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Pascal Lefrancois Wins EPT Monte Carlo €50,000 No-Limit Hold'em After Heads-Up Deal (€505,774)

BrandonBloom • Level 20: 20,000-40,000, 40,000 ante
Pascal Lefrancois

The 2022 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®️ continued with the €50,000 No-Limit Hold'em, and after a bit over twelve hours of play, Pascal Lefrancois emerged as the victor following a heads-up deal with Seth Davies at the Monte-Carlo Sporting complex on the French Riviera.

The event attracted 34 entrants to create a €1,649,340 prize pool, with the lion’s share going to Lefrancois who claimed the PokerStars Spadie along with a top prize of €505,774, while Davies took home €442,606 for his deep run.

€50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Pascal LefrancoisCanada€505,774*
2Seth DaviesUSA€442,606*
3Mike WatsonCanada€247,400
4Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil€189,670
5Daniel DvoressCanada€148,440
6Timothy AdamsCanada€115,450

*denotes heads-up deal

Action of the Day

Mikita Badziakouski, Mikalai Vaskaboinikau, and Laszlo Bujtas finished third, fourth, and fifth, respectively in the €100,000 Super High Roller earlier today before entering this tournament looking to make another run. However, it wasn’t to be as they would all fall short of the money.

Matthias Eibinger won this event at the previous EPT Monte Carlo way back in 2019 and was looking to defend his title. He made the final table of nine but couldn’t improve queen-ten against king-nine and hit the rail.

PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton made a deep run, but wasn’t able to get to the final six for the money. He got his stack of just under ten big blinds in with suited queen-jack but lost to ace-king for an eighth-place finish.

PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton
PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton

Badziakouski was the next to go out in seventh, bursting the money bubble. He lost nearly all of his chips with ace-ten against Davies’ king-queen, and lost his last chip on the next hand.

That elimination put the remaining six players in the money, and soon after, Lefrancois would make a nut flush that would propel him to the top of the leaderboard on his way to victory. Lefrancois continued to add to his stack in a hand where Timothy Adams ran ace-jack into ace-king, which eliminated Adams in sixth.

Daniel Dvoress, runner-up of the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller only a few days ago, was the next player to make his exit in fifth place. He got his chips in preflop against Davies and flopped two pair, but Davies made a flush on the turn and held to eliminate him.

Yuri Dzivielevski, winner of the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller, just missed out on another podium finish as he finished in fourth when he found himself in a similar situation to Adams by running his ace-jack into ace-king. This time Davies was on the winning side, and that put him close to Lefrancois at the top of the leaderboard.

Mike Watson - Seth Davies
Mike Watson - Seth Davies

Mike Watson had quickly earned a couple of ladders and was looking to spin up his stack, but soon, the rest of his chips went in on the river against Lefrancois. Lefrancois had a better kicker and sent Watson to the rail in third.

Immediately after Watson was eliminated, Lefrancois and Davies agreed to a deal to forego heads-up play. Lefrancois held over double the chips as Davies, and thus received the higher amount and the PokerStars Spadie which comes with the title.

Stay tuned as the PokerNews team brings you more coverage from the French Riviera, including the upcoming €25,000 High Roller and the ongoing EPT Monte Carlo €5,300 Main Event.

Tags: Daniel DvoressLaszlo BujtasMatthias EibingerMikalai VaskaboinikauMike WatsonMikita BadziakouskiPascal LefrancoisSam GraftonSeth DaviesTimothy AdamsYuri Dzivielevski