While the EPT Grand Final Monaco Main Event is well and truly over, the event’s Super High Roller tournament has just established its final table.
When the final day of the tourney begins later today, it will be American Jason Mercier who will have the chip lead out of the seven remaining players. It will be a huge chip lead too – with a stack of 4,165,000, Mercier will over 2 million more chips than second placed Vladimir Troyanovsky, who will enter the final table with 2,150,000 chips.
All expectations will be on Mercier to use the huge lead to win the event at the end of the night. It will be somewhat of a happy ending for the 26-year-old two time World Series Of Poker bracelet winner after he finished in seventh place in the Main Event. With a cash prize of €1,746,000 going to the first placed player in the Super High Roller event, it would certainly be a great bounce back for Mercier.
Despite the gap between Mercier and the rest of the table, it is unfair to count some of the remaining players out just yet. It would take just one double-up or a few good hands for Troyanovsky to pose a great threat to Mercier and his dominant run.
For those in the know, it will be no surprise if this happens; the Russian has found a niche in high roller tournaments, having placed second in January’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller Event. He also placed seventh in the Caribbean Adventure’s $98,000 Super High Roller Event, winning a combined total of over $1 million in a little over one week of play.
Canadian Sorel Mizzi is also a realistic threat to Mercier’s stranglehold on the chip lead. Currently third on the chip tally, 27-year-old Mizzi is a regular at the WSOP and many other professional poker tournaments. He came in tenth spot at last week’s €25,000 High Roller tourney at the EPT Monaco, but he is in a good position to go one better and take first place in this event.
A bunch of household names in poker were knocked out on Day 2, including Issac Haxton and Victor Blom. WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event winner Daniel Negreanu was also eliminated as was the Magician Antonio Esfandiari and Malta-based American Justin Bonomo, who won last year’s Super High Roller event.
Steven Silverman won the EPT Monte Carlo High Roller event on Tuesday, beating Tony Gregg in heads-up play to take out the top prize. He won €775,400 in the event after agreeing a three-way deal between himself, Gregg and third-placed Fady Kamar.