It’s arguably the most prestigious poker circuit in the world and another season has just come to a close. Season 12 of PokerStars’ European Poker Tour (EPT) concluded with a huge 79-event tournament series in Monaco at Monte-Carlo Casino.
The schedule included both EPT and France Poker Series (FPS) events with the latter generally having smaller buy-ins.
Five tournaments especially held the attention of onlookers with some of the world’s best players taking a seat to earn EPT glory. The €5,300 EPT Main Event, €10,300 High Roller, €25,750 High Roller, €50,000 Super High Roller, and €100,000 Super High Roller collectively paid out a jaw-dropping $22.5 million in prizes.
Just one Canadian made a final-table appearance in these five massive tournaments. The Global Poker Index’s top-ranked Canadian tournament player, Sam Greenwood, was among those looking at the first-place prize of €1.6 million on the final table of the €100,000 Super High Roller — the most expensive tournament of them all — but he ultimately fell in in seventh place for €301,820, further securing his hold on the title of this country’s best tournament player.
Also worth noting is the runner-up finisher in the €1,100 FPS Main Event, Niall Farrell, has become a bit of an adopted Canadian in recent years after spending a lot of his time living in Calgary, Alberta, and becoming a part of that local poker community. He scooped up€127,900 for finishing second in that tournament.
Despite the EPT series overlapping the World Poker Tour Canadian Spring Championship back at home, keeping most players within our borders, there were some noteworthy Canadian results among the many side events. Alex Difelice made his first final-table finish of the series in Event #22, a €550 pot-limit Omaha tournament, where he finished sixth for €3,090.
Difelice later became the only Canadian to win an event in this series when he topped 225 entries in the €2,200 eight-handed Event #70, earning €92,300. Timothy Adams and Daniel Dvoress also made deep runs in the tournament, finishing in 18th and 19th, respectively, and earning €5,160 apiece.
In Event #41, Ryan Rivers finished seventh out of 124 entries in the €4,200 eight-handed bounty tournament to collect a payout of €10,380 plus an unknown amount in bounty chips.
June Jenkins enjoyed a run all the way to sixth out of 376 entries in the €2,200 Event #47 to pocket €31,940 to bring home to Ontario.
In the hyper-speed €550 Event #51, 167 entries were down to five when Shaan Siddiqui faced his elimination, earning €5,590.
The final event of the series was a €10,200 six-handed turbo with 73 entries and Mike “Timex” McDonald battled his way to the final table where he finished in seventh place for €33,990.
Many of the details for the next season of the EPT have already been released with the kickoff to take place in Barcelona, Spain, in the last half of August.