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2017 PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event: Igor Yaroshevskyy Continues Domination in Leading Day 2
After crushing what was the smaller of the Day One fields, Ukrainian poker professional Igor Yaroshevskyy has continued his domination as he holds the Day 2 lead at the PokerStars Championship Panama’s Main Event.
Yaroshevskyy, sitting on top of 219,600 in chips, came into Day 2 with a monstrous lead over the remaining 171 players that remained after 366 players started the event. Second place was a bit of a surprise for many in the form of MMA champion Tito Ortiz, but those who underestimated him on Day 1A fell to his wrath as he amassed 182,000 chips. The Day 1B chip leader, Jiachen Gong, was in fourth place with 154,300 in chips, but he was looking way up at Yaroshevskyy as he strove to catch him.
One of the bits of business that had to be completed at the start of Day 2 in the Solis Hotel, Spa & Casino was setting the official prize pool and payouts for the cast gathered in Panama City. Once late registration closed on the tournament, 366 players had officially come to the party putting up $ 5,000 each to build a $ 1,775,100 prize pool. Officials with the Solis and the PokerStars Championship put their heads together and determined that 71 players would get at least a minimum payday of $ 7720, nearly 20% of the field earning a cash. The big prize for the eventual champion was set at $ 293,860, a nice chunk of change for traipsing to Central America for a poker tournament.
Yaroshevskyy came out of the gates firing on Day 2, knocking off Vicente Delgado on one of the first hands of the day. After Delgado opened the betting, Yaroshevskyy wasted little time in putting out a three bet. Undaunted, Delgado stepped up and made it four bets (21.2K) to go, at which time Yaroshevskyy seemed to have had enough. He asked how much Delgado had behind him, then five bet the action up to 47.5K. Delgado seemed ready for the fight, moving all in at this point, and Yaroshevskyy immediately made the call.
When the cards came face up, at least one of the hands was legitimate. Yaroshevskyy staked his chip lead on pocket Kings (entirely expected), but the table was simply stunned to see Delgado unveiled his A♥ 2♥ to fight for his tournament life. A Jack high board rolled out (J-5-10-9-8, for the record) to send Delgado, who had been among the bigger stacks in the room, out of the event and Yaroshevskyy’s chip stack up to a dominating 355,000.
That wasn’t even the biggest knockout for Yaroshevskyy on the day. After a raise from Thomas Altamirano and a call from Rafael Moraes, Yaroshevskyy followed suit. With all those chips in the center, a short-stacked Ambrose Ng in the big blind decided to see who was serious by moving all in (16K). Altamirano, it turned out, wasn’t, but Moraes called the bet. This now sparked Yaroshevskyy’s interest as, after a quick peek at Moraes chip stack, he moved enough chips to put Moraes at risk. Moraes made the call to set up a three-way situation (in order of strength):
Yaroshevskyy – pocket tens
Ng – pocket fours
Moraes – A♥ Q♥
It was all over but the crying when the flop came 8-10-7 to give Yaroshevskyy a crushing set. An Ace on the turn ended it for both Moraes and Ng and, to make it worse for Moraes, a Queen would come on the river for Queens up. That wasn’t good enough against Yaroshevskyy’s set, however, as both Moraes and Ng walked away while Yaroshevskyy’s stack soared to 450,000.
Lather, rinse, repeat…this is the way the day went for the Ukrainian wrecking ball. Late in the afternoon as the number of survivors slipped under 100, Yaroshevskyy was sitting atop a 710,000-chip stack, vastly outpacing his closest competitors. The final level of the day (play stops early in Panama!) played out with a bit of drama as the field tried to reach the money. That didn’t happen, meaning the remaining 78 players will come back on Friday with the first order of business to pop the money bubble.
1. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 745,500
2. Denis Timofeev, 569,000
3. Caufman Talley, 546,000
4. Tito Ortiz, 270,500
5. Vincent Allevato, 256,500
6. Pablo Gordillo, 254,500
7. Pedro Romanzo Pollino, 244,000
8. Eduards Kudrjavcevs, 237,000
9. Jessica Perez Borrego, 235,500
10. Kenneth Smaron, 234,500
Play will resume at noon on Friday in the Solis, with seven very unhappy people being sent out of the tournament arena with nothing to show for their efforts. PokerStars Live! will have all the action as the next champion is determined for the PokerStars Championships.
Day Two of the World Poker Tour’s stop at the 2017 Fallsview Poker Classic is in the books. After popping the money bubble early in the day, the tournament was only able to work down to the final 22 players that will be headed by local player Ronald Laplante and facing a hectic Day Three for this afternoon.
148 hopefuls came back with the dreams of WPT glory in their minds and poker pro Ben Wilinofsky at the head of the field with his 275,900 in chips. As typical after surviving the Day One minefield, those that were on the short stacks tried to “double up or go home” and some were successful in that effort. Connor Drinan, not exactly hurting on a 100K-plus stack, doubled through Henry Tran after Drinan’s 5-4 found a miracle on an 8-4-4 flop against Tran’s A-3. The same couldn’t be said for Andre Defelice, who went against Thomas Lefort with both holding Big Slick; after four diamonds came on the board, Lefort’s K♦ would play and send Defelice out the door.
One thing that hadn’t been concluded from Day One is what the players were knocking each other around for. The record 489 entry field had generated a $ 2,229,954 prize pool (Canadian, or $ 1,701,287 roughly U. S.), of which the top 63 players would earn a piece along with a new Hendon Mob flag. The eyes of all were at the top, though, where a nice payday of $ 449,484 ($ 335,436) awaits the eventual champion of the tournament.
Wilinofsky’s stay atop the standings wouldn’t last long into Day Two. Mark Toulouse would first leap over the Canadian pro, taking a chunk of chips off Darren Elias to crack the 300K mark. Then Andrew Chen would get into the game in what is a candidate for “hand of the year” even though we’re only a couple of months into 2017.
A four-way pot saw a once in a lifetime situation when Chen, holding pocket Queens, got his chips in against Frank Stepuchin, Ali Braaz and Omid Shahbazian, with Chen covering them all. The problem was (and information was spotty with the players’ recollections as to who held what) Chen was beating only one of those players pre-flop, who was holding J♦ 10♦, while the others held pocket Kings and pocket Aces. On the flop, the two remaining Queens stunningly rolled onto the felt to give Chen quads and the lead. A blank turn sealed the deal, with Chen knocking out Stepuchin, Braaz and Shahbazian and shooting to 475K in the turn of a friendly card (or cards, in this case).
Chen would enjoy the lead for most of the afternoon as the money bubble came closer. When Rafik Yeghnazari saw his pocket Aces stand over two players – knocking out one in the process – the final 63 players were assured of their minimum payday of $ 8,176. That knockout also started the parade towards the cash cage as the players started dropping left and right.
Defending champion David Ormsby, Curt Kohlberg and the start of day chip leader Wilinofsky all saw their tournament stays ended before the dinner break. After that respite, only 47 players were left, but there was still a great deal of work left to do. With Championship Day on Friday, the remaining players had to get as close as possible to the WPT final table of six as possible, otherwise there would be a lengthy day on Friday for those remaining
They didn’t lack for effort. Blake Bohn, Aaron Massey, Chris Bell and Lefort would depart after the dinner break as the final three tables came into view. As the last level of the night played out, only five players – Shayne Matyjas, Nick Alafogiannis, Jason James, Peter Chien and Drinan finishing in 27th through 23rd places, respectively – would be eliminated as the jostling atop the leaderboard continued. Chen would be responsible for one of those knockouts (Alafogiannis), but he was unable to stop the onrushing train that was Laplante, who was almost knocked off the top of the mountain by David Eldridge’s elimination of Drinan to end the night.
1. Ron Laplante, 1.724 million
2. David Eldridge, 1.7 million
3. Buck Ramsay, 1.548 million
4. Novica Miskovic, 1.18 million
5. Kristen Bicknell, 1.018 million
6. David Ho, 982,000
7. Mark Zajdner, 803,000
8. Chrishan Sivasundaram, 733,000
9. Andrew Chen, 649,000
10. Darren Elias, 617,000
Elias is the only remaining member of the WPT Champions’ Club remaining in the tournament, but Bicknell bears watching also. The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is looking for the second leg of poker’s Triple Crown and it is easily conceivable to see her taking this title. Along with Laplante, also look out for Chen if he can get over his late-night slump from Thursday.
Action will resume at Fallsview Casino on the banks of Niagara Falls (the Canadian bank) this afternoon, with the champion crowned this evening. There will be no stream for this event and it will not be taped for broadcast on the Season XV schedule of the WPT (unfortunately like Ema Zajmovic’s historical victory at the WPT Montreal earlier this month). There will be a champion, however, who will be more than happy to take a few hundred thousand dollars’ home with them for the victory!
2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 5: Final Table Determined with James Romero, Ryan Tosoc Leading Justin Bonomo
The final table has been determined for the 2016 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event and it is shaping up to be an impressive battle. While James Romero has been able to pull away from the pack a bit, players such as Ryan Tosoc and Justin Bonomo (just to name a couple) are poised to try to take him down.
Starting the action on Friday, the 19 players remaining were looking to capture one of the sextet of seats that would be in action later today. Tosoc was at the helm of the pack with Bonomo in pursuit, but it was three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour who was drawing the attention down the leaderboard. Unfortunately for Seymour, his deep run in this WPT event ended earlier than he wanted on Friday afternoon.
About two hours into the Day 5 play, Tosoc pushed out a bet and Seymour put him to the test by moving all in. Tosoc debated his situation for a couple of minutes before making the call, finding his K-Q off suit live against Seymour’s off suit A-10. The J-9-8 flop kept Seymour in the lead, but the 10 on the turn wasn’t something he was looking for as it gave Tosoc a King-high straight. To add insult to injury, the Ace on the river improved Seymour to a worthless two pair against Tosoc’s Broadway, sending the former NFL star to the rail in 18th place. In earning his fifth ever WPT cash, Seymour also earned his best cash ever ($ 52,174) and continues to strive for that landmark poker title that he’s working towards.
As Tosoc was ending Seymour’s day, however, he was losing the chip lead. On the other table, Romero was clashing with Rob Wazwaz on a 10-2-2-6-J board that saw Wazwaz push the final chips of his stack to the center on the river. Romero called with no concerns and, after the cards were up, it was obvious why. Romero’s A-2 had flopped the world while Wazwaz’s K-10 held a losing two pair. Romero rocketed to six million chips following the hand as Wazwaz reviewed the play of the hand in his head as he headed to the cage in 17th place.
Romero kept up the pressure on his opponents but was also the beneficiary of some fortune on Friday. He would eliminate Stephen Graner in 15th place after his A-Q flopped Aces up against Graner’s pocket Jacks, then would move on to the unofficial final table of 10 with a massive chip stack of 6.395 million. That stack only got bigger when he took down J. C. Tran in tenth place, once again holding A-Q against Tran’s pocket tens and seeing a board of Q-4-3-Q-A.
Now sitting on about a third of the chips in play, Romero didn’t exactly sit back and let everyone else decide the future final table. In fact, Romero would be the player who would end the action for the evening in what started as a three-way pot. Jake Schindler would open the betting out of the cutoff and both Romero (button) and Chris Klodnicki (big blind) came along. After a K-9-7 flop, Klodnicki fired a bet of 220K. Schindler thought it over for a bit before making the call and, after a five-minute tank of his own that brought a calling of the clock, Romero popped the action up to 510K. Warily Klodnicki made the call, as did Schindler, building the largest pot of the tournament to this point.
A turn four didn’t seem to help anyone but it would bring the final action on the hand. Both Klodnicki and Schindler checked to Romero, who put out another bet of 510K for consideration. Klodnicki didn’t believe the story that Romero was telling, moving all in over Romero’s bet, but Schindler decided that Romero had the goods. It turned out Schindler was correct as Romero showed pocket sevens for the set against Klodnicki’s K-9 (Kings up). Needing a King or a nine to top Romero, Klodnicki instead saw a five to end his tournament on the television bubble and stack Romero massively for Saturday’s action.
1. James Romero, 9.86 million
2. Ryan Tosoc, 4.465 million
3. Justin Bonomo, 3.36 million
4. Igor Yaroshevskyy, 2.57 million
5. Alex Condon, 2.265 million
6. Jake Schindler, 1.21 million
This shapes up as one of the tougher final tables in recent memory on the WPT. Schindler, even on the short stack, knows what is necessary to win as a former champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 High Roller (2014). With his finish in this tournament, Condon will crack the $ 1 million mark in career earnings and, should he win, would rocket close to $ 3 million in earnings. Yaroshevskyy is close to $ 2 million in earnings (mostly on the European circuit) but is looking for his breakthrough championship, while Bonomo, Tosoc and Romero are known commodities.
It promises to be an entertaining battle this afternoon/evening as these six men contend for this WPT title. The winner will join such names as Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Antonio Esfandiari, Eugene Katchalov, David ‘Chino’ Rheem and Mohsin Charania as champions of this event. While that is definitely some rarefied air, the $ 1,938,118 first place check might be more of what the players are looking at.
2016 WSOP, Preliminary Events: “Colossus II” Lumbers to Finish Line, $10K Stud Final Table Set with Robert Mizrachi Leading
The entirety of the humongous field for “Colossus II” came together for the first time on Sunday at the 2016 World Series of Poker while, off in its own quiet little corner of the Amazon Room, the deep-pocketed pros who came back for Day 2 of the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship determined their final table.
Event #2 – $ 565 “Colossus II” No Limit Hold’em
After drawing in 21,613 entries for the tournament, the 846 players who came back on Sunday were all in the money. After calculations were complete, these remaining players were all guaranteed $ 2200 for their efforts (more than the $ 850 or so that players eliminated during the six Flights on Day 1), but no one wanted to depart with that pittance as $ 1 million was up for grabs for the champion. Starting the day, Flight F chip leader Norman Michalek was atop the standings with his 531,000 in chips, but there was a long day ahead of him and the remainder of the tournament.
In the early going, pros such as Loni Harwood, Kelly Minkin, Joe Elpayaa, Matt Stout and Asher Conniff were sent to the rail, but others pros managed to chip their way up. Bryan Piccioli took some chips off of Flight A chip leader David Polop to crack the 300K mark, while Michael Mizrachi got fortunate to bump a player out of the tournament when his A-J found a Jack on the flop against his opponent’s A-K. Mizrachi would get his chips in again facing a slight disadvantage against Joseph Cheong (Mizrachi’s K-Q off suit against Cheong’s A♣ 7♣), but he would flop a Queen and turn one to eventually make a boat against Cheong and send him to the rail.
It wasn’t until Mizrachi ran into the man that would become the Day 2 chip leader that he was stopped. Flight C chip leader Ben Lindemulder defended his small blind after a raise from Mizrachi to see a 10♦ 3♠ 2♠ flop and both players checked. On a J♠ turn, Mizrachi would check-raise Lindemulder, only to see Lindemulder fire a four-bet at him. Mizrachi, after a moment to ponder the move, just called to see a 9♣ come on the river. Lindemulder didn’t play around, putting out enough chips that Mizrachi would be all in, but Mizrachi didn’t bite; he slid his cards to the muck as Lindemulder rocketed to 1.75 million with the hand.
This just seemed to get Lindemulder started. He would crack the three million chip mark soon after the dinner break and shatter the four million mark in winning a flip (his opponent’s pocket Queens versus Lindemulder’s A-K) and powered his way over the five million mark by the time the final 77 players bagged up their chips.
1. Ben Lindemulder, 5,325,000
2. Richard Carr, 3,550,000
3. Vincent Moscati, 3,300,000
4. Farhad Davoudzadeh, 2,845,000
5. Daniel Dizenzo, 2,560,000
6. Benjamin Keeline, 2,540,000
7. Jonathan Borenstein, 2,460,000
8. Marek Ohnisko, 2,430,000
9. Alex Benjamin, 2,390,000
10. Steven Nichols, 2,240,000
Day 3 will kick off at 2PM (Pacific Time) on Monday, with the goal to work to the final table of the tournament. On Tuesday, the winner of “Colossus II” will walk off with the WSOP bracelet and a $ 1 million prize.
Event #3 – $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud World Championship
33 familiar professional faces walked into the Amazon Room on Sunday, looking to determine the final table for the first $ 10,000 World Championship event on this year’s schedule. It was an unfamiliar face, Steve Weiss, who held the lead at the start of the day, while Jean-Robert Bellande and George Danzer were in hot pursuit. With only 14 players taking a payday from the tournament, it was rather tense as the cards hit the air.
Within the first hour of the start of action, the rail began to get populated with eliminated players. Former WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, Jason Somerville, Jason Mercier, and Anthony Zinno were among those who left empty-handed. They were soon joined by Bellande, who couldn’t recapture the magic from Day 1 when he climbed from one big bet to be in second place. It would take a pretty big hand – Calvin Anderson’s Wheel straight flush – to knock off Bellande, however.
The names continued to fall as the tournament stretched into the early evening. Cyndy Violette and Max Pescatori would fall short of the money while Matt Grapenthien and Danzer surged up the leaderboard. After Joel Tushnet ran his (9-9) 10 into Adam Friedman’s (J-J) 9 and could not find any more help to be eliminated on the money bubble, the players were all guaranteed a $ 14,500 payday and a WSOP entry on their poker resumes.
The eliminations of Felipe Ramos, Jeff Lisandro, Stephen Chidwick and Adam Friedman brought the final nine men to the table together, with Grapenthien and David Benyamine leading the pack. Rod Pardey was the unfortunate final table “bubble boy,” falling at the hands of Danzer in ninth place, and Grapenthien cracked the million chip mark in taking a pot off of Anderson before the dinner break. He would immediately extended that lead after dinner in making quads off his rolled up eights in getting Bill Chen to come all the way to the end with his straight.
After Anderson was eliminated by Danzer in eighth place, however, Robert Mizrachi came to life. He would eliminate Chen in seventh place to crack the million chip mark, and grinded out more chips in taking the lead from Grapenthien. By the time the smoke cleared, an outstanding final six had been determined:
1. Robert Mizrachi, 1.371 million
2. Matt Grapenthien, 1.157 million
3. Steve Weiss, 682,000
4. Ted Forrest, 447,000
5. David Benyamine, 373,000
6. George Danzer, 340,000
Weiss is the only player who has yet to win a WSOP among these players, but his Day 1 leading efforts set him up as a serious contender. He’ll have some work to do when the men return at noon on Monday to determine the victor in this World Championship and who will receive the WSOP bracelet and the $ 242,662 first place prize.
Event #4 – $ 1000 Top Up Turbo No Limit and Event #5 – $ 1500 Dealer’s Choice – Day 1
The final table of Event #4 will be contested on Monday, with the 667 player field whittled down to the final nine in less than 12 hours. While players such as Andy Bloch, Liv Boeree, Eric Baldwin, Ronnie Bardah and David ‘Chino’ Rheem all cashed and Mohsin Charania bubbled the final table, WSOP bracelet winner Ben Yu and fellow poker professional Kyle Julius are the notable names at the final table. They will be chasing Karl Held when the champion is determined on Monday afternoon:
1. Karl Held, 1.175 million
2. Hugo Perez, 1.065 million
3. Bart Lybaert, 810,000
4. Ben Yu, 760,000
5. Kyle Julius, 530,000
6. Nitis Udornpim, 435,000
7. Christian Blech, 315,000
8. Vinny Pahuja, 310,000
9. George Dolofan, 160,000
The champion will take down the WSOP bracelet and the lion’s share of the prize pool, in this case totaling $ 142,972.
For the Dealer’s Choice tournament, by the time late registration ended for this tournament 389 players had stepped up for the game. That was an improvement over last year’s 357 runners, a good sign that could bode well for the next couple of weeks for the WSOP. The resulting $ 525,150 prize pool will go to the top 59 finishers and the champion will receive $ 125,466.
When they day was over, a “blast from the past” was back in the driver’s seat. 2008 Ladies’ World Champion Svetlana Gromenkova used the elimination of Ben Ludlow in a massive Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo hand to drive her to the top of the leaderboard, where she will have to fend off several difficult challenges if she is to hold the crown:
1. Svetlana Gromenkova, 99,600
2. Richard Ashby, 82,300
3. Yueqi Zhu, 81,000
4. Michael Banducci, 74,000
5. Joshua Mullins, 71,000
6. Bryce Yockey, 67,800
7. Jared Bleznick, 65,000
8. David Sklansky, 62,000
9. Justin Gardenhire, 60,300
Play resumes on Monday at 2PM when the final 85 players will battle it out for the final table.
EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller Day 2: Final Table Determined with Ali Reza Fatehi Leading
The season finale for the European Poker Tour, the Grand Final, rolled along on Friday with Day 2 action in their €100,000 Super High Roller event. After firming up the prize pool with the close of late registration to start the day, the end of the night brought the final table into clear view with Iran’s Ali Reza Fatehi atop the leaderboard.
38 players returned from the 44 players who put up 56 buy-ins on Day 1 Thursday, but they would be joined by some (through late registration/rebuy) who arrived a bit late to the party. Fedor Holz, who had been a bit preoccupied with the €10,000 High Roller event on Thursday (where he finished fourth) was one of the newcomers after winning a €10K satellite into the tournament; he was joined by the third place finisher in that tournament, Sergey Lebedev, who chopped up that High Roller with eventual champion Chance Kornuth and Philipp Gruissem. With rebuys from Max Altergott, Nick Petrangelo and Timofey Kuznetsov, the final numbers came in at 61 entries, with the final eight players taking down a payday and the eventual champion earning a nice €1,775,500 for three days of work.
So the 43 runners were off for Day 2 with quite the slog before them. It didn’t seem that they had €100,000 on the line, however, as several players were looking for big doubles or a day off before the start of the Grand Final on Saturday. Lebedev was the beneficiary of one of these moves, sitting behind a small-blind Dominik Nitsche who had shoved all in when Lebedev woke up with Big Slick in the big blind. Lebedev called and he had Nitsche’s A-10 dominated; once the board ran out eight high, Nitsche had a spot on the rail with his name on it.
Nitsche wasn’t alone in viewing the action from the sidelines. Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, Fabian Quoss, Thomas Muehloecker and start-of-day chip leader Mikita Badziakouski all were early victims of the action as, once the tournament was down to the final three tables, Mustapha Kanit had moved into the lead with 1.6 million chips. After the redraw, Fatehi came out of the woodwork to challenge Kanit after his A♦ 5♦ nut flush defeated Max Silver’s K♦ Q♦ second-best flush to double up to 1.5 million.
This seemed to spark Fatehi’s aggression as he was responsible for knocking off Stanley Choi and Silver soon afterwards to move into the lead, but Kanit wasn’t so eager to give up his position. He utilized the double-knockout to take down Jason Mercier and Sean Winter to push over the two million mark and bring about another redraw with two tables left. Kanit kept the pressure up, chopping a bunch of chips from Ivan Luca, but he would slide back behind Fatehi again in doubling up Luca later on.
The duo kept the chips flying as the skies darkened on the Mediterranean coast, but Fatehi took firm command of the tournament just as the dinner bell sounded. On a K♥ Q♥ 4♣ 4♥ 3♣ board, Fatehi moved all in on Christoph Vogelsang, who agonized over the decision as many of the players stopped to watch as they headed to dinner. Although he admitted he “wasn’t strong,” Vogelsang didn’t believe Fatehi and made the call, only to his dismay see Fatehi had the goods with an A♥ 5♥ against Vogelsang’s A♦ Q♦, solidifying Vogelsang’s longer dinner break than he expected after being eliminated. The additional chips to Fatehi’s stack pushed him over the four million mark.
It was more of a factor of who would join Fatehi at the final table than whether Fatehi would have the chip lead at the end of the night. Once Ole Schemion eliminated Mike McDonald in ninth place (for no payday), the final eight men were set for Saturday’s showdown with Fatehi holding a massive chip lead.
1. Ali Reza Fatehi, 5.18 million
2. Stephen Chidwick, 2.92 million
3. Mustapha Kanit, 2.2 million
4. Ole Schemion, 1.685 million
5. Igor Kurganov, 1.23 million
6. Ivan Luca, 935,000
7. Sam Greenwood, 855,000
8. Paul Newey, 250,000
While these eight men will fight it out for the remainder of the nearly €6 million prize pool, the rest of the international poker community will prepare for Day 1A of the EPT Grand Final Main Event on Saturday. The €5000 buy-in tournament should be one of the biggest in the history of the EPT as players from around the world are in Monaco especially for the event. Defending champion Adrian Mateos is on hand to see if he can hold on to his belt as the champion, but he’ll have to fend off a field that could exceed 600 players. It makes for a busy day on Saturday as the EPT wraps up its Season 12 schedule in the ritzy confines of Monte Carlo.