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The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT has been the center of attention at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort & Hotel this past week. After the French National Championship was taken down by Stefano Schiano for €209,000, several other tournaments crowned champions.
Another one of the side events at the stop now in the history books – the €25,000 NLHE was taken down by German High Roller Rainer Kempe (cover image). Kempe defeated Joao Simao in the final moments of the tournament to win himself a payday of €400,850 and his fifth title this year!
The tournament attracted 53 entries including 36 unique players who re-entered 17 times, making for a prize pool of €1,272,530. Proceedings of the event suffered a bit of delay since the participation numbers were low initially. After at least 14 runners registered to play, the event took off. Players fell quickly off the field and the nine-handed final table was reached within few hours.
The likes of Ramin Hajiyev, Nick Petrangelo, Ole Schemion and Sean Winter failed to make it to the nine-handed final table. Two of the final table contenders would return empty-handed and competition stiffened thereon.
Jean-Noel Thorel was the first player to depart in ninth place.
Adrian Mateos ended up bubbling the event in eighth place after his ace-ten lost to Joao Simao’s ace-queen, on a board that brought a pair of sevens and a queen on the flop.
The star-studded final table then saw Richard Yong leave in seventh place after his ace-queen was run down by Simao’s pocket queens that improved to a set on the flop.
Seth Davies was axed in sixth place when his pocket jacks ran into David Peters’ ace-king, and an ace on the turn gave Peters the higher pair.
It was Steve O’Dwyer hitting the rail in fifth place when he moved all in from the cutoff with after Kempe’s all-in shove from under-the-gun. O’Dwyer tabled against Kempe’s , and the board ran out dry for O’Dwyer.
Kempe then put David Peters to the test with a big bet from the small blind forcing the latter to move all in. Peters called, showing and Kempe revealed his . The flop of saw Kempe hitting top pair that held through the turn and the river, eliminating Peters in fourth place.
PokerStars Ambassador Andre Akkari put his tournament life at risk by moving all-in from the small blind holding . Kempe looked down at and made an immediate call. Kempe turned a flush on the rundown to send Akkari packing in third place.
Just as few hands into the heads-up play and it was all over. Joao Simao moved all in on the button holding for 315,000, and Kempe made the call with . The Brazilian rail edged closer to the table for a better view of the board. Kempe stayed ahead on the flop and turned a pair on the turn. The on the river completed the board, getting Kempe his fifth trophy this year.
Final Table Results (EURO)
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