Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Day 3 Completed
One of the most prestigious events at the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT has wrapped up and it was a comeback for the ages. Sergio Aido has risen to the top of the €100,000 Super High Roller to claim the title and the €1,589,190 first-place prize. Aido outlasted a total of 52 entries and defeated his fellow Spaniard Jesus Cortes in a quick heads-up battle.
Aido entered the final day of competition with less than seven big blinds and at the bottom of the barrel among the final nine players. In fact, he had less than five big blinds when he spiked a three-outer to double up for the first time. That swung the pendulum in his direction as he won a coin flip to double up again in the very next hand.
The rise to the top of the podium was fuelled by some patient play and a string of cards that led to pot after pot against some of the top players in the world. In the last hand of the day, Aido trapped Cortes by limping the button with king-queen. Cortes moved all in with rags and Aido snapped him off. He managed to hold throughout the five-card runout and was able to put his hands on the beautiful trophy.
Aido has been around the high roller circuit for quite some time now, but he also fancies the nosebleed cash games as well. With over $8.7 million in career tournament earnings, this will go down as his largest cash to date. There appears to be no time to celebrate for Aido who quickly jumped into the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for some poker action.
Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|6th||Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||€327,930||$365,725|
The final day began with nine players returning to the felt but only seven of them would leave with some cash in their pocket. Things got off to a quick start when Luc Greenwood shoved his 11 big blind stack into the middle and was called by Koray Aldemir who had him dominated. Greenwood could not come from behind and was eliminated on the first hand of the day.
It took some time for the money bubble to burst with the short stacks finding some key double ups. However, it was Aldemir who found himself at risk with pocket nines against the ace-king of Daniel Dvoress. An ace on the river gave Dvoress the best hand and Aldemir was the last player to leave with nothing.
A newcomer to the live high roller scene, Wiktor Malinowski managed to keep his short stack alive for quite a while, but his time finally came to an end when he ran his six big blinds into a surging Aido. Charlie Carrel was next to dump his chips to the eventual winner when he shoved all in from the small blind with nine-five suited. Aido called with an ace in the big blind and managed to hold on to eliminate Carrel.
It was an up and down ride for Mikita Badziakouski who doubled up to an average chip stack but then saw it all disappear just one hand later. With just a small blind left, Badziakouski had to make something happen before the blinds came around. He was all in with six-three suited but Cortes held a premium hand with ace-queen suited and made a flush on the river.
As the chipleader coming into the day, Dvoress had a rough go of things. He doubled up Sam Greenwood on the money bubble for half of his stack and was never able to fully recover. His tournament was eventually cut short when his ace-nine ran into the pocket kings of Aido. Two kings on the flop gave Aido quads and Dvoress was sent to the rail in fourth place.
On the heels of losing a huge pot to Aido who flopped two pair, the last Greenwood standing picked up a big ace on the button and decided to go with it. Unfortunately for him, the pocket kings made their way back to Aido and Greenwood was in dire straits. No aces on the board meant he would have to take a back seat to the heads-up match that would feature two players from Spain.
Aido was in the driver's seat heading into the heads-up battle with nearly a five-to-one chip lead. No deal was made between the two friends as they were each guaranteed a seven-figure payday. Aido's lead continued to grow and within 15 minutes, he sealed the deal on the first all in.
That wraps up the coverage for this event but there is still plenty of more poker being played at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort and Casino. You can continue to follow all of the action from a variety of events at PokerNews.com.
Jesus Cortes entered the heads-up match as a huge underdog in chips against a red-hot Sergio Aido. When Aido limped in on his button, Cortes announced all in for around 1,750,000, just under 15 big blinds. Aido quickly called and the cards were on their backs for what could be the last time.
The flop came and Aido remained in the lead with his king-high. The turn was the and the river was the to bring an end to the tournament. Cortes will have to settle for second place but will still leave with a seven-figure payday.
Sam Greenwood raised to 250,000 on the button and Sergio Aido stuck in a three-bet to 960,000 in the small blind. The action was back on Greenwood who shoved all in for 3,250,000. Aido snapped him off and was in a commanding lead again.
Aido picked up pocket kings again at an opportune time and had Greenwood on the ropes. While he didn't flop quads again, the flop of was still in his favor. The landed on the turn and the hit the river to send Greenwood to the payout desk in third place.
Aido and Jesus Cortes are taking a quick break before the heads-up action resumes.
Sam Greenwood just limped in from the small blind and Sergio Aido checked his big blind. The flop came and Greenwood check-called a bet of 160,000 from Aido.
The turn was the and Greenwood checked again. Aido dropped in a bet of 500,000 and Greenwood still called to see the on the river. Greenwood checked one more time and Aido tossed in a bet of 1,350,000. Greenwood flicked in a chip to call and Aido tabled for two pair, good enough to win the pot.
Jesus Cortes limped in from the small blind and Sam Greenwood checked his option. The flop came and Cortes led out for 125,000. Greenwood called and the landed on the turn.
Cortes checked this time and Greenwood counted out a bet of 300,000. Cortes called and the completed the board. Cortes checked again and Greenwood reached back for a bet of 1,000,000. Cortes deliberated for a moment but soon sent his cards to the muck.
Daniel Dvoress was the short stack at the table with around 15 big blinds and he shipped all in from the cutoff for 1,540,000. Sergio Aido asked for a count from the small blind and then made the call. Jesus Cortes folded his big blind and the two hands were tabled.
As if Aido wasn't ahead by enough already, the flop of instantly secured him the pot. Dvoress was drawing dead to the and runout and he became the fourth-place finisher.
Mikita Badziakouski put his last 50,000 chips in the middle from under the gun. Jesus Cortes raised to 225,000 in the cutoff and Sergio Aido called from the big blind.
The flop fell and Aido check-folded to a bet of 250,000 from Cortes. Badziakouski turned over while Cortes had . The turn was the and the river was the . Cortes made a flush and Badziakouski was ousted in fifth place.
Sylvain Loosli Wins the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller
Loosli was the shortest stack heading into the six-person final table on Day 3 of the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Charlie Carrel was the dominant chip leader with a 8:1 lead on Sylvain's stack. However, Loosli played steady and fought his way to the first place prize of €198,610