Manig Loeser claimed victory in the €5,300 Main Event for over €600,000. Frenchman Benjamin Pollak took home the trophy in the €25,000 High Roller after a heads-up deal with Koray Aldemir. And there were plenty of $100,000 pots on Live at the Bike! this month. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Manig Loeser Win EPT Monte-Carlo Main Event
German high-roller crusher Manig Loeser showed that he’s also capable of beating big field MTT’s this week as he has just claimed one of the most prestigious titles on the European Poker Tour. Loeser defeated a stacked final table that included Ryan Riess (4th) and Viktor Katzenberger (3rd). But it would be a long tough battle against Wei Huang, a recreational Chinese player, that would prove to be the final table’s most exciting moment.
A monstrous field of 922 total entries made the trip to Monaco for their chance at EPT glory, making it the 3rd largest event there ever. 135 players made the money including Timothy Adams in 8th and Sam Greenwood in 12th.
And while the chip lead changed hands several times at the final table, the culminating moment came when Loeser snap-called all-in with a turned straight against Huang. Loeser would hold through the river and become the newest champion.
Here are the official payouts and results courtesy of PokerNews:
The EPT Main Tour will now take their summer hiatus, but they will be back later in the year with the popular EPT Barcelona in August.
Benjamin Pollak Wins EPT €25K Monte Carlo High Roller
And shortly before the Main Event concluded, Benjamin Pollak was finding victory in one of the other biggest events in the series – the 25k High Roller. Pollak defeated an understandably stacked final table that included Koray Aldemir (2nd), Sergio (6th), and Daniel Dvoress (8th).
20 players made the money after 142 entries. Erik Seidel and Sean Winter were a couple of the bigger names that earned small cashes. If 50k can be considered small that is.
A deal was made with the final three players. And once it got down to heads-up play was fast and loose. Pollak won all three all-in confrontations on his way to victory.
Once again, here are the final table payouts courtesy of PokerNews:
Congrats to all the big winners!
-Over at PokerListings.com the team has assembled a fun list of some of the most baffling folds in history. From folding aces pre-flop to Hellmuth’s classic fold of queens on Poker After Dark, this list has it all.
-PokerCentral has been putting out solid content on the reg ever since their launch a couple of years ago. And one article we wanted to highlight was their brief interview with Tana Karn promoting the series’ new “showbound” promotion. Karn heads the RunGood Poker Series (RGPS) and talks about how well the series has done and about their quest of getting winning players on Poker After Dark.
-And of course it wouldn’t be the Hit and Run if we didn’t highlight an article from our boy Robbie’s site CardPlayerLifestyle.com. This week Robbie has published an article by LA senior resident George Epstein talking about how much his senior friends love the game of poker!
-With the recent DOJ announcement about a re-interpretation of the Wire Act, many players were concerned that New Jersey residents wouldn’t be able to play WSOP online events this summer. But as Bart Shirley reports for USPoker.com, it looks like the player pools will still be combined.
-Paul Seaton has been producing a nice long-running series on PokerNews called “Before the Game,” where he gets the origin stories of some of the game’s lesser known players. And this week added another great entry with his look at streamer and pro and professional best friend Jeff Gross.
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-And speaking of PokerNews, Sasha has been in Monte-Carlo all week getting player interviews and providing tournament recaps. But where’s the fun in that – here’s some bloopers instead:
-Andrew Neeme is back with another great blog from Louiseville. It’s horse racing and poker all rolled into one!
-And finally, here are a bunch of $100K pots from Live at the Bike! Watch and be jealous:
That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker