And we're down to the final six. This year's Main Event at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo a.k.a. the old-school EPT Grand Finale attracted 727 runners. The total prize pool was €3.5 million with €500,800 set aside for first place. Going into Day 5, both Elky and Davidi Kitai were still alive, but both would miss the cut for the final table.
Frenchman Michael Kolkowicz bagged up the most chips and heads into the final table with the lead. In an odd coincidence, the amateur got married in the same room as the Main Event… Salle des Etoils… which is hosted at the Monte-Carlo Casino.
Also at the final table… two Russians, a German, Italian, and an Argentinean living in Switzerland.… Andrey Bondar, Raffaele "1mDonuts" Sorrentino, Andreas Klatt, Maxim Panyak, and Diego Zeiter. Andreas Klatt already shipped a tournament at Monte Carlo. Klatt took down the PokerStars National Championship for a €151K score.
Elky was among the final 16...but he went into Day 5 as one of the short stacks. He'd go busto in 11th place. Davidi Kitai narrowly missed the official final table, but the Belgian bubbled off the final table in seventh place. French pro Romain Nardin busted in eighth.
Notables aside from Elky and Kitai who cashed... Daniel Negreanu, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, Fabrice Soulier, Alexander Luneau, Vicky Coren Mitchell, Stefan Schillhabel, Sebastian Malec, Manig Leoser, Paul Testud, Remi Cataignon, Dan Smith, Christoph Vogelsang, Faraz Jaka, Mark Teltscher, Patrik Antonius, Andreas Hoivold, Nick Petrangelo, Martin Jacobson, Daniel Dvoress, Byron Kaverman, Peter Eichhardt, Luke Schwartz, Isabel Baltazar, Jimmy Guerrero, and Jason Mercier.
The final table live stream starts at 2pm local time or CET. Watch it… here.
PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event
Prize Pool: €3,525,950
Michael Kolkowicz (France) 4,600,000
Andrey Bondar (Russia) 4,350,000
Raffaele Sorrentino (Italy) 4,160,000
Andreas Klatt (Germany) 3,580,000
Maxim Panyak (Russia) 3,345,000
Diego Zeiter (Argentina) 1,780,000
Final Table Payouts: