€5,300 Main Event
Day 6 Completed
€5,300 Main Event
Day 6 Completed
Last Season's European Poker Tour Player of the Year, Poland's Dzmitry Urbanovich, won the 2016 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Dublin Main Event at the Royal Dublin Society Saturday night.
Urbanovich, who cleaned up in the high roller events in Season 11, won his first EPT Main Event title and the €561,900 first-place prize that came along with it, ultimately finishing atop a field of 605 players in Ireland's capital.
Gilles Bernies, the man Urbanovich defeated in heads-up play, is a part-time poker player, student, and DJ from Germany. He went through the event breathing heavily and taking his time throughout all the hands he played. The 27-year-old Bernies took a massive lead into heads-up play, but could not deny the young Polish phenom the title.
Six players returned Saturday afternoon to battle for the EPT Dublin crown, eight years after the last time the tour stopped in the city. Within the first few hands of six-handed play, the United Kingdom's Rhys Jones shoved short and was eliminated by the chip-leading Urbanovich in sixth place.
Some 34 hands later, Greek player and Twitch streamer Ilios Kamatakis ran second pair into Bernies' top pair, top kicker to say goodbye in fifth place.
Bernies then took a big chip lead by winning a massive flip against Urbanovich a few hands later, and only increased that lead as four-handed play continued.
Eventually, Bernies picked up queens and picked off the event's final Irishman, Patrick Clarke, with a weak ace. Exactly one hand after Clarke busted in fourth, Kully Sidhu took a race for all his chips with ace-six versus Bernies fives and missed, finishing third.
Bernies took a massive 4-1 lead into heads-up play with Urbanovich, but Urbanovich doubled through early on, flopping a straight and getting paid off with a river shove to jump right back into contention.
Then, Urbanovich took a big lead of his own when he flopped a pair and a flush draw and Bernies got out of line shoving with four-high. Bernies defied domination to double back through, but Urbanovich continued to lead.
It wasn't long before Bernies grinded back to about even and the two took a 30-minute dinner break. When they came back, it went back and forth for a good while before Urbanovich took the lead for the final time. Bernies shoved a flush draw into Urbanovich's trip aces and hit the flush on the river, but that card also gave Urbanovich a full house.
Urbanovich, having won four side events at EPT Malta in Season 11, finished runner-up in the €100,000 Super High Roller at the Grand Final, and having started off Season 12 with another super high roller runner-up finish in Barcelona, finished off Bernies rather quickly. He first extended his lead and then found pocket kings when Bernies shoved queen-high to book his first EPT main event win and end the EPT Season 12 Dublin poker festival in style.
|3||Kully Sidhu||United Kingdom||€250,300|
|6||Rhys Jones||United Kingdom||€119,450|
With that, PokerNews' coverage from EPT Dublin has come to a close, but there is still one more big, bad stop left on the European Poker Tour for Season 12. That's the Grand Final in Monaco to take place April 25 through May 6. Coming hard with 79 tournaments, it's going to be an exciting affair and one PokerStars deems the "biggest and best yet" for an EPT stop. PokerNews will be there, and we hope to see you there, too!
Hand #156: On the button, Bernies found and shoved all in for about 2 million. Urbanovich instantly called with !
With 4,050,000 in the middle, the flop came . Bernies hit his seven but needed more help than just that. His 18% hand was worth only 11% after the hit the turn.
Bernies needed a queen or seven on the river to survive, but instead the completed the board.
Bernies had to settle for second place, worth €349,800.
Hand #150: Gilles Bernies completed with the and Dzmitry Urbanovich raised to 420,000 with the .
Bernies made the call to a see a flop. Urbanovich checked and Bernies checked behind, sending them to the turn. Urbanovich checked again and Bernies bet 375,000. Urbanovich folded.
Hand #151: Dzmitry Urbanovich gave Gilles Bernies a walk.
Hand #152: Gilles Bernies called with the and Dzmitry Urbanovich raised to 420,000 with the .
Bernies called, sending them to a flop. They both checked and the turn gave Urbanovich two pair. He bet 450,000 and Bernies called. The river was the and Urbanovich bet 1,425,000 with his full house.
Bernies called and was left with just two million chips.
Hand #153: Dzmitry Urbanovich called with the and Gilles Bernies checked with the .
Bernies checked the flop and Urbanovich bet. Bernies folded.
Hand #154: Bernies folded , Urbanovich received a walk with .
Hand #155: Bernies got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #147: "Let's just flip. Let's just flip. One flip?" Gilles Bernies said before the hand started. Urbanovich wasn't obliging.
From the button, Urbanovich raised to 350,000 holding . Gilles Bernies folded.
Hand #148: Bernies folded his button and Urbanovich took it down uncontested with .
Hand #149: Urbanovich with the made it 350,000 to go. Bernies called with the dominating and the two took a flop of . Bernies check called a bet of 225,000 and the appeared on the turn. Bernies checked in the 1.2 million pot and Urbanovich bet 575,000 with his open ender. Bernies called.
The on the river gave Urbanovich his straight and it was checked to him. The Polish high roller checked his cards again, and bet 2,225,000 into the 2,350,000 pot. Bernies had 3,980,000 behind and folded.
A 20-minute break for the players.
Hand #145: Urbanovich with made it 260,000. Bernies three-bet to 725,000 with and took it down as Urbanovich folded.
Hand #146: Bernies found on the button and limped in. Urbanovich checked with and the two took a flop of . Urbanovich bet out 150,000 with flopped trips. Bernies made the call.
The fell on the turn and Urbanovich bet 415,000 into the 580,000 pot, leaving himself 5,640,000 behind. Bernies raised to 1.4 million after giving it some thoughts.
Now it was time for Urbanovich to think about his options. After 2 minutes in the tank, he three-bet to 2.4 million with 3.65 million behind, growing the pot to 4,380,000. Bernies announced all in and Urbanovich snap called.
The river came the and Bernies and his fans thought he had won for a bit, only to realize the ten of diamonds had given Urbanovich a full house.
Hand #137: Gilles Bernies gave Dzmitry Urbanovich a walk.
Hand #138: Dzmitry Urbanovich called with the and Gilles Bernies checked with the . On the flop, Bernies checked and Urbanovich made it 150,000, taking it down.
Hand #139: Gilles Bernies made it 300,000 with the and Dzmitry Urbanovich called with the . They checked the flop and Urbanovich bet 400,000 on the turn. Bernies raised, making it 1,000,000 and Urbanovich called.
Finally, on the river, Urbanovich bet 425,000. Bernies tank-raised all in. Urbanovich folded.
Hand #140: Dzmitry Urbanovich called with the and Gilles Bernies checked his option with the . On the flop, Bernies bet 200,00 and Urbanovich called.
The turn saw Bernies and Urbanovich both checked to the river. Bernies checked and Urbanovich checked behind with ace-high.
Hand #141: Gilles Bernies made it 300,000 with the and Dzmitry Urbanovich folded.
Hand #142: Dzmitry Urbanovich raised with the and Gilles Bernies folded.
Hand #143: Gilles Bernies made it 180,000 with and Dzmitry Urbanovich called with the .
Urbanovich checked the flop and Bernies made it 275,000. Urbanovich called and the turn came the . hecked behind. Urbanovich checked and Bernies did the same. The river came the and they both checked again, allowing Bernies to win the pot with his pair.
Hand #144: Dzmitry Urbanovich made it 300,000 with six-high and took it down.
Hand #144: Gilles Bernies called with the and Dzmitry Urbanovich checked with his . Urbanovitch bet the flop and took it.
Hand #127: Bernies with the raised to 300,000. Urbanovich called with . The flop came and Urbanovich check called a bet of 325,000.
The hit the turn and Urbanovich checked again. Bernies bet 475,000 into the 1,290,000 pot and Urbanovich folded.
Hand #128: Dzmitry Urbanovich raised with and took it down as Bernies folded.
Hand #129: Bernies folded his button, giving the pot to Urbanovich.
The two were tied after this hand, with 9,085,000 for Gilles Bernies and 9,040,000 for Dzmitry Urbanovich.
Hand #130: Urbanovich raised to 260,000 with and took it down uncontested.
"I try to make it fun for you, because for me it's everything else but fun." Bernies said with a stressed voice.
Hand #131: Bernies with the made it 300,000 and Urbanovich called with the . on the flop and Urbanovich folded to Bernies bet of 275,000.
"Don't make it too easy!" Bernies said.
"I'm kidding. It's an honor for me to play with such a good player." he continued while a new dealer took the seat.
Hand #132: Urbanovich limped in with and Bernies checked his . The flop came and Urbanovich took it down with a bet of 175,000 after Bernies checked.
Hand #133: Bernies with the raised to 300,000. Urbanovich called with . Both checked the flop and turn. The hit the river and Urbanovich bet 120,000. Bernies folded the best hand.
Hand #134: Bernies got a walk with .
Hand #135: Bernies with the raised to 300,000 and took it down as Urbanovich folded.
Hand #136: Urbanovich raised to 260,000 with . Bernies called with . The two took a flop of and both checked. The fell on the turn and Bernies check called a bet of 275,000. They saw a appear in the 1,110,000 pot and Bernies checked. Urbanovich bet 425,000 and Bernies instantly called.