Despite a final eight featuring the likes of Patrik Antonius, David Peters, and Ole Schemion, the latter stages of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event final table were dominated by relative live tourney newbies and was eventually won by Frenchman Nicolas Dumont for €712,000 and a $30,000 Platinum Pass to January’s PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.
While the aforementioned big three have over $46m in live tournament winnings, the combined winnings prior today for four of the top five finishers was less than the first place prize money for this event, with Dumont’s total live earnings being just over $24k.
Schemion might just as well not have sat down as he was in his seat for just one hand, busting straight away when he raised all-in with after an initial raise from Peters and a call from Antonius. While Peters folded, Antonius made the call with . A jack high board saw off the German high roller who exited in 8th for €68,300.
It took just over half an hour for the next elimination. Javier Fernandez had been nestled at the bottom of the chip stacks for some time when he shoved from the small blind with and was snap-called by the start of day chip leader Tomas Jozonis with . Tha board ran out sending the Spaniard home in 7th, good for a €99,900 payday.
Patrik Antonius was looking for his 2nd EPT title, 13 years after he was victorious EPT Baden in 2005. It wasn’t to be, however, as he hit the rail in 6th place. The Finnish legend lost over half his stack calling down Nicolas Dumont with on a board only for the Frenchman to turn over for quads. Despite doubling up soon after, Antonius remained the short stack until his exit around an hour and a quarter later. Once again it was Dumont who got the better of him as Antonius shoved for 1.3m from the button with and Dumont called in the small blind with. A board of blanks sent Antonius packing to collect his €139,050 winnings.
Next out was Hungarian €5 online qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi who risked his last 2m chips with against Honglin Jiang’s . The race was over on the flop as Jiang flopped a set. Gyorgyi took his leave in 5th for which he received a handsome €184,000 pay cheque.
Above: It was a historic run from €5 online qualifier Krisztian Gyorgyi, but his great run fell slightly short as he was eliminated in 5th
By this time Dumont and Jiang had built up a substantial lead over Jozonis and Peters, and it was a clash between the two short-stacks which led to Peters demise. He went all-in with over the top of Jozonis initial raise, only for the Lithuanian pro to quickly call with . The board hit neither player and David Peters left in 4th for €232,000.
Jozonis picked up a little momentum following his slaying of Peters, creeping past Jiang into second place. Soon after, he looked very likely to take a substantial chip-lead into heads-up play when Jiang five-bet shoved for 6.36m with just and Jozonis called with . The , however, turned Jiang an unlikely flush which left Jozonis with less than 7 big blinds.
Jozonis deep run ended three hands later when his shove with was called by Jiang with . A ten on the flop was more than enough to bust Jozonis who was ousted in 3rd, winning him €308,000.
Jiang began heads-up play with a 13.4m to 9.8 chip advantage, but it didn’t take long for Dumont to catch up, and almost as soon as he took the lead it was all over. The pair got into a pre-flop raising war resulting in an all-in from Jiang for over 10m with and a call from Dumont with . The board sent New Zealander Jiang home in 2nd for €434,000, while Nicolas Dumont took the first EPT Main Event title since late 2016, €712,000, and the $30,000 Platinum Pass.
EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event – Final Table Results
|2||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||€434,000|
|4||David Peters||United States||€232,000|