The EPT Madrid High Roller event attracted a field of 58 players who could afford the buy-in of €25,000. After 2 days of play, only 8 players had chips left and the final table was set. The final table, as you can see in the final table results below, included some really big names which made it a very interesting final table.
After many hours of play on the final table, the French Team PokerStars pro ElkY and Benny Spindler, from Germany, were playing heads-up. Spindler entered the heads-up with more than double the chips than ElkY. But just a few hands into the match ElkY picked up pocket jacks and managed to get Spindler to call his all-in on the river with top pair against his over pair. Now ElkY had 1.4 million chips to Spindler's 1.5 million. The match was very even after this all-in, and the crowd and the TV viewers had to wait about 1 hour and 45 minutes before the tournament had a winner. This is how the last hand was played out..
The pot was limped preflop and the flop came 294. ElkY had the big blind and led for 33,000.Spindler raised to 90,000. ElkY thought for a while before he decided to re-raise to 233,000. Spindler called.
The turn was the J and ElkY fired 277,00 into the pot. Spindler took a little time in calling to see the 9 river card where he faced a quick all-in bet from the Frenchman. Spindler counted his chips and had about 480,000 left. Hr thought for another minute before calling. ElkY showed 94 for full house vs Spindler's trip nines with K9.
Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier is the winner and €525,000 richer. This was ElkY's second big high roller win of his career. In total he now has $7.3 million in live tournament winnings!
Final table results
1 ElkY, Team PokerStars Pro, France, €525,000
2 Benny Spindler, Germany, €316,000
3 Juha Helppi, Finland, €185,000
4 David Sands, USA, €135,000
5 Vanessa Rousso, Team PokerStars Pro, USA, €100,000
6 Alex Repik, Russia, €72,000
7 Galen Hall, USA, €57,500
8 Peter Jetten, Canada ,€45,000