Ali Reza Fatehi Wins Merit Poker Top Gun High Roller ($108,516)
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.
PokerNews’ Sarah 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
|1st||Ali Reza Fatehi||$108,516|
|6th||Seref Dursun Anar||$21,300|
|10th||Walid 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.
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
|2nd||Georgios Manousos Sotiropoulos||$91,180|
|10th||Malikeh Sadat Razavi Jamali||$10,445|
Photos courtesy of Merit Poker
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