The season-ending European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final festival is only a couple of weeks away and players from around the globe are preparing to descend on Monaco in an attempt to scoop the Main Event’s €1,000,000 guaranteed first place prize.
Among the army of poker players heading out for the Grand Final are scores of British hopefuls who are eager to end Season 11 with a bang, much like Jack Salter did in Season 10 when he finished as runner-up to Italy’s Antonio Buonanno, collecting €765,000 for his troubles as he did so.
Whenever there’s a major live event, I am always confident that a British or Irish grinder is going to do well and the EPT Grand Final is no different, not least because they seem to perform well in France and in the EPTs finales. So without further ado, here are my quintet of our players to look out for during the upcoming EPT Grand Final festival.
I first heard of Charlie Carrel when I was trying to discover who “Epiphany77” was, an online grinder who was seemingly going deep in all of the major tournaments online poker had to offer. I then discovered his amazing story of running $15 up to $500,000 and have followed his progress ever since.
The youngster is easily one of the hottest talents in the world, yet he doesn’t let it go to his head. Sure, he’s confident but not cocky and I have never heard anything bad said about him, unless you count his love of garish, psychedelic outfits bad.
Carrel is set to play in the Main Event and his first €25,000 High Roller and I think it is the latter where he could be the surprise package.
The former EPT Vilamoura champion is a player who always brings his A-game to the biggest festivals and they don’t come much bigger or prestigious than the EPT Grand Final.
Lewis has had some impressive results in Monte Carlo in recent years. In 2014, Lewis finished fourth and fifth in a couple of €2,200 events for combined scores of €68,900 and the year previous he collected €232,400 for his fifth place finish in the €25,500 High Roller.
Prior to that he added €129,118 to his lifetime winnings with a runner-up finish in the 2012 €5,250 six-max event. Expect Lewis to continue this trend during the upcoming festival.
The reigning UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year has taken to high-stakes tournaments amazingly well and will not look out of place in any of the events he plays in Monaco. In 2013, Price navigated his way through the majority of the World Series of Poker Main Event before falling in 49th place for $151,063 and has since cashed in several high buy-in tournaments.
Some of Price’s more notable cashes include a fifth place in the $5,000 NL Holdem event at the 014 WSOP ($158,064), a third place finish in the 2014 WPT North Cyprus High Roller (€120,953), and a third place finish in a $5,250 buy-in event at the L.A. Poker Classic ($74,000).
Let’s also not forget that Price’s largest career score came in France when he finished third in the ET Deauville Main Event in 2014 for €271,200.
Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody is another players who seems to excel on French soil and another player who always seems to pull something out of the bag when it comes to major events.
Cody famously won the EPT Deauville Main Event in 2010 ($857,000), final tabled the WSOP Europe Main Event in Cannes in 2011 (€150,000) and finished fifth in the EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2013 (€251,000).
Ben “F3nix35” Dobson is due a massive live score and I see no reason why it shouldn’t come in Monaco. Dobson has $38,594 in live tournament winnings, the two largest cashes in that impressive sum weighing in at €70,000 and £45,000 which were his rewards for winning the France Poker Series Amneville Main Event in 2012 and the Sky Poker UK Poker Championship Six Max in 2014.
Online, Dobson has more than $1.67 million in cashes, a figure helped by him finishing second in the 2014 SCOOP edition of the Sunday Million for a cool $200,806.35, runner-up in a Super Tuesday for $78,680 and chopping the Sunday Million in November 2014 for $103,638.84.
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