2015 EPT Grand Final Day 3: Eric Seidel Wins SHR; Main Event Begins

Erik Seidel EPT Grand Final Super High Roller

Day 3 of the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final featured a star-studded final table in the €100,000 Super High Roller. After navigating a field that included some of the best names in the game, the final eight players took their seats to decide who was going to take home the top prize of over €2 million.

Dario Sammartino led the way into Day 3 as the only player holding more than four million chips. Russian high roller specialist Igor Kurganov brought 3,645,000 chips to the final table. The full breakdown of the final table is as follows:

SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Dzmitry Urbanovich735,00018
2Thomas Muehloecker2,290,00057
3Erik Seidel2,170,00054
4Igor Kurganov3,645,00091
5Max Altergott2,215,00055
6Fedor Holz1,650,00041
7Dario Sammartino4,480,000112
8Scott Seiver470,00012

Sitting on the shortest stack coming into Day 3, it didn't take long for Scott Seiver to make a play to double up. When Fedor Holz opened the button for a raise, Seiver called from the big blind with a suited jack. When the flop came jack-high, Seiver checked and Holz bet 90,000. Seiver shoved all in for 360,000, but Holz quickly called, tabling {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} for a better pair then Seiver, who collected €261,800 for eighth place.

Second in chips, Kurganov came out of the gates in top gear. Immediately after Seiver's exit, Kurganov took a huge pot from Holz, forcing Holz to fold on the turn and giving Kurganov the chip lead. Kurganov held onto the lead through the next 80-odd hands, holding the chip lead the entire time until Dzmitry Urbanovich began his assault when he forced Kurganov to fold after five-bet shoving with suited connectors.

In another hand against Kurganov, Urbanovich called Kurganov's raise in the big blind with {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts}. He checked the flop of {5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}, letting Kurganov bet into him before check-raising. Urbanovich improved again with the turn {6-Spades} and kept the pressure on with a bet of 880,000, which Kurganov called after a few minutes of tanking. The {a-Hearts} on the river was perhaps Kurganov's worst nightmare, as it gave him a hand that beat anything but a four. When Urbanovich tank-bet the river, Kurganov couldn't work it out and eventually called, sending a massive pot to Urbanovich.

Kurganov finally fell to Urbanovich in hand 126 when he called Kurgaon's shove after opening to 250,000 with {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}. Kurganov's {a-Spades}{q-Diamonds} took the lead on the {a-Clubs}{j-Spades}{2-Clubs}, but the joy was short-lived when {10-Hearts} hit the turn. A meaningless {7-Clubs} came on the turn, sending Kurganov back to Russia in fifth place with €551,000.

Erik Seidel is rarely a flamboyant player. He sits quietly, picking his spots, amassing a "stealth" chip stack as well as anyone in the game. The SHR was no exception, as Seidel quietly found himself heads up against Urbanovich after Urbanovich knocked start-of-day chipleader Dario Sammartino out in fourth place (€709,000) and then Seidel knocked German high roller specialist Max Altergott out in third for €940,300.

Urbanovich came into the heads-up match-up with a massive chiplead — nearly three times as big of a stack as Seidel — and initially it looked as though Urbanovitch, the young phenom who won the EPT Player of the Year title on the strength of his Malta and Monaco performances alone, would have his way with the veteran player. Seidel had other ideas however, and slowly clawed his way back. Over the course of 60 hands, Seidel chipped away at the young Pole's lead until he finally took the lead in hand 184.

Seidel never gave up the lead again, but it took another 40 hands to finally finish Urbanovich off. Even though he failed to win top spot, the second-place finish (€1,446,600) was plenty for Urbanovich to lock up Player of the Year for EPT Season 11. Seidel took home the top prize of €2,015,000, Seidel on his SHR win in his understated style: "It was a surprise to me because I was low on chips all day." The final payouts for the Super High Roller are below.

FinishPlayerCountryPrize (EUR)
1Erik SeidelUS2,015,000
2Dzmitry UrbanovichPL1,446,600
3Max AltergottDE940,300
4Dario SammartinoIT709,500
5Igor KurganovRU551,000
6Thomas MuehloeckerAT427,100
7Fedor HolzDE337,500
8Scott SeiverUS261,800
9Vladimir TroyanovskiyRU199,620

EPT Grand Final Main Event Kicks Off

The other action under way on Day 3 of the Grand Final was the beginning of the Main Event. Day 1a kicked off with 218 people taking a shot at the €10,600 Main Event. Jose Carlos Garcia ended the day at the top of the chip counts, collecting 182,800 chips before the day finished. There are several Canadians who made their way to Monaco for the Main Event, and a list of the Day 1a players and how they fared follows:

Andrew Chen58,500
Mike McDonald49,500
Noah Vaillancourt42,000
Mike Watson39,100
Daniel Dvoress16,000
Tyler DoyleBusted
Christopher LockhartBusted
Sam GreenwoodBusted

Day 1b of the Main Event runs Sunday, starting at 12:30 CET, as well as the Final Table of the France Poker Series, with cards-up coverage on EPT Live. Check back here with PokerNews Canada for a recap of all the action, as well as notable Canadian action from Day 1b of the Main Event.

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