Sam Greenwood Keeps the Momentum Going at EPT Monte Carlo
For years, Monte Carlo was one of the most anticipated stops on the European Poker Tour (EPT), and the relaunched version of the tour returned in late April. From April 24 through May 4, players from around the globe came to the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT to compete for one of the most coveted honours in poker: an EPT title.
The first big tournament of the series was the EPT Monte Carlo: €100K Super High Roller. Day 1 was a full day of rebuys, but the field of 42 entries was set when action kicked off on Day 2 on April 27 with a total prize pool of €4,462,920. Among the top 10 chips stacks starting Day 2 was Canadian Sam Greenwood, who has been on a tear in the live high roller action with three recent wins.
When the chips settled at the end of Day 2, just six players remained, and Greenwood had the second-biggest stack behind the German high-stakes specialist Christoph Vogelsang. They led the way to a stacked final table that included Isaac Haxton, Ole Schemion, and Justin Bonomo, but the chip leaders prevailed to go heads up.
Vogelsang and Greenwood were heads up for more than three hours battling for the title, and the chip lead went back and forth. In the end, the Canadian high roller beast extended his record at the highest stakes with another win. After taking third, second, and first in three days at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party in late 2017, Greenwood took down a partypoker Millions High Roller in Barcelona, followed by a WPT high roller in Amsterdam earlier this year. Vogelsang won €1,046,000 for second place, but Greenwood's €1,520,000 win pushed his lifetime winnings well over $11 million.
The EPT Monte Carlo: €25K High Roller ran May 4-6, and ended up drawing 119 entries for a total prize pool of €2,828,035. No Canadians managed to cash in this one, but Albert Daher of Lebanon took down the top prize of €595,386 after a three-way deal with Shyngis Satubayev from Kazakhstan (€492,768) and Mark Teltscher from the United Kingdom (€416,846).
With multiple Day 1s, the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event ran April 28 - May 6. When all the entries were counted, 777 entries put €3,768,450 into the prize pool. The top 111 players got paid out, and while no Canadians made the eight-handed final table, two players flying the maple leaf managed to cash the event.
Sam Greenwood added another cash to his career with €11,900 for 64th place. Sadri Saleh made it all the way to ninth, but ended up bubbling the final table with a score of €54,000. The Main Event win went to France's Nicolas Dumont, worth €712,000.