With the conclusions of EPT San Remo on April 23rd and the EPT Grand Final in Monaco on May 3rd, the European Poker Tour’s fifth season has ended. Season five was a great success with each of the 13 events drawing huge fields and big prize pools. All-in-all season five of the European Poker Tour awarded €54,904,712 to winners of the various tournaments. This is a €16,655,924 increase from season four of the EPT, which awarded €38,248,788 in cash prizes. Let’s take a quick look back at the two most recent EPT events.
The second last event the European Poker Tour schedule took place in San Remo, Italy. The event had a buy-in of €5,300 and brought in a field of 1178 players, which made for a €5,713,300 prize pool. The event started on April 18th and concluded on April 23rd when Dutchman Constant Rijkenberg took home the €1,508,000 first place prize. All of the chips got in when Niemi, the second place finisher, pushed with (A,10) on a 10 high board. Rijkenberg, quickly called with pocket aces and dodged a ten on the river to take down the cash and the championship.
EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo
The EPT grand final took place in Monte Carlo from April 28th to May 3rd and it was a tournament to remember. In total 935 players forked over the €10,000 entry fee, which made for a massive €9,350,000 prize pool. The tournament showcased the biggest comeback in EPT history when Dutchman Pieter De Korver came back from three big blinds at the final table to take home the €2,300,000 first place prize and the title of EPT Grand Final champion. De Korver went on an insane heater winning all-in after all-in and continuing to double and triple up his stack back into contention. De Korver took the title when his middle pair held up against his opponents flush draw and middle pair with a weak kicker.
In other news from EPT Monte Carlo, Vanessa Rousso took down the €25,000 buy-in high rollers event for a €720,000 payday. Rousso outlasted 78 of the best no limit tournament players in the world to win the event. This victory, along with Rousso’s recent second place finish at the NBC Heads Up Championships helps to prove that Rousso isn’t just a pretty face. A lot of people in the poker world weren’t giving her much credit for her poker playing abilities, but after these two very strong showings everyone will have to give her the respect she rightfully deserves.
No schedule has been set for season six of the European Poker Tour, but it is expected Barcelona will once again kick of the tournament series. We will have to wait until then to crown the next big champion of European Poker.