What started as an idea by Steve O'Dwyer on Twitter after a very successful €25,500 Single-Day High Roller one day ago, and gathered interested by several High Roller regulars, was turned into reality by the EPT staff upon request today.
A second edition of the event at the 2016 PokerStars EPT13 Prague festival with a starting stack of 100,000 and levels of 30 minutes each saw 19 players and six re-entries gather a field of 25 entries. The prize pool of €612,500 was to be divided among the top five spots and €226,600, a High Roller title and bragging rights among the familiar faces on the international poker circuit were up for grabs.
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Ultimately, it was Sam Greenwood who emerged victorious after a 90-minute heads-up battle with Jean-Noel Thorel, O'Dwyer cashed in fifth place. Among those to participate were Paul Newey, Ben Heath, Ole Schemion, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Timothy Adams, Justin Bonomo and Isaac Haxton amongst others.
Yesterday's champion Haxton bowed out early this time while EPT 13 Prague €50,000 Super High Roller runner-up Charlie Carrel bubbled. Six players returned from the dinner break and Carrel as well as Ali Reza Fatehi were the two shortest stacks. Fatehi doubled, then Carrel shoved jack-nine suited into the ace-king of Thorel to miss out on yet another High Roller score.
O'Dwyer had to settle for fifth place when his king-jack suited found no help against the ace-queen of Greenwood. Fatehi soon followed him to the rail in fourth place with ace-seven suited, again it was Thorel who did the work with ace-king.
Down to three players the lead changed several times. Mikita Badziakouski came back from almost zero before running low on chips again. Eventually, the Belarusian had to settle for third when his queen-jack suited was out-flopped by Greenwood's jack-ten and a fierce duel for the victory without any deal discussions followed.
Thorel started with a slight lead and pulled away several times. Greenwood doubled up three times and eventually secured the win after calling Thorel's shove on a king-high river with ten-three suited for second pair, Thorel had bluffed with four-deuce.
All those that missed out on the event don't have to worry, as O'Dwyer and the EPT staff already confirmed that another edition of the tournament is scheduled. The action will get underway at 2 p.m. on Friday December 16th with the same structure and PokerNews will be providing updates to follow the action.
The last official EPT High Roller title will then be up for grabs in the three-day €10,300 High Roller from Saturday December 17th until Monday December 19th, while the €5,300 Main Event will play down to a winner during the same time span as well.