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This 3-bet report includes updates from three recently-concluded live tournaments – the Merit Poker Carmen Series Main Event, WPT Prime Amsterdam Main Event, and RunGood Poker Series Jacksonville Main Event.
France`s Maxime Chilaud (cover left) navigated the 765-player field in the Merit Poker Carmen Series Main Event to win a career-best $376,800, crossing the $1 Million mark in lifetime earnings. Israel’s Michael Magalashvili collected an impressive $277,500 in second place.
Germany’s Philip Hollederer (cover center) overcame a vast 1,070-entry field in the WPT Prime Amsterdam Main Event, collecting the €171,952 top prize and securing a seat in the season-ending WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. Netherlands’ Eli Fisz finished second for €1,07,701.
Antwan Prince (cover-right) broke a 377-strong player barrier in the inaugural RunGood Poker Series Jacksonville Main Event, walking away with a career-best $92,796, the bestbet trophy, the RGPS champions ring, and an expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas. Prince opted for a diplomatic way to end the tournament, striking a four-way deal with Dimas Martinez Jr. (2nd for $71,971), Charles Kelley (3rd for $68,739), and David Vogel (4th for $68,735).
Frenchman Maxime Chilaud Champions Merit Poker Carmen Series Main Event For Career-Best $376,800
The 2023 Merit Poker Carmen Series Main Event in the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in North Cyprus saw French poker pro Maxime Chilaud outlasting a massive 765-player field to bag away a career-best $376,800, crossing $1 MIllion in lifetime earnings. Israel’s Michael Magalashvili pocketed $277,500 in second place.
Chilaud has tracked live tournament winnings dating back to 2013 and now sits with over $1.11 Million in lifetime earnings. His previous best score of $184,000 came last year when he shipped the $5,300 NLH – High Roller at the Merit Poker Vintage Series.
“It was really crazy. I doubled my stack on Day 1 after ten minutes, and after that, I was always a top stack until the final table or right before. I had a really good three days. I had to be lucky a few times,” Chilaud said following his victory.
“It means a lot because it’s my biggest win in a tournament live after ten years. It was already my biggest four months ago in the High Roller. Cyprus is really good for me,” Chilaud said. “I don’t do many live tournaments, but I always go to Cyprus. There are really good tournaments here. It’s really fun to be here. I always have a good time in Cyprus. It’s nice to play, and I feel lucky,” he added.
The $3,300 buy-in MPCS Main Event had 765 players joining through the three starting flights. And the hopefuls gathered a hefty $2,111,400 prize pool.
Notables like the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event champion Jack Sinclair (43rd for $9,990) and WSOP bracelet winners Stoyan Madanzhiev (44th for $9,990) and Dmitry Yurasov (52nd for $8,535) crossed the money line but fell short of the final table.
The final table featured Yuksel Savsa (3rd for $170,300), Simeon Spasov (4th for $125,900), Eduard Barsegian (5th for $94,300), Atanas Pavlov (6th for $76,200), Fausto Tantillo (7th for $63,000), Walter Treccarichi (8th for $50,200) and Denis Kapustin (9th for $37,700).
Final Table Results (USD)
Philip Hollederer Wins WPT Prime Amsterdam Main Event For €171,952
Germany’s Philip Hollederer recently won the World Poker Tour Prime Amsterdam Main Event after outplaying a vast 1070-entry field. Hollederer defeated Netherlands’ Eli Fisz (2nd for €1,07,701) heads-up to win the €171,952 top prize and secure his seat in the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
On the final day, Hollederer held the chip lead with just ten players remaining.
Final Day Recap
The final table was set quickly, with Bart Driessen exiting in 10th place after his pocket aces were cracked by the suited ace-nine of Stephan van den Berg that hit a flush on the board.
The first elimination of the final table occurred on the sixth hand when Vache Zakaryan was knocked out in ninth place after his king-nine failed to overcome the king-queen held by Floris ten Cate.
Floris ten Cate scored his second final table elimination of the final table after flopping the nut flush against Clyde Tjauw Foe, who was also holding a flush but was drawing dead after all the chips went in on the turn.
Willem Roebroek was the next player to fall in seventh place after his ten-five was beaten by Joey Sint`s king-eight. Cate quickly scalped a third player on the final table, eliminating Van den Berg in sixth place.
Philip Hollederer scored his first final table elimination after his ace-ten won a flip against Carlos Da Costa Dias`s pocket eights.
Joey Sint was the next player to fall in fourth place after running his pocket tens into Eli Fisz’s pocket kings. Fisz then eliminated Floris ten Cate in third place, leaving Hollederer as the only player standing between him and the title.
The duo exchanged the chip lead several times before Philip Hollederer ultimately secured the victory. On the final hand, Hollederer rivered a flush with his suited nine-four, edging past Eli Fisz, who paired his ace on the board.
The WPT Prime Amsterdam Main Event collected €1,000,000 in the prize pool, and the top 125 finishers got paid a min-cash worth €1,782.
Final Table Results (Euro)
*Includes a €10,400 package to the WPT World Championship
Antwan Prince Champions RGPS Jacksonville Main Event For $92,796
Antwan Prince recently won the inaugural RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) Jacksonville Main Event, taking home a whopping $92,796 in prize money and the bestbet trophy, the RGPS champions ring, and a paid trip to Las Vegas.
The final day was a marathon for Prince and the three remaining players. After hours of intense poker action, the quartet agreed to a deal, with Dimas Martinez Jr. (2nd for $71,971), Charles Kelley (3rd for $68,739), and David Vogel (4th for $68,735) banking the other top prizes and Prince bagging the title.
For Prince, the victory marks his biggest win to date, eclipsing his previous record of $28,218 he won in a $500 tournament at the Pinktober Poker Open in Tampa in 2021. The 29-year-old was overwhelmed by his win and credited his success to his determination and hard work.
“It’s still sinking in… definitely excited that I was able to get the ring, I wouldn’t have made the chop without it,” Prince said in his post-win interview.
Despite being a member of the military, Prince enjoys playing poker and participates in tournaments whenever he gets the chance. When asked about his plans for the winnings, Prince revealed that he would put most of it aside for investments and keep some of it for his WSOP bankroll.
The road to victory was not easy for Prince, who entered Day 2 with one of the shorter stacks after only bagging 115,000 on his second bullet. However, he caught fire about seven hours into the day and accumulated a large stack, busting out players left and right.
He continued his momentum into the final table, where he quickly eliminated Jack Sumner (8th), Marvin Thomas (7th), and Thomas Carroll (5th). Once he busted Carroll, he had almost double the chips as the rest of the table, ultimately leading to the chop and the victory.
The $1,200 buy-in Main Event attracted 377 players over three starting flights and paid the top 79 places at least $1,921 from the $653,120 prize pool.
Final Table Results
*denotes a four-way deal
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