After nearly eight hours of high stakes action, the latest 2020 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Online competition has reached the final table. Out of a field of 109 entries in EPT Online 06: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], only nine players remain to battle for the lion's share of the $1,090,000 prize pool and the list of contenders is filled with big names of the international poker circuit.
The field consisted of 73 unique entries and 36 re-entries but just three of the finalists had to fire a second bullet in order to secure a payday of at least $33,035. Three Austrian flags wave at the top of the leaderboard with Matthias "iambest2" Eibinger (6,704,751), Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph (5,626,653), and Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic (3,793,541) in the driver's seat. Smiljkovic also battled for the title in EPT Online 07: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max] at the same time, which he secured after overcoming a huge chip deficit in heads-up.
Fourth in chips is Russia's "hello_totti" with 3,739,093 and Mikita "fish2013" Badziakouski turned the shortest stack on the money bubble into 2,540,686. Bert "girafganger7" Stevens (1,729,524) reached his second final table in a $10,300 buy-in for the night and the trio behind him includes Mike "SirWatts" Watson (1,321,375), Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams (1,197,681) and Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford (596,697).
The Final Nine of EPT Online 06: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]
|Position||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Matthias "iambest2" Eibinger||Austria||6,704,751||134|
|2||Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph||Austria||5,626,653||113|
|3||Daniel "SmilleThHero" Smiljkovic||Austria||3,793,541||76|
|5||Mikita "fish2013" Badziakouski||Belarus||2,540,686||51|
|6||Bert "girafganger7" Stevens||United Kingdom||1,729,524||35|
|7||Mike "SirWatts" Watson||Canada||1,321,374||26|
|8||Timothy "Tim0thee" Adams||Canada||1,197,681||24|
|9||Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford||United Kingdom||596,697||12|
The top 13 players cashed in the event with Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood, David "MonkeyBausss" Laka, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz and Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle all took home a portion of the prize pool. The unfortunate bubble boy was David "dpeters17" Peters who ended up second-best to chip leader Eibinger.
The action of the Day
The first level of the day already saw four tables in play and the number of entries and re-entries grew consistently throughout the registration period. It took a while for the first big names to bust but once the floodgates opened, Alex "mexican222" Kolonias, Artur "mararthur1" Martirosian and Simon "C. Darwin2" Mattsson were the first casualties. All of them re-entered without success and were joined on the rail by notables such as EPT Online 05: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button] winner Claas "SsicK_OnE" Segebrecht, Andras "probirs" Nemeth, Adrian "Amadi_017" Mateos, Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi and many more.
Matthias "iambest2" Eibinger joined the big stacks when his ace-four suited cracked the kings of Alexandros "Pwndidi" Theologis and the Austrian never really looked back from there on as he kept adding chips to his stack consistently. Once the dust settled after the end of registration, some 38 players remained in contention and it didn't take long to reduce the field to the final three tables after.
Christoph "26071985" Vogelsang saw his hopes vanish in a flip with queens against the ace-king of Christian "WATnlos" Rudolph and Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer was unable to convert a late entry into a payday as well. Teun "tinnoemulder" Mulder and Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo bowed out within moments from each other and Luke "Bit2Easy" Reeves followed suit as Eibinger throned at the top of the leaderboard with two tables remaining.
Ultimately it would be Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois, "ja.sam.gale" and bubble boy David "dpeters17" Peters that missed out on anything to show for with the latter falling to Eibinger with ace-eight versus ace-four in three-way action.
Play carried on to determine the nine-handed final table and EPT Online 03: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller] winner David "MonkeyBausss" Laka missed out on the chance to win a second title only three days into the festival. Eibinger cemented his lead by knocking out Pokercode co-founder Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, fellow online poker coach and streamer Benjamin "bencb789" Rolle then bubbled the final table to conclude the action for the night.
All remaining nine players will return the following day at 1.05 p.m. EST with just a few minutes remaining at blinds of 25,000/50,000 and a running ante of 6,000. The final table will be broadcasted with cards-up coverage and commentary on the PokerStars YouTube and Twitch channel, kicking off six days of stream action for the remainder of the festival. Stay tuned right here on PokerNews as we provide live updates from all 2020 PokerStars EPT Online events from start to finish.