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The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT series that was hosted at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort pulled down its curtains yesterday after crowning a champion for its flagship €5,300 Main Event.
The event recorded a massive field of 922 entries through two starting flights that helped createa prize pool of€4,471,700 prize pool to be distributed to the top 135 finishers.
After four days of intense action,German high stakes pro Manig Loeser (cover image) lifted the trophy following a three-way deal with China`s Wei Huang (2nd for €552,056) and Hungary’s Viktor Katzenberger (3rd for €529,707). Loeser walked away with the €603,777 top prize and with the win, crossed the landmark $10 Million-mark in total live winnings!
Notables who managed to reach the money line but failed to make it to the eight-handed final table included Sam Greenwood (12th for €45,570), James Romero (21st for €27,680), Dario Sammartino (31st for €19,990), Patrik Antonius (35th for €17,310), Sylvain Mazza (51st for €14,800), Julien Martini (53rd for €14,800), Mikita Badziakouski (102nd for €9,660), Sam Grafton (123rd for €8,800), and Benny Glaser (132nd for €8,800).
Final Table Recap
Timothy Adams became the first casualty of the final table when he opened with pocket queens and got a caller in Viktor Katzenberger who held . The flop opened and Katzenberger bet 160,000. Adams check-raised to 585,000, Katzenberger made the call to seethe turn completing his flush. Katzenberger announced all in and Adams snap-called to get the bad news. The river was inconsequential and with that Adams busted in eighth place.
Not long after that, Rustam Hajiyev jammed with , and Manig Loeser moved all-in over-the-top holding pocket queens forcing everyone else off the hand.The board ran and that was the end of Hajiyev in seventh place.
With this, Day 4 of the Main Event came to a close as the final six bagged their stacks one last time before the big showdown.
Final Day Recap
Luis Medina became the first dismissal on the final day when his ace high couldn’t beat Manig Loeser’s pocket sevens.
The next elimination took a marathon nine hours coming after Medina’s bustout and getting things back on track was Nicola Grieco who hit the rail after his lost to Loeser’s as the latter flopped two pairs.
Former WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess was the short-stack on the table and moved all in with queen high. Wei Huang looked him up with jack-high and rivered a straight, eliminating Riess in fourth place.
The remaining three players starting discussing a deal and it took them an hour to reach an agreement. With the modified payouts locked in, play continued for the trophy and an additional €78,061.
Shortly after the deal, Viktor Katzenberger lost a huge pot to Loeser, and just a few hands later he moved all-in with . Huang called tabling and took down the pot to get play down to heads-up.
On the final hand of the tournament, Wei Huang opened with ,and Loeser defended with . Both checked the flop and Loeser made his straight on the turn . Loeser bet, Huang jammed and Loeser snap-called.Huang needed a queen, but the on the river crowned Loeser the 2019 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event champion!
Final Table Results (EURO)
*denotes three-way deal
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