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  1. 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.
  2. The European Poker Tour is back and with it a stop at one of its most storied locations - Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. For 11 of the previous 13 EPT seasons, the PokerStars tour held its massive Grand Final in beautiful Monaco. It was there that some of the most recognizable names in poker stepped into the spotlight after winning the most prestigious Main Event on the tour. Names like Adrian Mateos, Steve O’ Dwyer, Gavin Griffin and Mohsin Charania all have their names etched into poker history as EPT Monte Carlo Main Event champions. Now, with the EPT reclaiming their branding after a year of trying something different, it’s back to their old Monte Carlo stomping grounds from April 24 - May 4 with a €5,300 Main Event. But while the tournament will be played under the old EPT name, organizers are bringing a host of new features to make this era of the EPT something new. Game Changers PokerStars has adopted two of the most talked about advancements to tournament play in the past year: the big blind ante and tournament shot clock. While the big blind ante has been the topic of much debate in the poker community there’s one thing everyone can agree on - it speeds up the game. Dealers will no longer have to harass a table full of players to post their antes at EPT Monte Carlo, now just big blind will post the antes for the entire table keeping the action moving. The big blind ante format will be implemented in all of the schedules No Limit Hold’em events including the €5,300 Main Event and all of the High Roller events. Keeping with the theme of speeding up the game, the Main Event will also be utilizing a shot clock from Day 2 forward. The shot clock gives players 30 seconds to make any given decision. For those extra tough spots, like when you are considering folding a set of Kings on the river, players are six 30-second time bank card that allows an additional 30 seconds. The Move To Re-Entry As the EPT continues to recover from what was perceived as a down year, they have opted to rethink their stance on the Main Event being a complete freezeout. Players who enjoy the purity of tournament poker may prefer the “single bullet” format of one-and-done entries, but PokerStars understands that it needs to be accommodating to those players who travel a great distance to participate. No one wants to pay thousands for a flight and hotel only to get cooled off on the first hand. This season, they have placed a single re-entry on the Main Event, allowing players a second chance should things not go their way with their first buy-in. The Monte Carlo Main Event has two starting flights and so players are given the option to either re-enter in the same flight or, should they bust on Day 1A, they can pay to enter Day 1B. Platinum Passes Up For Grabs The ongoing, year-long PokerStars No Limit Hold’em Player Championship Platinum Passes promotion will, of course, be in play during EPT Monte Carlo. Over the course of the series, PokerStars will hand out six $30,000 Platinum Passes, over the course of the 11 days. The winner of the Monte Carlo Main Event, the winner of the €1,100 EPT National Event and two random draws on Day 2 of both of those events will all get passes. There is a €1,650 live satellite to the PSPC taking place on May 1 and organizers will add an extra pass to that event. Lastly, one lucky home viewer of the live stream will also find their way into the PSPC for free. Live Streaming From The French Riviera That last Platinum Pass will be awarded to those who tune in to the PokerStars.tv live stream that will cover the both the Super High Roller Final Table as well as the Main Event from Day 2 until a champion is crowned. Anchored by James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, the seven straight days of streaming is very likely to be joined by some of the Team PokerStars Pros that are expected to be in attendance including Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov, Andre Akkari and Fatima Moreira de Melo. After the success of the EPT Sochi, which saw attendance in the main event increase from 387 players in 2017 to 861 in 2018, hopes are high for EPT Monte Carlo. The festival kicks on April 24 and should players be looking for one more innovation to help them book their travel, organizers have arranged for discounts on the notoriously expensive food in Monte Carlo. There's a 10% reduction on food in the poker room and players who enter any event will be given food vouchers.
  3. The European Poker Tour's return to Monte Carlo certainly didn't disappoint and as the Main Event final table wrapped up on Friday, there were two former GPI #1-ranked players and Hungarian Cinderella that had almost everybody cheering for him. In the end though it was France's Nicolas Dumont who outlasted them all to win his first major title, over €700,000 and a Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Ole Schemion was once in full control of this tournament, but late Thursday things went awry for the German and he started the final table eighth in chips. He lasted exactly one hand on Friday. David Peters opened to 225,000 from UTG+2, Patrik Antonius called from the cutoff and Schemion moved all in from the button for 1,160,000. Peters folded but Antonius both called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] while Schemion turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] to give Antonius to pair and eliminate Schemion in eighth place. Just over 30 minutes later a blind-vs-blind battle. Javier Fernandez, down to just 12 big blinds, moved all in from the small blind and Tomas Jozonis defended from the big. Fernandez turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] but got bad news wehen Jozonis showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Fernandez some hope but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="th"] river was any help and he was out in seventh place. Antonius was arguably the biggest name at the final table. Having already won an EPT title once in his career, Antonius is more known for his high stakes cash game action now. Unfortunately, the Finn was unable to add another major tournament title to his resume. Antonius moved all in for 1,305,000 from the button and Dumont called from the small blind. Antonius showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and Dumont showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] to eliminate Antonius in sixth. While Antonius was one of the big names at the final table, he wasn't the one stealing all the headlines in the lead up to the final table. Krisztian Gyorgyi, who qualified for this event in a €5 spin-n-go, had won the hearts and minds of viewers at home with a bluff on the livestream. Unfortunately, that moment didn't lead to a better one on Friday for the Hungarian. Gyorgyi raised to 280,000 from UTG, Dumont called from middle position before Honglin Jiang moved all-in from the button. Gyorgyi used one time extension before calling all in and Dumont folded. Gyorgyi turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and found himself racing against Jiang's [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. That race all but ended after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop and then ended for good after the [poker card="6s"] turn. The [poker card="jc"] hit the river, making Gyorgyi's fifth place elimination official. It took an hour for another elimination to happen. Jozonis raised to 325,000 from UTG and Peters movedall in for 2,325,000 from the button. The blinds both folded and Jozonis called and turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Peters grimaced after revealing [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ts"] flop kept Jozonis ahead as did the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="td"] river and Peters was eliminated in fourth. Even though he picked up Peters' chip, Jozonis only stuck around another 30 minutes. Down to just 12 big blinds, the #1-ranked online poker player in Lithuania moved all in from the button and was called by Jiang in the big blind. Jozonis turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] and found himself dominated by Jiang's [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop made things ever worse for Jozonis and he was eliminated in third after the [poker card="5c"] and [poker card="2s"] completed the board. Jiang started heads up with 57.8% of the chips in play but over the next 90 minutes, all of that went away. On the final hand of the night, Dumont limped, Jiang raised to 650,000, and Dumont responded by re-raising to 2,200,000. Jiang continued the aggression, moving all in fro 10,075,000 total and Dumont called instantly. Jiang showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and Dumont happily showed [d][poker card="qh"]. There was no bad beat in the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] runout and Dumont eliminated Jiang to win his first major title and €712,000. Final Table Payouts Nicolas Dumont - €712,000 Honglin Jiang - €434,000 Tomas Jozonis - €308,000 David Peters - €232,000 Krisztian Gyorgyi - €184,000 Patrik Antonius - €139,050 Javier Fernandez - €99,900 Ole Schemion - €68,300
  4. Final tables have no set end time. At times, Saturday's European Poker Tour Main Event final table in Monaco felt like it might never end. After playing for nearly 14 hours, Manig Loeser stood tall, having beaten a final table that included 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess. The early stages of the final table didn't hint at any sort of upcoming marathon. It took less than an hour to go from six to five players. Down to just six big blinds, Luis Medina decide to move all-in for 485,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3c"] after Loeser opened to 160,000 from UTG holding [poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"]. Loeser called and then avoided any real danger on the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="th"] board to send Medina out in sixth place. That's when the madness started. It took nine more hours of play for another player to hit the rail. During that time, four of the five remaining players each took a turn as the chip leader, including Loeser. Action folded to Nicola Grieco on the button and he moved all in for 1,475,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. Loeser called from the button with [poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop spelled doom for Grieco and he got no help on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="ad"] runout to end his tournament with a fifth place finish. Riess was only able to last another half hour. Left with just 4.5 big blinds, Riess moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="qc"][poker card="3s"] and Wei Huang called from the big with [poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"]. Riess got what he thought was an easy reprieve on the [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] flop. But the [poker card="td"] turn followed by the [poker card="kh"] on the river gave Huang Broadway and ended Riess' day in fourth place. Loeser, Huang and Viktor Katzenberger played three-handed for an hour before beginning talks of a deal. After one hour of fine tuning the numbers, the final three players agreed to a chop that left just €78,061 and the trophy to play for. Wei Huang - €552,056 Viktor Katzenberger - €529,707 Manig Loeser - €525,716 It took just 30 minutes of play to get heads-up. After dropping nearly all of his stack to Loeser one hand earlier, Katzenberger moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"] after Huang limped from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"]. Riess folded the big blind and Huang called. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] runout sent Katzenberger out in third place. Huang and Loeser played for 80 minutes before Loeser put the finishing touches on the win. Huang raised to 1,200,000 and Loeser called. Both players then checked through the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="tc"] and Loeser bet 1,400,000 and then called after Huang moved all in for 8,205,000. Huang tabled [poker card="ks"][poker card="8c"] and Loeser happily turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"] for a turned queen-high straight. The river was the [poker card="ad"] and Huang was eliminated, leaving Loeser to pose for winner photos and collect just over €600,000. Final Table Payouts Manig Loeser - €603,777 Wei Huang - €552,056 Viktor Katzenberger - €529,707 Ryan Riess - €265,620 Nicola Grieco - €206,590 Luis Medina - €152,800
  5. At the start of the final table, it didn’t look like he had a shot but Sergio ‘zcedrick’ Aido battled back from the short stack to take home the 2019 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller title and its €1,589,190 first-place prize. At the start of the day, only nine of the 52 entries remained and Aido sat at the bottom of the chip counts. That wasn't his only problem, he was also facing some of the best high-stakes tournament players in the world including Mikita Badziakouski, Charlie Carrel and Sam Greenwood. After the elimination quick elimination of Luc Greenwood, Germany’s Koray Aldemir saw his pocket nines fall to Daniel Dvoress’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] making him the official bubble boy and guaranteeing the final seven players a minimum payday of €264,860. Wiktor Malinowski collected that very amount when he fell in seventh place. Aido, who had been steadily making a come back after a number of doubles, raised on the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"]. Malinowski then shipped his short stack holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"] which was called by Aido. The flop fell [poker card="jd"][poker card="td"][poker card="3c"] keeping Aido in the lead. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and the river the [poker card="7d"]. Malinowski, who had a total of just over $9,000 on his Hendon Mob page prior to this tournament, picked up his largest recorded score to date. As Aido continued to climb the chip counts, he also continued to rack up eliminations. Folded to the small blind, Charlie Carrel shipped his 10 big blind stack with [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"] into Aido's big bling. Aido made the call holding [poker card="as"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"] gave Carrel some additional outs, but the board bricked out for Carrel. The [poker card="2h"] came on the turn and the [poker card="8s"] fell on the river and Carrel exited in sixth place, taking home €327,930. After losing a pivotal hand to Jesus Cortes, Belarus’ Mikita Badziakouski was all but out the door. He was holding on to less than one big blind due to his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] running into Cortes’ [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. He stuck those remaining chips in the middle with the [poker card="6c"][poker card="3c"] and Cortes raised, once again holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"]. Aido came along and the three saw the flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5h"]. Cortes bet, Aido folded and the board ran out [poker card="5d"] on the turn and the [poker card="th"] on the river, bringing Cortes the nut flush and bringing Badziakouski’s tournament to an end in fifth place for €428.830. Canadian Daniel Dvoress started the day as the chip leader, but with four player left, he found himself sitting on the short stack. From the cutoff, he moved his remaining 15 big blinds in holding the [poker card="ad"][poker card="9h"] and Aido made the call with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kh"]. Aido scored the third elimination of the final table when he spiked quads with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"] flop. The irrelvalent turn and river were dealt as Dvoress said his goodbyes and made his way to the cage to pick up €554,950 for fourth place. Defending EPT Monte Carlo €100K champion Sam Greenwood was making gains when he, too, fell victim to Aido. Greenwood raised his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] on the three-handed button. Aido put in a three-bet holding, yet again, [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"]. Cortes folded and Greenwood four-bet shoved only to be snap-called by Aido. The board ran clean for pocket kings coming [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="8s"] and Greenwood, who is used to going deep in the nosebleed tournaments, picked up another huge score of €731,530 for third place. Aldo held a commanding lead over fellow Spaniard Cortes when heads-up action began and it didn’t take long for him to put a stamp on his epic comeback. On the final hand, Aido limped the button with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"] and Cortes shipped his remaining chips in with [poker card="9s"][poker card="2d"]. Aido made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"][poker card="8d"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] leaving Cortes with six outs. The [poker card="5s"] river was not one of them and Cortes wrapped up as the runner-up, banking €1,147,750 for the largest recorded cash of his career. It also marks the largest career cash for Aido. He took out five of his final six opponents en route to winning the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller trophy and for €1,589,190 for first. The score pushes him to over $10M in lifetime recorded scores. PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Results Sergio Aido - €1,589,190 Jesus Cortes - €1,147,750 Sam Greenwood - €731,530 Daniel Dvoress - €554,950 Mikita Badziakouski - €428.830 Charlie Carrel - €327,930 Wiktor Malinowski - €264,860
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The European Poker Tour Monte Carlo event is done and dusted and Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters have all of that in a recap. They also discuss the uptick in the PokerStars Sunday Million while waxing poetically about what that tournament should be. They also talk about the return of the partypoker MILLIONS Online and try and make sense of the video released by Dan 'Jungleman' Cates. Senior Writer Jeff Walsh joins the show to discuss and debate the first players on PocketFives' ranking of the top 50 players in World Series of Poker history. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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