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A mighty fluke, the chip lead and the will to conquer it all. That would be an apt summary of the journey of Nicolas Dumont (cover image), the winner of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event.
While the final table had poker superstars like Ole Schemion, Patrick Antonius and David Peters, topping them all was a driving instructor from Paris Nicolas Dumont.
Dumont had just $20,000 in cashes prior to this win and he maneuvered his way through the star-studded final table to pick up the €712,000 top prize, the EPT title and the coveted Platinum Pass worth $30,000 and will now be visiting Bahamas for sure with his good friend and fellow Platinum Pass winner Julien Perouse.
It was perhaps fate that got Dumont to play this event as originally Perouse was supposed to attend but couldn’t and hence asked Dumont if he’d be interested in playing. Six days later Dumont found himself sitting on the biggest score he could have imagined to win on the trip!
After his win, the champion was witnessed addressing the fact that he will head to Bahamas for sure, he said “It will be fantastic. I don’t have words for saying how I’m feeling. It’s unreal.”
In total, a €3,768,450 prize pool was formed after 762 entries were recorded over two starting flights with the top 111 places getting paid.
Notables who crossed the money line but couldn’t get things going to make it to the final table included Davidi Kitai (11th for €44,100), Adrian Mateos (13th for €39,300), Philipp Gruissem (28th for €17,500), Nick Petrangelo (57th for €11,900), Rainer Kempe (60th for €11,900), Sam Greenwood (64th for €11,900), Randy Lew (92nd for €10,300) and Erik Seidel (111th for €9,400).
Final Table Recap
The first elimination of the final table came in the very first hand of the final table in Germany’s pro Ole Schemion. David Peters opened with , Patrik Antonius called with and Schemion jammed with . Peters moved out after tanking and Antonius called. The board threw no surprises with on display and Schemion got eliminated.
40 minutes later, Spaniard Javier Fernandez moved in with and Tomas Jozonis called tabling . Jozonis further rivered a pair of tens and busted Fernandez from the event.
Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius was eyeing a second EPT title but exited next in sixth place after he shoved with only to get called by the eventual champion Nicolas Dumont who tabled . The board ran and Antonius hit the rail.
It was Hungarian Krisztian Gyorgyi whose dream to lift the trophy ended next. Gyorgyi opened with , Dumont called with and Honglin Jiang jammed holding . Gyorgyi went into a deep tank and uttered “call” while Dumont mucked. Jiang found some love from the board :@4 and Gyorgyi clapped his hands in frustration. The turn and the river blanked out and with that, Gyorgyi had to settle for a fifth place finish.
The sole US based player, David Peters walked out next. Tomas Jozonis opened and Peters jammed with . Jozonis quickly called tabling and won on the rundown .
Lithuania’s Jozonis was incidentally the next one to head to the payout desk. Jozonis shoved with and Honglin Jiang snap called with . The board fanned out ending Jozonis`s tournament run.
With that the heads-up between New Zealand’s Honglin Jiang and the Frenchman Nicolas Dumont began with the former in the lead.
The final hand of the event saw Honglin Jiang opening to 650,000 and Dumont limp-raised with . Jiang moved all in for and Dumont instantly called. The board came and Jiang walked over to congratulate the champion.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Nicolas Dumont – €712,000
2. Honglin Jiang – €434,000
3. Tomas Jozonis – €308,000
4. David Peters – €232,000
5. Krisztian Gyorgyi – €184,000
6. Patrik Antonius – €139,050
7. Javier Fernandez – €99,900
8. Ole Schemion – €68,300
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