Live Events 2
€5,300 Main Event
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Event Info

Buy-in €5,000
Prize Pool €5,204,050
Players 1,073

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 125,000 / 250,000
Ante 250,000

Players Info - Day 5

Players Left 1

Highlights

Highlights

€5,300 Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu Wins First EPT Main Event Title for Brazil in Monte Carlo (€939,840)

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu
Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu

The 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour stop presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®️ has come to a thrilling conclusion and it was Brazil's Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu who topped a field of 1,073 entries in the 2022 EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event. After a short-lived heads-up duel with Morten Hvam, Mesqueu secured the biggest portion of the €5,204,050 prize pool in the second-biggest EPT Main Event in the history of the stop at Le Sporting Monte Carlo.

While players from the South American poker powerhouse nation have made several deep runs in the marquee event of the popular live poker tour and sponsoring site PokerStars features three countrymen on their roster of ambassadors, it was the first EPT Main Event for Brazil. Prior to his victory on the French Riviera, most of his live poker results came from home soil. Mesqueu won the leaderboard of the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) in 2019 and currently sits in second place with a decent shot of a repeat victory.

The top prize of €939,840 represents the far biggest cash of his career and the same also applied for runner-up Hvam. In December 2019, the Dane already came close to glory and finished 13th in the EPT Prague Main Event for €55,690, which he now eclipsed more than ten-fold with a consolation prize of €564,640.

Also featured on the final day were Moldova's Dragos Trofimov, Jaime Cervantes on his first trip to Europe, French bracelet winner Hugo Pingray and German PokerStars qualifier Erkan Soenmez. PokerStars ambassador Ramon Colillas and Yannick Cardot had reached the official eight-handed final table but were eliminated at the end of Day 4 to set the stage for the grand finale.

Final Table Result 2022 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize
1Marcelo Simoes MesqueuBrazil€939,840
2Morten HvamDenmark€564,640
3Dragos TrofimovMoldova€397,590
4Jaime CervantesUnited States€298,710
5Hugo PingrayFrance€228,460
6Erkan SoenmezGermany€167,050
7Ramon ColillasSpain€125,420
8Yannick CardotFrance€89,770
Marcelo Simoes
Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu wins the 2022 PokerStars Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event

Until the dinner break, there were only two all-in showdowns both of which featured Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu and Jaime Cervantes. The American first doubled and was then denied another double despite turning set with pocket nines versus ace-king. While all middling stacks traded the chips back and forth, Mesqueu sooner than later assumed control and stormed into a commanding lead thanks to using his growing advantage with relentless aggression. The Brazilian could seemingly not put any foot wrong and amassed an enormous lead over the other five contenders.

As the final six returned to a very cagey setup with the shortest stacks below ten blinds, it was Dragos Trofimov who doubled through runaway chip leader Mesqueu. The Brazilian however made up for it by knocking out Erkan Soenmez shortly after with five-trey getting there to beat the ace-deuce of the PokerStars qualifier from Germany in a preflop contest.

It opened the floodgates for a frantic period in which the tournament went from six to two hopefuls in the span of just half an hour.

Mesqueu also came from behind to crack the ace-king of Pingray with king-nine as he spiked a nine on the turn much to the delight of his Brazilian rail, which went nuts once the river bricked off.

Cervantes was flipping for his tournament life against Hvam with ace-jack versus pocket nines but found no help to bow out in fourth place. He was followed to the rail by Trofimov, who laddered up a few spots but missed a maiden EPT Main Event title for his home country of Moldova.

Brief deal discussions came to no conclusion and Mesqueu never lost his commanding lead despite two double-ups for Hvam when the Dane was getting it in with a severe short stack. Ultimately, Hvam risked it all for a third time with a gutshot in a three-bet pot but the pocket kings of Mesqueu prevailed to let his rail from Brazil commence with a boisterous celebration.

Among those to support their countryman en route to victory was also Lucas Scafini, who came out on top of the biggest France Poker Series €1,100 Main Event in Monte Carlo for a payday of €250,000. With two major victories during the series on the French Riviera, Brazil has once more confirmed that is the up and coming poker nation on the live and online poker circuit.

This concludes the PokerNews live coverage of the 2022 PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event and entire series. The next EPT stop has already confirmed, as the live poker tour will return to one of its most popular locations in Barcelona in August 2022.

Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu
Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu

Tags: Dragos TrofimovErkan SoenmezHugo PingrayJaime CervantesLucas ScafiniMarcelo Simoes MesqueuMorten HvamRamon ColillasYannick Cardot

Morten Hvam Eliminated in 2nd Place (€564,640)

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Morten Hvam and his rail
Morten Hvam and his rail

Morten Hvam raised to 500,000 on the button with the {k-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} and Marcelo Simoes three-bet to 1,300,000 with the {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} for Hvam to call as he invested more than a quarter of his remaining stack.

The {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop gave the Dane a gutshot and Simoes bet 1,000,000. Hvam had 3,400,000 behind and he eventually got them in to pick up a call by Simoes.

As both players gathered near their rails, the {5-Spades} gave some outs to a potential split pot. Nothing changed on the {j-Diamonds} river either but there were a few seconds of silence before the Brazilian rail exploded.

After several "vamouuuuu" shouts, Simoes was lifted into the air by the €1,100 FPS Main Event winner Lucas Scafini and the first Brazilian winner of an EPT Main Event was crowned.

Hvam's tournament run ended in second place and he secured a payday of €564,640 but missed out on another victory for Denmark in more than a decade.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 32,200,000 4,700,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk Busted

Tags: Lucas ScafiniMarcelo SimoesMorten Hvam

Hvam Gets a Shove Through With the Worse Hand

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Morten Hvam
Morten Hvam

Marcelo Simoes raised to 525,000 with the {j-Hearts}{4-Clubs} and Morten Hvam defended the big blind with the {q-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}. Both had a piece of the {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop and Hvam check-jammed into a bet of 375,000 for the 3,025,000 he held behind.

Simoes went into the tank and ultimately settled for the fold.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 27,500,000 -775,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 4,700,000 775,000

Tags: Marcelo SimoesMorten Hvam

Kicker Advantage for Simoes

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Morten Hvam
Morten Hvam

Morten Hvam raised to 500,000 with the {k-Spades}{7-Spades} and Marcelo Simoes called with the {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. The {4-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was checked and the {5-Hearts} turn followed on the turn. Simoes checked and Hvam bet 350,000 to receive a call.

The {9-Diamonds} river completed the board and Simoes checked once more and Hvam checked behind to get pipped by the minor kicker advantage of his opponent.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 28,275,000 -25,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 3,925,000 25,000

Tags: Marcelo SimoesMorten Hvam

Simoes Pulls Further Ahead Again

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Marcelo Simoes
Marcelo Simoes

Morten Hvam raised to 500,000 with the {q-Spades}{j-Hearts} on the button and Marcelo Simoes defended the {a-Hearts}{5-Clubs} in the big blind. Following the {k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} flop, Simoes checked and subsequently called a bet worth 450,000 as they headed to the {4-Spades} turn.

Simoes checked once more and Hvam made it 1,100,000 to go, as his opponent from Brazil. That created a pot of 4,350,000 to the {6-Clubs} river and they checked it down to award the pot to Simoes, who quickly celebrated with his rail anymore.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 27,950,000 2,050,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 4,250,000 -2,050,000

Tags: Marcelo SimoesMorten Hvam

Roller Coaster Double for Hvam

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Morten Hvam Marcelo Simoes
Morten Hvam Marcelo Simoes

Marcelo Simoes raised to 625,000 on the button with the {8-Spades}{5-Diamonds} and Morten Hvam called for a big portion of his shorter stack with the {j-Spades}{7-Spades}.

The {7-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop saw Hvam check, Simoes bet 2,400,000 and Hvam called all-in for that exact amount with his top pair.

Simoes spiked the {8-Diamonds} turn to improve but the commentary team used the old EPT German phrase "it is always coming seven". Instead, it was the {j-Diamonds} that gave Hvam the superior two pair as he scored the second double in heads-up play.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 25,900,000 -3,525,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 6,300,000 3,525,000

Tags: Marcelo SimoesMorten Hvam

Short Stack Double for Hvam

zedmaster84 • Level 33: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Morten Hvam Marcelo Simoes
Morten Hvam Marcelo Simoes

Marcelo Simoes limped in and Morten Hvam checked out of the big blind to see the {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop. The Brazilian jammed and Hvam called.

Morten Hvam: {k-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Marcelo Simoes: {10-Clubs}{2-Clubs}

The Doyle Brunson memorial hand had an open-ender and made a pair on the {2-Hearts} turn. However, the {8-Diamonds} river was a blank and Hvam doubled to 20 big blinds.

Marcelo Simoes br
Marcelo Simoes
br 28,200,000 -1,400,000
Morten Hvam dk
Morten Hvam
dk 4,000,000 1,400,000

Tags: Marcelo SimoesMorten Hvam