Igor Kurganov wins EPT Monte Carlo High Roller

Igor Kurganov wins EPT Monte Carlo High Roller

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The star-studded final table of the €25,000 EPT Monte Carlo High Roller concluded last night with German player Igor Kurganov taking down the title and the first prize of €1,080,000. He bested Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title.

Justin Bonomo, fresh from his €100,000 Super High Roller win, was the favourite with the big stack at the start of play but eventually fell in fourth place after his AK was cracked by Negreanu’s AT.

Negreanu then eliminated third-place finisher Philipp Gruissem to take a 3.9m to 2.75m advantage into heads-up play. After running top pair into aces and then being forced to make a big fold, Negreanu shipped his last chips in with AcJc against K3o. The king-high board put the German in the lead and he held to take the title.

Negreanu and Bonomo won’t be too displeased – the former adds this to his sixth place Super High Roller finish, while Bonomo has now cashed in the Super High Roller, Main Event and this event for a total of more than €1,950,000.

The full final table payouts were as follows:
1. Igor Kurganov - €1,080,000
2. Daniel Negreanu - €598,600
3. Philipp Gruissem - €366,000
4. Justin Bonomo - €266,000
5. Artem Litvinov - €216,000
6. Noah Schwartz - €166,000
7. Nathan Schoo - €133,000
8. Max Lykov - €100,000

Image courtesy of Neil Stoddart at the PokerStars blog.

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Tags: Igor Kurganov, Daniel Negreanu, Justin Bonomo, EPT $25k High Roller, EPT Grand Final