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  1. Over the weekend, Mustapha Kanit (pictured, image courtesy EPT), who is known on PocketFives as lasagnaaammm, won the EPT Grand Final €50K Super High Roller, a one-day event, and banked €936,500. The Italian barreled through a 54-man field, which had 12 reentries and a prize pool of €3.2 million. Nine players made the money, including several brand name PocketFives members like former #1 ranked Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz, who can currently be found at #6 worldwide in the PocketFives Rankings. Three of the top five finishers were from Germany: 1. Mustapha lasagnaaammmKanit (Italy): €936,500 2. Mike SirWatts Watson (Canada): €672,300 3. Martin Finger (Germany): €437,000 4. Fedor CrownUpGuyHolz (Germany): €329,800 5. Fabian Quoss (Germany): €256,100 6. Andrei Streltsou (Belarus): €198,500 7. Mark Teltscher (UK): €156,900 8. Ivan Luca (Argentina): €121,700 9. Scott Seiver (USA): €92,860 The entire Super High Roller took 13 hours to finish and Kanit edged out fellow PocketFiver Mike SirWattsWatson (pictured). He now has about $4 million in live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob. Kanit made a pair of final tables at last year's WSOP in Las Vegas and bubbled a third, just a few months after final tabling the 2014 PCA Super High Roller for $492,000. PocketFives has tracked another $2.8 million in online MTT winnings for Kanit, including an FTOPS Main Event title in March for $239,000. He has multiple WCOOP final tables to his credit, along with WCOOP, SCOOP, and FTOPS titles. He gleefully Tweeted when all was said and done, "Wonn the super HR montecarlo Like a boss!!! Sballiatoooooo!!!" Congrats to Kanit on his big EPT title! Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. Four stops remain on Season 12 of the PokerStars-backed European Poker Tour. According to a press release PocketFives received on Tuesday, the buy-in of the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo will be reduced from €10,600 to €5,300, or 50%. PokerStars’ Director of Live Events Edgar Stuchly commented in the release, "We're making these changes to bring the Grand Final more in line with other stops such as Prague and Barcelona, which have created record-breaking fields over the last couple of years, by giving a large percentage of players what they've been asking for - the opportunity to play more tournaments within their bankroll, while also making the Main Event more accessible to a wider number of players around the world." He added, "The Grand Final schedule will continue to have a wide range of buy-ins, all the way up to the incredible €100,000 Super High Roller." The EPT Grand Final Main Event will take place from April 30 to May 6 in Monaco. Here are some of the highlights: FPS Main Event (April 27-May 1, 2016) - €1,000 + €100 Super High Roller (April 28 - 30, 2016) - €98,000 + €2,000 FPS High Roller (April 29-30, 2016) - €2,000 + €200 EPT Main Event (April 30-May 6, 2016) - €5,000 + €300 Single Day Super High Roller (May 1, 2016) - €49,000 + €1,000 EPT High Roller (May 4-6, 2016) - €25,000 + €750 The attendance of the EPT Grand Final reached an all-time high of 935 entries during Season 5, which ended in 2009. It dropped off to 531 within four years before rebounding slightly: Season 11: 564 entries Season 10: 650 entries Season 9: 531 entries Season 8: 665 entries Season 7: 686 entries Season 6: 848 entries Season 5: 935 entries Season 4: 842 entries Season 3: 706 entries Season 2: 298 entries Season 1: 211 entries Adrian Mateos won the 2015 EPT Grand Final Main Event for a little over €1 million. He's #2 on the all-time money list for Spain, according to the Hendon Mob. As PocketFives reported in August, the buy-in of the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event will be similarly cut from $10,000 to $5,300, which should help boost attendance in the Bahamas as well. Attendance at the PCA Main Event has been steadily declining since its high four years ago: 2015: 816 entries 2014: 1,031 entries 2013: 987 entries 2012: 1,072 entries 2011: 1,560 entries 2010: 1,529 entries 2009: 1,347 entries 2008: 1,136 entries 2007: 937 entries 2006: 724 entries 2005: 461 entries 2004: 211 entries Visit PokerStars for more details on the EPT Grand Final. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. [caption width="640"] There are 302 online qualifiers in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2016, a new record.[/caption] The 2016 European Poker Tour Grand Finalstarts in a couple of weeks from the picturesque principality of Monaco. Its sandy beaches, steep cliffs, celebrities-a-plenty, and famed Grand Prix track will welcome a record number of online qualifiers from PokerStars this year. There are 302 online qualifiers in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2016, a new record. And it's not even close. Prior to 2016, the most number of online qualifiers in an EPT Grand Final Main Event was 210, set back in Season 10. The €5,300 buy-in EPT Grand Final Main Event starts on April 30 and runs for one week through May 6. "We're very excited about this season’s finale," Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars' Director of Live Events, said. "We reduced the Main Event buy-in to give additional players a chance to join us, and that's exactly what has transpired with a record number of online qualifiers set to compete in this prestigious event. For all our regulars, as well as all those coming to an EPT for the very first time, we extend a very warm welcome to Monaco." Last year, the buy-in for the EPT Grand Final Main Event was €10,600. There were 564 players and Adrian Mateos walked away with the title and a little over €1 million. He was the first EPT champion from Spain. [caption width="640"] Adrian Mateos became the first EPT champion from Spain last year in Monaco[/caption] Many players qualified for Monaco on the cheap. A total of 121 online qualifiers parlayed €10 into a €9,000 prize package via PokerStars' EPT Spin & Go tournaments. And to celebrate the success of PokerStars' Spin & Gos in general, live versions will run in Monaco with buy-ins of €55, €110, €220, and €550. Players can win up to €1,000, €2,000, €4,000, and €10,000, respectively. Ben 'f3nix35' Dobson, from the UK, qualified for the EPT Grand Final Main Event for €4.22. In fact, there are a baker's dozen of players who qualified for less than €5, and two players won their way into the prestigious Monte Carlo tournament via Team Pro Online freerolls. Running alongside the EPT Grand Final in Monaco is the regional France Poker Series. In total, 80 events occur over 11 days, and a number of top players including Jason 'treysfull21' Mercier and Daniel Negreanu will be in attendance. Brazilian football legend Ronaldo will also be in the house, looking to build on a 25th place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in 2015 for over $40,000. A total of 155 players have won their way into the €1,100 FPS Monaco Main Event, which runs from April 27 to May 1. Here's a look at the schedule of events in Monaco from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Casino: Single Re-Entry High Roller (April 26-28) - €10,000 + €300 FPS Main Event (April 27-May 1) - €1,000 + €100 Super High Roller (April 28-30) - €98,000 + €2,000 FPS High Roller (April 29-30) - €2,000 + €200 EPT Main Event (April 30-May 6) - €5,000 + €300 Single Day Super High Roller (May 1) - €49,000 + €1,000 EPT High Roller (May 4-6) - €25,000 + €750
  4. [caption width="639"] Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Luis Nazario busted on Day 1 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event, but finished sixth in a charity event (photo: PokerStars)[/caption] Emerson called him "number one in everything." Alessandro Nesta called him "the hardest attacker I've ever had to face." Coach Bobby Robson said he was "the fastest thing I've ever seen running with the ball." Now, he wants to be called the next world champion of poker. Ronaldo Luis Nazario, more commonly known as just Ronaldo, was one of hundreds of poker pros, newbies, and celebs on-hand in Monaco for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. His mission: win the Main Event and, failing that, leave an impression on the poker community. "I have a long relationship with PokerStars," Ronaldo said. "It has been three years with them now. I have a few tournaments a year I get to play in, and this one especially, I ask to go to. This place is amazing. It's incredible to play in. It's always difficult when you come to such a great event and play with professional players. It's tough." Brazil is almost 9,000 kilometers from Monaco, requiring a handful of flights or a really exhausting swim. Ronaldo is making the most of his time in the "Old World" no matter what happens poker-wise. "I was planning to do a lot of travels and we organized it to be able to come here because it's fun," the Brazilian said. "Next week, we're in Barcelona." Football (both types for you American readers) requires physical stamina, a high degree of grit, and a competitive spirit unlike any other. Poker is more of a mental game whose most successful players are highly competitive. "I really don't play football anymore, even with friends, but when I play poker, I'm very competitive," Ronaldo said. "Yesterday, I played in Day 1 of the Main Event and lost in the first hour. I was so sad because I had so many high expectations about playing the tournament. Last year, I went to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas and finished 26th in the Main Event out of 900 players. It was amazing. Now, every time I play, I want to go far. I want to win." For Ronaldo, busting the €5,300 buy-in EPT Grand Final Main Event didn't mean he was fleeing the principality in a shroud of disappointment. Instead, he entered a €150 rebuy Right to Play charity event on Saturday night. His persistence paid off, as he finished sixth out of almost 100 players. "It was very fun playing in the charity event," he said. "I saw so many good hands and difficult moments. I was almost without chips a few times and had to decide what to do. It was fun." On Monday night, rumor has it that he'll play in the €25 buy-in media tournament, which will take the form of a bounty event. Despite a buy-in that's 1/200th of the Main Event, if he plays it, he'll make it his mission to take it down. Ronaldo has two World Cup titles. He trails only the legend that is Pelein goals for the Brazilian national team. He's a member of both the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame. In media interviews in Monaco, he was even asked to sign a green and yellow jersey. No one bleeds Brazil quite like Ronaldo. But despite his country's successes, he's mindful of the struggles his nation faces. [caption width="450"] Ronaldo autographs a Brazilian flag at the PCA (photo: Neil Stoddart)[/caption] "It's good for Brazil to host the World Cup and the Olympics, but we are also having a difficult time. We are having an economic crisis and a political crisis," Ronaldo said. "I don't think we'll get a big advantage from having those two big events. We have so many problems in Brazil now. We have so many examples in other cities where the Olympics change things. I hope the same thing happens to Rio, but we'll see what happens in Brazil." Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014. It'll host the Summer Olympics three months from now. It also faces an unemployment rate of almost 11%. There are even calls to impeach its President. Despite unrest in his home nation, Ronaldo is steadfast in his passion for Brazil. He grins ear to ear when talking about it. "All Brazilians like Brazil," Ronaldo said. "They love to be Brazilian. We always talk about Brazil with pride everywhere. I am hopeful we can get out of this situation."
  5. [caption width="640"] Ben Dobson was one of the 300-plus qualifiers in the field in the EPT Grand Final Main Event.[/caption] Monaco isn't the simplest place to get to. If you're from the US, chances are it requires multiple flights to get to Nice. If you're from Europe, it's probably a flight or two. Then, it's a 30-minute car ride, 30-minute train ride, or seven-minute whirlybird adventure to get there. But once you're in Monaco, all of the traveling is well worth it, especially for the over 300 online qualifiers in the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo, which featured two starting days on Saturday and Sunday. They've joined the hundreds of other players in attendance at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel on the eastern edge of Monaco. Take Joseph Prichard, who calls the UK home and qualified for this year's Main Event not once, but twice. It's his first time playing in Monaco and he got in via a €700 satellite and then again via a €215 qualifier for a total of two packages. "I'm feeling alright right now," Prichard said from Blue Table #1, tucked in the corner on the far side of the tournament room from its entrance. "I thought it'd be fun to play in an EPT event in Monaco." This isn't the UK player's first foray into EPT Main Events, however. He also played in London, where he bubbled after losing with trips over trips. "It's a pretty cool setup here," Prichard said. "It's better than London because all the tournament tables are in one big room." Qualifiers and first-timers from all walks of life have descended upon the French Riviera. It was sunny for most of the day on Saturday before a warm front rolled in on Sunday, when the wind made the Mediterranean look angry. Anthony Harnden, a doctor and professor of primary care at Oxford University in England, was true to form, jokingly concerned about players' Vitamin D levels being precariously low in the black-roofed, black-walled tournament room with a white sandy beach directly outside. "I wish they would open the curtains and open the roof. We could get our Vitamin D levels up." "It's going okay so far," Harnden said. "I'm confident." He qualified for €50 on PokerStars and originally planned on playing in the Grand Final's Seniors Event, which took place on Saturday. However, he saw an online qualifier for the Main Event and decided to give it a shot. "I started at 8:00pm on a Saturday and ended at 3:00am on a Sunday and had to go to work the next day," the professor said. "I was literally playing all day and night and went to work the next day." His students, however, aren't aware of his successes in poker thus far since the topic never comes up. Entering on Day 1A was another online qualifier, Thomas Miller. Despite live mis-clicking in a hand on Day 1A, Miller, who calls the US home, was relaxed. He qualified early on in the process and said, "I was just clicking away and qualified." He's originally from New York City, but plays online in Montreal. He called the decision to head out of the country hard and added that he misses his family and friends back home when he's in Canada grinding. Miller was one of many players singing PokerStars' praises. "EPTs are the best because PokerStars knows how to throw a party," he said. One of the most successful online qualifying stories for the EPT Grand Final Main Event belongs to Ben 'f3nix35' Dobson, who has almost $2 million in career online MTT winnings. Dobson earned his way into the Main Event in Monaco via a €4 hyper-hyper. For doing so, he received a seat into a €200 satellite, which he won for the Monaco package. He essentially qualified for the price of a cup of coffee, or half a Coke in the hotel's restaurant. Dobson, who played on Day 1B, shortened a planned trip to Asia with his wife in order to be in Europe. "My wife was a little mad because we cut our trip to Asia short," Dobson said as he checked his phone from the cup holder's built-in USB charger. "We flew in from Thailand the other day. I would have come here anyway, but I wanted to play the qualifier. I didn't think I'd win." Here are more details on Spin & Go qualifiers who made their way to Monaco:
  6. [caption width="640"] Anthony Zinno believes practicing Mixed Games ahead of the World Series of Poker is the key to success(Neil Stoddart/EPT Photo)[/caption] This year, 69 events appear on the World Series of Poker schedule. Of those, 31 are non-Hold'em tournaments, or almost half the schedule. You'll find Anthony Zinno in many of them, and if he finds success, he can point to hard work and practice ahead of the WSOP. "I can't wait for the WSOP," Zinno said of the annual Las Vegas series, which begins June 1. "I'm going to try my best to work on some Mixed Games prior to the WSOP because I really enjoy those tournaments a lot. The No Limit events, with such large field sizes, it's really, really hard to make that exciting top 18 or so. Each one is a mini-lottery. But, when you play those Mixed events like the $5Ks and $10Ks with smaller field sizes, you recognize a lot of players, so you're chatting at the tables and it's fun. It's also a better opportunity to make a final table." Last year, Zinno had a WSOP to remember. He won his first bracelet in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event and earned $1.1 million. He had four other cashes in WSOP events in 2015; all were final tables and two were in non-Hold'em events. Overall, Zinno has racked up over $2 million in WSOP winnings. "I think my Mixed Games have gotten a lot better since I started about two years ago," he said. "You have to keep refreshing, though. Poker is like anything else where you have to play a lot. If you just play No Limit tournaments for two months and then hop into a Stud tournament, you're going to be rusty for sure. My goal before the WSOP is to play hands of every HORSE game at least, and maybe some 2-7, and then play a very heavy schedule. I'm confident and I'm playing very well, but I'm well aware I have to keep practicing." For Zinno, refreshing his mind in Mixed Games does not mean playing nosebleed stakes for hours on end. "Even if it's small-stakes, it's good enough practice. You can find some live games here and there. Foxwoods, for example, which is near my family, always has a Stud game going, so I can practice that there. As soon as the WSOP starts, there are good cash games all over the place. Let's say I skip the Colossus. If I did, I could play Stud for two days straight and then go play a $10K." [caption width="640"] Zinno celebrates his first WSOP bracelet win[/caption] In the middle of the cash game area at the Rio, you'll typically find a $75/$150 Omaha Hi-Lo game that attracts some of the top Omaha players in town. Last year, Zinno spent a day playing that very cash game just before the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship began. Practice made perfect, as he drove to a sixth place finish for $74,000 in an event won by Daniel Alaei. "I don't think you need to play thousands of hands or anything," Zinno said about getting into the swing of things. "You just need to get back in that groove. My tournament game is always very solid as far as stack maneuvering and things like that. Just the basics of remembering the ebb and flow of, say, Stud High and Stud Hi-Lo, can come back to you even with just a couple of days of practice in a live game with good players. I haven't played them in a few months, though, so I'm rusty." Of the 30-plus non-Hold'em events on the 2016 WSOP schedule, Zinno is most looking forward to the $25,000 High Roller Pot Limit Omaha Eight Max that begins two days after America's Independence Day. "The $25,000 PLO is my best chance to win one," he said. "The structure when I won it before was amazing. You had so many big blinds. The average stack was always a lot of big blinds. You didn't see much all-in pre. It was a lot of deep-stacked PLO. And that's the game I have worked on a lot over the past eight years. That's the one I look forward to the most, but I'm also looking forward to the big buy-in HORSE tournaments because I love my HORSE games." Zinno has three WPT titles, including wins at the Fallsview Poker Classic and LA Poker Classic during Season 13. He was just the third three-time WPT winner. He had four cashes last season and promptly found himself in Monaco for the PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final. As such, he's a little burnt out and has even more tour stops on his plate. "I'm long overdue for a break," Zinno said with a sigh. "I miss having a gym routine and having a routine where you can cook your own meals – a normal life routine. More time with my family on the East Coast would be nice. I'm yearning for that. For now, it's going to be Amsterdam and taking some time off before the Series."
  7. [caption width="640"] Fabian Quoss says the overnight break in the €50K Super High Roller during the EPT Grand Final Main Event was much-needed. (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] The €50,000 Single-Day Super High Roller during the 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monaco turned into a veritable marathon. And not a half marathon… the full, 26.2-mile one. Play started at 12:30pm from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel at the very northern end of Monaco. Seventeen grueling hours later, while play was heads-up, the casino closed, just as it does every night at 5:30 am. Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion had to bag their chips and watch as vacuum cleaners and housekeepers invaded the "America's Room," while media and fans headed out just a few minutes short of daybreak. Schemion was fresh off a win in the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller just 24 hours earlier and seemed to be riding a wave of momentum. And for Quoss, a week of grinding in Monaco seemed to finally catch up to him. "I knew what I was getting myself into beforehand," Quoss said. "It's a one-day tournament and it had a lot of runners last year. I was prepared, but of course at the end of the day everyone was struggling with fatigue. I was just trying to stay caffeinated and focused, I guess." There were 70 entries and, by the time the dinner break rolled around at 9:00 pm, 20 still remained despite the half-hour blind level turbo structure. By midnight, there were a dozen still alive. The final table saw short stack after short stack double up. There was even a hand at 5:00 am heads-up where Schemion, with his tournament life on the line, doubled with A-6 against A-J. But, like Cinderella leaving the ball, the lights went out at 5:30am. Click. Dark. "At the moment, we both wanted to finish it that day," Quoss said. "It was obvious that we were close to finishing because we were both so shallow. But now that I think about it more, I think it was quite good to get some sleep and get a little bit more level-headed again. The sleep helped get our minds straight again." The next day, both Quoss and Schemion played on Day 2 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event. Coincidentally, both busted, solidifying a 9:00 pm showdown that took place in the elevated area of the main tournament room. With about a dozen spectators and a few media looking on, the two immediately agreed to an ICM deal, which they couldn't come to terms on the night before. Perhaps a night's rest helped sort out the math. It took all of five hands to determine a winner from there. It was anti-climatic in a sense. [caption width="640"] Heads-up play between Fabian Quoss and Ole Schemion (photo: Danny Maxwell)[/caption] You could tell Quoss' body was still catching up with him after his 17-hour live run. And the end of a major live tournament series in Monaco doesn't mean he can just take a break. Instead, it means the beginning of a massive online series on PokerStars. Granted he can grind in his pajamas. "I didn't get into the $300K at Aria, so I'm going to go a little bit later to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, which will be good for my life balance, I suppose," Quoss said. "I think I'm getting in just before the $5K Six Max. Between now and then, I'll be playing SCOOP and getting rest. Those are the two main objectives." "This event is very exhausting," Quoss said. "Everyone who comes here does nothing else but grinding and sleeping. I know the routine now and I always know how I will feel at the end of Monte Carlo before I get here, but it's pretty exhausting." Players like Quoss are spread throughout the two-square-mile Monaco and surrounding hills of France. However, getting anywhere requires a vertical climb or a pricey taxi. The most affordable means of traversing the majestic cliffs and public beaches: the rather posh city bus. "Other than poker, I've had some meals," Quoss said of his schedule. "I slept a lot. I got a massage. I went grocery shopping. I haven't been able to do much else." Quoss and Schemion are both Germans. So is Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz, who finished fifth in the €50K Super High Roller. They represented one-third of the players who made the money. "There are so many Germans now in poker and there are so many other people I'm close friends with," Quoss said. "It's such a big community. It's fun that three Germans were in the top five of that event, but I didn't think about it at the time."
  8. [caption width="640"] Jan Bendik won the EPT Grand Final Main Event (photo: PokerNews)[/caption] Slovakia's Jan Bendik won the European Poker Tour's Grand Final Main Event from the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel in Monaco. His reward: €961,800 and a spade-shaped trophy. After a grueling week of play, Bendik finally cracked a smile and multiple waves of confetti rained down. "Thank you to my wife. Thank you to my friends. Thank you to PokerStars. Thank you to myself. I've been doing this ten years," a happy Bendik said after the final river card was dealt. He was eventually draped in a Slovakian flag. "I see it as two separate things. One is a season-long reward and one is a single tournament," Bendik said when asked to compare his Season 9 EPT Player of the Year title to winning the EPT Grand Final. "I've been trying to win the Main Event for years." Bendik didn't want to make a deal; instead, he was confident he could take it down. "I trusted myself to beat my opponent heads-up," he said. "A lot of luck had to be involved to make that happen, but that's part of the game." A field that started with over 1,000 entrants was whittled down to just six by the time Friday rolled around. Joe Stapleton introduced each of the six survivors shortly before 1:30 pm on the stage of the main tournament room and play began immediately from there. Jimmy Guerrero and Adrien Allain both had over 100 big blinds when the action began, while everyone else held between 22 and 26. Fifteen hands into final table play, Israel's Oren Rosen pushed from the cutoff for 1.65 million with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"], but Jan Bendik, seated next to him on the button, woke up with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] and shoved over the top. The rest of the table folded and neither player improved after the board came [poker card="td"][poker card="2h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6d"]. An hour-and-a-half earlier, Rosen was introduced in front of a rail of about a dozen, including a flag sporting the colors of his home country. Winamax-sponsored player Pierre Calamusa was the next to fall. He shoved pre-flop for 3.3 million with [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] and got a quick call from chip leader Adrien Allain, who was in the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. Allain ducked chop outs on the river when a benign [poker card="5s"] fell to trim the table from five to four. Calamusa earned €233,800. The talk of the final table was Kazakhstan's Asan Umarov. He won his seat to the tournament via a €10 Spin & Go on PokerStars and began the final table guaranteed a 1,700,000% ROI even if he busted immediately. Instead, he lasted to fourth place and earned €305,660. Umarov, the first player from Kazakhstan to make an EPT Main Event final table, got it in before the flop, three-betting all-in [poker card="ad"][poker card="9d"]. Jimmy Guerrero fourbet all-in with kings and the board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="qd"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jd"], sending Umarov to the rail with a 3,000,000% ROI. Bullets weren't kind to France's Jimmy Guerrero, who was sent packing in third place. Just before he was eliminated, Bendik cracked his aces with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"]. The money went in on a flop of [poker card="4h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"], with Guerrero holding aces and Bendik having top two. A deuce and a trey rounded out the board and Guerrero's stack sank to 6.83 million, trailing second place on the leaderboard by a million. Ducks weren't kind to Guerrero either. In his last stand, he raised to 425,000 pre-flop from the small blind with pocket twos and Adrien Allain popped it to 1.1 million with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] from the big blind. Guerrero five-bet all-in and Allain called. A flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"] put Allain in the lead for good with two pair, and the board finished out [poker card="6d"][poker card="tc"]. The Frenchman was paid €406,850 for his third place run. Allain began heads-up play from the stage in the main tournament room with a 2:1 edge over Bendik. Allain came out swinging too, almost universally betting to a level that seemed to throw Bendik off his game. At one point early on in heads-up play, Bendik turned to his rail, threw up one hand in disgust, and turned back and huffed. But Bendik wouldn't go quietly into the Monaco night. On the 100th hand of final table play, he called all-in with [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] after Allain initially just completed pre-flop with [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"]. The flop was all clubs – [poker card="ac"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4c"] – but another club on the turn gave Bendik a queen-high flush and the pot. Then there was more aggression by Allain, allowing him to build another 2:1 lead, but about 20 minutes before the dinner break, Bendik, who won his way into the Main Event via a live satellite, shoved for 9,000,000 before the flop with sixes against A-K in a race. Allain picked up a straight draw in addition to his two overs by the time the river hit, but a meaningless [poker card="3s"] fell, doubling Bendik up. That hand put the duo nearly even in chips. Allain continued to apply pressure despite doubling up Bendik twice. And the last hand was a memorable one. Allain raised to 525,000 before the flop with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8d"] and Bendik made it 1,650,000 with [poker card="ts"][poker card="td"]. The flop was [poker card="ah"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4s"] and Bendik bet 1,600,000. Allain just called behind with a set and a [poker card="th"] hit on the turn, giving Bendik a better set. Allain bet 1,500,000, Bendik bet 4,250,000, and Allain called. The river was the [poker card="3d"]. Bendik moved in, Allain called for his tournament life, and it was over. Final Table Payouts Jan Bendik - €961,800 Adrien Allain - €577,800 Jimmy Guerrero - €406,850 Asan Umarov - €305,660 Pierre Calamusa - €233,800 Oren Rosen - €170,950

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