Donuts are good! The global tour stopped at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo for the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. The series finished off on Friday with the final table of the Monte Carlo Main Event. This event used to be the Grand Finale of the European Poker Tour. But alas, the EPT got absorbed into a new world of PokerStars' global events, which got rebranded as two global tours… PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival. Monte Carlo is one of the ritziest places on Earth, so it goes without saying that PokerStars would host a “Championship” in Monaco. I once wrote that the feral street dogs in Monte Carlo eat better than me and the rest of the reporting corps. And you should see the scraps those alley dogs get! Filet Mignon and caviar. Top-shelf scraps.
The €5,300 buy-in PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event pulled in 727 runners this year at the Monte-Carlo Casino. The prize pool topped €3.5 million. Originally €500,000 was set aside as the first-place payday. However, the final two chopped up the money and each walked away with at least €402K. When the dust was settled, Raffaele '1mDonuts' Sorrentino defeated Andreas Klatt heads up for the title. Sorrentino won €466,714 fir first and Klatt took home €402,786.
Michael Kolkowicz entered the final table as the chipleader, but the Frenchman busted in fifth place with €147K score.. Diego Zeiter, an Argentinean living in the Swiss Alps, was the first player out at the final table. The two Russians – Andrey Bondar and Maxim Panyak – busted in third and fourth place.
The Tony Soprano of Belgium Poker, Davidi Kitai, bubbled off the final table in seventh place.
PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event
Prize Pool: €3,525,950
Final Table Results:
1. Raffaele '1mDonuts' Sorrentino (Italy) - €466,714
2. Andreas Klatt (Germany) - €402,786
3. Andrey Bondar (Russia) - €271,500
4. Maxim Panyak (Russia) - €199,900
5. Michael Kolkowicz (France) - €147,120
6. Diego Zeiter (Argentina) - €108,300