Ship it to Germany. Maning Loeser won another title for Germany and denied Wei Huang from making history. Huang attempted to become the first player from China to win an event on the European Poker Tour. With three remaining, Huang found himself with a chip lead and the opportunity to chop the money three ways. He locked up the highest amount in the deal, while the final three slugged it out for the trophy, bragging rights, and another €76K in cash. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for Huang when Maning Loeser knocked him out in second place.
The 2019 European Poker Tour hosted another fantastic event in Monte Carlo. Seems like the series gets bigger every year. The Monte Carlo Casino has been a main focal point for the poker world in Southern Europe the last few weeks with over 40 events including a bunch of High Roller affairs.
Sergio Aido shipped the €100K for a heady haul worth €1.6 million. Matthias Eibinger from Austria took down the €50K Single-Day High Roller for €844K, and Canadian pro Tim Adams binked the €25K Single-Day High Roller for a nifty score worth €548K. Even French pro Sylvain Loosli got into the mix. SyLo boosted his bankroll by nearly €200K when he won the €10K.
And yes, it's true. An Italian won the French National Championship! Stefano Schiano won the Eurodonkfest for a windfall worth €209K.
The 2019 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event attracted 922 players in this €5,300 buy-in re-entry event with 233 additional bullets. A total of 689 original runners took a shot at glory in Monte Carlo. The total prize pool topped €4.47M and only the top 135 places got a cut of the EuroCheesecake. Initially, a sick score worth €827,700 was set aside to the champion. Alas, the final three chopped it up and the winner went home with €603,777.
Ramin Hajiyev from Azerbaijan bubbled off the final table in seventh place. Nicola Grieco held the big stack heading into the final table and Luis Medina nursed the small stack. The EPT Monte Carlo Main Event final table also featured Manig Loeser, American pro and 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, Viktor Katzenberger from Hungary, and China's Wei Huang.
As expected, the short stack did not last very long at the final table. Luis Medina became the first exit and he took home €152,800 back home to Portugal. Nicola Grieco could not manage the big stack and the Italian went from the penthouse to the outhouse. Grieco hit the bricks in fifth place, which paid out €206,590.
Ryan Riess met his demise in fourth place. Riess and Wei Huang clashed with short stacks, but Huang came out the victor. Huang knocked out Riess with a backdoor Broadway straight after he also missed a flush draw. Two pair were no good for Riess and he hit the road in fourth place, which paid out €265,620.
Manig Loeser led with three to go, but Huang chipped away at the big stack and took the lead. With blinds escalating, the final three cut a money deal in which Huang got the most with €552,056, followed by Viktor Katzenberger's €529,707, and Maning Loeser's €525,716. They had to leave €76,000 on the table to the champion.
Katzenberger bowed out first and the Hungarian got a pretty great score for third place with €529,707 compared to the original payout worth €353,880.
Loeser's took out Huang's King-eight after Loeser turned a Queen-high straight. Huang was drawing to a King-high straight but he whiffed on his gutterball draw on the river. China came close to winning the title, but they missed it by one spot.
Wei Huang earned €552,056 for second place, which is approximately 50K more than the original payout for second place. Heck, €552K for a runner-up finish? Not too shabby, eh?
Manig Loeser earned a first-place payout worth €603,777, which included the extra 76K. The German pro has now won over $10 million playing tournaments.
2019 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event
Prize Pool: €4,471,420
Final Table Results:
1. Manig Loeser (Germany) €603,777 ***
2. Wei Huang (China) €552,056 ***
3. Viktor Katzenberger (Hungary) €529,707 ***
4. Ryan Riess (USA) €265,620
5. Nicola Grieco (Italy) €206,590
6. Luis Medina (Portugal) €152,800
** 3-way chop