Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||20,000 / 40,000|
Day 3 Completed
It took quite the effort from Frenchman Sylvain Loosli, but he managed to rise to the top of the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller. Loosli outlasted a total of 70 entries and defeated Georgios Kitsios to claim the €198,610 first-place prize.
It was a back and forth heads-up battle that saw both players hold serious chip leads at different points. Loosli's Greek counterpart was willing to push the action but it was the Frenchman who got paid off in two critical pots. The ladder came when Loosli went for value with second pair and it worked out for him, earning him the chip lead again.
In the final hand of the evening, Kitsios risked his 15 big blind stack with king-five but Loosli had him dominated with ace-five. Kitsios could not hit a three-outer and by the river, Loosli made a flush and closed out the tournament in roughly six hours on Day 3.
Loosli has been a force on the high roller scene as of late and now he is finding success close to home. Born in France but now living in London, England, Loosli has over $7.1 million in career tournament earnings and his resume continues to grow.
Final Table Results
|3rd||Seth Davies||United States||€92,680|
|4th||Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||€69,940|
|5th||Erik Seidel||United States||€54,320|
Day 3 Summary
Only six players returned to the felt for the final day and Charlie Carrel came in as the overwhelming chip leader. Loosli, on the other hand, was the short stack but still had enough chips to remain patient. Joao Vieira was the first player to be eliminated when he ran his ace-jack into the ace-king of Carrel. Erik Seidel soon fell to the shortest stack and also succumbed to the ever-growing stack of Carrel. Seidel's king-jack was not good enough to win a flip against Carrel's pocket nines and the field was quickly down to just four.
That sparked the first of Loosli's double ups and he would go on to find plenty more of those - five in total on the day to be precise. It also turned the tide for Carrel who sent a couple of big pots to Kitsios, relinquishing the chip lead. Carrel was unable to stop the downward spiral as he eventually got all of his chips in the middle after flopping the nut flush draw. Unfortunately for him, Kitsios held pocket aces and Carrel was unable to come from behind.
The final three players were left to battle it out and it continued for nearly three hours. Even without any eliminations for quite some time, the chips were still flying around the table as each player grabbed the chip lead at some point. Loosli was forced to double up a couple of times to make it a three-way push to the finish. Once he managed to grab a sizeable lead over his two competitors, Kitsios and Seth Davies got involved in a large pot.
Kitsios was able to disguise the strength of his hand by his aggressive play style and it worked in his favor. Kitsios turned a king-high flush and Davies turned top pair into a straight on the river. All of the chips got in the middle and Davies was barely covered, forcing him to exit in third place. That made room for the rollercoaster heads-up battle between Kitsios and Loosli.
While only six players returned for the final day, a total of nine players made the money. Ole Schemion (7th Place - €33,270), Thomas Muehloecker (€25,800), and Pablo Melogno (€19,690) were all eliminated in the last level of Day 2. Philipp Gruissem was the unfortunate soul to be eliminated on the money bubble and left the tournament with nothing.
The opening high roller event was a great introduction to the 2019 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT festival, allowing many players getting their feet wet before the larger buy-in tournaments unfold. Many of the participants were quick to jump into the €100,000 Super High Roller that began earlier today and will continue over the next couple of days.
That wraps up the coverage for this event but there will be plenty more to come from the PokerNews live reporting team over the course of the festival.
Georgios Kitsios was down to just 15 big blinds and he pushed all in on the button for just over 600,000. Sylvain Loosli looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly made the call to put Kitsios at risk.
Loosli was in a dominating position and the flop of furthered his chances at the title. The on the turn gave Loosli a flush draw and Kitsios was down to just two outs. The river brought the and Loosli made a flush to eliminate Kitsios in second place.
Georgios Kitsios limped in on the button and Sylvain Loosli took his option by raising to 160,000. Kitsios called and the flop came . Loosli led out for 125,000 and Kitsios stuck around for the on the turn.
Loosli counted out another bet of 275,000 and Kitsios nearly beat him into the pot. The river brought the and Loosli moved all in, putting Kitsios to the test for his remaining 665,000 chips. Kitsios decided to lay his hand down and Loosli pulled in another pot.
Georgios Kitsios raised to 80,000 on the button and Sylvain Loosli three-bet to 280,000. Kitsios used up all 30 seconds before making the call. The flop came and Loosli continued for 175,000 which Kitsios quickly called.
The turn was the and both players checked to the on the river. Loosli stuck in a bet of 400,000 and Kitsios paid him off. Loosli flipped over and Kitsios put his cards in the muck.
Sylvain Loosli raised to 70,000 on the button and Georgios Kitsios three-bet to 210,000 in the big blind. Loosli called and they saw a flop of . Kitsios checked and Loosli tapped the table as well.
The turn was the and both players checked again. The completed the board and Kitsios led out for 125,000. Loosli looked him up and Kitsios tabled for the winning hand.
Sylvain Loosli limped in on the button and Georgios Kitsios pushed all in for 630,000. Loosli made a fast call and the cards were on their backs with the title on the line.
The flop came and Kitsios avoided disaster thus far. The turn was the and the river was the , securing the double up for Kitsios with ace-high.
With around 250,000 in the middle and the board reading , Sylvain Loosli bet 175,000 on the button. Georgios Kitsios quickly dropped in a call and they were off to the river.
The dealer burned and turned the on the river and Kitsios checked again. Loosli announced a bet of 480,000 and Kitsios flicked in a chip to call. Loosli turned over for trip eights and scooped a massive pot to take a dominant lead.
Georgios Kitsios raised to 60,000 on the button and Seth Davies called from the big blind. The flop came and Davies check-called a bet of 55,000 from Kitsios.
The turn was the and Davies checked again. Kitsios tossed in another bet of 90,000 and Davies still called to see the on the river. Davies checked for the third time and Kitsios moved all in. It didn't take long for Davies to make the call for his last 605,000 chips and the cards were tabled.
Kitsios showed for a flush while Davies rivered a straight with . Kitsios barely had Davies covered which eliminated him in third place and set up a heads-up battle with Sylvain Loosli.