Day 6 completed
|Blinds||100,000 / 200,000|
Day 6 completed
All eyes were on Ole Schemion, Patrick Antonius and David Peters at the start of PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event final table, but after six hours of play, Nicolas Dumont had maneuvered past the superstars to claim €712,000 and an EPT title.
Additionally, Dumont claimed a coveted $30,000 Platinum Pass, added on by PokerStars to the winner's take. The driving instructor from Paris will head to The Bahamas for the $25,000 extravaganza to try his luck against the world's best in January.
2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €5,300 Main Event Final Result
|2||Honglin Jiang||New Zealand||€434,000|
|4||David Peters||United States||€232,000|
And he won't be doing it alone. Dumont will join friend and fellow Platinum Pass winner Julien Perouse in the exotic local, after a fluke circumstance led to him entering this tournament in the first place.
Originally, Perouse was supposed to head to Monaco for the big EPT festival but wound up needing to change plans. He asked Dumont if he'd be interested in playing in his stead. Dumont, who had all of €20,000 in tournament cashes accepted.
After six days of grinding, he's won a princely sum and the trip of a lifetime.
"It will be fantastic," he said. "I don't have words for saying how I'm feeling. It's unreal."
Used to grinding $100 multi-table tournaments on PokerStars' European shared liquidity network two days per week, Dumont had quite the task ahead of him when the final day dawned with eight players still remaining. He did have one thing going for him against the heavy hitters, though: the chip lead.
One dangerous opponent fell by the wayside right away when Schemion busted on the first hand with king-queen suited against the ace-jack suited of Antonius. Though Peters had also folded ace-jack suited, a jack-high board still ran out to send the German crusher packing.
Dumont managed the tough trick of getting paid on quads when he got Antonius to pay off two streets with pocket tens after Dumont checked back top set of kings in a three-bet pot and hit the fourth king on the river. After short stack Javier Fernandez went bust, Dumont took the last 11 big blinds of Antonius when ace-eight held against king-queen unimproved.
His competitors would start to catch up after that, though.
Honglin Jiang won a massive flip when he squeezed all in with fours and flopped a set against ace-king to end the Cinderella run of Krisztian Gyorgyi. The Hungarian qualifier displayed his passion throughout, and his anguish was evident. Still, he turned a few Euro into €184,000.
Short on chips, many nonetheless expected Peters to make a run for the title. After all, the $20 million man had big-time experience that vastly outmatched that of his opponents. However, he never really had the chips at the final table.
Despite an early double when ace-king held against Antonius' ace-queen, Peters never got above the middle of the pack. Four-handed, Peters got coolered for his remaining chips when he ran jacks into Tomas Jozonis' queens.
Jiang then stepped right into the trap of Jozonis when they got into a raising war and the New Zealander five-bet shipped ace-two suited into queens. The online poker player who once aspired to be a beach volleyball pro put himself in a prime position to grab the chip lead heads up but watched helplessly as two clubs flopped and another hit the turn to leave him out in third.
That left Jiang and Dumont heads up and deep. It seemed like Dumont was open to discussion of a deal, but after a short break and consulting with his sister — whom Jiang called a better player — Jiang said he wanted to play it out.
Dumont ramped up his aggression, so when he was dealt queens and limp-raised, Jiang wasn't having it and shoved with sixes. Dumont quickly called, and when neither player improved, Dumont had turned a casual offer for a tournament stake into a monster payday and a Platinum Pass.
"I tried to play the best that I can and I think I succeeded," he said. "I would like to show I'm a good player."
After going through all of the post-win pleasantries, an exhausted Dumont said he just wanted a beer. He said he had already canceled three days of driving lessons back in Paris, and he'd be canceling Saturday as well.
"Maybe I'm going to work Sunday... but I don't think so," he said with a laugh. "Maybe Monday."
Hand #105: Nicolas Dumont limped in and Honglin Jiang raised to 650,000. Dumont limp-raised to 2,200,000 and Jiang moved all in for 10,075,000 to pick up an instant call by Dumont.
"I have sixes," Jiang said while turning around to his sister on the rail.
The board came and Jiang was eliminated in second place for €434,000. He immediately walked over to shake hands with the words "congratulations." Jiang recorded his best ever cash and jumped into the top 10 of New Zealand's all-time money list, while Dumont becomes the first ever French EPT Main Event in Monte-Carlo, and the 10th ever Frenchman to claim the elusive title and trophy.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
Hand #103: Nicolas Dumont limped in with and Honglin Jiang checked his option with . Jiang bet 225,000 on the flop and Dumont called. The on the turn went check/check. Jiang checked the river, Dumont bet 400,000 and Jiang quickly folded.
Hand #104: Jiang raised to 450,000, Dumont three-bet to 1,400,000 and Jiang gave it up.
Hand #100: Nicolas Dumont defended big blind with when Honglin Jiang made it 325,000 with . The flop came and both players checked. The turn was a and Dumont checked. Jiang bet 250,000 and Dumont called. The river brought a and both players checked.
Hand #101: Dumont completed with and Jiang made it 400,000 with . A bet of 300,000 on resulted in a call from Dumont. The turn was an and Jiang checked and folded to 750,000.
Hand #102: Nicolas Dumont got a walk as the players went off for a 20-minute break.
Hand #95: Nicolas Dumont limped in with the and Honglin Jiang checked with the . On the flop, Jiang checked and quickly folded to a bet of Dumont.
Hand #96: Jiang opened it up to 325,000 with the and Dumont called with the . Both players checked the flop. Dumont bet the turn for 450,000 with his top pair and Jiang folded.
Hand #97: Dumont limped in with and Jiang checked his option with the . The flop fell and Jiang bet 250,000, Dumont folded top pair.
Hand #98: Jiang raised to 325,000 with and Dumont came along with the . The flop fell and Dumont checked, then faced a bet of 250,000. The Frenchman check-raised to 800,000 and Jiang called. After the turn, Dumont checked and Jiang bet 1,500,000 to force a fold from the better hand.
Hand #99: Dumont limped in with the and Jiang checked the . The flop fell and Jiang check-raised from 205,000 to 600,000, which Dumont called.
The fell on the turn and Jiang announced a bet of 400,000, Dumont opted to raise to 1,500,000 and Jiang folded.
Hand #89: Nicolas Dumont limped in with the and Honglin Jiang checked his option with the . The flop fell and Jiang bet 200,000 and Dumont folded.
Hand #90: Jiang raised to 325,000 with the and Dumont folded a jack-high.
Hand #91: Dumont limped in with and Jiang checked with the . The flop fell and Jiang checked, Dumont bet 230,000 and won the pot right there.
Hand #92: Jiang raised to 325,000 with and Dumont folded the .
Hand #93: Dumont limped the and Jiang raised to 400,000 with , Dumont called and the flop fell . Jiang made it 325,000 to go and Dumont folded.
Hand #94: Jiang raised to 325,000 with and Dumont folded .
Hand #84: Honglin Jiang raised to 320,000 with . Nicolas Dumont called with . The flop missed both and Dumont checked. Jiang bet 250,000 and folded to a check-raise to 780,000.
Hand #85: Dumont picked up and completed. Jiang checked . The flop came and the turn a after two checked. Jiang bet 250,000 and Dumont mucked.
Hand #86: Jiang made it 325,000 with and Dumont called with . The flop came and Dumont check-called a bet of 250,000. The turn was a and the river a . Both checked through and Dumont took it with two pair.
Hand #87: Dumont had and Jiang and they saw the flop for the minimum. They checked to the and Jiang bet 200,000 and took it down.
Hand #88: Jiang had on the button and made it 325,000. Dumont defended aggressively to 1 million with . He flopped his three-outer on and checked. Jiang bet 700,000 and Dumont called. Both checked the bringing the .
Dumont used a time extension and then bet 1.9 million. Jiang folded quickly.
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