For the past week, all eyes in the poker world have been solely fixated on the Principality of Monaco, where the final festival of Season 10 of the European Poker Tour was taking place, the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. With 39 events on the schedule, it was no doubt a grand way to end another amazing season on the EPT.
Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole: Once again, Ole Schemion proved he is an absolute beast, cashing in the €100,000 Super High Roller, the €10,600 Main Event, and the €25,500 High Roller. Schemion also cashed the three major events on the schedule during EPT Barcelona and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this season. There is no better candidate for Season 10 Player of the Year, and Schemion won by a long shot.
Big Names Shine: Nowadays, poker tournament festivals generally only attract the big names for the main events, but several notables scored side-event victories in Monte Carlo. Michael Telker, Paul Berende, Scott Seiver, George Danzer, Dermot Blain, Bryan Paris, and Vitaly Lunkin all won events.
Another Year of Science: Speaking of Seiver, not only did he take second place in the €25,500 High Roller to Philipp Gruissem for €857,637, but he also won the €5,200 Pot-Limit Omaha — Turbo 6-Max event for €57,700. He now has $1,703,935 in live earnings in 2014.
A Major Rise: All three majors on the EPT Grand Final schedule — the €100,000 Super High Roller, the €10,600 Main Event, and the €25,500 High Roller — saw increases in field sizes. The Super High Roller jumped by 48 percent, the Main Event increased by 22 percent, and the High Roller by 35%.
Germans Chasing Lindgren: The record for most years with at least $1 million in live tournament earnings in a row belongs to Erick Lindgren. Lindgren pulled off this feat beginning in 2004 and it lasted until 2008, making for five straight years with over $1 million won each year. Jason Mercier nearly tied the record, but came up short in 2012 when going for number five.
After winning the €25,500 High Roller, Gruissem now has $1,485,102 in live tournament earnings this year, making it his fourth year in a row with seven figures in earnings. Schemion moved to over $1,000,000 in live tournament earnings for the third year in a row.