It ended up being a very interesting final table of the WPT Marrakech main event since 3 PokerStars Pros, Arnaud Mattern, Jonathan Duhamel and "ElkY", were on it. However, neither of them stood a chance against the native Mohamed Ali Houssam. Houssam, the Day 1 chip leader, played fantastic poker on the final table and always seemed to be one step ahead of his opponents. He also managed to keep a cool head when the cards weren't on his side, and also when he made a bad play... and it really paid off! For the win of WPT Marrakech he received a first price of amazing $267,011 - the biggest cash in his entire poker career!
The field of 379 players who signed up for the WPT Amneville Main Event 3 days ago have now become a field of 76 players as Day 1 and 2 are over. Chip leader is Urs Kohler with almost 500k chips, followed by Scott Baumstein with 481k. Other players of note to make it to Day 3 are, for example, Nesrine Kourdourli (431k), Joseph Cheong (380k) and Arnaud Mattern (258k). Play will resume at 12:00 (CET) today and will played for 5 90-minute levels or until the field has been narrowed down to 18 players.
After many long days of poker it was finally time for the final table of the EPT Tallinn Main Event yesterday. On the final table were many new faces, some with more experience than others. The most experienced player, however, was Arnaud Mattern (chip leader) from France who had won an EPT before and now had the chance of writing history as the first player ever to win 2 events on the tour. But unfortunately it wasn't Aanaud Mattern's day (3rd place) and instead it was the norwegian poker pro Kevin Stani who took home the tournament for €400,000 after beating Konstantin Bilyaue in heads up poker.
Final table results: 1. Kevin Stani, €400 000 2. Konstantin Bilyauer, €250 000 3. Arnaud Mattern, €160 000 4. Dmitry Vitkind, €120 000 5. Mikko Jaatinen, €80 000 6. Steven van Zadelhoff, €63 000 7. Nicolo Calia, €47 000 8. Bassam Elnajjar, €32 000
The final table of the EPT Main Event begins in a few hours. Eight players are about to battle for the first place prize of €400,000. The fact that most of them aren't used to play final tables where so much money is up for grabs might be something that can affect the quality of the game. However, I'm sure it will be an extremely interesting and thrilling final table to watch no matter what. No doubts about that! May the best poker player win!
Many big names were sent packing during the first starting day of the EPT San Remo Main Event - Erick Lindgren, Chad Brown and many more. In the end of the day, 299 out of 585 players made it through to Day 2. Among these 299 players we, unfortunately, don't find many notable players at all in the top of the field. Far down in the field we can find a few notables however, Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, as well as former winner Arnaud Mattern.
Day 1b of EPT San Remo kicks off in a few hours time. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more interesting to follow than Day 1a. In other words, we want to see more big names in the top of the field.
Its soon time for the European Poker Tour to make another stop. This time it will be in Berlin instead of Dortmund where it has been played in the previous seasons. Anyhow, PokerStars is expecting even more players this year than last year because of the new location and the €1 million first place prize guarantee (667 players took part last year - Sandra Naujoks won and took home the first prize of €917,000).
Team PokerStars Pros Sebastian Ruthenberg, Benjamin Kang, Johannes Steindl, Arnaud Mattern, Tom McEvoy, William Thorson are all scheduled to take part in Day 1a of the Main Event, which will give the tournament the best possible start!
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