2020 WSOP Main Event partypoker US Network Online Series
EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]
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Event Info

Prize Pool $655,000
Players 131

Players Info - Day 1

Players Left 1
Entries 131
EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]
Day 1 Completed

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka Becomes the First EPT Online Champion for $143,567 in the PokerStars EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]

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David Laka
David Laka

After almost six hours, the first PokerStars EPT Online champion has been crowned and it is David "MonkeyBausss" Laka who is going into the history books as the winner of EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]. He claimed the famous EPT trophy and $143,567 when he overcame Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois heads-up in a field which attracted 87 unique players and 44 reentries for a total prize pool of $655,000.

Laka has over $1,600,000 in live tournament cashes with his last result taking place at the EPT in Prague back in 2018. He has also collected several cashes online already but this is his biggest score ever after coming in second-place during WCOOP-08-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $750K Gtd for $59,792. Lefrancois was the other player to collect over a ton today to add to his already impressive resume of over $5 million live results. Lefrancois's cash today comes in his top three of online cashes behind a SCOOP win earlier this year and High Rollers win in 2019.

As expected, the final table and actually the whole tournament was filled with some of the bigger names in the poker world. The other players on the final table included Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov, Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin, "zufo16", Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet, and Chris "ImDaNuts" Oliver.

PokerStars EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1David "MonkeyBausss" LakaSpain$143,567
2Pascal "Pass_72" LefrancoisCanada$111,234
3Artem "veeea" VezhenkovRussia$86,183
4Vyacheslav "VbV1990" BuldyginRussia$66,774
5"zufo16"Croatia$51,736
6Jon "apestyles" Van FleetUnited States$40,085
7Chris "ImDaNuts" OliverUnited States$31,057

Race to the Money

When the day started, 29 players were seated and that number quickly swelled to 67 by the time the first break came around. Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas was the first player to go through all three bullets within the first hour when he got his short stack in and couldn't get any help.

But Bujtas wasn't the only one who couldn't get things done today, players like Sergi "srxakgirona" Reixach, Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph, Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams, Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado,Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian, Joao "Naza114" Vieira[, and [b]Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer[/b] all used their three bullets before the late registration period closed.

Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

After it wasn't possible to enter anymore, it would take 90 minutes before it was time for the bubble as only 15 players would get paid. Guntis "[email protected]" Aleskins ended up being the bubble boy when he ran his ace-trey into the eight-trey of Lefrancois. The two eights on the flop burst the bubble on the final two tables.

From Fifteen Players to One Winner

Matthias "iambest2" Eibinger, Andrey "Kroko-dill" Zaichenko, Lucas "YRWTHMELTHR" Greenwood, "Lavrik-mastr", and "Pimmss" all busted before the final table bubble. But that bubble proved to be an interesting one as Christoph "26071985" Vogelsang, Parker "tonkaaaa" Talbot, and Pascal "Päffchen" Hartmannall busted in the same hand to Laka to get to a final table with only seven players.

Christoph Vogelsang
Christoph Vogelsang finished in eighth place for $24,063

Oliver lost the majority of his chips when he doubled Lefrancois up and then gave the rest to Vezhenkov. A few minutes later, Van Fleet fell to him too before "zufo16" was eliminated by Laka almost 30 minutes later. Buldygin was then busted by Vezhenkov but he couldn't keep hold of those chips as he was next to go just after the final break of the day when he ran his sevens into the kings of Laka.

Laka went into the heads-up battle with more than 80% of all the chips in play and kept the pressure on Lefrancois. In the fifth hand, Lefrancois got his last eight big blinds in with jack-eight and was called by Laka who held king-ten. The queen-king-king flop immediately dashed any hope Lefrancois had of doubling up as he was drawing dead and he knew he would finish in second place.

Pascal LeFrancois
Pascal LeFrancois finished in 2nd place for $111,234

PokerNews will be back on Monday, November 9 with continued coverage of Day 2 of the EPT Online 01: $1,050 NLHE [Arena Championship] and the final day of EPT Online 02: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO High Roller]. We will also bring you all the updates of two brand-new tournaments: EPT Online 04: $530 NLHE and EPT Online 05: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button] so make sure to follow it all!

Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois Eliminated in 2nd Place ($111,234)

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Laka vs Hartmann
Laka vs Hartmann

Blinds: 80,000/160,000

In the fifth hand of heads-up play, Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois shoved from the button for 1,257,248 which David "MonkeyBausss" Laka called with a big chip lead.

Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois: {j-Spades}{8-Hearts}
David "MonkeyBausss" Laka: {k-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The flop came {q-Spades}{k-Hearts}{k-Spades} for Laka to hit trips immediately and seal the deal while the rest of the board was completed with the {8-Clubs} on the turn and the {2-Diamonds} on the river for Hartmann to finish in second place for $111,234 while Laka walks away with $143,567 and the EPT Spade trophy as the first-ever EPT Online Champion.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 13,100,000 2,097,248
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois Busted

Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov Eliminated in 3rd Place ($86,183)

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Laka vs Vezhenkov
Laka vs Vezhenkov

Blinds: 70,000/140,000

In the first hand after the break, Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov raised to 280,000 from the button and David "MonkeyBausss" Laka three-bet to 710,000 from the small blind. Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois got out of their way and Vezhenkov four-bet shoved for 3,534,972 which Laka called.

Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov: {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}
David "MonkeyBausss" Laka: {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop came {3-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{k-Spades} for Laka to hit a set to leave Vezhenkov hoping for the runner-runner to stay alive but the rest of the board was completed with the {a-Hearts} on the turn and the {q-Diamonds} on the river to eliminate Vezhenkov in third place.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 11,002,752 3,709,972
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois 2,097,248 -157,500
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru Busted

Vezhenkov Folds to Laka

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Blinds: 70,000/140,000

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka raised to 280,000 from the button and Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov defended his big blind.

The flop came {6-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{8-Spades}, Vezhenkov check-called the 450,450 continuation-bet of Laka.

The turn was the {q-Clubs}, Vezhenkov bet 1,013,600 and Laka raised to 2,027,200 for Vezhenkov to let the hand go.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 6,977,780 1,849,050
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru 3,849,972 -1,761,550
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois 2,272,248 -87,500

Higher Kicker for Vezhenkov

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Blinds: 70,000/140,000

Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov raised to 280,000 from the button and Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois defended his big blind.

The flop came {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}, Lefrancois check-called the 175,000 continuation-bet of Vezhenkov.

The turn was the {4-Hearts}, they both checked to the {5-Clubs} on the river. Lefrancois bet 140,000 which Vezhenkov called. Lefrancois tabled the {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} for Vezhenkov to pick up the pot as he showed the {k-Clubs}{q-Spades} for the higher kicker.

Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru 5,611,522 1,386,000
David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 5,128,730 -493,500
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois 2,359,748 -892,500

Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin Eliminated in 4th Place ($66,774)

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Vezhenkov vs Buldygin
Vezhenkov vs Buldygin

Blinds: 70,000/140,000

Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin raised to 560,000 from under the gun and Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov three-bet shoved from the big blind with the bigger stack when the action was on him. Buldygin took some time and then made the call for the 1,412,599 he had behind.

Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin: {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The board ran out {6-Spades}{a-Spades}{10-Spades}{2-Clubs}{3-Hearts} for Vezhenkov to flop top pair to eliminate Buldygin in fourth place.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 5,622,230 557,500
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru 4,225,522 1,935,099
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois 3,252,248 -582,500
Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin ru Busted

Jacks Double Lefrancois Up

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Blinds: 60,000/120,000

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka shoved from the small blind for Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois to call in the big blind for the 1,887,374 he had behind.

Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
David "MonkeyBausss" Laka: {6-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

The flop came {6-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} for Laka to hit a pair but to keep Lefrancois ahead.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds} which didn't change things and neither did the {9-Diamonds} on the river as Lefrancois doubled up.

David "MonkeyBausss" Laka es 5,064,730 -1,902,374
Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois 3,834,748 1,932,374
Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov ru 2,290,423 -15,000
Vyacheslav "VbV1990" Buldygin ru 1,910,099 -15,000