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Ali Reza Fatehi Wins Merit Poker Top Gun High Roller ($108,516)

Ali Reza Fatehi
  • Ali Reza Fatehi followed up his recent PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge debut with a high roller win.

The Merit Poker Top Gun series held at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino on the northern coast of Cyprus wrapped up with an exciting High Roller and Main Event.

Event #23: $5,000 No-limit High Roller 8-max with a $125,000 guarantee drew 84 entries, which included 20 reentries. The $363,216 prize pool nearly tripled the posted guarantee, and Ali Reza Fatehi walked away with the lion’s share of the purse, winning the event for $108,516.

Fatehi, who played in the recently released televised PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge, busted onto the tournament poker scene with a third-place finish in the €100,000 Super High Roller in Monte-Carlo back in April 2016.

He followed up that performance with two final tables in back-to-back €25,500 EPT Prague High Roller events in December 2016 that resulted in fourth- and second-place finishes for over $133,000.

PokerNewsSarah Herring caught up with Fatehi before those big scores for a little interview, which you can watch here. The win in the Merit Poker High Roller is Fatehi’s first big score since that big year.

$5,000 High Roller Final Table Results

1stAli Reza Fatehi$108,516
2ndDmitry Gromov$75,775
3rdAlf Martinsson$48,500
4thRinat Bogdanov$35,825
5thGeorgios Zisimopoulos$26,750
6thSeref Dursun Anar$21,300
7thUri Reichenstein$17,650
9thAleksandr Chernikov$10,400
10thWalid Bou Habib$4,500

The $2,200 buy-in Main Event with a $350,000 guarantee attracted 228 entries and 143 reentries, bringing the total to 371. The $682,640 prize pool was nearly double the guarantee and the top 44 got paid.

While the top prize was slated at $144,630, a four-way deal that changed the payouts. Georgios Kapalas was the official winner of the event, taking home $79,365. The second- through fourth-place finishers actually won more money though, as part of the deal that was made before the tournament played out.

Ali Reza Fatehi Wins Merit Poker Top Gun High Roller (8,516) 101
Merit Poker Top Gun Main Event winner Georgios Kapalas

The next three all made over $90,000. Here’s a look at the top ten finishers in the Main Event:

Main Event Final Table Results

1stGeorgios Kapalas$79,365
2ndGeorgios Manousos Sotiropoulos$91,180
4thMario Mosboeck$90,255
5thKaveh Pegahi$35,840
6thIvan Zhechev$28,670
7thStavros Kalfas$23,890
8thMohammadmahdi Hasani$19,115
9thAlexandras Rusinovas$14,335
10thMalikeh Sadat Razavi Jamali$10,445

Photos courtesy of Merit Poker

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