosse   11,100
78 Vadim Belov PokerStars qualifier 11,100
79 Joe Laming   11,100
80 Murad Akhundov   11,100
81 Marc-Andre Ladouceur PokerStars Team Online 11,100
82 Karel Kratochvil PokerStars qualifier 11,100
83 Lucas Reeves PokerStars player 11,100
84 Ihar Koshal PokerStars qualifier 11,100
85 Adrian Piasecki PokerStars qualifier 11,100
86 Sebastian Saffari PokerStars qualifier 11,100
87 Andrii Nadieliaiev   11,100
88 Denis Pisarev PokerStars qualifier 11,100
89 Darie Vlad PokerStars player 11,100
90 Valentino Yasenov Konakchiev PokerStars qualifier 11,100
91 Grigory Pakhomov   11,100
92 Mariusz Klosinski   11,100
93 Adrian Mateos Diaz PokerStars qualifier 11,100
94 Simon Deadman PokerStars player 11,100
95 Apostolos Chatzopoulos Live Satellite 11,100
96 Mikhail Marchenko PokerStars qualifier 9,900
97 Andreas Berggren PokerStars qualifier 9,900
98 Marinko Skoric Live Satellite 9,900
99 Dermot Blain PokerStars player 9,900
100 Dmitry Ponomarev   9,900
101 Jan Sjavik PokerStars player 9,900
102 Vitaly Lunkin   9,900
103 Gwendal Montiton Live Satellite 9,900
104 Dmitry Vitkind PokerStars qualifier 9,900
105 Amir Lehavot PokerStars player 9,900
106 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Team PokerStars Pro 9,900
107 Tobias Garp PokerStars player 9,900
108 Christian Grundtvig   9,900
109 Henrique Pinho Team PokerStars Pro 9,900
110 Robert Auer PokerStars qualifier 9,900
111 Gaik Karabakhtcian   9,900
112 Panicos Ellinas PokerStars qualifier 9,900
113 Niclas Svensson PokerStars qualifier 9,900
114 Marco Leonzio   9,900
115 Aliaksandr Posled Live Satellite 9,900
116 Frei Dilling   9,900
117 Marc MacDonnell PokerStars player 9,900
118 Peter Siemund   9,900
119 Mateusz Zbikowski PokerStars qualifier 9,900
120 Ben Martin PokerStars qualifier 9,000
121 Hugo Felix PokerStars qualifier 9,000
122 Dany Parlafes Live Satellite 9,000
123 Pasquale Braco Live Satellite 9,000
124 Dominik Nitsche PokerStars qualifier 9,000
125 Anton Bertilsson   9,000
126 Taylor Von Kriegenbergh PokerStars qualifier 9,000
127 Jan Ramik   9,000
128 Jan-Eric Schwippert PokerStars player 9,000
129 Franz-Josef Breuer PokerStars qualifier 9,000
130 Dimitrios Kalaroutis PokerStars qualifier 9,000
131 Boutros Naim PokerStars qualifier 9,000
132 Tom Alner   9,000
133 Mikhail Shevchuk Live Satellite 9,000
134 Apostolos Chatzopoulos Live Satellite 9,000
135 Viatcheslav Ortynskiy PokerStars player 9,000
136 Roman Korenev PokerStars player 9,000
137 Thomas Pedersen   9,000
138 Filippo Lazzaretto Live Satellite 9,000
139 Charles Chaya PokerStars qualifier 9,000
140 Sylvain Loosli   9,000
141 Scott Margereson PokerStars qualifier 9,000
142 Matthew Haugen   9,000
143 Paul Volpe PokerStars qualifier 9,000
144 Kitty Kuo PokerStars qualifier 8,600
145 Benjamin Pollak   8,600
146 Andre Goldbaum Lichtenshtein   8,600
147 Timothy Ulmer PokerStars qualifier 8,600
148 Sebastian Langrock   8,600
149 Thomas Muhlocker PokerStars qualifier 8,600
150 Hugh Drummond PokerStars player 8,600
151 Ilan Suloman   8,600

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Jorma Nuutinen, 29, Tampere , Finland - 975,000
Nuutinen hails from Tampere, the second biggest city in Finland, and considers himself “almost” a professional poker player. He has a job and he says he works there "sometimes" but he earns a good living from poker.

Nuutinen’s best live cash so far was in the 2009 Midnight Sun Main Event in Helsinki where he finished third for €66,833. Last year he finished tenth in the EPT Prague Main Event for €53,000... this year he has already cashed in the Eureka High Roller, making the final and finishing fifth for €45,500. He also won the €1,000 Heads-Up event at EPT9 Barcelona for €22,500. Reaching this year’s final brings his live tournament winnings to more than $400,000.

Seat 2: Stephen Chidwick 24, Deal in Kent, United Kingdom - PokerStars qualifier - 4,935,000
It has been some week for Chidwick. Last Thursday he finished third in the Eureka Poker Tour main event, ahead of what proved the tour’s biggest ever field of 1,315 players. Now less than a week later, he is third in chips going into the EPT main event.

It comes at the end of a good year for Chidwick, during which he reached WSOP final tables in Las Vegas and Paris, clocking up $665,000 in live winnings in 2013 alone. Added to this was his continued online success as “stevie444” with a Badugi bracelet in WCOOP last September. His deep run in the Eureka Main Event meant he couldn’t even pick up his bracelet in person as the WCOOP ceremony was held at the EPT Prague Poker Festival party.

Despite success around the world and online, with live tournament winnings in excess of $1.5 million, this will be Chidwick’s first EPT final table appearance.

Seat 3: Ole Schemion, 21, Berlin, Germany - PokerStars qualifier - 2,400,000
Ole Schemion is capping off an incredible 2013 with this EPT Prague final table. The German wunderkind, who plays online under the name “wizowizo”, has racked up more than $1.3m in live tournament cashes already and is likely to add a significant chunk more tomorrow. Schemion started the year with a fourth-place finish in the PCA High Roller for $354,860. Other highlights include winning three side events at the EPT Grand Final for €187,000, as well as cashing in all three major tournaments at EPT Barcelona for another €260,000. Given his big money consistency it’s perhaps little surprise that Schemion has managed to pip Daniel Negreanu to the GPI Player of the Race – what is surprising is that it’s without being old enough to play the WSOP.

Seat 4: George “GeoManousos” Sotiropoulos, 23, Rhodes, Greece - PokerStars qualifier - 4,320,000
Sotiropoulos first started playing poker in home games with friends when he was just 14. He’s now mainly an online player, competing in all the major MTT events on PokerStars. His online results include a Sunday Warm up cash for $148,000. He has played several EPTs and cashed twice – at EPT7 Sanremo, he finished 33rd for €20,000 and at EPT7 Copenhagen he was 43rd for DKr 65,000. He took a break from live events while he was studying Pharmacy at a university in Romania but has now graduated and returned home to the Greek island of Rhodes.

Seat 5: Julian Track, 30, from Lolla near Giessen/Hessen - PokerStars qualifier - 7,240,000
Julian is a mature student at university in Giessen, studying politics, media and sport. He plays online regularly in $1/$2 PLO cash games on PokerStars. He never used to like No Limit that much, but the big prize pools on offer have helped changed his mind! In September he started to play online satellites for live events and won his package for the EPT Prague Main Event as well as another one for the Aussie Millions in February. Despite his success here in Prague, he can’t imagine switching to live poker in future. He said: “There are too many really good players at the tables. And the other thing is that I don’t like when players think about a decision for five or six minutes. Maybe the Aussie Millions will be my last live event”, he said.

Seat 6: Ka Kwan “kaju85” Lau, 27, Spain - PokerStars player - 2,995,000
Lau is most famous for becoming the first Spanish player to hit Supernova Elite status in 2012 – that is, accumulating more than VIP 1,000,000 in a calendar year. The 27-year-old has a complicated geographical background – he was born in Hong Kong but when he was four, his family moved to Spain. Now, like so many Spanish poker professionals, he has relocated to Portugal so that he can continue playing on PokerStars. and currently lives in Faro. (Also, for good measure, he also has a UK passport). He mainly plays cash games online but has also competed numerous times on the European Poker Tour where his best result to date was 71st at EPT8 Barcelona for €12,000. He came fifth at the Estrellas/UKIPT High Roller event in Marbella in June for €11,500. Guaranteed at least € 84,600 for reaching the final, this is by far his best live result. He is being cheered on by a whole group of Spanish players hoping for the first Spanish EPT champion.

Seat 7: Zdravko Duvnjak, 27, Croatia - PokerStars player - 1,225,000 Zdravko Duvnjak was born in Croatia, emigated to Holland with his parents in 1993 and then moved back to Zagreb a year ago. He’s been playing poker for almost six years, mainly plays cash games – both live and online. He decided to come to Prague very last minute; his last big live event was the Season 3 Eureka tourney in Dubrovnik , Croatia. He’s being supported here in Prague by friends from all over Europe including Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia and Holland.

Seat 8: Max Silver, 23, London, UK - 5,935,000
Max Silver cut his teeth on the PokerStars UK and Ireland Poker Tour where his record is quite extraordinary; one UKIPT Main Event title, four final tables, and a first and second in UKIPT High Rollers. Silver has stepped up successfully on the bigger stage, too; he’s made two final WSOPE final tables and cashed in this year’s PCA High Roller. Former Full Tilt employee Silver now lives in Dublin with his fiancée – the couple are getting married next September. Tomorrow’s winnings will take Silver’s career cashes through the million-dollar mark

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Ivan Soshnikov   382,050
2 Olivier Busquet   257,850
3 Dmitry Yurasov   177,500
4 Thomas Muhlocker   144,700
5 Mike McDonald   115,400
6 Andy Seth   88,650
7 Vanessa Selbst PokerStars Team Pro 64,500
8 Max Heinzelmann   46,750
9 Jeffrey Rossiter   38,650
10 Oleksii Khoroshenin   32,800
11 Benjamin Pollak   32,800
12 Andreas Eiler   28,450
13 Joao Vieira   28,450
14 Ariel Mantel   25,850
15 Emil Ohlsson   25,850
16 Bryn Kenney   23,300
17 Akin Tuna   23,300
18 Ami Barer   20,700
19 Jonathan Little   20,700
20 Dimitar Danchev   20,700
21 Kent Lundmark   18,950
22 Georgios Karakousis   18,950
23 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier PokerStars Team Pro 18,950
24 Martin Finger   17,250
25 Martin Kahbrel   17,250
26 Steve O'Dwyer   17,250
27 Shannon Shorr   17,250

 

EPT Deauville (22/01/2014 - 01/02/2014)

FPS: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
3 Main Event
22/01/2014
€1,000+€100
1,095 €1,051,200 Niels van Leeuwen
€175,000
5 NL - Freezeout Turbo
22/01/2014
€300+€30
159 €45,792 Annie Noel
€10,642
7 NHL - Turbo
22/01/2014
€500+€50
163 €78,240 Lars Tungel
€18,170
8 FPS Mini Event
22/01/2014
€300+€30
685 €287,424 Renato Tursunovic
€50,000
10 PLO - Turbo
22/01/2014
€500+€50
163 €78,240 Keith Johnson
€13,900
12 €2k FPS Highroller
25/01/2014
€2,250+€250
303 €654,480 Kamel Tir
€131,000
14 NL - Turbo - 8 Handed
22/01/2014
€1,000+€100
142 €136,320 Diogo Cardoso
€32,700

FPS Event Chip Counts

The table below features the latest chip counts updated live from the event.

Player Country Status Chip Count

FPS Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Niels van Leeuwen   175,000
2 Jean-Paul Vasseur   115,000
3 Yehoram Houri   82,100
4 Corentin Ropert   60,100
5 Christophe Leroux   45,000
6 Erwann Pecheux   33,000
7 Mathieu Mariani   25,000
8 Fahd Kaabat   21,580
9 Andrew Teng   18,400
10 Igor Tsymbal    16,000
11 Stephane Imaache   16,000
12 Renato Almeida   14,000
13 Tark Abboud   14,000
14 Patrick Sonigo   11,700
15 Frederic Bertrand   11,700
16 Oskar Prehm   10,000
17 Abdel Boukbir   10,000
18 Bruno Benveniste   8,500
19 Ibrahim El Feliani   8,500
20 Benjamin Dadon   8,500
21 Mohamed Jhider   7,200
22 Jose Laurent   7,200
23 Philippe Barouk   7,200
24 Clemente Malheiro Carreira   6,000
25 christian Boucetta   6,000
26 Wei Hu   6,000
27 Ori Hasson   6,000
28 Nicolas Chetrit   5,000
29 Philippe Souki   5,000
30 Loic Pailler   5,000
31 Benjamin Broutee   5,000
32 Alberto Fiorilla   4,000
33 Pasquale Grimaldi   4,000
34 Markus Wetzel   4,000
35 Stephane Robert   4,000
36 Adrien Guyon   4,000
37 Benjamin Nicault   4,000
38 Celine Bastian   4,000
39 Francesco Tecla   4,000
40 Felix Schulze   3,320
41 Kaddouri Mounim   3,320
42 Sergey Pakhomov   3,320
43 Francisco Minguez   3,320
44 Alexander Goulder   3,320
45 Jesper Hansen   3,320
46 Christel Muniente   3,320
47 Valentino Yasenov Konakchiev   3,320
48 Tony Blanchandin   3,320
49 Jorge Ufano   3,320
50 Michael Tureniec   3,320
51 Sergio Aido   3,320
52 Payam Ansarian   3,320
53 Fabian Wahlers   3,320
54 Karim Elias   3,320
55 Danny Blair   3,320
56 Cyrille Flourieusse   2,780
57 Morgan Lecam   2,780
58 Yossef Ifergan   2,780
59 Xavier Frederic Munoz   2,780
60 Damien Hupe   2,780
61 Si Mohamed Moutchou   2,780
62 Erik Dalland   2,780
63 Florent Lequoy   2,780
64 Ozgur Arda   2,780
65 Hamed Mansouri   2,780
66 Romain Le Bolu   2,780
67 Teeresio Ciancanelli   2,780
68 Kewin Charles Lambert   2,780
69 Mateusz Moolhuizen   2,780
70 Flip Tomasz Bedzinski   2,780
71 Joel Vanderschelden   2,780
72 Jean-Marc Pouyau   2,330
73 Jean-Phillipe Paul Testa   2,330
74 Matias Ruiz Vinals   2,330
75 David Debue   2,330
76 Ilirjan Llakmani   2,330
77 Pierre Thebault   2,330
78 Jean Claude Guilloteau   2,330
79 Arnaud Biziere   2,330
80 Stefan Aerts   2,330
81 Tom Napoly   2,330
82 Anthony Michon   2,330
83 Romain Nussmann   2,330
84 Patrick Carvalho Duarte   2,330
85 Pierre Neuville   2,330
86 Jean-Francois Prudhomme   2,330
87 Rodolph Dieu   2,330
88 Stephane Monaco   2,330
89 Laurent Carbonnel   2,330
90 Ronny Purschwitz   2,330
91 Milan Šimko   2,330
92 Michael Gathy   2,330
93 Anthony Debackere   2,330
94 Ugo Jaskula   2,330
95 Olivier Duran   2,330
96 Florian Ribouchon   2,100
97 Matthieu Vizioz   2,100
98 Guillaume Hennebique   2,100
99 Julien Brécard   2,100
100 Vojtech Ruzicka   2,100
101 Spodenkiewicz Tomasz   2,100
102 Clement Maestracci   2,100
103 Jerome Buruil   2,100
104 Ibrahim Ghassan   2,100
105 Jean-François Valliere   2,100
106 Padraig O'Neill   2,100
107 Yohan Figueiras   2,100
108 Doyduk Hasan   2,100
109 Yves Kupfermunz   2,100
110 Pascal Lannay   2,100
111 Clement Ferhati   2,100
112 Chuc Hoang   2,100
113 Carole Metenier   2,100
114 Amir Israel   2,100
115 Jonathan Cutone   2,100
116 Antoine Casamatta   2,100
117 Darko Stojanovic   2,100
118 Sylvain Viens   2,100
119 Jean Dominique Junior Necco   2,100
120 Gunter Fortkord   1,900
121 Laurent Olive   1,900
122 Nicolas Bessac   1,900
123 Kristiyan Krusharov   1,900
124 Vincenzo Messina   1,900
125 Gabor-David Stepper   1,900
126 Lawrence Andreys   1,900
127 Jussi Häkkänen   1,900
128 Raffaele Sorrentino   1,900
129 Thierry Feuillet   1,900
130 Sylvain Legonnidec   1,900
131 Sebastien Guerlinze   1,900
132 Czeslan Czajkowski   1,900
133 Jerzy Slaby   1,900
134 Renaud Bachelet   1,900
135 Guillaume Panchout   1,900
136 Vladimir Nex   1,900
137 Kamel Djemai   1,900
138 Thomas Denis   1,900
139 Henri Chapuis   1,900
140 Fabien Perrot   1,900
141 Jonathan Myngheer   1,900
142 Konstantin Tolokno   1,900
143 Eric Remoussin   1,900

FPS Event Final Table

EPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
16 Women's Event
26/01/2014
€300+€30
44 €12,672 Jamila von Perger
€4,200
17 PLO Turbo 8 Handed
26/01/2014
€2,000+€150
42 €82,320 Glen Cymbaluk
€28,000
19 NL Turbo Mens Event
26/01/2014
€300+€30
194 €55,872 Dzmitry Urbanovich
€12,300
21 NL Turbo Random Bounty
27/01/2014
€800+€100+€200
159 €120,840 Eli Heath
€28,000
22 NL Turbo
27/01/2014
€2,000+€150
77 €147,840 Jannick Wrang
€40,650
24 €2k NLH
28/01/2014
€2,000+€200
226 €433,920 Guillaume Diaz
€91,000
25 NL Turbo Bounty
28/01/2014
€300+€40+€100
140 €39,760 Thomas Jensen
€9,500
26 PLO Turbo 8 handed
28/01/2014
€1,000+€100
75 €73,500 Dermot Blain
€20,200
27 NL Turbo
28/01/2014
€300+€30
131 €37,728 Laurent Maurice Badin
€9,500
28 €1k NL Turbo Bounty
28/01/2014
€500+€100+€500
146 €67,160 Ruslan Prydryk
€16,000
29 NL Reversed Mix/Max
29/01/2014
€1,000+€100
18 €17,280 Otto Richard
€7,280
30 €1k NL 1RB and 1 Re-Entry to 1B
31/01/2014
€1,000+€100
162 €183,360 Jakub Michalak
€42,000
32 NL Turbo
29/01/2014
€300+€30
137 €39,456 Matthias Atak
€9,400
33 NL Foldingo - Unltd Rebuy + Triple Add On
29/01/2014
€100+€20
69 €20,352 Hicham Benbelaid
€5,930
34 High Roller
31/01/2014
€10,000+€300
96 €1,104,000 Dominik Panka
€272,000
35 €1k NL 6-handed
30/01/2014
€1,000+€100
130 €124,800 Daniel Ospina
€31,400
36 PLO Turbo
30/01/2014
€300+€30
70 €20,580 Adrien Guyon
€6,000
39 NL Deepstack
31/01/2014
€800+€80
108 €82,944 Michel Kirchner
€21,100
40 €2k NL Deepstack
31/01/2014
€2,000+€200
66 €126,720 Anton Wigg
€37,000
41 €300 NL "Deauville Derby" - 6handed
31/01/2014
€300+€30
86 €24,768 Inaki Santos
€6,810
42 €5k NL Turbo - 6handed
01/02/2014
€5,000+€250
14 €67,200 Michel Dattani
€33,300
43 €300 NL Winter Deepstack Turbo
01/02/2014
€300+€30
126 €36,288 Philippe Amelot
€9,130
44 €2k NL Turbo - 6handed
01/02/2014
€2,000+€150
43 €82,560 Yann Dion
€28,000
45 €100 NL Hyper Turbo
01/02/2014
€100+€20
86 €8,256 Jacky Noel
€2,256

EPT Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Sotirios Koutoupas   614,000
2 Eugene Katchalov PokerStars Team Pro 379,500
3 Oliver Price   271,200
4 Eli Heath   207,800
5 Harry Law   164,600
6 Rustem Muratov   128,200
7 Carlo De Benedittis   93,000
8 Anthony Lerust   63,900
9 Florian Ribouchon   50,530
10 JP Kelly   41,200
11 Alex Goulder   41,200
12 Alexandre Amiel   34,350
13 Dimitri Holdeew   34,350
14 Tatu Maenpaa   31,000
15 Jean-Yves Malherbe   31,000
16 Bahram Chobineh   27,680
17 Konstantin Tolokno   27,680
18 Andrew Sweeney PokerStars player 24,450
19 Mustapha Amaouche Live Satellite 24,450
20 Kamel Boukhalfa   24,450
21 Javed Abrahams PokerStars player 21,220
22 Zimnan Ziyard PokerStars player 21,220
23 Marko Laine PokerStars qualifier 21,220
24 Jeffrey Hakim   18,200
25 Jose Carlos Garcia PokerStars player 18,200
26 Miha Gabric PokerStars qualifier 18,200
27 Sebastien Lapeyre PokerStars.fr TV Stars 18,200
28 Ekrem Sanioglu   15,950
29 Gheorghe Gradinaru   15,950
30 Norbert Szecsi Live Satellite 15,950
31 Erkan Yildirim PokerStars qualifier 15,950
32 Aurelien Soutchkov Live Satellite 14,010
33 Jonathan Abdellatif PokerStars player 14,010
34 Ludovic Geilich PokerStars qualifier 14,010
35 Alain Alezra   14,010
36 Alessio Isaia   14,010
37 Ondrej Vinklarek   14,010
38 Dario Sammartino   14,010
39 Michel Pomaret   14,010
40 Tobias Wagner PokerStars qualifier 12,080
41 Jean Montury Live Satellite 12,080
42 Luca Moschitta   12,080
43 Anders Pedersen PokerStars qualifier 12,080
44 Joep van den Bijgaart PokerStars qualifier 12,080
45 Tony Blanchandin   12,080
46 Carlos Ferreira Live Satellite 12,080
47 Giuliano Bendinelli   12,080
48 Artur Koren PokerStars player 12,080
49 Julien Brécard Team PokerStars Pro 12,080
50 Florian Montes   12,080
51 Jerome Zerbib   12,080
52 Jamila von Perger PokerStars player 12,080
53 Alexander Lakhov Live Satellite 12,080
54 Jasper Wetemans PokerStars player 12,080
55 Gaetano Dell`Aera   12,080
56 Zoltan Tibor Szabo   10,790
57 Mikolaj Zawadzki Live Satellite 10,790
58 Istvan Birizdo PokerStars qualifier 10,790
59 Roman Wieviorka PokerStars player 10,790
60 Joel Ferando Durfort   10,790
61 Patrick Bruel   10,790
62 Lionel Sitbon   10,790
63 Fergal Nealon PokerStars player 10,790
64 Stefano Garbarino   10,790
65 Renato Almeida   10,790
66 Pasquale Grimaldi   10,790
67 Artem Metalidi PokerStars qualifier 10,790
68 Rasmus Agerskov PokerStars qualifier 10,790
69 Lauri Pesonen PokerStars player 10,790
70 Denis Patout Live Satellite 10,790
71 Julia Vassort   10,790
72 Ihar Soika PokerStars qualifier 9,500
73 Keith Johnson PokerStars player 9,500
74 Guy Tomaselli Live Satellite 9,500
75 Marc Uzan PokerStars qualifier 9,500
76 Victor Ilyukhin   9,500
77 Sulaiman Sesay   9,500
78 Ibrahim Ghassan   9,500
79 Steven Comte   9,500
80 Danny Blair Live Satellite 9,500
81 Ghattas Kortas   9,500
82 Antony Lellouche   9,500
83 Jesper Hansen PokerStars qualifier 9,500
84 Walter Van Camberg   9,500
85 Romain Baert PokerStars player 9,500
86 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 9,500
87 Christophe Dartagnan PokerStars qualifier 9,500
88 Sigurds Eskeland PokerStars qualifier 9,500
89 Alberto Fiorilla Live Satellite 9,500
90 Paul Berende PokerStars player 9,500
91 Manuel Andrees Sadornil   9,500
92 Pierre Calamusa   9,500
93 Jesper Feddersen PokerStars qualifier 9,500
94 Timothee Jerbillet   9,500
95 Stephan Fajg   9,500

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Oliver Price, 23, London, UK – PokerStars player - 1,735,000 chips
By making the final table in the EPT10 Deauville Main Event, Oliver Price is looking to add another career highlight to his deep run in last summer's World Series Main Event where he made it to Day 6 before falling in 49th place. His $151,063 cash for that finish was nearly ten times his career live winnings up to that point after collecting various small scores in Las Vegas and the UK.  Meanwhile Price has had significant success online, including chopping the Sunday Million early last year for an even bigger prize of $184,688.  After first learning the game in his early teens, the southeast Londoner now prefers cash games (both online and live) to tournaments. This marks only his second EPT after playing EPT London last October.

Seat 2: Harry Law, 27, London, UK -  3,130,000 chips
Harry Law is a live cash game player who touts his talent at the £2/£5 and £5/£10 cash tables in casinos around London. Law, who says that he’s not a tournament player, has only notched up a few small cashes before, yet is on the verge of claiming one of poker’s most prestigious titles. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider that specialisation.

Seat 3: Carlo De Benedittis, 35, from Campobasso, Italy; living in Paris – PokerStars.fr qualifier – 685,000 chips
Carlo De Benedittis won his package to EPT Deauville on PokerStars.fr for a total investment of €20. Winning the package was already his biggest result ever so making it to the final is, in his words, astonishing. He said: “Honestly, when I won the package, I looked at it and it said, ‘Hotel for eight nights’ and I was thinking to myself: ’What on earth am I doing to do for eight nights?’”. The 35-year-old is from the town of Campobasso in southern Italy but now lives in Paris where he’s a purchaser for the Smurfit Kappe paper company. He’s been playing poker in home games with friends since he was 15 and online for around ten years. His only other big score was making the live televised final of PokerStars.it’s All Stars of Poker contest in 2010. He bust in the first round. He’s here in Deauville on his own but his mother, twin brother Andrea and older brother Luca are following the action on EPTLive - and teasing him relentlessly on whatsapp. He’s was all in fairly early on Day 5 but survived a one-outer against chip leader Koutoupas for a crucial double-up. Every day since he got to Deauville, he’s made it a mission to get nearer and nearer the sea; today he dipped his toe in. It was freezing but he’s now thinking that he might have to go for a swim tomorrow to keep up his good luck.

Seat 4, Eugene Katchalov, 32, Team PokerStars Pro, Ukraine, 3,280,000 chips
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov spent much of his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated in Finance and International Business and was then a stock market trader before becoming a poker pro in 2003. He has already come close to an EPT title before – third at EPT8 Barcelona for $453,812 – and is thrilled to make another final table. He said: “I am just so happy to get another chance at an EPT title, considering I didn’t get one in Barcelona two years ago.”
His live tournament record is one of the most impressive of any player in recent years, with huge cash finishes at most of the world’s biggest tournaments. He already has a WPT victory and WSOP bracelet so an EPT victory would award him the coveted Triple Crown. He already has several cashes on the European Poker Tour including third EPT6 London High Roller for $307,247 and third at EPT8 Barcelona for $453,812. He also scored a huge win at the first-ever $100,000 Super High Roller event at the 2011 PCA, beating fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up for $1,500,000.
In 2011, Katchalov won the WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud event for $122,909 and but his biggest cash was third in the 2010 $10,000 HORSE event for $248,831. He won the 2007 WPT’s Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $2,482,605, one of the biggest payouts in WPT history, and the biggest prize of his career so far. His total live earnings already total more than $7 million and in 2011 he was Bluff Player of the Year. Eugene also has two WCOOP titles  - the Heads-Up event in 2009 for $170,000 and Stud Hi/Lo in 2012 for $24,588.

Seat 5, Anthony Lerust, 24, from Amiens, France; living in Albufeira, Portugal, 1,295,000 chips
Anthony ‘Laplume’ Lerust was born in the north of France but moved to the south to “live my dreams and share my passion for rap music, hip hop and poker with my friends there”. Living in Albi, he became a member of the ‘Skarkuteur’ team of players, also including the French pro Anthony Cierco. Success eluded him however so last September he moved with his best friend Pierre Morin to the Algarve in Portugal. Lerust plays regularly on PokerStars.com and PokerStars.fr, enjoying deep runs in lots of the regular tourneys such as the Sunday Special, Le Classico, Night On Stars and The Big€50. He recently final-tabled a €1K FCOOP side event and finished fourth in the PokerStars Quarter Million. Lerust is a talented online grinder who, according to media, has been able to adapt to swings of live poker. His family are following him back home in Picardy “especially my mother” and his friends sent him the following message: ‘Anthony, il est temps d’envoyer des bassines’ (‘Anthony it's time to turn on the power!’)
In November 2013, Lerust finished 45th in the FPS Paris Main Event for €2,800 but today’s final table at EPT Deauville is his best result so far. His agent and a couple of friends from the Toulouse area have come to Deauville to play the FPS and will be railing at the final. He said: “I’m very happy to be in Normandy. Deauville is a stunning little town and the atmosphere is fantastic. With this prize money, you will definitely see me again, as I intend to play all EPTs in 2014.’

Seat 6: Eli Heath, 25, Banbury, UK -  2,475,000 chips
A graduate in business and finance from Cardiff University, Eli Heath has never actually had a job other than poker and has been a pro for five years. Heath mainly plays online but has been travelling the EPT circuit for a couple of years and won his first title in Deauville earlier this week in the €1,000 "NL Turbo Random Bounty" tournament for €28,000. He has already recorded in-the-money finishes across the globe, from Australia to Las Vegas and back to Europe, but is now guaranteed the biggest live cash of his career at the final table of an EPT stop he has rechristened Dough-ville.

Seat 7: Rustem Muratov, 41, Kazan, Russia - 1,070,000 chips
Rustem Muratov qualified for EPT Deauville on PokerStars for €82 and is already in massive profit after winning Skrill’s Last Longer (the €5,300 Deauville buy-in is credited to his Skrill account). Now the 41-year-old from Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia, is headed for the biggest live cash of his life. Muratov, who works as a distributor for the electrical equipment company Schneider, is guaranteed at least €63,900 for making the EPT Deauville final and whatever happens, is already up at least €69,118. This is his first ever EPT, only his fourth live tournament and the biggest buy-in event he’s competed in. He has only two recorded live cashes to date, the biggest being $2,356 for 18th place at a tourney in Cyprus. 
He said: “I’m already very happy. My best result before now was winning the seat for this event! I like Deauville, it looks like a fairytale place (apart from the rain).” Muratov and his wife Svetlana are soon to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary and have two older daughters and a nine-month old son. Svetlana couldn’t come to Deauville but is following all the action on EPTLive back home. Muratov is being supported here by his friend Ilyas who came along to play the cash games.

Seat 8, Sotirios Koutoupas, 31, Thessaloniki, Greece - 6,400,000
Sotirios Koutoupas, 31, already has nearly $750,000 in lifetime tournament winnings – a large chunk of which he earned with his €510,000 runner-up finish to Ramzi Jelassi at EPT Prague in Season 9.  Yesterday, Koutoupas told the PokerStars Blog: “"I want to be the first Greek player who wins the EPT. I'll do my best.” Koutoupas, currently ranked third on the Greece all time money list, is one of a troop of Greek players who are clocking up big cashes on the tour: Georgios Karakousis was runner-up at EPT London in October and and George Manousos Sotiropoulos snagged €700,000 for his runner-up finish at EPT Prague. Koutoupas is not a pro or a full-time player – he helps run his family’s wholesale business - but has started picking up results and stacks that some tour pros would be pretty jealous of, including 56th at EPT9 Berlin for €15,000 and 25th at the recent EPT Prague for €24,900.

EPT High Roller Event Lists

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Dominik Panka   272,000
2 Albert Daher   189,000
3 Kent Lundmark   122,000
4 Ondrej Vinklarek   101,000
5 Martin Schleich   81,500
6 Davidi Kitai   64,200
7 Nikolay Losev   49,100
8 Adrian Mateos Diaz   37,000
9 Martin Staszko   27,600
10 Alex Kravchenko   22,800
11 Yann Dion   22,800
12 Marton Czuczor   20,500
13 Jon Spinks   20,500
14 Julian Thomas   19,000
15 Rasmus Agerskov   19,000
16 Marcin Wydrowski   18,000
17 Michael Tureniec   18,000

EPT High Roller Event Final Table

Seat 1: Martin Schleich, 31, Munich, Germany 
When German player Martin Schleich won EPT Barcelona in Season 8, he was something of a mystery. At the time he was working part-time in customer service and not a regular on the circuit. Howover even after his massive €850,000 victory, he remained a mystery. Thanks to his reticence in interviews, it was pretty hard to gauge how much impact the win – which was only the fourth in his live tournament career – had had on him.

Since then, Schleich has attended quite a few EPTs but his best result since has been was 22nd in a PCA $2k side event for $6,410. Schleich started playing poker online with No Limit cash games in 2006 and later decided to play more tournament poker, both live and online. His poker expertise is demonstrated by the fact that, in cash games, he reached the highest ranking achievable in a big German online poker school. Other cashes, all on the EPT, include 81st EPT5 San Remo for €9,200 and two PCA side events.

Seat 2: Nikolay Losev, 33, Moscow, Russia
Nikolay Losev is a poker player from Moscow in Russia with over $750,000 in live tournament winnings. Surprisingly, wherever Losev finishes tomorrow on the final table, this will be his first major cash in over two and a half years.

Losev is no stranger to winning in Deauville though. He won the €1,500 event here back in Season 6. Losev also finished tenth in the Main Event at EPT Prague in Season 7. Losev's biggest cash is currently a 28th place finish in the WSOP main event back in 2008 for $193,000 – he'll need to finish in the top two here to beat that result.

Seat 3: Davidi Kitai, Belgium
Belgian pro Davidi Kitai hails from Brussels and was on his second EPT final table when he beat Andrew Chen heads-up to take down EPT Berlin in Season 8 for €712,000. His other EPT final was third at EPT Barcelona in Season 5 for €455,000 – the event won by Sebastian Ruthenberg.  Kitai is the only Belgian who has won both a WSOP bracelet and a WPT title, and his EPT victory in Berlin gained him poker’s elusive “Triple Crown”. 

His lifetime tournament winnings already total more than $3.4 million including his victory in the 2013 WSOP $5k PLO event for $224,560 and three other WSOP cashes last summer. His first WSOP bracelet came in 2008 when he won a €2k Pot Limit Hold’em tourney and he also has a WSOP-E bracelet from his victory in the $5k NL event in Cannes in 2012. Despite always appearing as if he’s just got out of bed, Kitai is no slouch at the table and is widely respected in the poker community. Kitai perfected his poker skills during a trip to Los Angeles in 2003. He had gone to the States to learn English, but it was Texas Hold’em that he mastered. He is #1 (and streets ahead) in the Belgium all-time money list.

Seat 4: Adrian Mateos Diaz, 19, Spain.
Very few people had a better 2013 in poker than Adrian Mateos Diaz. The 19 year-old from Spain, who now lives in London, beat a field of 632 this time last year to win the Estrellas Poker Tour Madrid event for over €100,000. A few months late he followed it up by winning the WSOPE Main Event for €1,000,000 which sent straight up to 3rd in the all-time rankings for Spain.

At the GPI Awards last week, Diaz came away with the GPI Spanish Player of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year for his outstanding performances. He'll have a lot of work to do tomorrow though as Diaz will be the short stack at the final table.

Seat 5: Kent Lundmark, 25, Stockholm, Sweden
Lundmark was already an EPT regular when he took down EPT Barcelona in Season 8 for a massive €825,000. However his first impact on the tour came in January 2010 when he was the longest-lasting Swede at the PCA - finishing in 29th place for $66,000.

Other successes on the EPT include winning an EPT9 London £1k side event and runner-up in an EPT Sanremo €2k event. Lundmark, currently tenth on Sweden’s all time money list, finished 21st in the EPT Prague High Roller last December for €18,950 and has two other EPT side event victories to his name. His lifetime tournament winnings already total nearly $2 million. Lundmark first started playing poker seven years ago after finishing high school. He is also a keen footballer and has played for a team in Sweden’s Fourth Division.

Seat 6: Dominik Panka, 22, Poland
When Panka qualified for this year’s PCA – and then won it for $1,423,096 – he was totally uknown on the live circuit. However his composure and studied determination impressed every one who saw it and when he beat EPT veteran and Dortmund champion Mike McDonald heads-up (a player with far more live tournament experience), no one saw it as anything other than a well-deserved victory.

Panka hails from the tiny town of Brześć Kujawski in Poland and before the PCA only had $8,092 in live tournament cashes to his name, the majority of that from a 42nd place finish in the EPT 10 Barcelona Estrellas €2k High Roller. After his PCA victory, Panka said: “I’m an internet player and I haven’t played many live tournaments. I only started playing live last year and I expected my first big cash to be a tenth of this! It’s weird because I didn’t feel too much pressure on the final table. I concentrated on being a rock, a statue, and now I can’t really dance with joy because I’m still in that mindset.”

Thanks to his PCA victory, Panka was understandably under the spotlight during the EPT Deauville Main Event however, yet again, he seemed wholly unruffled by the attention and spent much of his time at the table reading a thriller by Lee Child. He didn’t cash in that event but has more than made up for it by reaching the final table in the EPT Deauville High Roller.

Seat 7: Albert Daher, 26, Lebanon
Albert Daher is a poker player from Lebanon and good friends with many of the other Lebanese poker players including Jeff Hakim who made the final of EPT Deauville last year and went deep again this time.

Daher had his biggest ever results last year over the space of a few weeks. First he came second in the Merit World Cup of Poker for $137,299 and followed this up by finishing second in the WPT Merit Classic for $160,200. Daher has cashed twice in EPT Main Events: he came 28th at EPT London in Season 9 and 72nd at EPT Barcelona in Season 10. Daher will go into the final table as the chip leader and only has eyes on winning the event

Seat 8: Ondrej Vinklarek, 28, Kolin, Czech Republic
Ondrej “vinkyy” Vinklarek was the EPT8 Player of the Year and already has lifetime tournament winnings totalling more than $600k.

Vinklarek, 28, from Kolin, has been a poker pro for more than four years. As a Chess Candidate Master with a FIDE ranking of 2100, he first came across poker while playing at a big chess festival where they were promoting a live poker free-roll. He said: “I didn’t know the rules and had no idea what Texas Hold’em was but it was still fun. Later on I was in a shop with friends and we saw a chip set, so we started playing home games. After that I started playing small buy-in tournaments online.”

At the time, Vinklarek was studying Maths and Physics at Charles University; the turning point in his poker career came when he entered a $24 tourney online - and won it for $6,000.

Vinklarek’s best result to date was besting a 652-strong field in last year’s WCOOP $530 NL Re-buy tourney for $160,000. His biggest live cash was runner-up in a EPT Berlin €2k last season for €63,000 and other big scores include winning a €1k side event at EPT8 Barcelona, runner-up in an EPT8 Prague €5k NL Turbo and winning an EPT Barcelona €2k NL Turbo at the start of this season.

In Season 8, the year he won EPT Player of the Year, he said: “This has definitely been a break-out 12 months for me – both the WCOOP win and now doing so well in this season’s EPT side events.”

Vinklarek, dubbed “the Czech Chris Moorman”, first took the lead in the EPT8 Player of the Year race in Prague by winning the €1k NL Turbo Bounty, finishing second in the €5k NL Turbo side event and making the final of a €1k side event. He kept up the pace at the 2012 PCA when he finished third (out of 236) in a $2k NL Turbo tourney. He has nine other cashes on the European Poker Tour worth $10k or more.

 

EPT Vienna (19/03/2014 - 29/03/2014)

EUREKA: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
1 Eureka Main Event
19/03/2014
€1,100 + €100
1,432 €1,389,040 Zoltan Gal
€208,655
3 NLH Turbo Deepstack
19/03/2014
€200 + €20
350 €67,900 Makram Saber
€13,240
5 Eureka Mini
22/03/2014
€300 + €30
734 €221,160 Tamer Kamel
€34,030
6 NLH Deuces Wild Deepstack
21/03/2014
€100 + €20
192 €18,624 Wieczorek Roman
€3,555
7 Eureka High Roller
22/03/2014
€2,000 + €200
455 €882,700 Eugene Katchalov
€149,400
8 PLO 6-handed Double Chance
22/03/2014
€250 + €25
107 €25,948 Marius Fritz
€6,650
9 NLH Turbo Deepstack
22/03/2014
€300 + €30
286 €83,226 Michal Vojtíšek
€13,580

EUREKA Event Chip Counts

The table below features the latest chip counts updated live from the event.

Player Country Status Chip Count

EUREKA Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Zoltan Gal   208,655
2 Adreas Freund   174,655
3 Blazej Przygorzewski   98,210
4 Bryan Paris   72,230
5 Markus Stoger   56,600
6 Stavros Kalfas   43,240
7 Erik Scheidt   33,090
8 Robert Malinowski   23,430
9 Christian Bauer   17,960
10 Simeon Spasov   15,040
11 Joao Brito   15,040
12 Mátyás Zoltan Boros   13,400
13 Ivan Sebeledi   13,400
14 Theodoros Aidonopoulos   12,020
15 Stefan Schillhabel   12,020
16 Simon Philip Fleischer   10,630
17 Max Pescatori   10,630
18 Sangkhadech Fremming   9,240
19 Zimnan Ziyard   9,240
20 Valentino Yasenov Konakchiev   9,240
21 Benjamin Pollak   7,850
22 Damian Mizinski   7,850
23 Ori Beeri   7,850
24 Roman Korenev   6,530
25 Michail Karapanos   6,530
26 Ward de Bruyn   6,530
27 David Kaufmann   6,530
28 Do Chung Tran   5,570
29 Sven Küsters   5,570
30 Antony Hallam   5,570
31 Igor Salomasov   5,570
32 Stjepan Jokic   4,780
33 Dmitry Yurasov   4,780
34 Horst Riedlinger   4,780
35 Ilya Gorodetskiy   4,780
36 Pawel Czartoryski   4,780
37 Tudor Purice   4,780
38 Shlomi Elimeleh   4,780
39 Aleksandar Lalovic   4,780
40 Mantchev Franyzis   4,000
41 Carter Swidler   4,000
42 Daniel Stacey   4,000
43 Denis Chiginev   4,000
44 Eli Heath   4,000
45 Marko Kolega   4,000
46 Mario Re   4,000
47 Bence Paris   4,000
48 Milan Šimko   4,000
49 Konstantin Michael Karras   4,000
50 Kristiyan Ivanov   4,000
51 Sebastian Pauli   4,000
52 Michael Eiler   4,000
53 Konstantinos Stratopoulos   4,000
54 Vasily Nesterenko   4,000
55 Pal Koppegodt   4,000
56 Yaniv Peretz   3,240
57 Akos Pasztor   3,240
58 Harald Wagner   3,240
59 Ozkan Atalay   3,240
60 Mateusz Warowiec   3,240
61 George Phiniotis   3,240
62 David Barnes   3,240
63 Robert Haigh   3,240
64 Johann Arnar Johannsson   3,240
65 Beasha Hanauer   3,240
66 Vallo Maidla   3,240
67 Vincent Andre Meli   3,240
68 Dragos Vasile Alinei   3,240
69 Andrey Shtern   3,240
70 Thomas Andreas Rettenbacher   3,240
71 Sergey Pakhomov   3,240
72 David Vedral   2,780
73 Adrian Apmann   2,780
74 Nicolas Cardyn   2,780
75 Felix Paul Lambertz   2,780
76 Ivan Soshnikov   2,780
77 Francis Alfred Klar   2,780
78 Markus Herbel   2,780
79 Arne Ruge   2,780
80 Benjamin Lamprecht   2,780
81 Moser Nuno   2,780
82 Zslot Szabo   2,780
83 Dimitrios Barmpathanasis   2,780
84 Antal Roth   2,780
85 Robert Matusek   2,780
86 Mike Hill   2,780
87 Christophe Stammet   2,780
88 Cihan Bicik   2,780
89 Michał Starzec   2,780
90 Peter Turmezey   2,780
91 Franck Yenigotchian   2,780
92 Guenther Haider   2,780
93 Mario Reyes Navarro   2,780
94 Vladimir Litinskiy   2,780
95 Sasa Zivkovic   2,780
96 Chris Oliver   2,420
97 Gavin O`Rourke   2,420
98 Pius Heinz   2,420
99 Abou Saleh Elias   2,420
100 Tomi Brouk   2,420
101 Stefan Rapp   2,420
102 Azmi Korkmaz   2,420
103 Bence Zoltan   2,420
104 Ashot Kagramanov   2,420
105 Sergey Baburin   2,420
106 Valeri Savov   2,420
107 Szabolcs Mayer   2,420
108 Martin Mydlarik   2,420
109 Rafał Kaczmarski   2,420
110 Stelios Mavrogenis   2,420
111 Anthony Faisca   2,420
112 Ami Barer   2,420
113 Heinz Holeczek   2,420
114 Petri Leino   2,420
115 Thomas Panek   2,420
116 Christian Chardron   2,420
117 Pietro Paolo Sibione   2,420
118 Ylva Kim Thorsrud   2,420
119 Manuel Zapf   2,420
120 Sochor Gerald   2,080
121 Sebastian Marquardt   2,080
122 Igor Jelcic   2,080
123 Peter Kamaras   2,080
124 Miroslav Ostatnik   2,080
125 Markus Feurle   2,080
126 Hans Mager   2,080
127 Mario Sakic   2,080
128 Patrick Kubat   2,080
129 Richard Larsen   2,080
130 Andras Matrai   2,080
131 Thomas Nierula   2,080
132 Victor Terente   2,080
133 Richard Kapun   2,080
134 Razvan Bordei   2,080
135 Arie Kliper   2,080
136 Sven Wendt   2,080
137 George Cvjekovic   2,080
138 Michael Preyss   2,080
139 Salim Alibas   2,080
140 Kevin Iacofano   2,080
141 Milan Joksic   2,080
142 Patrick Schopf   2,080
143 Jean Antoine Marlin   2,080
144 Amir Mozaffarian   1,890
145 Harald Indrich   1,890
146 Sorin Flutur   1,890
147 Vasileios Pantazis   1,890
148 Patryk Slusarek   1,890
149 Vladimir Bozinovic   1,890
150 Corbin Benjamin White   1,890
151 Dominic Bosnjak   1,890
152 Imre Lascsik   1,890
153 Gerald Karlic   1,890
154 Franck Chambon   1,890
155 Sebastian Supper   1,890
156 Yusuf Kurt   1,890
157 Georgios Karakousis   1,890
158 Ronny Voth   1,890
159 Thomas Kowalski   1,890
160 Andreas Gabriel   1,890
161 Dirk Wenkemann   1,890
162 Virgil-Cristian Nicelescu   1,890
163 Jean Zaffran   1,890
164 Ivan Skoblov   1,890
165 Peter Galla   1,890
166 Yu Benjamin   1,890
167 Philipp Klaas   1,890
168 Michael Brady   1,890
169 Milan Cicka   1,890
170 Philipp Lutkemeier   1,890
171 Gernot Formanek   1,890
172 Iaran Lightbourne   1,890
173 Andrej Malešič   1,890
174 Miklos Zsuffa   1,890
175 Hani Bahna   1,890
176 Aleksander Spadijer   1,890
177 Galai Levente   1,890
178 Denis Njegovan   1,890
179 Stefan Dan   1,890
180 Rocco Palumbo   1,890
181 Michael Strasser   1,890
182 Christopher Andler   1,890
183 Bahar Musa   1,890
184 Mario Zeljko   1,710
185 Madis Muur   1,710
186 Robin Ylitalo   1,710
187 Daniel Rinzis   1,710
188 Alessi Donato   1,710
189 Eddy Maksoud   1,710
190 Koray Aldemir   1,710
191 Vladimir Novitckii   1,710
192 Dennis Nitz   1,710
193 Emil Nosko   1,710
194 David Nir   1,710
195 Artur Kuta   1,710
196 Leonid Spielmann   1,710
197 Grudi Hristov Grudev   1,710
198 Alon Mizrahi   1,710
199 Andrei One   1,710
200 Abdul Aziz Khodr   1,710
201 Sandro Burkhard   1,710
202 Predrag Vulovic   1,710
203 Jaxi Kiernan   1,710
204 Dimitri Holdeew   1,710
205 Karel Kratochvil   1,710
206 Bodo Sbrzesny   1,710
207 Adam Owen   1,710
208 Malte Monnig   1,710
209 Jurgen Forche   1,710
210 Robert Vishnudatt   1,710
211 Daniel Bernhard   1,710
212 Keith Johnson   1,710
213 Roman Babela   1,710
214 Harry Law   1,710
215 Milan Rakic   1,710

EUREKA Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Andreas Freund, 25, Vienna, Austria – 4,515,000
Andreas Freund studies Spanish and Journalism but is a professional Omaha and Hold’em cash game player as well. He started playing poker in 2007 and began playing full time a year later. He bought in directly for the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event and has already beaten his biggest tournament cash from November 2013 when he won a €1,000 event in Seefeld for €17,630.

Seat 2: Robert Malinowski, 49, Poland, PokerStars qualifier - 3,305,000
The oldest player at the final table Robert Malinowski has poker as a hobby, running a business for a job. He enjoys his biggest poker achievement and so does his wife who supports him here in the Hofburg. Robert also likes to read a lot. He made quite impressive come back on day 2 starting the last level with only 12 big blinds and finished with ten times bigger stack.

Seat 3: Markus Stöger, 44, Vienna, Austria – 5,495,000
Markus is a self-employed gastronome and a recreational poker player. He started playing poker in cash games but these days mainly focuses on tournaments. His best result was back in 2010 when won a €250 event in Vienna for €30,600.

Seat 4: Stavros Kalfos, 32, Thessaloniki, Greece, PokerStars Player – 1,050,000
Hailing from Thessaloniki, Stavros Kalfos is a 32 year-old professional poker player. Previously he was one of PokerStars' “Greek Challengers”. Kalfos mostly plays tournaments, both online and live. He has finalled the Sunday Warm-Up four times, winning it twice while live he has cashed in the EPT three times and also chopped the €2,000 side event at EPT San Remo for €90,000 back in 2010.

Seat 5: Bryan Paris, 28, Huntington Beach, USA, PokerStars player - 5,430,000
He still waits for a first 6-figure score in live event but his online results prove that he is very experienced player. Bryan Paris has scored more than $6.6 million online with more than half of it on PokerStars. He needs to finish at least 6th to lock the record live cashout, which came in the WSOP; he has cashed 12 times in the World Series so far. Though tommorow will be his first final table experience in a live tournament.

Seat 6: Erik Scheidt, 26, Rostock, Germany, PokerStars Player - 950,000
Erik Scheidt is a computer specialist and plays poker recreationally. Last year he finished 5th place in the Berlin Cup at EPT Berlin taking home €31,000 – his biggest cash so far. Outside of poker, Scheidt enjoys playing football.

Seat 7: Blazej Przygorzewski, 22, Poznan, Poland, PokerStars qualifier - 5,430,000
Playing only his third live event in a career but the the 22-year old Blazej Przygorzewski knows very well how the glory feels. He is a three time Polish champion in sailing and now he can break through even in poker. Blazej plays poker for three years online with a biggest cash of about 17 thousand dollars.

Seat 8: Zoltan Gal, 27, Hungary, PokerStars qualifier - 2,245,000
Another great deep run for Zoltan Gal who finished 19th in the Eureka Prague Main Event three months ago. He's playing poker for 5 years, mostly the online high stakes cash game. He calls himself a semi-pro, trying to succeed in live tournaments for two years. This final table appearance is his best so far, surpassing a $27k hit in Las Vegas. He would celebrate the victory with a steak, his favourite meal.

EPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
12 Women's Event
23/03/2014
€300 + €30
61 €17,751 Natalie Hof
€5,325
13 PLO Turbo 8-handed
23/03/2014
€1,000 + €100
146 €141,620 Brendan Keenan
€24,140
16 Pot Limit/7 Card Stud - Deepstack Turbo
24/03/2014
€500 + €50
35 €16,975 Dmitry Chop
€5,770
17 NLH Grand Final Hybrid
24/03/2014
€2,000 + €150
63 €122,220 Martin Jacobson
€10,600
18 NLH
25/03/2014
€2,000 + €200
319 €618,860 Walid Bou Habib
€107,700
19 PLO Turbo
25/03/2014
€500 + €50
147 €71,295 David Zakine
€17,110
20 NLH Always 20 BB Unlimited Rebuy
25/03/2014
€100 + €20
112 €26,675 Ken Geschwind
€5,000
21 NLH 1R&A Sat to EPT Grand Final
25/03/2014
€500 + €50
25 €27,160 Dominik Panka
€10,600
22 NLH Turbo Bounty
26/03/2014
€500 + €500 + €50
272 €127,840 Corneliu Cretu
€25,650
23 Limit 7 Card Stud EPT Championship
26/03/2014
€1,500 + €150
30 €43,650 Daniel Studer
€16,100
24 NLH Reverse Mix Max
26/03/2014
€1,000 + €100
54 €52,380 Vladyslav Yeskov
€16,500
25 NLH Single Re-Entry
26/03/2014
€1,000 + €100
345 €380,240 Simon Pedersen
€73,750
26 Limit Holdem - Deepstack Turbo
26/03/2014
€200 + €20
85 €16,490 Dmitry Shulga
€4,550
28 High Roller
28/03/2014
€10,000 + €300
141 €1,773,800 Fabrice Soulier
€392,900
29 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Double Board
27/03/2014
€200 + €20
52 €10,088 Paolo Compagno
€3,180
30 NLH - 6handed - Win the Button
27/03/2014
€1,000 + €100
94 €91,180 Jason Wheeler
€17,856
31 NLH - Chose your Buyin
27/03/2014
€100/200/300 + €20
161 €38,315 Markus Stoger
€8,800
32 NLH Accumulator
29/03/2014
€500 + €50
69 €33,465 Mateusz Moolhuizen
€9,790
33 PLO Reverse MixMax
28/03/2014
€1,000 + €100
26 €25,220 Simon Fleischer
€9,330
34 NLH Deepstack 8-handed
28/03/2014
€2,000 + €200
90 €174,600 Ludovic Geilich
€46,360
35 NLH - Mozart MegaStack
29/03/2014
€200 + €20
568 €110,192 Joscha Anzinger
€17,500
37 NLH Turbo 6 Handed
29/03/2014
€5,000 + €200
37 €179,450 Thomas Muhlocker
€61,000
38 NLH Deepstack Turbo
29/03/2014
€300 + €30
89 €25,899 Meder Suyundukov
€6,900
39 NLH - Turbo 6 Handed
29/03/2014
€2,000 + €150
68 €131,920 Artur Koren
€38,590
40 NLH - Hyper Turbo
29/03/2014
€100 + €20
121 €11,737 Mario Rauter
€2,950

EPT Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Oleksii Khoroshenin   578,392
2 Anthony Ghamrawi   446,481
3 Marko Neumann   638,127
4 Pablo Gordillo   262,150
5 Timo Pfutzenreuter   203,900
6 Simeon Naydenov   151,000
7 Frei Dilling   108,100
8 Rumen Nanev   77,000
9 Gavin O'Rourke   60,800
10 Roman Korenev   50,250
11 Andras Kovacs   50,250
12 Umberto Vitagliano   44,950
13 Dan Murariu   44,950
14 Sebastian Panny   40,550
15 Johnny Lodden PokerStars Team Pro 40,550
16 Patrick Fasching   36,150
17 Mike Adamo   36,150
18 Wilfried Sigmund Harig   31,750
19 Artem Metalidi   31,750
20 Sebastian Trisch   31,750
21 Jude Ainsworth   27,300
22 Stephen Chidwick   27,300
23 Steven Lewzey   27,300
24 Julian Herold   22,900
25 Miltiadis Kyriakides   22,900
26 Jan Bendik   22,900
27 Marco van Opzeeland   22,900
28 Anatoly Filatov   19,750
29 Robert Haigh PokerStars player 19,750
30 Fabio Sperling PokerStars qualifier 19,750
31 Marcel Luske Team PokerStars Pro 19,750
32 Miroslav Alilovic PokerStars sponsored player 17,100
33 Clement Thumy PokerStars player 17,100
34 Adrian Bussman PokerStars player 17,100
35 Andreas Samuelsson PokerStars qualifier 17,100
36 Jozsef Olah  Live Satellite winner 17,100
37 Ludovic Riehl   17,100
38 MIchel Abecassis   17,100
39 Atanas Kavrakov  Live Satellite winner 17,100
40 Dmitry Morozov   14,600
41 Michael Tabarelli Casino Live Satellite winner 14,600
42 Marko Vukoja PokerStars qualifier 14,600
43 Jack Salter PokerStars player 14,600
44 Ivan Neytchev Casino Live Satellite winner 14,600
45 Timothy Davie PokerStars player 14,600
46 Jonas Lauck PokerStars player 14,600
47 Gregory Lane   14,600
48 Vit Blachut   14,600
49 Jonathan Roy PokerStars player 14,600
50 Mathias Rinnhofer   14,600
51 Gergely Rona PokerStars player 14,600
52 Ziga Jamnikar PokerStars player 14,600
53 Thomas Brauner PokerStars player 14,600
54 Yulius Sepman   14,600
55 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 14,600
56 Henrique Pinho Team PokerStars Pro 12,600
57 Fabrice Soulier   12,600
58 Alex Bilokur PokerStars qualifier 12,600
59 Cailin Jin   12,600
60 Richard Milne Snr. PokerStars qualifier 12,600
61 Joni Jouhkimainen PokerStars player 12,600
62 Carl Carlsson PokerStars player 12,600
63 Michel Dattani PokerStars player 12,600
64 Paul Delaney PokerStars player 12,600
65 Konstantin Puchkov PokerStars player 12,600
66 Aku Joentausta   12,600
67 Kilian Kramer PokerStars player 12,600
68 Viacheslav Igin   12,600
69 Patrick Sacrispeyre   12,600
70 Joao Baumgarten PokerStars player 12,600
71 Gus Hansen Full Tilt Poker Professional 12,600
72 Hector Alvarez Rodriguez PokerStars player 10,650
73 Ryan Spittles PokerStars qualifier 10,650
74 Markus Stranzinger Casino Live Satellite 10,650
75 Justas Vaiciulionis PokerStars qualifier 10,650
76 Viktor Blom Full Tilt Poker Professional 10,650
77 Jorma Nuutinen PokerStars qualifier 10,650
78 Paraskevas Tsotsonos PokerStars qualifier 10,650
79 Iliodoros Kamatakis Live Satellite 10,650
80 Robert Zipf   10,650
81 Vladimir Geshkenbein   10,650
82 Stefan Zollinger   10,650
83 Marcus Balmert PokerStars qualifier 10,650
84 Christian Nolte PokerStars player 10,650
85 Ali Abdalla   10,650
86 Madis Muur PokerStars qualifier 10,650
87 Sasa Lalos Casino Live Satellite 10,650
88 Matthias Kurschner   10,650
89 Marc Bebawi   10,650
90 Lasell King   10,650
91 Arne Edberg PokerStars player 10,650
92 Oleg Poluzhnikov PokerStars qualifier 10,650
93 Kevin Stani PokerStars player 10,650
94 Daniel Melten PokerStars qualifier 10,650
95 Carter Swidler PokerStars qualifier 10,650
96 Artur Koren PokerStars player 9,550
97 Ben Warrington PokerStars qualifier 9,550
98 Tam Truong Live Satellite 9,550
99 Kurt Guldvik PokerStars qualifier 9,550
100 Virgil-Cristian Nicelescu Live Satellite 9,550
101 Raed Mouawad Live Satellite 9,550
102 Antonio Buonanno   9,550
103 Christopher Ulsrud   9,550
104 Antoine Saout PokerStars qualifier 9,550
105 Preben Stokkan PokerStars player 9,550
106 Lukas Fritz PokerStars player 9,550
107 David Dolak PokerStars qualifier 9,550
108 Dragan Kostic   9,550
109 Jeffrey Rossiter PokerStars player 9,550
110 Hannu Peltola   9,550
111 Jasper Wetemans PokerStars player 9,550
112 Jamil Kanji PokerStars player 9,550
113 Jesper Hoog PokerStars qualifier 9,550
114 Patrice Brandt PokerStars qualifier 9,550
115 Sergey Baburin   9,550
116 Joao Ribeiro   9,550
117 David Vamplew PokerStars qualifier 9,550
118 Armin Mette PokerStars player 9,550
119 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Team PokerStars Pro 9,550
120 Torsten Pischl Casino Live Satellite 8,700
121 Rino Mathis PokerStars player 8,700
122 Sergii Baranov   8,700
123 Csaba Varadi   8,700
124 Marc-Andre Ladouceur PokerStars Team Online 8,700
125 Sven Reichardt PokerStars player 8,700
126 Mikko Turtiainen PokerStars qualifier 8,700
127 Martin Staszko   8,700
128 Dennis Bejedal   8,700
129 Antoine Granath   8,700
130 Claas Segebrecht   8,700
131 Alexey Makarov   8,700
132 Nikita Nikolaev PokerStars qualifier 8,700
133 Sam Trickett   8,700
134 Szabolcs Mayer   8,700
135 Zoltan Szabo Live Satellite 8,700

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Oleksii Khoroshenin, 27, Ukraine - 2,150,000
Khoroshenin is an EPT regular who has been playing the tour since Season 8. This is his best live result to date. Prior to EPT Vienna his best cash came when he was runner-up to Joao Barbosa in the EPT Barcelona €5k six-handed turbo in September. He also finished 53rd at last season’s EPT Berlin Main Event for €15,000 and came close to making the final of the EPT Prague €10k High Roller in December, finishing tenth for €32,800. He is currently ranked 20th in the Ukraine all-time money list with $278,873 in live tournament winnings to date.

Seat 2: Anthony Ghamrawi, 27, Vienna, Austria - PokerStars qualifier - 5,150,000
Playing in his home city of Vienna, Ghamrawi spent Day 5 wearing a baseball cap signed by Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu on the TV table. He got a bunch of chips on Day 4 by doubling up through British pro Stephen Chidwick and then busting former chip leader Sebastian Trisch with QQ. Ghamrawi’s best live result to date was defeating a 1,465 strong field in one of the Rio’s $235 Daily Deepstack tourneys in Vegas for $54,344. He also made the final of the WPT Vienna Main Event in 2012, finishing ninth for €19,660. However, making today’s final, where he’s guaranteed at least €77,000, is by far his biggest live result. He won his seat to EPT Vienna in a €320 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo qualifier in February and has live tournament winnings to date of more than $124,000.

Seat 3: Marko “BriDge2PaiN” Neumann, 27, Recklinghausen, Germany – PokerStars qualifier
Neumann is an EPT regular and his best live result to date came on the EPT when he finished seventh in Berlin in Season 6 for €120,000. He has been playing poker for nine years, the last seven as pro and is a successful online Multi Table Tournament and Sit and Go player. Only two weeks ago, he took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $83,790. He qualified for EPT Vienna online in a €82+R satellite. He and his long-term girlfriend Aga had been planning to fly to Thailand on holiday yesterday but Neumann has wisely changed his flight to Sunday instead.

Seat 4: Simeon "IamBuddhaa" Naydenov, 26, Sofia, Bulgaria - 3,550,000
Simoen Naydenov first hit the spotlight when he bubbled the final table at EPT Campione in Season 8 for €41,000. However, the major turning point in his poker career came last summer when he became the second ever Bulgarian to win a WSOP bracelet, taking down the $1,500 shootout for $326,440. Now aged 26, Naydenov graduated in Business and Economics before taking up poker with friends. Competing in casinos gave him the impetus to start playing professionally and his first major cash came in Varna in 2009, when he finished fourth in a €1k event for €18,600. Online achievements include second place in the PokerStars PLO WCOOP event in September 2010 for a $36,000 prize. As well as poker, Naydenov also runs a social media marketing company (http://socialmarketingbg.com).
His live tournament winnings amount to more than $860,000. He has also represented Bulgaria in two World Cups of the strategy game “Age of Empires”.

Seat 5: Frei Dilling, 25, Copenhagen, Denmark - 4,230,000
Dilling has played poker for the last seven years and went pro five years ago. He considers himself a cash game player and plays at stakes of 10-20 and up to 50-100 online. This is his second EPT cash and he also has a seventh place finish on the World Poker Tour. Dilling has got a lot of respect from his opponents during the last days and will be second in chips going into the final table tomorrow. 

Seat 6: Rumen Nanev, 44, from Bulgaria, living in Portugal - 2,765,000
Nanev, a tour regular who first played an EPT at Sanremo in Season 4, is thrilled to have finally made an EPT final. His best result to date was actually that first event in Italy when he finished fourth in a side event for €61,140. He has had four EPT Main Event cashes including EPT Deauville, 18th for €23,000, and EPT Barcelona, 21st for €20,000. He currently ranks #4 on the Bulgaria all-time money list with fellow finalist Simeon Naydenov at #3. He said: “It was one of my goals to make a final table this year so I feel great. I am really happy that both Simeon and I have made the final. We’ve been supporting each other throughout the tournament. We are good friends and always stick together at events. But no mistake – I’m going after him at the final”. Nanev, who comes from Varna in Bulgaria but moved to Vilamoura in Portugal two years ago, currently has live tournament winnings totaling nearly €500k and is already guaranteed a best-ever live cash.

Seat 7: Pablo Gordillo, 20, Leon, Spain - PokerStars qualifier - 4,075,000
Finance student Pablo Gordillo won his seat on PokerStars.es in a €250 seat+expenses qualifier. He’s had several attempts at qualifying so was thrilled to finally make it. He had a rocky start to the event however – down to just 4,000 chips on Day 1 and starting Day 2 with just 20,600. His fortunes turned on Day 3 when he won a huge pot against Portugal’s Michel Dattani to take the chip lead. He ended the day as chip leader and was second in chips to Timo Pfutzenreuter at the end of Day 4. This is already his biggest cash – either live or online. He came third in a €200 NL side event at Estrellas Madrid in January for € 2,421 and cashed for €12,000 in a Sunday Especial on PokerStars.es two months ago. He said: “Yes, I thought I could make the final. I felt nervous when I was in my hotel room but once I was at the table I felt very calm and confident”. Gordillo came to Vienna with friends Benjamin Garcia and Miguel Riera and all three are planning to move to London in the next few months so they can play on PokerStars.com.

Seat 8: Timo Pfutzenreuter, 23, Bonn, Germany, PokerStars qualifier - 3,740,000
Timo Pfutzenreuter’s best result to date was third place in the WSOP $5k PLO Six-Handed event last summer for $194,14 where he was eliminated by eventual winner Steve Gross. Pfutzenreuter also went deep at EPT8 Berlin, finishing 41st for €15,000 and his total live tournament winnings already amount to more than $300,000. Originally from Bonn in Germany but now studying business at university in Vienna, Pfutzenreuter has been playing EPTs since Season 6. He also has solid online results including winning the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up in 2011 for $117,000 and fifth in TCOOP Event 47 for $104,100. He also took down the PokerStars Monday OLO for $17,000, a PokerStars GCOOP Event for $11,000 and was runner-up in the Sunday 500 for $55,500. He’s spent much of this week reading The Wolf of Wall Street at his table. He won his seat in a €215 NLHE Deep Hyper-Turbo a month ago.

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Fabrice Soulier   392,900
2 Anatoly Filatov   265,200
3 Oleh Okhotskyi   182,500
4 Vitaly Lunkin   148,800
5 Dmitry Yurasov   118,650
6 Rasmus Agerskov   91,150
7 Benny Spindler   66,350
8 Fady Kamar   48,050
9 Jonathan Duhamel PokerStars Team Pro 39,800
10 Jose Carlos Garcia   33,700
11 Alex Bilokur   33,700
12 Robin Ylitalo   29,250
13 Jens Lakemeier   29,250
14 Jonas Kronwitter   26,600
15 Jonathan Karamalikis Full Tilt Poker Ambassador 26,600
16 Simon Ravnsbaek   23,950
17 Theo Jorgensen PokerStars Team Pro 23,950
18 Ihar Soika   21,300
19 Steven Lewzey   21,300
20 Ismail Erkenov   21,300
21 Patrick Sacrispeyre   19,500
22 Alex Roumeliotis   19,500
23 Samir Moukawem   19,500
24 Ivan Soshnikov   17,750
25 Sam Trickett   17,750
26 Alex Klimashin   17,750
27 Alexander Dovzhenko   17,750

 

EPT Sanremo (09/04/2014 - 20/04/2014)

IPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
3 NL Turbo
09/04/2014
€200 + €20
75 €14,550 Jakub Mrocze
€4,000
5 NL Turbo Unl. RB/AO
10/04/2014
€200 + €20
77 €31,331 Niccolo Ceccarelli
€8,620
6 NL Turbo
11/04/2014
€200 + €20
154 €29,876 Riccardo Bargiacchi
€6,950
8 PLO "8 Handed"
12/04/2014
€200 + €20
15 €66,930 Lauri Varonen
€33,450
9 IPT Second Chance
13/04/2014
€300 + €30
238 €69,258 Michael Gruber
€11,050
12 IPT High Roller
13/04/2014
€300 + €30
181 €351,140 Gaetone Preite
€77,800

IPT Main Event Chip Counts

The table below features the latest chip counts updated live from the event.

Player Country Status Chip Count

IPT Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Alessandro de Fenza   105,600
2 Marcello Miniucchi PokerStars player 95,600
3 Jae Kyung Sim PokerStars player 75,000
4 Alex Longobardi   43,200
5 Alex Norden   32,900
6 Adel Kabbani   24,200
7 Alessandro Borsa PokerStars player 18,300
8 Fabio Scepi PokerStars player 13,000
9 Niccolo Ceccarelli PokerStars player 10,126
10 Franco Berlingieri PokerStars player 8,480
11 Ludovic Geilich PokerStars player 8,480
12 Andreas Moser PokerStars player 7,620
13 Caglar Bayindir PokerStars player 7,620
14 Marcello Baccaglini PokerStars qualifier 6,840
15 Alessandro Valli   6,840
16 Francesco Delli Gatti PokerStars qualifier 6,070
17 Luca Stevanato PokerStars player 6,070
18 Aleksandr Denisov PokerStars player 5,300
19 Alessandro De Iaco PokerStars player 5,300
20 Gianluca Rullo   5,300
21 Massimo Mosele   4,550
22 Pratik Ghatge PokerStars player 4,550
23 Eric Place   4,550
24 Riccardo Lacchinelli   3,815
25 Xia Lin   3,815
26 Michel Segui   3,815
27 Benjamin Yu PokerStars player 3,815
28 Azad Jabrayilov   3,220
29 He Dongfa   3,220
30 Eugenio Grassano   3,220
31 Adrian Piasecki PokerStars player 3,220
32 John Norberg   2,800
33 Marko Mikovic   2,800
34 Kitty Kuo   2,800
35 Alfonso D'Ambrosa PokerStars qualifier 2,800
36 Jean-Loup Didier   2,800
37 Antonio Lafosse Fernandez   2,800
38 Alessandro Di Persio   2,800
39 Romano Favetta   2,800
40 Kyle Mayers   2,380
41 Tigran Yazychyan   2,380
42 Evgeny Starikov   2,380
43 Antonio Volpicelli   2,380
44 Jakub Michalak PokerStars player 2,380
45 Wojciech Lozowski   2,380
46 Maurizio Romano   2,380
47 Nicolo Serlenga   2,380
48 Simone Bertolino   2,380
49 Claudio Daffina   2,380
50 Giovanni Raffa Live Satellite winner 2,380
51 Monica Nezosi   2,380
52 Emmanuel Coppola   2,380
53 Antonio Bernaudo PokerStars player 2,380
54 Daniel Smith   2,380
55 Krzysztof Dulowski PokerStars player 2,380
56 Artur Koren PokerStars player 1,980
57 Matas Cimbolas PokerStars player 1,980
58 Davide Vico   1,980
59 Andrea Dato   1,980
60 Egidio Aragno   1,980
61 Jorge Ribeiro PokerStars player 1,980
62 Matteo Di Persio PokerStars player 1,980
63 Vizsnyiczai Zsolt PokerStars qualifier 1,980
64 Oleg Dyatlov   1,980
65 Marcos Paneque Mateos PokerStars player 1,980
66 Romain Chauvassagne   1,980
67 Sergey Tikhonov   1,980
68 Giovanni Gallo   1,980
69 Denny Ferretti   1,980
70 Vincenzo D'Amato Live Satellite winner 1,980
71 Kirill Shugai PokerStars player 1,980
72 Nicolai Henschel PokerStars qualifier 1,500
73 Alexander Dovzhenko PokerStars player 1,500
74 Dmitry Vitkind PokerStars player 1,500
75 Alessandro Sallustio   1,500
76 Fabrizio Piva   1,500
77 Evgenii Starikov   1,500
78 Alessandro Basile   1,500
79 Henri Antikainen   1,500
80 Tommaso Carletto   1,500
81 Matan Barkat   1,500
82 Valerio Gianni   1,500
83 Roberto Palmieri   1,500
84 Kima Kimura   1,500
85 Giuseppe Pedretti   1,500
86 Tatiana Chiodi   1,500
87 Michele di Lauro   1,500
88 Emanuele Magri   1,500
89 Marino Di Gennaro   1,500
90 Goran Karpati   1,500
91 Yohan Figueiras   1,500
92 Antonio Maranzano   1,500
93 Andrea Benelli   1,500
94 Francesco Brambilla   1,500
95 Dawid Grabinski   1,500
96 Simone Giribaldi   1,500
97 Juri Mereu   1,500
98 alan peter baikie   1,500
99 Atanas Kavrakov   1,500
100 Alessandro Righetti   1,500
101 Luca Testugini   1,500
102 Ariel Celestino   1,500
103 Adrian Diaz   1,500
104 Michael Toninello   1,500
105 Peter Landgren   1,500
106 Stefano Ritrovati   1,500
107 Vitaly Lunkin   1,500
108 Josh Prager   1,500
109 Roberto Gambardella   1,500
110 Francesco Cirianni   1,500
111 Francesco Delfoco   1,500
112 Jérémie Sarda   1,500
113 Gregory Luttke   1,500
114 Henri Kasper   1,500
115 Antonio Luft   1,500
116 Emilio Chirone   1,500
117 Gianluca Angeloni   1,500
118 Matthieu Lamagnère   1,500
119 Bruno Stefanelli   1,500
120 Igor Nekazakov   1,345
121 Morin Leif   1,345
122 Rafael Da Costa   1,345
123 Michael Gathy   1,345
124 Carl Robert Lundh   1,345
125 Roman Korenev   1,345
126 Ricardo Guida Furuguem   1,345
127 Gianluca Benvenuto   1,345
128 Ali Chaieb   1,345
129 Casey Kastle   1,345
130 Carter Swidler   1,345
131 Margarita Gonzales Dominguez   1,345
132 Vincenzo Scarpitti   1,345
133 Johan Ray   1,345
134 Sergio Castelluccio   1,345
135 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 1,345
136 Antonio Restaino   1,345
137 Andrew Campbell   1,345
138 Dmitri Tchernykh   1,345
139 Marco Lancia   1,345
140 Grudi  Grudev   1,345
141 Christian Marti   1,345
142 Eros Mossali   1,345
143 Carlotta Bulgarelli   1,345
144 Daniele Scatragli   1,220
145 Anton Talle   1,220
146 Giuliano Bendinelli   1,220
147 Yannick Smit   1,220
148 Ivan Neytchev   1,220
149 Luigi Curcio   1,220
150 Marcin Horecki Team PokerStars Pro 1,220
151 Manlio Iemina   1,220
152 Maurizio Della Sala   1,220
153 Matteo Taddia   1,220
154 Julian Stuer   1,220
155 Antonino Sanguedolce   1,220
156 Benjamin Luehr   1,220
157 Pietro Compagnoni   1,220
158 Sergio Aido   1,220
159 Antonio Mitrotta   1,220
160 Max Pescatori   1,220
161 Christian Caliumi   1,220
162 Alexander Hendriks   1,220
163 Pawel Brzeski   1,220
164 Lorenc Puka   1,220
165 Gianluca Mangrossa   1,220
166 Tam Truong   1,220
167 Danilo Donnini   1,220

IPT Main Event Final Table

Alexander Norden, 24, Stockhom, 1,955,000 chips

Alex is one of a 37-strong group of Swedes from the Krukan cardroom in Stockhom who have come to compete in Sanremo. In 2012, Norden won the Swedish Championship in Malta for $41,468 and is a well-respected player back home. He won his seat to the IPT Sanremo Main Event in the Sunday night Home Game that Krukan's regulars play on PokerStars. Norden is also a whist player, often partnering up with PokerStars Swedish blogger Lina Olofsson who said: "Alex is a really tough cookie at the tables and a great tournament player. He was suffering from food poisoning when he won the Swedish Championship and was really ill, but still managed to win."

Marcello "cavendramin" Miniucchi, 37, Pesaro, Italy, 4,540,000

Miniucchi is having a great start to 2014. In January, he was runner-up at the IPT Saint Vincent event for EURO 72,500 and he's now on the final table of the IPT Main Event and guaranteed at least EURO 13,000. The 37-year-old from Pesaro, who has been playing poker for some four years, also has some other good results including 48th place in last year's $10k PCA Main Event for $32,000 and 44th in the EPT Prague Main Event in December for EURO 15,600. Miniucchi specialises in Omaha cash games but he's also thriving in live tournaments with winnings now totalling nearly $200,000. He not only qualified for the IPT Main Event (in a EURO 100 satellite on PokerStars.it), but he has also won his seat for the EPT Sanremo Main Event and is scheduled to play Day 1b.

Adel Kabbani, 35, Paris, France, 2,020,000

This is entrepreneur Adel Kabbani's first ever live cash; he's been playing for three years but normally plays online. The 35-year-old Parisian won two live satellites here at Casino Sanremo to take part in the IPT Main Event. He mainly plays NL tourneys and, given how well he's fared in the IPT, he's now planning to play the EPT as well. If he wins the Main Event, he would donate his winnings to charity. He secured a spot at this IPT Sanremo via a live satellites here at the Casino Municipale. His biggest dream is to have a happy life and win the EPT.

Alessandro Longobardi, 33, Naples, Italy, 2,200,000

Longobardi has been playing poker more than 13 years and is currently ranked #20 in the Italy all time money list. He has a string of liveresults going back seven years and totalling more than $900,000. His bestlive result was runner-up at WPT Venice in 2012 and he also won another major event in Prague for EURO 100,000. He plays online on PokerStars with the UserID "alexlongob". He has cashed in five EPT Main Events and six IPT Main Events including 16th at EPT Barcelona, 32nd at IPT Nova Gorica 2010, 28th at IPT Sanremo 2010 and 23rd at EPT Barcelona 2008. He also won "La Notte del Poker" in 2008 for a EURO 70,000 prize. His favourite poker games are Texas Hold'em and Razz. His favourite player is Phil Ivey. His biggest dream is to win a bracelet at the WSOP.

Jae Kyung Sim, 47, South Korea, 1,980,000 chips

APPT Cebu champion Jae Sim is currently ranked #4 in the South Korea All Time Money List and has lifetime tournament winnings of nearly $300,000. He is a regular on the PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour where he has cashed five Main Events in the last three years. He defeated a 158-strong field to take down APPT Cebu last May for the equivalent of $95,487, only a year after finishing the same event in eighth place. He has also cashed at the Aussie Millions, APPT Seoul and APPT Manila. This is not only his first ever IPT, it's also his first ever cash in Europe.

Niccolo' Ceccarelli, 22, Riccione, Italy, 2,260,000 chips

Ceccarelli has already won an event here at the EPT Sanremo Poker Festival when he beat a 75-strong field to take down the EURO 200 NL Turbo (Unl. RB/AO) for EURO 8,620 The 22-year-old professional player from Riccione (Italy) plays on PokerStars.it with the UserID "challengerGX". His best result today was runner-up at IPT Nova Gorica in January for EURO 69,500. He also won a EURO 300 NL Turbo at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo(R)Casino EPT Grand Final last season for EURO 13,300 and came third in the IPT Nova Gorica High Roller last year for EURO 6,000. Ceccarelli has also had notable success online, with two SCOOP titles to his name.

Alessandro De Fenza, 23, Milano, Italy. 2,260,000 chips

Alessandro is an Italian player who plays on PokerStars.it with the UserID “aletilter”. He’s been playing poker for 4 years with excellent results including a fourth place at the Mini IPT Campione in 2012. He’s planning to use his next winnings to increase his poker bankroll. Alessandro has been a Supernova Elite on PokerStars.it three years in a row. His favourite game is Heads Up Cash Game.His style is relaxed and maniac. His biggest dream is to win an EPT.

Alessandro Borsa, 23, Milano, Italy. 820,000 chips

Alessandro is a 23 years old player from Italy who plays on PokerStars.it with the UserID “90giuda90”. He’s been playing poker since 2010 and he is one of the most popular young players in Italy. He is planning to spend his next winnings to increase his poker bankroll and to go on holidays. His favourite poker game is Texas Hold’em MTT. His biggest dream is to increase his poker bankroll enough to play all EPT Season 11.

Fabio Scepi, 58, Italy, 2,750,000 chips.

Fabio is a 58 years old player from Italy who’s been playing poker for 5 years with excellent results including the following winnings: 60,000 Euro at the “Notte del Poker”, Euro 30,000 at the IPT Side event in Venice in 2010, a 10th place at the IPT Nova Gorica for a prize of 10,000 Euro. He is planning to spend his next winnings to take care of his family, go on holidays and increase his poker bankroll. His favourite game is Texas Hold’em. His favourite player is Daniel Negreanu. His style is relaxed.

EPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
13 Women's Event
13/04/2014
€300 + €30
24 €6,984 Angelina Rich
€2,270
15 PLO Double Chance
13/04/2014
€250 + €25
60 €14,550 Salvatore Bonavena
€3,750
17 NL Turbo
13/04/2014
€900 + €90
87 €75,951 Heikki Piira
€20,900
19 Open Face Chinese
14/04/2014
€900 + €90
24 €33,174 Konstantin Puchkov
€12,300
22 €2k NL Turbo - "8 Handed"
15/04/2014
€2,000 + €150
86 €166,840 Mikhail Korotkikh
€45,900
23 €2k NL
16/04/2014
€2,000 + €200
203 €393,820 Evgeny Taranyuk
€83,300
24 PLO Turbo
16/04/2014
€500+€50
59 €28,615 Marcin Horecki
€8,600
25 NL Turbo
16/04/2014
€300+€30
117 €51,507 Myro Garcia
€9,000
26 NLH Single Re-Entry
17/04/2014
€900+€90
264 €255,789 Martin Finger
€51,400
27 5 Single Draw Hi
17/04/2014
€900+€90
11 €9,603 Indrek Turu
€4,800
28 NL Turbo Win The Button
17/04/2014
€300+€30
85 €24,735 Magdalena Tsaneva
€6,100
31 PLO Single Re-Entry
19/04/2014
€900+€90
19 €33,174 Andras Kovacs
€11,280
32 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
18/04/2014
€900+€90
13 €11,349 Fabrice Soulier
€5,680
33 NL Turbo Bounty
18/04/2014
€1,000+€150+€1,000
125 €117,500 Dmitry Ponomarev
€29,550
34 NL Deep Turbo"Deuces Wild"
18/04/2014
€200+€20
90 €17,460 Federico Cipollini
€4,650
35 NLH Deepstack
19/04/2014
€500+€50
91 €44,135 Giovanni Rosadoni
€10,425
37 PL 7 Stud Deep Turbo
19/04/2014
€200+€20
17 €3,298 Konstantin Puchkov
€1,385
39 8 Handed Grand Final Hybrid
19/04/2014
€2,000+€150
54 €104,760 Gianluca Trebbi
€26,900
40 NL Turbo 6 Handed
20/04/2014
€4,600+€200
18 €80,316 Martin Finger
€33,800
41 NL Deepstack Turbo
20/04/2014
€300+€30
55 €16,005 Arto Lehtonen
€5,050
42 NL Turbo 6 Handed
20/04/2014
€2,000+€150
39 €75,660 Andrew Chen
€25,700
43 NL HyperTurbo 10k Stack
20/04/2014
€100+€20
45 €4,365 Benabi Abdelkarim
€1,400

EPT Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Victoria Coren Mitchell Team PokerStars Pro  476,100
2 Giacomo Fundaro   298,700
3 Jordan Westmorland PokerStars qualifier 213,850
4 Andrea Benelli   166,700
5 Andreas Goeller   130,750
6 Bruno Stefanelli Live satellite winner 102,700
7 Andrija Martic PokerStars player 76,650
8 Emmanuel Pariset   53,100
9 Jorma Nuutinen PokerStars qualifier 41,930
10 Raul Mestre PokerStars player 34,480
11 Lukas Berglund PokerStars qualifier 34,480
12 Ariel Celestino   29,275
13 Stephen Chidwick PokerStars player 29,275
14 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 25,550
15 Jeffrey Hakim PokerStars qualifier 25,550
16 Vincenzo Scarcella  Live Satellite winner 22,575
17 Ludovic Riehl   22,575
18 Eros Nastasi   20,100
19 Rocco Palumbo PokerStars player 20,100
20 Stefano Garbarino   20,100
21 Federico Cipollini   17,620
22 Shyam Srinivasan PokerStars qualifier 17,620
23 Denis Pisarev PokerStars player 17,620
24 Louis Salter Live Satellite winner 15,130
25 Dinesh Alt PokerStars qualifier 15,130
26 Michael Tureniec PokerStars qualifier 15,130
27 Olivier Busquet PokerStars player 15,130
28 Miguel Gurrea Monton   13,150
29 Cristiano Viali   13,150
30 Pedro Pellicer PokerStars qualifier 13,150
31 Zachary Korik PokerStars qualifier 13,150
32 Pawel Brzeski PokerStars qualifier 11,660
33 Xia Lin PokerStars qualifier 11,660
34 Igor Nekazakov   11,660
35 Piotr Shautsou PokerStars player 11,660
36 Oleg Cazac PokerStars player 11,660
37 Andrey Lobzhanidze Live Satellite winner 11,660
38 Dimitar Danchev PokerStars player 11,660
39 Dan Murariu   11,660
40 Filippo Marrocolli   10,170
41 Maurizio Saieva   10,170
42 Tom Alner PokerStars player 10,170
43 Michael Telker   10,170
44 Yordan Dimitrov Bulgaria 10,170
45 Douglas Souza   10,170
46 Dominik Nitsche PokerStars player 10,170
47 Alessandro Meoni   10,170
48 Alex Bilokur PokerStars qualifier 10,170
49 Mitch Johnson PokerStars player 10,170
50 Flavien Guenan   10,170
51 Alex Lindop   10,170
52 Valeri Savov Live Satellite winner 10,170
53 Alessio Sardone PokerStars qualifier 10,170
54 Federico Petruzzelli   10,170
55 Thiago Crema De Macedo    10,170
56 Thomas Miller   9,180
57 David Yan   9,180
58 Rafael Da Silva Morales PokerStars player 9,180
59 Matas Cimbolas PokerStars qualifier 9,180
60 Mathew Frankland PokerStars qualifier 9,180
61 Johnny Lodden Team PokerStars Pro 9,180
62 John Haigh   9,180
63 Jean-Philippe Peyratoux   9,180
64 Roberto Romanello PokerStars qualifier 9,180
65 Alberto Musini PokerStars qualifier 9,180
66 Nikolay Tsanev   9,180
67 Ivan Gabrieli   9,180
68 Caglar Bayindir   9,180
69 Eldar Moldobek Uulu   9,180
70 Rytis Praninskas Live satellite winner 9,180
71 Alex Longobardi   9,180
72 Bernardo Dias PokerStars player 8,434
73 Victor Ramdin Team PokerStars Pro 8,434
74 Dzmitry Urbanovich PokerStars player 8,434
75 Marcel Vonk   8,434
76 Mario Sanchez Cano   8,434
77 Jan Sjavik PokerStars player 8,434
78 Dmitry Ponomarev   8,434
79 Jorge Ribeiro PokerStars player 8,434

EPT Main Event Final Table

Seat 1: Jordan Westmorland, 23, Seattle, USA (living in Gold Coast, Australia) - PokerStars qualifier - 3,330,000 chips
Having been displaced from his native United States after Black Friday, Jordan "JWPRODIGY" Westmorland moved to Thailand and then to the Gold Coast in Australia to continue playing online. It's been a profitable few years for Westmorland, who complemented his online play with regular visits to events in Macau, as well as tournaments on the APPT, ANZPT and WSOP APAC. But his live tournament cashes of $165,000 are dwarfed by his online results, now totalling close to $2m, including a triumph in the PokerStars Super Tuesday last August. Despite his globetrotting, this is his first visit to the EPT -- and it's been a breeze. He has been chip-leader for the past two days and takes a commanding stack to the final. Whatever happens, however, he won't be able to extend the trip to Europe as he is due back in Australia for back-to-back weddings of close friends on the next two Saturdays. He won his trip to Sanremo in a PokerStars €530 qualifier.

Seat 2: Giacomo Fundaro, 27, Italy – 3,100,000 chips
Giacomo is a an Italian pro who’s been playing poker for nearly six years, with numerous big cashes amounting in total to more than $650,000 in lifetime tournament winnings. He was the 2012 WPT El Jadida champion for $166,704, and runner-up the following year at WPT St.Maarten, when he cashed for $100,000. He has finished in the money in five IPTs including fifth in San Marino in 2010 for $37,000. His best EPT result before now was 27th at EPT8 Sanremo for €16,000. During today, Fundaro noticed that every time he took a sip of his Coke or Fanta, he won the next showdown  - so he plans to continue the “strategy” at tomorrow’s final.

Seat 3: Emmanuel Pariset, 34, France - 1,940,000 chips
Emmanuel Pariset, a recreational player who is the manager of a business consultancy, began playing poker online in 2006 and soon after qualified for a small tournament in Edinburgh -- at which point he immediately told his friends that he would become the World Champion by the age of 35. Despite the seemingly impossible ambition, and a couple of years out of poker, Pariset has applied himself to the game again recently and is assured the biggest win of his career (at least €53,100) for reaching the final table in Sanremo. It now gives him the bankroll to go to Las Vegas this summer and complete his journey to the top of the world. Typically Pariset is a cash game player -- he is a regular at the Aviation Club in Paris -- and he has been rewarded for his patience in this tournament. He was a short stack approaching the bubble, at which point he told the media that he was still confident of reaching the final, and has kept his promise after two days of tenacious grinding and a couple of big hands.

Seat 4: Bruno “falchetto777” Stefanelli, 47, Scorrano, Italy – Live satellite winner - 1,335,000 chips
Stefanelli started playing poker in 1998 and was a Full Tilt Pro in 2007. The 47-year-old came to Sanremo with his friends Alessandro De Iaco and Gaetano Preite who’ve both had a fruitful time here. De Iaco, who won the Sunday Special High Roller last Sunday for €50,625, cashed in the IPT Sanremo Main Event and Preite was the IPT High Roller champion for €77,800. After Sanremo, all three will head to Monaco for the last stop of EPT Season 10. Bruno, a keen hunter and fisherman, has lifetime tournament winnings of nearly $340,000, his best live cash before now being $65,670. Here in Sanremo, he’s guaranteed at least €53,100.

Seat 5: Andreas Goeller, 31, South Tyrol, Italy - 2,320,000 chips
Although Goeller has a Teutonic-sounding name and speaks German, he’s actually from the South Tyrol region in the Alps. He only has one recorded live cash to his name: winning a €270 satellite at the Torneo de Poker Nova Gorica 2010 for €2,200. Goeller, a CEO in an insurance company, competed at  both EPT Berlin and Madrid but this is his first cash. He's been playing poker for three-four years but only as a hobby. His girlfriend also played the main event but busted early and has been loyally railing him every since.

Seat 6: Andrea Benelli, 32, Prato, Tuscany, Italy - 2,085,000 chips
Andrea Benelli was one of the first Italians to make an impact on the European Poker Tour when he made the final of EPT Deauville in Season 5. That appearance was actually the third of four consecutive Main Event cashes, kicking off in London, then Warsaw, Deauville and finally Copenhagen (for a total of almost €300,000).He then followed it up with a deep run in an EPT Dortmund €2k side event a month later. He heads into the final fourth in chips with 2,05,000. He has already cashed twice in Sanremo earlier this month, in the IPT High Roller and in the IPT Main Event, and is now guaranteed at least €53,100 in the Main Event, a sum which will take him comfortably over the $1 million mark in live tournament winnings. His results include victory in the IPT Pro League in 2010, for a €72,000 prize. His favourite player is Phil Ivey and his favourite game is cash games.

Seat 7: Vicky Coren, 40, London, UK – Team PokerStars Pro  - 910,000 chips
When Vicky Coren won EPT London in 2006, she was already well-known to poker fans for her appearances on the mould-breaking Late Night Poker show on Channel 4. She became the EPT’s first female EPT champion on home turf – at her local casino “The Vic” in the heart of London – for a massive £500.000 payday. However for many in the UK, she was (and still is) better known as a writer, TV presenter and journalist. The multi-talented Coren – who married British comedian David Mitchell last summer – has a huge fan base (250,000 twitter followers) and is now aspiring to make history as the EPT’s first ever double champion. Her last big result before today was also in London when she finished sixth in the EPT8 London High Roller for £67,130; this season she was 20th in the same event. She also won the EPT8 Grand Final €5k Heads-Up tourney in 2012 for €58,900. Her live tournament winnings are now close to $1.8 million.

Seat 8: Andrija Martic, 25, Slavonski Brod Croatia – PokerStars player – 1,660,000 chips
Andrija Martic is a 25-year-old professional poker player who battles online at PokerStars under the name “cynicalfish”. Martic, who usually focuses on six-max sit-and-gos (buy-ins of $60+), might be best known for winning a Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) title last year for $96,931.62, but has also final tabled the Sunday Million and won a Sunday $109 rebuy.

Tomorrow will be the first time he’s missed the big Sunday tournaments in two years, but he’s got good reason to skip them.“When I was second of 39 (players remaining) with a big chip lead I knew it wasn’t impossible to make the final table,” said Martic. As a player who’s reached Supernova status focusing on sit-and-gos, Martic is a very real threat and is certainly in with a shout to become the first-ever Croatian EPT champion. His live results total $10,294 and include a cash in last season’s EPT Berlin Cup.

EPT High Roller Event Lists

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Ole Schemion   265,000
2 Max Greenwood   182,100
3 Alex Bilokur   119,400
4 Philip Sternheimer   96,700
5 Mustapha Kanit   77,700
6 Griffin Benger   60,700
7 Tamer Kamel   47,800
8 Imed Ben Mahmoud   36,550
9 Dimitar Danchev   26,750
10 David Vamplew   21,600
11 Jason Lavallee   21,600
12 Ismail Erkenov   19,050
13 Artem Litvinov   19,050
14 Thomas Muhlocker   17,500
15 Dmitry Yurasov   17,500

EPT High Roller Event Final Table

 

PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
(23/04/2014 - 02/05/2014)

FPS: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
5 NL Turbo
23/04/2014
€200 + €20
100 €19,400 Daniel Duthon
€4,000
7 PL Courcheval Turbo
23/04/2014
€200 + €20
44 €8,536 Chenxiang Miao
€2,900
9 PLO Turbo Bounty
24/04/2014
€100 + €10 + €100
53 €4,982 Jerome Collet
€1,550
10 FPS Mini - Single Re-Entry
26/04/2014
€300 + €30
116 €155,394 Renato Tursunovic
€25,000
13 FPS High Roller
26/04/2014
€2,000 + €200
305 €591,700 Chaofei Wang
€100,883
49 NL - Super Sat to EPT Super High Roller
24/04/2014
€10,000 + €200
12 €120,000 Ole Schemion
€100,000

FPS Event Chip Counts

The table below features the latest chip counts updated live from the event.

Player Country Status Chip Count

FPS Main Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Yury Nesterenko   150,000
2 Christophe Malaurie   92,000
3 Laurent Durand   65,000
4 Florian Exposito PokerStars qualifier 51,000
5 Andrey Lobzhanidze PokerStars qualifier 38,490
6 Georges Yazbeck   28,000
7 Gabriel Nassif Team PokerStars Online 20,000
8 Roman Korenev PokerStars qualifier 15,000
9 Alessandro Meoni   13,000
10 Stanislav Barshak PokerStars qualifier 11,500
11 Oscar Blanco   11,500
12 Philippe Zunino   10,000
13 Muhamet Perati   10,000
14 Jack Salter PokerStars qualifier 8,500
15 Yue Sue   8,500
16 Aurelien Soutchkov   7,200
17 Mikhail Nikolaev PokerStars qualifier 7,200
18 Conor Shelly PokerStars qualifier 6,000
19 Vallo Maidla   6,000
20 Ben Yu PokerStars qualifier 6,000
21 Paul Hoefer PokerStars qualifier 5,000
22 Deborah Nizard   5,000
23 Sebastien Grimault   5,000
24 Jean-Pascal Mariot PokerStars qualifier 4,000
25 Alexander Uskov   4,000
26 Jean-Loup Didier   4,000
27 Alexandre Amiel   4,000
28 Vincenzo Andrea   4,000
29 Patrick Serda PokerStars qualifier 4,000
30 Kaddouri Mounim   4,000
31 Fraser MacIntyre PokerStars qualifier 4,000
32 Sonny Franco   3,300
33 Yingui Li   3,300
34 Yann Dion PokerStars qualifier 3,300
35 Abdelatif Borrouhou   3,300
36 Emil Von Buchwold   3,300
37 Niall Farrell PokerStars qualifier 3,300
38 Piotr Shautsou PokerStars qualifier 3,300
39 Andrew Chen PokerStars qualifier 3,300
40 Olivier Fazio PokerStars qualifier 3,300
41 Adam Joseph Reynolds   3,300
42 Tomas Ksenevicius PokerStars qualifier 3,300
43 Nicolau Villa-Lobos   3,300
44 Jerome Sgorrano   3,300
45 Jeremy Quehen   3,300
46 Alexander Regler PokerStars qualifier 3,300
47 Madis Muur PokerStars qualifier 3,300
48 Mady Cherit PokerStars qualifier 2,800
49 Sam Cohen  PokerStars qualifier 2,800
50 Viktor Chiginev PokerStars qualifier 2,800
51 Alex Kravchenko Team PokerStars Pro 2,800
52 Sacha Israel   2,800
53 Frederic Casalta   2,800
54 Frank Schmidt   2,800
55 Ilan Boujenah   2,800
56 Haddad Ramez   2,800
57 Ghassan El-Hoss   2,800
58 Raymond Santucci   2,800
59 Jerome Poggiale   2,800
60 Gintaras Simaitis   2,800
61 Jhon Jairo Rua Monroy PokerStars qualifier 2,800
62 Daniel Biechele PokerStars qualifier 2,800
63 Younas Yousaf PokerStars qualifier 2,800
64 Luca Moschitta PokerStars qualifier 2,400
65 Frederic Bertrand   2,400
66 Sylvain Mazza   2,400
67 Memeche Slimane   2,400
68 Alexandre Coussy PokerStars qualifier 2,400
69 Letitia Lormelet PokerStars qualifier 2,400
70 Daniel Duthon   2,400
71 Bryan Paris PokerStars qualifier 2,400
72 Zenou Serge   2,400
73 Baptiste Fosty   2,400
74 Najib Tahiri   2,400
75 Ronan Monfort Team PokerStars Online 2,400
76 Jan Christopher Inerud PokerStars qualifier 2,400
77 Jullian Feriolo PokerStars qualifier 2,400
78 Yury Salikaev   2,400
79 Jean Fabre   2,400
80 Nicolas Fraioli   2,100
81 Timothée Colcher PokerStars qualifier 2,100
82 Mikael Azoulay   2,100
83 Fabrice Fort   2,100
84 Frederic Vasseux   2,100
85 Michael Kanaan PokerStars qualifier 2,100
86 Dzmitry Urbanovich PokerStars qualifier 2,100
87 Lorenzo Sabato PokerStars qualifier 2,100
88 Jean Christophe Lyaudet   2,100
89 Tigran Yazychyan PokerStars qualifier 2,100
90 Adrian Naya PokerStars qualifier 2,100
91 Stephane Laforest De Minotty   2,100
92 Abner Mizrahi   2,100
93 Abdelmajid Chiboub   2,100
94 Dimitri Sbarra   2,100
95 Yves Kupfermunz PokerStars qualifier 2,100
96 Jake Cody Team PokerStars Pro 1,900
97 Sebbane Gilles Henri   1,900
98 Sandy Denis   1,900
99 Offir Salomon   1,900
100 Francesco Cirianni   1,900
101 Steponas Venckus   1,900
102 Yohan Casagrande PokerStars qualifier 1,900
103 Mikal Blomlie PokerStars qualifier 1,900
104 Mathieu Brun PokerStars qualifier 1,900
105 Matthieu Renoud PokerStars TV Stars 1,900
106 Roger Hairabedian   1,900
107 Iacopo Brandi   1,900
108 Radomir Novovic   1,900
109 Jacob Amsellem   1,900
110 Ashley Crepiat PokerStars qualifier 1,900
111 Olivier Dahan   1,900

FPS Main Event Final Table

Seat 1 - Georges Yazbeck , 49, Lebanon - 1755000
Yazbeck discovered poker in 1989 and worked as a dentist close to Berouth . It mainly plays online at PokerStars , and sometimes live cash games at the casino. Accustomed European Poker Tour circuit , Yazbeck goes to Monte Carlo every year since 2006 . His earnings live reach € 600,000 and include a victory over a side event No Limit Hold'em € 2,000 at the EPT Grand Finale Monte Carlo in 2009 to more than € 200,000 . More recently , he finished on the third place in May 2013 at the Main Event EUREKA Croatia € 26,000 . The prospect of a substantial paid up does not seem to change his plans : "I play poker all the time , whether I win or not ," he laughs.

Seat 2 - Florian Exposito , 36, France - PokerStars qualifier - 2,530,000
Born in Nimes , Florian Exposito currently resides in Nice. This child Southern played baccarat and made his first steps on the online poker world there about ten years . Monitor jet ski , his second passion is - you guessed it - poker, which he plays mainly on PokerStars since 2003 , qualifying low buy- ins and tournaments with higher stakes . Florian particularly fond for NHLE live at Casino La Grande Motte, Nice and Cannes. He qualified on the Main Event FPS Monaco through satellites € 5 and € 100 and won a package. Here he signs his best performance and she hopes to go to Deauville for the upcoming FPS in 2015. Whatever gains he won , he came to climb the final table and saw a dream. "The landscape is gorgeous , gorgeous hotel and the perfect organization " us he said. His wife came to the support and following everything that takes place through the live webcast .

Seat 3 - Andrey Lobzhanidze , 34, Russia - PokerStars qualifier - 1,900,000
More commonly known as " Andreas " Lobzhanidze is the king of the night in Moscow. He is the founder and owner of the nightclub Rai , recently renamed Icon Club. He expressed his creativity through painting and also devotes much of his time playing on the Internet, where it holds PlatinumStar VIP . His favorite games are NHLE , Stud and HORSE with a clear preference for poker tournaments. Moreover Andrey travels regularly on major organized by PokerStars on all continents as well as Las Vegas live events. His earnings amounted to approximately $ 130,000 and finished 37th in the Main Event EPT Sanremo there are two weeks to € 11,660 . The ultimate goal ? "Becoming world champion and win the EPT Monaco ! "

Seat 4 - Iurii Nesterenko , 40, Ukraine - 7990000
Iuril Nesterenko is the chip leader of the final table . This father of three children , born in Kiev and living in Pavlodar Kazakhstan, playing poker for nearly five years . Far from being an online player , Iurii clearly prefers live poker . He has already enjoyed success at a stage of Russian Poker Tour in Kiev. Iurii not consider himself a pro, preferring to play poker just for fun . No Limit Hold'em specialist , he also likes the Pot Limit Omaha, and plays half in cash and half in game tournament. Iurii only problem , he does not speak any English . Fortunately , he knows the vocabulary : raise , raise, raise. And also to set up a big stack ( nearly 8 million ) , the Ukrainian was very aggressive during the fateful period of the bubble the final table. Iurii is a serious contender for victory on the final table.

Seat 5 - Laurent Durand, 26 years old, France - 3205000
Car salesman in the South of France , Laurent Durand discovered poker there seven years through the online game . Married without children , Laurent yet a blank charts in live tournaments and aspires to earn money to enjoy life and why not write books . Starting the final table with the second belt , he can count on the support of several friends came to support him at the beginning of Day 3 , friends who have been to him a while some assistance throughout the tournament , providing him valuable advice at important moments.

Seat 6 - Gabriel Nassif , 30, France , Team PokerStars Online - 1025000
Before studying mathematics, Gabriel has made a name internationally on the Magic tour: The Gathering game where excelled Dario Minieri and David Williams. Introduced the Hall of Fame in 2010 , he befriended those who initiate poker , including Brock Parker and William Jensen . Gabriel then himself passed on his passion to many of his friends, including Jose " Nacho " Barbero Team PokerStars Pro. " YellowHat " rampant online since 2004 and Doctor of Limit has built a solid bankroll on cash games and MTT online before going to Vegas. With 19 cashes , three final tables (two in Limit Hold'em and HORSE ) and two deep run in the Main Event , it is now on the podium of the most consistent French players. He shares with Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier second place in the ranking of French who obtained the greatest number of ITM in Nevada. Participating in major live tournaments in France , he is still very active online in the biggest tournaments and cash games on PokerStars.fr PLO . Gabriel devotes considerable time to share its experience with live and online communities to advance his game and help. His goals are simple : to make great perf live while continuing to work on his online game , both in cash games than tournaments. He finished 7th in the High Roller FPS Paris in November 2013 for € 8,100 and has a place runner-up at the 44th edition of the WSOP for $ 130,852 . If crowned champion FPS Monaco , he certainly will play the Main Event of the EPT .

Seat 7 - Christophe Malaurie , 48, France - 1406000
IT professional , married with four children, Christopher foam Malaurie the live circuit for the past two years, he has played several EFA and made ​​his best live performance at the EPT Prague Season 9 where he finished 120th for 8 € 000 . He says from his childhood play all card games ( rummy, tarot, bridge) , have begun closed poker at the age of 7 years and be " a player in the soul." Considering poker as a "pure pleasure" , it plays that live where he says enjoy the atmosphere at the table. With a nice boost of fate on Day 2 when he won a 20/80 for and survive a huge pot where he found a set on the flop to eliminate two players, Christophe reached his first final table circuit and is already assured of winning € 15,000 , its best result to date.

Seat 8 - Roman Korenev , 25, Russia, PokerStars qualifier - 860,000
Korenev just Krasnoyarsk in Russia. This player engages the joys of poker professionally for four years playing multi- table tournaments. Last season , he finished eighth EPT Berlin for € 77,000 and his last live result back to the EPT Deauville in February this year, when he finished third in the High Roller France Poker Series in 2700 € for the tidy sum of € 53,200 . It also has several min- cash in the Main Event of the EPT Deauville ( € 8,000 ) and the EPT Prague ( € 10,000 ).

EPT: Tournament Results

Tournament results

# EVENT PLAYERS PRIZE POOL WINNER
8 €100k Super High Roller Re-Entry
26/04/2014
€98,000 + €2,000
50 €6,015,240 Daniel Colman
€1,539,300
12 NL Turbo
24/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
138 €133,860 Michael Telker
€32,000
16 Open Face Chinese
26/04/2014
€2,000 + €200
17 €52,380 Paul Berende
€19,400
17 Women's Event
26/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
29 €28,130 Daria Shugai
€10,400
18 PLO Turbo 6 Handed
26/04/2014
€5,000 + €200
35 €169,750 Scott Seiver
€57,700
21 NL
26/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
181 €87,785 Herman Siganur
€19,200
22 NL Turbo "8 Handed"
27/04/2014
€5,000 + €200
58 €281,300 David Dayan
€84,400
23 NL Mix Max
27/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
79 €15,326 Mauro Tarantini
€4,186
24 NL Turbo Bounty "8Handed"
27/04/2014
€1,000 + €1,000 + €100
145 €136,300 George Danzer
€32,300
25 NL - Turbo - "Run It Twice"
27/04/2014
€300 + €30
60 €17,460 Mourad Falfoul
€5,200
26 NL Holdem Turbo
28/04/2014
€500 + €50
141 €68,385 Ariel Celestino
€16,300
27 NL Holdem
28/04/2014
€5,000 + €300
187 €906,950 Dermot Blain
€200,900
28 NL - Turbo - Winner Take All
28/04/2014
€200+€1,000+€100
112 €18,368 Ariel Celestino
€16,300
29 NL Turbo "Win The Button!"
28/04/2014
€300 + €30
99 €28,809 Jacob Amsellem
€7,600
30 €2k NL
29/04/2014
€2,000 + €200
198 €384,120 Christopher Lockhart
€75,528
31 Stud High-Low Championships
29/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
36 €34,920 Georgios Sotiropoulos
€11,850
33 2-7 Single Draw 6Handed Turbo
29/04/2014
€200 + €20
6 €1,164 Marco Oliveira
€750
34 Deepstack Turbo "Deuces Wild"
29/04/2014
€200 + €20
81 €15,714 Sergey Kudryavtsev
€4,300
37 PL Omaha High Low Championships
30/04/2014
€1,000 + €100
57 €55,290 Eric Sfez
€16,600
38 NL Turbo Unl RB "All in or Fold"
30/04/2014
€100 + €10
46 €8,487.50 Quentin Crutel
€2,900
39 PL 7 Card Stud Deepstack Turbo
30/04/2014
€200 + €20
10 €1,940 Damir Matic
€940
40 PLO Single Re-Entry
01/05/2014
€1,000 + €100
31 €36,860 Alain Alezra
€11,040
41 NLH Deepstack 8 Handed
01/05/2014
€2,000 + €200
132 €256,080 Bryan Paris
€64,280
42 EPT H.O.R.S.E Championships
01/05/2014
€1,000 + €100
35 €33,950 Yvan Sorbier
€7,278
43 NL- Turbo Bounty
01/05/2014
€1,000 + €1,000 + €100
141 €132,540 Carter Swidler
€31,800
44 NL- Turbo 7/2 Rule
01/05/2014
€300 + €30
40 €11,640 Thomas Rintzel
€3,950
45 Omaha High Deepstack Turbo
01/05/2014
€200 + €20
33 €6,402 Scott Davies
€2,200
46 NLTurbo "6-Handed"
02/05/2014
€10,000 + €300
63 €617,400 Vitaly Lunkin
€180,400
47 Turbo Edition of EPT Main Event
02/05/2014
€300 + €30
149 €43,359 Rumen Nanev
€10,400
48 NL Turbo - 8 Handed
02/05/2014
€2,000 + €100
112 €217,280 Konstantinos Nanos
€48,230

EPT Super High Roller Event Lists

EPT Super High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Daniel Colman   1,539,300
2 Daniel Cates   1,283,700
3 Igor Kurganov   1,128,300
4 Richard Yong   637,600
5 Rono Lo   493,340
6 Paul Phua   385,000
7 Ole Schemion   307,000
8 Olivier Busquet   241,000

EPT Super High Roller Event Final Table

Seat 1: Dan “jungleman12“ Cates, 24, Maryland, USA - 2,341,000
Cates’s live tournament winnings currently total more than $1.2 million but it’s online where he has really made his name, winning – and losing – many millions in the biggest games in the world. He began playing poker when he was 17 and has previously said that he was such a big loser at first that he even took a job at McDonald's to refuel his bankroll. He studied Economics at the University of Maryland before dropping out of college to make poker a full-time career. According to the online poker community “pocketfives”, Cates had a great start to 2014, making almost $200,000 in the first week of the year and by March was up about $1.75 million. He said just now: “I am probably down a little bit in April ... I don’t keep track but I’m up a six-figure sum for the year, maybe a seven-figure sum.”

Seat 2: Richard Yong, 56, Hong Kong - 1,301,000
Businessman Richard Yong already has live tournament winnings of more than $3.6 million. He was born and raised in Malaysia, then moved to Hong Kong 25 years ago and discovered poker in Macau with his longtime friend Paul Phua who has also made the final. Yong has numerous businesses worldwide, his main ones being mining and IT-related. His best live cash to date was eighth in last summer’s $1m One for One Drop tourney at the World Series for $1,237,333 and said at the time: “I’ve always loved poker, playing with different players from all parts of the world”. Yong has competed at several EPTs and is one of the better-known members of the high stakes Macau poker contingent who came en masse to this year’s PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final.

Seat 3: Olivier Busquet, 32, Westchester County, USA – 1,038,000
EPT Campione runner-up Busquet first started playing poker in home games while working as a Wall Street trader, then migrated to online poker where he steadily moved up the limits to the $25-$50 games. On one site, Busquet became the first ever player to win seven-figures playing heads-up SNGs and in 2009 he started playing live. He hit the headlines that September when he won WPT Borgata for $925,514. A few months later, Busquet was runner-up in the EPT6 Grand Final High Roller for €597,000 and has since has cashed at the PCA, EPT Deauville and NAPT Mohegan Sun as well as fourth in the EPT London High Roller event in 2011, runner-up at the EPT Prague High Roller this season for €257,850 and runner-up at EPT8 Campione for €430,000. Widely regarded as one of the best heads-up sit-n-go players in the world, Busquet has made a highly successful move to live poker and has already earned over $4.2 million.

Seat 4: Rono Lo (Lo Shing Fung), 51, Macau - 4,558,000
Little is known of Lo, one of several players who have flown in to Monaco specifically to play the €100k Super High Roller. Lo is 51, and has been playing poker for roughly four years. In that time he has become perhaps the biggest cash game player in Macau, if not the world. Born in Hong Kong, he now lives in Macau and describes himself as a business tycoon. “Rono” as he is known, plays mainly live poker. His best tournament cash to date came at the WSOP in Australia a year ago, where he finished four in the A$50,000 High Roller event, collecting A$225,000.

Seat 5: Daniel "mrGR33N13" Colman, 23, USA - 1,398,000
WCOOP Heads-Up champion Daniel "mrgr33n13" Colman is about to get his best live result to date. His previous best cash was $194,000 in a TV tourney but he’s now guaranteed at least €241,000 for making the Super High Roller final. Colman is considered one of the world’s best online tournament players, his speciality being Heads-Up Sig&Go’s; last September he won the WCOOP Heads-Up High Roller for $172,500.  Like many American online pros, Colman has had to relocated to continue playing online and now lives in Rio, Brazil. He has played around 25 EPTs and he’s never managed to get before past Day 2 before now. This is his second huge buy-in event – he also played the WSOP One Drop last summer. His total live winnings to date total $563,999.

Seat 6: Igor Kurganov, 25, Russia - 261,000
Since 2009, Igor Kurganov has competed at nearly every EPT and is a well-known face on the tour - not only in the Main Events but also in all of the higher buy-in tournaments like the High Roller and the Super High Roller. Kurganov has more thn $6m in live tournament winnings and he won the €25k High Roller here in Monaco two years ago. At EPT8 London, Kurganov was beaten heads-up in the £20k High Roller by Philipp Gruissem, one of his best friends. Like Gruissem, Kurganov has pledged to give 10% all his tournament winnings to charity. Right now they are working with a organisation called Effective Altruism which focuses on making the most out of every dollar donated – the passion with which Kurganov describes the initiative reveals how important project has become to his life.

Seat 7: Ole Schemion, 21, Germany - 2,818,000
When Ole Schemion won the EPT Sanremo €10k High Roller last week for €265,000, it was his tenth live event win, and 28th final table. It also gave the 21-year-old a virtually unassailable lead in the EPT Player of the Year race, now cemented by making the final table. Schemion, already #7 on the Germany all time money list with $4.7m in live tournament winnings, first hit the spotlight at last season’s Grand Final when he won three major side events. His first live cash took place only three years ago when he took down a €1k EPT Berlin side event for €54,200 in Season 7, six months after his 18th birthday. The 1,086 POY points he has accrued in Season 10 come from ten major cashes including 7th in both the PCA High Roller and Super High Roller (and a cash in the Main), fifth at EPT Prague, and sixth in both the Barcelona High Roller and Super High Rollers (plus, of course, a cash in the Main).
Schemion no slouch online either and started his career on PokerStars by winning the MTT leaderboard in 2011. He’s made final tables in the Sunday Million, WCOOP, SCOOP and Sunday 500, and took down the Super Tuesday in 2012 for $73,027.

Seat 8: Paul (Wei Seng) Phua, 49, Malaysia - 1,785,000
Phua is a 49-year-old businessman from Asia who currently resides in Malaysia. Phua travels around the world competing in some of the highest buy-in tournaments and cash games and was part of the Million Dollar Cash game in Melbourne. His live tournament winnings total $2.3 million but derive from just three events on his Hendon Mob page: winning the Aspers 100K High Roller in London, third in the WSOP APAC in Melbourne last year and fourth in the APT Manila event. He regularly plays the biggest poker games in Macau.

EPT Event Payouts

Place Name Status Prize (€)
1 Antonio Buonanno   1,240,000
2 Jack Moennig   765,000
3 Malte Moennig   547,000
4 Mayu Roca   419,000
5 Magnus Karlsson   332,000
6 Sebastian von Toperczer   258,300
7 Kenny Hicks   188,500
8 Sebastian Bredthauer   128,800
9 Martins Seilis   102,000
10 Vasili Firsau   83,200
11 Miroslav Alilovic PokerStars TV Stars 83,200
12 Mark Teltscher   69,000
13 Ivan Soshnikov   69,000
14 Nicholas Petrangelo   62,350
15 Nikita Nikolaev   62,350
16 Matias Ruzzi   55,850
17 Steven Silverman   55,850
18 Conor Shelly   49,350
19 David Yan   49,350
20 Scott Clements   49,350
21 Dani Stern PokerStars player 42,850
22 Eros Nastasi   42,850
23 Heinz Kamutzki PokerStars qualifier 42,850
24 David Williams Team PokerStars Pro 36,700
25 Christoph Vogelsang PokerStars player 36,700
26 Ville Wahlbeck Team PokerStars Pro 36,700
27 Hendrik Latz PokerStars player 36,700
28 Emil Patel PokerStars qualifier 32,200
29 Fabiano Kovalski PokerStars player 32,200
30 Yulius Sepman PokerStars qualifier 32,200
31 Maximos Pertsinidis   32,200
32 Idris Ambraisse   28,300
33 Noah Boeken PokerStars player 28,300
34 Dylan Honeyman PokerStars player 28,300
35 Grzegorz Wyraz PokerStars qualifier 28,300
36 Narendra Banwari   28,300
37 Vladimir Troyanovskiy PokerStars qualifier 28,300
38 Henri Kasper Live Satellite winner 28,300
39 Bryan Paris PokerStars qualifier 28,300
40 Morten Klein Live Satellite winner 24,400
41 David Cowling PokerStars qualifier 24,400
42 Patrick Caveriviere Live Satellite winner 24,400
43 Patryk Slusarek PokerStars qualifier 24,400
44 Ole Schemion PokerStars player 24,400
45 Adrian Lopez   24,400
46 Andrei Demidov   24,400
47 Mihails Morozovs   24,400
48 Mohsin Charania PokerStars player 24,400
49 Chady Merhej PokerStars player 24,400
50 Johannes Strassmann PokerStars player 24,400
51 Anthony Ghamrawi Casino Live Satellite 24,400
52 Igor Kurganov PokerStars player 24,400
53 Simon Deadman PokerStars player 24,400
54 Alexandros Kolonias PokerStars qualifier 24,400
55 Thomas Pettersson PokerStars player 24,400
56 Marcello Marigliano   21,800
57 Nick Maimone PokerStars qualifier 21,800
58 Senh Ung   21,800
59 Maxim Panyak PokerStars qualifier 21,800
60 Marc Uzan Casino Live Satellite 21,800
61 Marc Daubach PokerStars qualifier 21,800
62 JC Alvarado  PokerStars qualifier 21,800
63 Carlos Mejia   21,800
64 Abdulaziz Abdulaziz PokerStars qualifier 21,800
65 Georgy Filippovich   21,800
66 Alex Klimashin PokerStars qualifier 21,800
67 Terence Michael Reardon   21,800
68 Talal Shakerchi PokerStars qualifier 21,800
69 Sylvain Loosli   21,800
70 David Boyaciyan   21,800
71 Muhyedine Fares   21,800
72 Philipp Gruissem PokerStars qualifier 19,200
73 Johnny Lodden Team PokerStars Pro 19,200
74 Oliver Bosch   19,200
75 Sam Trickett   19,200
76 Luca Moschitta   19,200
77 Rhys Jones   19,200
78 Ziv Vachar   19,200
79 Ana Marquez PokerStars player 19,200
80 Andrey Gulyy PokerStars player 19,200
81 Mohamad El Siblani   19,200
82 Jason Duval PokerStars player 19,200
83 Niall Farrell PokerStars qualifier 19,200
84 Stephen Chidwick PokerStars qualifier 19,200
85 Mariel De Macedo PokerStars qualifier 19,200
86 Angel Guillen Team PokerStars Pro 19,200
87 Jussi Nevanlinna PokerStars player 19,200
88 Samir Hadad   19,200
89 Ayaz Manji Mega Satellite winner 19,200
90 Apostolos Chantzis Live Satellite winner 19,200
91 Salvatore Bonavena   19,200
92 Stefan Ivanov PokerStars qualifier 19,200
93 Bo Robert  Brofeldt    19,200
94 Nikolay Tsanev   19,200
95 Pascal Lefrancois PokerStars player 19,200

EPT Event Final Table

Seat 1: Kenny Hicks, 26, West Virginia, USA – PokerStars qualifier – 1,875,000
Kenny Hicks is an online professional player with a string of sizeable MTT results, including victory in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. He has also been a habitual qualifier for EPT events since Season 4, competing at dozens of tournaments and amassing numerous small cashes--but until now has never picked up more than $30,000 at any one time. “My largest live cash anywhere was actually the first one I played at EPT Dublin in 2007 so that’s a pretty bad streak,” he said. “I feel amazing about making the final tomorrow.” Hicks is originally from West Virginia, in the United States, but relocated to Vancouver to continue playing online. He won his seat for this season’s finale in a €320 qualifier two weeks ago.

Seat 2: Jack Salter, 27, London, UK – PokerStars qualifier – 5,170,000 chips
Jack Salter used to be almost exclusively an online sit and go player until he won a live tournament at London’s Palm Beach casino in November 2011 and used the £30,000 prize to build a bankroll to play more frequently and at incrementally higher stakes. He has already accrued more than €450,000 in live tournament winnings, cashing in countries across the globe including the United States, Malta, Spain, Macau, the Netherlands, Ireland and Australia. His largest cash to date came in February when he won a side event at the Aussie Millions for A$114,000 and he also came third in the £1,100 UKIPT London Main Event in October. He won his seat to this season’s EPT Grand Final in a €215 re-buy qualifier at the end of March and also competed in the FPS Monaco Main Event here after winning a seat for that in a €10 rebuy satellite.  Before the Grand Final, he tweeted: “Off to play the EPT Grand Final for the first time. Feel I am one of those lucky guys that will somehow bink it.” Salter travels the international poker circuit with his younger brother Louis, who also competed in the Main Event. He started Day 4 of the Main Event 40 of 41 with only ten big blinds and is now chip leader going in to tomorrow’s final.

Seat 3: Sebastian Bredthauer, 23, Hanover, Germany – PokerStars qualifier – 755,000 chips
Of all the finalists Sebastian Bredthauer has perhaps the most remarkable back story. The 23-year-old student of Media and Communications Management in Hamburg qualified for the EPT Grand Final with 100 Frequent Player Points (FPPs) on PokerStars. His plan had been to simply spin these up and claim some low value treat from the VIP store. Instead, after several stages, and a few nervous moments, he found himself on his way to Monaco to play in his first live poker tournament. Typically a low stakes tournament player online, Bredthauer has managed the transition to the high stakes game seamlessly, admitting to having had only a hastily arranged home game with friends for practice. He has had some other help along the way -- he found aces six times on Day 3, including on the last hand of the day. Since then he has matched the professionals at every step.

Seat 4: Mayu Roca, 27, Bogotá, Columbia – PokerStars qualifier – 4,625,000
Mayu "Marroca5" Roca is already top of Colombia’s all-time money list for live tournament winnings, and his score here in Monaco will extend that lead significantly. Not only is Roca Colombia’s only WCOOP champion, having won a $530 Stud hi-lo event in 2011 for $25,545, but the 27-year-old has registered more than $3.1m in online tournaments cashes. "I definitely believe that I can win," Roca said. "I look at that first prize and daydream about it, but I just concentrate on the tournament."

Seat 5: Magnus Karlsson, 33, Linkoping, Sweden – PokerStars qualifier - 2,595,000 chips
Karlsson has been playing poker for 19 years, starting with 5 card draw home games with friends “for pennies”. He’s been a pro since 2005, describing himself as an online grinder, mainly playing heads-up and six max cash games. Karlsson has now competed in four PokerStars events – APPT Cebu, the PCA, UKIPT Dublin and now here in Monaco – and cashed each time.  He hails from the city of Linkoping, which was once the hottest poker city in the world, and home also to well-known Swedish pros Erik Sagstrom and Bengt Sonnert among others.

Seat 6: Malte Moennig, 27, Cologne, Germany – PokerStars qualifier - 1,150,000 chips
Malte Moennig, from Cologne, Germany, mainly plays tournaments online where his biggest score was a $40,000 win on PokerStars. He qualified for the EPT Grand Final in a 25,000 FPP VIP Bash. Moennig's previous tournament cashes were 15th at UKIPT Bristol for £3,155 and 65th at the EPT Season 8 Grand Final for €20,000. No matter what happens on the final table, this will be his biggest live cash.

Seat 7: Antonio Buonanno, 47, Marzano Appio, Italy – 2,065,000
Antonio Buonanno, who is an EPT regular, was born in Naples but now splits his time between his homes in Marzano Appio in the province of Caserta, and Valletta, the capital of Malta. He used to own several clothing stores but is now a full time poker professional. He's been an IPT and EPT regular for the past three to four years and prefers playing live to online. His lifetime tournament winnings amount to $390,848, more than half of that from a fourth place in a $5,000 no limit event at the World Series last summer for $231,147.

Seat 8: Sebastian Von Toperczer, 25, Lohmar (near Bonn), Germany – PokerStars qualifier - 1,240,000
Sebastian Toperczer is an economics student originally from Germany but who spent two semesters studying in Norway. He’s a PokerStars qualifier and won his seat in a €215 satellite at the end of February. He’s been playing on the EPT since Sanremo in Season 9 and is now a regular on the tour with two cashes in Main Events (Barcelona and Sanremo) plus five side events.  He goes in to tomorrow’s final as one of the shorter stacks but is guaranteed at least €128,800 which close to doubles his lifetime tournament winnings of €76,000.

EPT High Roller Payouts

Position Name Status Prize (€)
1 Philipp Gruissem   993,963
2 Scott Seiver   857,637
3 Davidi Kitai   526,400
4 John Juanda   426,800
5 Byron Kaverman   337,650
6 Martin Finger   256,400
7 Stephen Chidwick   187,200
8 Chenxiang Miao   136,900
9 Pascal Lefrancois   113,250
10 Vasily Kylukin    95,950
11 Simon Higgins    95,950
12 Noah Schwartz    85,450
13 Rui Cao    85,450
14 Andrew Chen    77,600
15 Calvin Anderson    77,600
16 Alex Bilokur    69,750
17 Benjamin Pollak    69,750
18 Benny Spindler    63,000
19 Antoine Berube    63,000
20 Ismail Erkenov   63,000
21 Anatoly Gurtovoy   56,700
22 Mike Watson   56,700
23 Aleksei Platonov   56,700
24 Anatoly Filatov   51,400
25 Ole Schemion   51,400
26 Angel Guillen PokerStars Team Pro 51,400
27 JC Alvarado   51,400
28 Adrian Mateos   46,150
29 David Peters   46,150
30 Alexander Uskov   46,150
31 Govert Metaal   46,150
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