The EPT12 Grand Final: Cards are in the air in Monte Carlo

The EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final is always one of the more eagerly awaited stops on the EPT, as it has a habit of attracting the very best and brightest stars from the world of poker. The single re-entry High Roller has been in progress for the last three days, and has just now reached its climactic conclusion, and the 100K Super High Roller has just seen the chips bagged up at the end of an exciting first day full of skirmishes, bust outs and chip ups.

10K Single Re-Entry: Chance Kornuth continues great 2016

The 10k single re-entry event saw 156 different players enter, with a further 50 re-entries helping the total prize pool to reach 2,140,000 Euros. The 1st place prize money was set at 439,000 Euros. With the event rapidly heading towards the final stage, there were a number of notable names still in contention. Fedor Holz, Chance Kornuth, Philipp Gruissem, and three time WPT winner Anthony Zinno were all still vying for victory, but by the time the final table was assembled Gruissem was short, and Holz was surging into the lead. The tables eventually turned though, as Gruissem chipped up and was one of the three players who eventually chopped the money. He, Sergey Lebedev, and Chance Kornuth were the final three, with Holz exiting in 4th after a huge all in hero call on the river with Queen high.

Winner 10K High Roller Chance Kornuth

Chance Kornuth (Photo PokerStars)

The payouts are as follows:

– 1st Chance Kornuth – 351,108 Euros
– 2nd Philipp Gruissem – 299,162 Euros
– 3rd Sergey Lebedev – 292,750 Euros
– 4th Fedor Holz – 169,000 Euros
– 5th Murad Akhundov – 133,680
– 6th Anthony Zinno – 101,500 Euros
– 7th Felipe Ramos – 74,100 Euros
– 8th Dmitry Yurasov – 54,180 Euros

100K Super High Roller

This event really brought out the star names, as a field of 56 players assembled for day 1 of this €100,000  buy in event. That may rise further though, as registration remains open before play begins tomorrow. The field included Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Ike Haxton, Steve O’Dwyer, Patrick Antonius, Mike McDonald, Ole Schemion, and many others. By the end of the day, the bigger names near the top of the leaderboard were Igor Kurganov and John Juanda in 3rd and 4th, Jason Mercier in 7th, and Ole Schemion in 11th. Of the entries so far, 38 of those will return tomorrow.

Still to come

Further highlights of this action packed festival include the €5,300 buy in Main Event which runs from April 30th to May 7th. May 1st will also see the €50,000 Single Day Super High Roller begin, with many star names set to take part. May 4th will give further High Roller fans cause for excitement, as a €25,750 event gets underway, capping off what is an action packed schedule.

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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