The PokerStars EPT Grand Final is playing out its 12th end-of-the-season championship in the swankiest locale on the planet: Monte Carlo. The luxurious Monte-Carlo Casino is playing host to the grandiose affair, which also happens to coincide with the France Poker Series (FPS) Main Event. This year's schedule at the EPT Grand Final is jam packed and the single day High Roller event was the first tournament to hand out a trophy. A total of 164 players took a shot at the €10K High Roller (single-re-entry) with 50 additional entries added to the prize pool that surged over €2,075,800. Only the top 31 places paid out, but all of the cheesecake was near the top of the payout list.
When it got down to three-handed, Chance Kornuth held a sizable lead. The final three – Kornuth, Philip Gruissem, and Sergey Lebedev – all decided to chop up the prize money (ICM) but they didn't both to play out for shits and giggles. Instead, the final three agreed that Chance Korunth should simply take the trophy! It was getting late and it was a single day event, so they would have to play out until the wee hours, so they decided to simplify things. Earlier in the evening, Philip Gruissem sent Fedor Holz on mega-tilt. Holz seemed to be calm, cool, and collected…until this unexpected outburst in the High Roller event. Two Germans needling each other in Monte Carlo…need I say more? The older and wiser Philip Gruissem got the best of the mental game against Holz, who is still very young all things considered.
EPT Grand Final - €10K High Roller
Entrants: 214 (164 uniques, 50 re-entries)
Prize Pool: €2,075,800
Final Table Results:
1. Chance Kornuth (USA) €351,108
2. Philip Gruissem (Germany) €299,162
3. Sergey Lebedev (Russia) €292,750
4. Fedor Holz (Germany) €169,000
5. Murad Akhundov (Azerbaijan) €133,680
6. Anthony Zinno (USA) €101,500
7. Filipe Ramos (Brazil) €74,100
8. Dmitry Yurasov (Russia) €54,180
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