Monday February 15, 2016 at 2:33 am
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After three days of high-stakes jousting at the legendary Royal Dublin Society, Italian Mustapha Kanit picked off American Chance Kornuth to win the €25K High Roller at the EPT Dublin. Kanit prevented Kornuth, fresh off his Aussie Millions 25K High Roller crown, from winning another big one. The stylish Kanit earned a little more than €501K for tonight's victory in Dublin. The winningest player in the history of Italy now has shipped almost $6 million in live tournaments.

Mustapha Kanit Champ at Dublin 25K
Another victory for Mustapha Kanit; the young Italian binks the EPT Dublin High Roller for a €501K score (Pic by Danny Maxwell, PokerNews)

Drinks are on Mustapha Kanit tonight.


The Italian pro, and the winningest player in its entire history, shipped another High Roller title.


Last month Kanit had final tabled the 100K Super High Roller at the PCA in the Bahamas, but five weeks later, he returned to the winner's circle with a victory in the €25K High Roller at the EPT Dublin.


Mustapha Kanit faded a field of 58 players (who reloaded and fired 12 additional bullets) in this EPT High Roller event hosted at the prestigious Royal Dublin Society.


Kanit won €501K. The first-place booty nearly pushed Kanit over $6 million in career earnings.


The RDS institution has been the heart of arts and academia for almost three centuries. I betcha the original architects never would have imagined that someday inside its sacred halls, an Italian kid with funky clothes would win a half-million Euros in a card game.


Alas, that's the beauty of the European Poker Tour…every few months someone is making history in some cool, or unusual locale.

Chance Runner Up
Colorado's Chance Kornuth won a quick $1M so far in 2016 and we're only half-way through February (Pic by Neil Stoddart, PokerStars Blog)

American Chance Kornuth tried to follow up his 2016 Aussie Millions 25K High Roller win with a victory in Ireland.


Alas during the royal rumble at the RDS in Dublin, Kornuth ran into self-professed luckbox Mustapha Kanit, whose powers of luckboxocity were too much to overcome.


On Day 2 instead of the proverbial “Luck of the Irish”, it was more like the "Luck of the Italians" because Kanit ran up his short stack to the big stack in remarkable fashion. By the time the remaining 8 players bagged up chips at the end of Day 2, Kanit was in first with a commanding lead.


Sometimes the gambling gods bless you, while most days they absolutely torture you. Kanit was on groovy terms with the gambling gods over the last 48 hours.


With two to go at the final table, Kornuth trailed at the start of heads-up. But their match would barely last 20 hands. Although the American managed to pull ahead by the third hand, Kanit regrouped and rallied for the win.


And yes, it was a little weird to watch a final table of the high rolling variety without the likes of either Fedor Holz or Steve O'Dwyer.


With that said, cocktails tonight in Dublin are on Kanit's tab.


For a full report of the final table, head over to PokerStars Blog and read the recap by Howard Swains.

EPT Dublin - €25K High Roller

Buy-In: €27,750

Entrants: 70 (58 Players +12 Re-Entries)

Prize Pool: €1,715,000

Payouts: 9


€25K High Roller Money Winners:

1. Mustapha Kanit (Italy) €501,640

2. Chance Kornuth (USA) €360,150

3. Charlie Carrel (UK) €234,100

4. Anton Bertilsson (Sweden) €176,640

5. Jeff Rossiter (Australia) €137,200

6. Keith Johnson (UK) €106,330

7. Nick Petrangelo (USA), €84,040

8. Ivan Luca (Argentina) €65,170

9. Martin Jacobson (Sweden) €49,730

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