€25,750 High Roller
Day 3 Completed
€25,750 High Roller
Day 3 Completed
Italian poker's all-time leading money winner, Mustapha Kanit, took down the PokerStars European Poker Tour Dublin €25,750 High Roller at the Royal Dublin Society on Sunday night, collecting the event's top prize of €501,640.
The biggest buy-in event ever held on Irish soil drew 70 entries to Dublin and played down to a final table Saturday night. The eight-handed final started quickly on Sunday, with Keith Johnson doubling through Ivan luca on the first hand, then Luca busting eighth to Chance Kornuth on the second.
Short stack Nick Petrangelo then got it in good against Jeff Rossiter, but could not hold, busting seventh. Soon after, Anton Bertilsson shoved sixes and Johnson called off his remaining chips with a weak ace, missing and taking sixth.
Kanit had started the day with a big lead that only got bigger when he busted Rossiter in fifth in dominating fashion. Kanit then pulled off a huge bluff against Bertilsson, getting him to fold queens on an ace-high board with a big river bet.
Bertilsson busted fourth, calling it off with king-high against Kornuth's ace-high and failing to improve.
With three players remaining, it looked like it was all over when Kanit raised with two kings and saw Charlie Carrel shove fives and Kornuth re-shove ace-high. However, Carrel made a set and Kornuth a wheel to crack Kanit's kings and allow them both to stave off elimination.
Carrel then ran a weak ace into Kanit's jacks to bow out in third and send Kanit into heads-up with Kornuth.
Kanit had the lead, but Kornuth quickly turned things around, cracking Kanit's kings again to take a 2-1 lead heads up. But it wasn't long before Kanit moved ahead again for good.
With his lead growing, Kanit shoved pocket threes, and Kornuth, who has now made three high roller final tables on three different continents to start 2016, called it off with a big ace and missed, allowing Kanit to book his third EPT high roller win with a dominating final table performance.
Hand #143: On the button, Chance Kornuth raised to 500,000 without having his cards shown at first. Mustapha Kanit had only the showing and he moved all in.
"You have like deuce deuce right?" Kornuth asked while taking a sip from his beverage.
"Deuces never loses!" Kanit replied with a big smile.
"I apologize for the nit roll" Kornuth continued.
He eventually said call, and it was time for the two of them to put their cards on their backs.
"It was really nice to play with you" said Kanit with a very confident voice, still smiling.
The flop came and Kornuth said "If I lose, I'm happy it's to you. But I would prefer to play a bit longer."
While the two debated what the turn would be, the dealer just put it out there: .
Kornuth was down to his last few outs, and missed the cards he needed with the on the river.
Chance Kornuth made his exit in 2nd place, taking home €360,150, his third high roller with a buy in of 25,000 in 2016.
Hand #141: Kornuth with the made it 500,000. Kanit with the three-bet to 1.3 million.
"I want to rip this hand so bad" Kornuth said, seconds before he folded.
Hand #142: Kanit found and raised to 450,000. Kornuth folded .
Hand #136: Mustapha Kanit raised to 350,000 with the and Chance Kornuth defended with the . They both checked to the turn on a board where Kornuth bet 350,000 and took it down.
Hand #137: Mustapha Kanit got a walk.
Hand #138: Chance Kornuth got a walk.
Hand #139: Chance Kornuth made it 500,000 with the and Mustapha Kanit defended with the .
Kanit checked the then called when Kornuth bet 350,000. The turn was checked by both and the river saw Kanit lead for 900,000. Kornuth tank-folded.
Hand #140: Chance Kornuth got a walk.
Hand #133: Kornuth with the and Kanit with the took a flop of . Kanit checked, and called Kornuth's 300,000 bet. Both checked the on the turn and the completed the board. The two of them checked again, and Kanit took down the 1,440,000 pot with his queen-high.
Hand #134: Kanit made it 350,000 with . Kornuth called and the flop came . Kornuth and Kanit checked.
The on the turn saw Kornuth check. Kanit made a bet of 300,000 and Kornuth called, growing the pot to 1,340,000. The on the river hit Kornuth and both players checked. Pot to Kornuth.
Hand #135: Kornuth found a real hand with and made it 400,000. Kanit called with the and the flop came . Kanit checked, and then folded to Kornuth's 300,000 bet.
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Hand #129: Kornuth with the made it 400,000 and Kanit folded his .
Hand #130: Kanit found and raised to 350,000. Kornuth three-bet to 1 million with the and Kanit called, growing the pot to 2,040,000.
The flop came , giving Kanit a flush draw. Kornuth checked, and folded to Kanit's 1 million bet.
Hand #131: We missed this hand because of a segment with third place finisher Charlie Carrel.
Hand #132: Kanit made it 350,000 with and Kornuth called with the .
The flop hit both: . Kornuth checked, and called Kanit's 375,000 bet.
With the on the turn, and 1,490,000 in the middle, Kornuth checked a second time. Kanit followed suit and checked behind.
The completed the board and Kornuth made a small bet. Kanit instantly called and took down the pot.
Hand #127: Chance Kornuth raised with the and Mustapha Kanit defended with the .
Kanit checked the flop, then check-raised to 675,000 when Kornuth bet 250,000. Kornuth folded.
Hand #128: Mustapha Kanit raised the button to 350,000 with the and Chance Kornuth bumped it to 950,000 with the .
Kanit called and Kornuth checked the flop. Kanit led for 1,000,000 and Kornuth called. The turn saw Kornuth check again and Kanit fire out 1,800,000. Kornuth counted out Kanit's remaining chips before folding, bringing the two players close to even.