Erik Seidel emerged victorious in the €100,000 Super High Roller at the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo, stopping the hot streak of Dzmitry Urbanovich and winning €2 million in the process.
In a career full of big cashes, this was Seidel’s biggest, and it vaulted him to third on the all-time money list, now just trailing Daniel Negreanu ($30 million) and Antonio Esfandiari ($26.4 million). Seidel started the day just short of $22 million for his career, and now surpasses $24 million in live earnings.
It was Seidel’s fourth victory in a tournament that featured a buy-in of $100,000 or larger.
Seidel, the eight-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, didn’t like his chances, it appeared, before the final table began:
16 left in EPT 100k. I'm 2nd in chips, 9 get paid. Too many geniuses left. #lovemyjob
— Erik Seidel (@Erik_Seidel) May 1, 2015
But he outlasted a talented field and overcame a more than three-to-one chip disadvantage to defeat Urbanovich, the 19-year-old teen sensation who famously won four different events at the EPT Malta in March.
Seidel closed out the tourney with a pair of tens against Urbanovich’s king-nine offsuit, which would not improve.
Urbanovich had already eclipsed more than a million in tourney cashes, but he more than doubled that on Saturday, walking away with €1.4 million for his trouble.
Several SHR regulars also made the final table of this event. Germany’s Max Altergott was third for €940K; Russia’s Igor Kurganov was fifth for €551K, and Scott Seiver was eighth for €262K. Online phenom Fedor “CrownUpGuy” Holz was seventh for €338K.
PokerStars’ blog has a recap of all the action.