The 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo €5,300 no-limit maintain’em principal occasion noticed 1,073 entries construct a prize pool of €5,204,050 (almost $5.5 million USD). After two beginning flights and 4 extra days of match motion, that lion’s share of that prize cash was finally awarded to 55-year-old Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu. The Brazilian participant earned €939,840 ($986,832 USD) for the win, whereas additionally changing into the primary participant from his house nation to ever win an EPT principal occasion.
This was Mesqueu’s seventh recorded profession title, along with his largest prior victory being a win in a Brazilian Series of Poker occasion for $109,350. He now has greater than $1.4 million in earnings to his identify.
In addition to the title and the cash, Mesqueu was additionally awarded 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year factors for the win. This was his first POY-qualified final-table end of the 12 months, nevertheless it alone was sufficient to catapult him into seventeenth place within the 2022 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
The ultimate day of this occasion started with simply six gamers remaining, with 2019 PokerStars No-Limit Hold’em Players Championship (PSPC) champion Ramon Colillas eradicated in seventh place ($131,691 USD) on the finish of the earlier night time’s motion.
Morten Hvam got here into the ultimate day with the lead, whereas Mesqueu sat in second chip place.
Six-handed play lasted for a number of hours, with the primary elimination of the day not happening till after 4 ranges had been accomplished. During that point, Mesqueu had overtaken the lead and pulled away from the pack. He added to his complete when his 5-3 outran the A-2 of quick stack Erkan Soenmez (sixth – $175,402 USD) to lastly ship a participant to the rail.
The knockouts got here quick and livid after that. Mesqueu open-shoved with Okay-9 and acquired a name from Hugo Pingray, who held A-Okay. Both gamers flopped a king, however a 9 on the flip gave Mesqueu two pair and a giant lead. The river modified nothing and Pingray was eradicated in fifth place ($239,883 USD).
Jaime Cervantes’ run on this occasion concluded when his A-J did not win a preflop race towards the pocket nines of Hvam. He was all the way down to needing an ace or jack on the river by the flip, and when a clean rolled off the deck he settled for $313,645 USD because the fourth-place finisher.
Dragos Trofimov bought the final of his quick stack in with A-4 going through the J-8 of Mesqueue and the J-6 pf Hvam. The flop gave Hvam jacks and sixes, which remained greatest by the flip and river. Trofimov secured $417,469 USD for his third-place displaying.
Heads-up play started with Mesqueu holding 25,250,000 to Hvam’s 6,950,000. The two mentioned a deal, however finally performed on with out having come to an settlement. In the ultimate hand, Hvam min-raised on the button with Okay10 and Mesqueu three-bet with OkayOkay. Hvam referred to as and the flop got here down 976. Mesqueu made a continuation guess of 1 million, solely to have Hvam transfer all-in for 3.4 million. Mesqueu made the decision along with his overpair. The flip introduced the 5 and the river the J, locking up the pot for Mesqueu and his pocket kings. Hvam earned $592,872 USD because the runner-up finisher.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the ultimate day:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points|
|1||Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu||$986,832||1920|
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