The European Poker Tour High Roller has come to an end with Thomas Muhlocker capturing the win over Daniel Negreanu and 178 other hopeful entries. Unfortunateley, Muhlocker’s accomplishment has been overshadowed by the early tournament drama that resulted from Negreanu becoming exceptionally upset about a ‘first card off the deck’ ruling that went against him. That episode was chronicled well in an article written here. There is also the still developing situation with security breaches at The Arts Hotel, where the EPT was held. This has caused many people to lose sight of the actual poker being played at the tables.
That being said, Muhlocker taking down the win after besting this final table was an impressive feat as he had to overcome World Series of Poker November-Niner David Benefield, EPT Barcelona Super High Roller Final Tablist Ole Schemion, former WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, and finally, the very decorated Daniel Negreanu, to take down the crown and the nearly €400,000 awarded for first place. Muhlocker was down 6-1 in chips to Negreanu at one point during heads-up play. This is Muhlocker’s largest cash by a pretty significant margin and only his second six-figure cash, to go along with a 6th place finish in a $5k No-Limit event during the 2013 WSOP.
For Negreanu, it marks another near miss for him over the last couple of years. He finished 2nd at the WSOP 2-7 triple draw tournament earlier this summer as well as 2nd at the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller in 2012 to go with a pair of 4th place finishes in the WSOP APAC and EPT Grand Final Main Event in 2013. He now has over $18.5 million in career tournament earnings and over $2.2 million this year alone. All of this makes him a fantastic tournament player, but fans are starting to become annoyed with him as he has been throwing more fits and trying to make himself the center of attention during tournaments. This was in full display this past weekend following his throwing a fit about the first card off the deck ruling that didn’t go his way. KidPoker started physically carrying his chair with him as he moved about the room, which was met with both amusement and annoyance by different players and fans.
In spite of all of the negative press, it’s a great win for Muhlocker at a very talented final table. It also puts a wrap on a very successful EPT Barcelona from a participation standpoint, as all of the tournaments either held steady or grew when compared to last year’s totals despite a number of other tournaments going on at the same time, including the World Poker Tour Legends event in Los Angeles.
European Poker Tour High Roller Final Table
1. Thomas Muhlocker € 390,700
2. Daniel Negreanu € 263,800
3. Jean-Noel Thorel € 181,500
4. Joni Jouhkimainen € 148,000
5. Jonathan Duhamel € 118,000
6. Ole Schemion € 90,700
7. Richard Yong € 66,000
8. David Benefield € 47,850