While British pro Jack Salter was going from zero to hero in the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event, one his fellow Brits and an Irish cousin were busy bossing the final table of the €5,300 No Limit Hold’em side event.
The €5,300 buy-in event saw 187 players turn out in force for it, creating a prize pool of €906,950. The top 27 finishers claimed a slice of that princely sum, with Brits Charles Davies (17th for €12,250) Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree (12th for €14,950), and Ariel Adda (10th for €17,250) being a trio of our players who scooped a prize.
As you would expect from such a high buy-in event, the final table was, as the cool kids say, stacked.
Canadian superstar Mike “Timex” McDonald busted in 8th place for €24,600 and immediately jumped into the €25,000 High Roller, while McDonald’s fellow countryman Max Greenwood busted in 7th place and collected €33,900.
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Former EPT London Main Event champion David Vamplew was the last standing British player in the field, although his tournament ended with a fourth place finish. While “Vamps” will understandably be upset about not going all the way and claiming the winner’s trophy, the €76,100 he picked up for his troubles will no doubt help to soften the blow.
French singer, actor and professional poker player Patrick Bruel exited in third place, leaving Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain and Russia’s Aslan Daurov to lock horns in a one-on-one battle for the title of champion and the not-too-shabby €200,900 first place prize.
Blain started the heads-up battle with a substantial 2,000,000 to 800,000 chip lead and it didn’t take the man from Sligo too long to push that advantage home and send Daurov to the cashier’s desk to collect second place’s money.
2014 EPT Grand Final €5,300 Side Event Final Table Results
This latest victory is Blain’s second outright win of 2014 after his win in the €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha event at EPT Deauville in January. Remarkably, despite its size, this is only Blain’s third largest cash of his career so far. His largest score came in 2009 when he won the APPT Macau Main Event for the equivalent of $541,100 and his second largest topped the scales at €275,000 which was his reward for a fifth place finish in the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.
From everyone at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ, congratulations Dermot! Enjoy basking in the glory (and Euros!).