The Main Event of the PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final got under way earlier today, with a whole host of top pros stumping up the €10,000 + €600 buy in. Also taking place today in Monte Carlo is the final of the Heads Up event between Victoria Coren and Melanie Weisner, while Justin Bonomo has recently wrapped up the $100,000 Super High Roller title.
Day 1A of the PokerStars EPT Grand Final Main Event is off and running, with top poker pros out in force. The likes of Jake Cody, Kevin Vandersmissen, Joe Cada, Vanessa Selbst, Isaac Haxton, Arnaud Mattern and Jude Ainsworth have all coughed up the €10,000 + €600 buy in, but not all of the big names have started well. Likeable Welsh pro Roberto Romanello suffered an early exit when holding pocket kings against a flopped full house, while James Akenhead joined him at the rail after an all in confrontation with David Sands, holding A – Q against A – K.
As we enter the final two blind levels of the day’s play in Monte Carlo, the early Day 1A chip leader in the EPT Grand Final Main Event looks to be John Eames with a stack of around 175,000.
Earlier in the day, Justin Bonomo had come into the final of the $100,000 EPT Grand Final Super High Roller event holding the chip lead and he emerged with the first place prize money of €1,640,000 after fending off strong competition from the likes of Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Negreanu and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
Bonomo dominated the final table, having arrived with a chip lead of more than two and a half times his nearest rival, before busting five of his seven rivals on the final table, including his heads up competitor Tobias Reinkemeier who was at a six to one chip disadvantage going into heads up play.
Bonomo said of his EPT Grand Final Super High Roller victory: “I think most people are lying when they say winning an event like this is all about the prestige. €1.6 million is a lot of money and I’m certainly not rich enough to not care about that!”
“I’m a grinder at heart so anytime I get a windfall like this it just goes back into the poker bankrol. I’ll be able to play more high stakes [poker] and just keep on trucking”, continued the American pro.
EPT Season 8 Grand Final Super High Roller results in full:
- Justin Bonomo – €1,640,000
- Tobias Reinkemeier – €1,064,000
- Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – €621,000
- Patrik Antonius – €443,000
- Masa Kagawa – €354,500
- Daniel Negreanu – €310,000
Also being played in Monte Carlo at the moment is the final of the Heads Up event, which features PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren and Lock Poker‘s Melanie Weisner. The final is a best of five affair and Coren currently leads 1-0, having beaten the likes of Dori Yacoub and Annette Obrestad en route to the final, where each match was the best of three.