From a starting field that contained 61 players, most of whom were elite top level pros, the final 8 eventually convened to fight it out for the serious amount of cash on offer. Stephen Chidwick, an accomplished UK pro, Paul Newey, a businessman who is also from the UK, and Russian pro Igor Kurganov, were joined by German Ole Schemion, who is widely respected as one of the best players in the world, and Mustapha Kanit, who seems to win High Rollers on a weekly basis. It was in fact an Iranian businessman by the name of Ali Reza Fatehi who had a strong chiplead coming into the final table, but the quality of those around him would eventually tell. The other two players at the final table, Ivan Luca and Sam Greenwood, fell in 8th and 7th respectively, with Chidwick soon following in 6th after his attempts to chip up didn’t quite go as planned. Paul Newey had done an excellent job given that he started the final table very short, but exited in 5th soon after.
The three pros managed to relieve Fatehi of the chiplead as play got short handed, before Kurganov fell in 4th. Fatehi eventually succumbed to the great play of his opponents, and was sent to the rail in 3rd. Schemion and Kanit were left to duel for the trophy and the prize money, but with great respect for each others ability, they chopped the money up. They did however play for an extra 50,000 Euros and the trophy, and Schemion took the win.
Ole Schemion (Photo PokerStars)
The payouts were as follows:
1st Ole Schemion – 1,597,800 Euros*
2nd Mustapha Kanit – 1,462,000 Euros*
3rd Ali Reza Fatehi – 828,500 Euros
4th Igor Kurganov – 627,300 Euros
5th Paul Newey – 485,300 Euros
6th Stephen Chidwick – 378,750 Euros
7th Sam Greenwood – 301,820 Euros
8th Ivan Luca – 236,750 Euros