On Saturday, two more European Poker Tour (EPT) titles were awarded in Deauville, France when both the PokerStars-sponsored Main Event and High Roller concluded. In the 592-player Main Event, Bulgaria’s Ognyan Dimov took top honours and the €543,700 in first-place prize money.
The final day began with Dany Parlafes holding a monstrous lead with six players remaining. His win would have awarded Romania its first EPT title, but it was not to be. Joseph Carlino was the first to hit the rail when he three-bet all in with ace-king and found himself racing against Andrius Bielskis’ jacks. Carlino failed to find the better pair, and his sixth-place elimination earned him €115,650.
Despite adding to his stack with Carlino’s elimination, Lithuania’s Bielski was the next to be eliminated when he got it in with a preflop three-bet and found his was in poor shape against Benjamin Buhr’s . Bielskis earned €147,760 for finishing fifth.
French pro Benjamin Pollak was next out when he fell victim to the start-of-day chipleader Parlafes. Pollak experienced a bit of a cooler when he turned the straight, got it in, and found Parlafes held the but straight. For consolation, he received €187,550 from the cashier.
Buhr then fell into the trap Dimov set when he limped from the small blind with aces. Buhr looked down at ace-king and slid out a raise. Dimov responded with a three-bet, Buhr four-bet shipping, and Dimov could hardly believe his luck as he snap-called. The ace-king never found the unlikely board it needed, and Buhr finished third for €242,390.
That put Parlafes and Dimov in a heads-up match for the prestigious title and a pay jump of over €200,000. The two Europeans put on a display of 117 hands as they battled each other’s wits. It all came down to the two of them getting it all in preflop with Dimov holding and Parlafes tabling . The flop was , narrowing Parlafes’ lead now that a flush draw had appeared for Dimov. The on the turn ended it all as it completed the flush, and Dimov earned himself the title of EPT Deauville Champion and a tidy €543,700. The Romanian collected €338,700 for his runner-up finish.
Josip Simunic Completes Massive Comeback to Win High Roller
The third day of the EPT Deauville High Roller was witness to 12 players returning to the felt and playing down to a new Champion. The man who earned that title started the day with less than four big blinds. But 10 hours later, Josip Simunic scooped all of the chips to his side of the table and posed with the trophy before collecting €309,170 for first place. His tournament life was rejuvenated when he tripled up with against the pocket pairs (twos and threes) of Jean-Noel Thorel and Joao Ribeiro. The awarded him the massive pot and a renewed life in the High Roller.
The Austrian bet out French runner-up Thorel when all the chips went in the middle on the turn with the board reading . Simunic had the best of it with against Thorel’s . The on the river finished the event.