So that's it! Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso finishes the day as High Roller Champion of the EPT Grand Final here in Monte Carlo. From the beginning of the final when it raced along at breakneck speed, to the five-hour three-handed marathon, this has been an exceptional final table in many respects. The chip lead was swapped back and forth so many times we lost count, but at the end of the day the woman who started the final as chip leader ended it as victor.
Congratulations to Vanessa Rousso and thanks to all who made the PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final such a spectacular and well-run event.
Another chunky pot for Randy Dorfman now. He raised on the button to 160,000, called by Vanessa Rousso. She also check-called the flop bet of 170,000. They both checked the turn, and then Rousso bet out 200,000 on the river. Dorfman tanked for the second-longest time tonight, but finally made the call. She turned , no longer anything but a bluff, and he flipped .
Thinking he'd made that call with jack-high, one of his railers said, "Sick call!" but then realized he had a flush. To be fair, he wasn't the only one watching who thought that for a split second...
Limp-checked preflop, a high-card flop of got no action from either Vanessa Rousso or Randy Dorfman. The turn, however, saw Rousso check-call a 110,000 bet from Dorfman. He wasn't keen to try again on the river though, and Rousso's was good.
Randy Dorfman made it 160,000 from the button, and a call followed from Vanessa Rousso, and then everyone went nuts on the flop. Rousso checked, Dorfman announced all in and an absolutely instant call from Rousso saw them on their proverbial backs.
"Nice flop," said Dorfman unnecessarily, as Rousso doubled up again to 1,600,000 or so. This tournament now may actually never end at all.
Vanessa Rousso might be looking for good spots to double up, but she was expressing frustration even as she gave Randy Dorfman a second walk in three hands. "I gotta have better than five-high one hand in ten..." she said with a wry smile.
Meanwhile they've colored up once more -- purple 25,000 chips have made their first appearance in this High Rollers final.