A record 842 players took to the felt earlier this week and after 13 hours of play today we finally crowned a champion, Canadian Glen Chorny. Glen entered the final table with the chip lead and held it for most of the day to finally emerge victorious and become the 2008 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final Champion.
Chorny earned an astounding $3,198,500 for his win, the largest prize ever handed out at a European poker tournament.
Congratulations to all the final table participants for a fantastic tournament and a grueling yet entertaining day of poker today.
That wraps up our coverage from beautiful Monte Carlo. Our next stop on the tournament trail lands us in Salzberg, Austria for the PokerNews Cup - we look forward to your company then!
The recent elimination of Canadian Maxime Villemure has set up a heads-up match between Glen Chorny and Denes Kalo. Chorny enters the final duel with a towering 9-to-1 chip lead over his Hungarian foe:
Glen Chorny - 11,360,000
Denes Kalo - 1,265,000
Ironically enough, Kalo finished second to Julian Thew earlier this year at EPT Baden, and while we're not doubting Kalo's comeback skills, it looks as if he's headed in that same direction today.
Maxime Villemure completes from the small blind and Glen Chorny checks his option in the big blind.
The action checks through to the turn on a board of , where Villemure check-calls the 200,000 bet from Chorny. The river lands the and Villemure this time leads out with a 550,000 bet into the middle. Villemure is noticeably coughing during this hand. Chorny suddenly comes over the top all in and Villemure insta-calls.
Both players show a straight but Chorny holds the nut straight, which sees an unfortunate Maxime Villemure sent home after a courageous five days of play in third place for a tidy payday of $1,132,107.
Maxime Villemure has the button in Seat 6. All three players limp and see a flop of . Action is checked to Villemure, who bets 250,000. Chorny folds and Kalo raises to 580,000, Chorny folds and Kalo wins the pot. He shows 10-8.
Compared to the usual aggressive style we see at a modern-day poker table, the three remaining players are currently playing passively. The deep stacks and good structures mean that no one feels the need to force the action or play too aggressively, preferring to sit back and wait for premium hands or draws before committing any significant portion of their stacks. Perhaps the player who starts to get aggressive here and takes control will emerge victorious from this tight battle.