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  1. For the fourth time during the GGPoker Spring Festival, Lev 'LevMeAlone' Gottlieb worked his way through a High level buy-in field to claim a title. On Sunday, Gottlieb took home more than $316,0000 to push his earnings from the four victories past the $1.4 million mark. Gottlieb defeated Chris Klodnicki heads-up to win $316,691.68 after beating the 317-entry field in Event #72 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event). Klodnicki had to settle for runner-up status and a $138,955.55 payday while 'Land on it!' finished in third place for $119,873.69. Gottlieb's three previous wins came in Event #5-H ($586,075.23), Event #15-H ($320,728.78), and Event #35-H ($199,770.92) and Sunday's win marked his first victory in an event with a buy-in below $10,000. The second biggest winner on Sunday was Alex Papazian after he outlasted the 474-entry field in Event #71 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) to take home $122,881.16. Coming in second place earned 'RobertCatesby' a $92,147.62 score while 'J-Dubya' walked away with $69,100.97 and third place honors. Each of the the three final players in Event #73 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) came close to surpassing Papazian's payday, but the three-way chop left each of them just a tad short. 'JoaoSymon' earned the victory and $116,504.06 after the deal while 'raking-even' banked $121,269.52 and 'TheMadQueen' took home the biggest cash of three, earning $121,740.50 and third place status. Tom Delaine took down Event #69 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event) for $87,869.78 after navigating his way through 482 other players. The last player in his way, 'Pearlblossom', earned $65,892.81 while Samuel Vousden added $49,412.64 to his bankroll with a third place result. The last event on Sunday's schedule, Event #76 ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]), drew 204 total entries to push the prize pool to $408,000. 'illywilly97' took home the winner's share of $85,360.16 for an outright win. Renan Bruschi fell just short of the title and earned $42,772.55 while 'Wei Zhao' wound up in third place for $33,632.91. Event #69 ($1,050 High Rollers Main Event [2-Day Event]) Entries: 483 Prize pool: $483,000 Tom Delaine - $87,869.78 Pearlblossom - $65,892.81 Samuel Vousden - $49,412.64 Event #71 ($1,500 Sunday Marathon) Entries: 474 Prize pool: $675,450 Alex Papazian - $122,881.16 RobertCatesby - $92,147.62 J-Dubya - $69,100.97 Event #72 ($5,250 Bounty Hunters Main Event) Entries: 317 Prize pool: $1,585,000 LevMeAlone - $316,691.68 Chris Klodnicki - $138,955.55 Land on it! - $119,873.69 Event #73 ($1,050 GGMasters High Rollers) Entries: 1,142 Prize pool: $1,142,000 JoaoSymon - $116,504.06* raking-even - $121,269.52* TheMadQueen - $121,740.50* Event #76 ($2,100 Sunday Heater [Bounty Turbo]) Entries: 204 Prize pool: $408,000 illywilly97 - $85,360.16 Renan Bruschi - $42,772.55 Wei Zhao - $33,632.91
  2. [caption width="640"] Alex Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] Just when you think it's over, it's probably not. Despite double up after double up, dramatic river after dramatic river, Alexandru Papazian won the EPT Grand Final €25K High Roller for €1.1 million. It was the third cash in Monaco for the Romanian, who defeated Alexandros Kolonias heads-up. It was the biggest live cash ever by a Romanian player. Two days ago, the High Roller started with a massive field of 231 entries. The buy-in was €25,750 and a single entry was allowed. When Friday's finale rolled around, there were a dozen players remaining. Imad Derwiche was the first casualty of the official eight-handed final table. He jammed over the top of a raise of 100,000 by Anthony Zinno for 325,000 with [poker card="js"][poker card="jh"] and Zinno insta-called with [poker card="as"][poker card="qs"]. The flop of [poker card="td"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5s"] brought a little something for everyone – Zinno with the nut flush draw and Derwiche with an overpair. The turn was a red four, while the [poker card="ac"] on the river gave Zinno the win and ended Derwiche's High Roller run in eighth place for €147,710. Max Silver was the next to go. Silver was crippled in a coin flip with tens against Eddy Maksoud's [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"], which bled his stack to just two-and-a-half big blinds. Then, it was all over, as Silver got it in with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. It was a curious hand, as Silver raised to 100,000 before the flop. Zvi Stern, who was on the button, tanked for three minutes before having the clock called on him. He finally folded. Papazian put Silver all-in from the big blind. Silver was in good shape against Papazian's [poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] and hit a jack on the flop, which also hit Papazian's four. Papazian made two pair on the river when a six hit to deliver a bad beat to Silver, who was eliminated in seventh place for €202,050. Zinno, Derwiche's executioner, was eliminated in sixth. After losing a hand with A-10 against A-J about a half-hour earlier, he got it in with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jh"] after open-shoving for his last 340,000 before the flop. Kolonias had him dominated with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"] and the flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"]. Zinno asked for a ten on fourth street and it appeared, but no king came on the river for a straight. The last surviving player from North America, Zinno, who was in the nine-seat throughout the final table, hit the rail €276,750 richer for his wear. Eddy Maksoud was bounced in fifth place after running A-2 into A-10. Maksoud and Papazian got it in on a board of [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="td"]. No one held a diamond and the river was a blank, sending Maksoud out in fifth. In a hand that ended with the Israeli casually getting up, shaking hands, and walking out a back door that leads to a patio overlooking the Mediterranean, Zvi Stern open-shoved for 930,000 and Papazian re-popped to a little over two million. Everyone else folded and Stern showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"], while Papazian tabled ladies. Neither player improved and Stern cashed out for €460,700 in fourth place. Rafael Da Silva Moraes was the next to go. The Brazilian raised to 200,000 pre-flop and Papazian flat called. The flop was [poker card="qd"][poker card="3d"][poker card="7h"] and Papazian check-raised all-in for 1.3 million. Moraes called for his tournament life and flipped up [poker card="qc"][poker card="8c"] for top pair, while Papazian had him out-kicked with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jd"]. The board filled out [poker card="6s"][poker card="2h"] and that was all she wrote for Moraes, who earned €568,200. Moraes, who plays as 'GM_VALTER' online, and Papazian, who plays as 'tilt21sted', both finished top four in a TCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Turbo High Roller Event in January. Moraes took fourth for $117,000, while Papazian finished second for $209,000. Papazian also has a second place finish in the Sunday Million under his belt, while Moraes won the Sunday 500 three weeks ago. Papazian was up almost 9:1 in chips when heads-up play began, but Kolonias, who plays as 'mexican222' online, doubled twice in succession and then the two decided to take an hour-long dinner break that ended around 9:30pm. They also agreed to shorten the levels to 40 minutes and then 30 minutes in an effort not to repeat the fate of the Single-Day Super High Roller, which ended up lasting two days. From there, the heads-up battle was back and forth until Papazian doubled with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] against [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"]. Papazian spiked an ace on the flop and Kolonias was drawing dead by the river. That hand left Kolonias with less than five big blinds. Shortly thereafter, Papazian shoved from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="4h"] and Kolonias committed his chips with pocket nines. What looked like a sure-fire double up was anything but, as the board ran out [poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ad"], giving Papazian the win on the river in dramatic fashion. The final table results: Alexandru Papazian - €1,197,000 Alexandros Kolonias - €805,900 Rafael Da Silva Moraes - €568,200 Zvi Stern - €460,700 Eddy Maksoud - €364,500 Anthony Zinno - €276,750 Max Silver - €202,050 Imad Derwiche - €147,710

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