American teenager wins EPT Grand Final

A 19-year-old American poker player plowed through a field of almost 300 competitors to take first place at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 11.

Jeff Williams, a freshman at the University of Georgia, was awarded €900,000 (just over $1 million) for his efforts.

He qualified for the event online at Joseph Hachem (WSOP 2005) and Greg Raymer (WSOP 2004).

Also competing were Rob Hollink, Tony Bloom, and Barny and Ross Boatman, among others.

The No-Limit Hold'em EPT Grand Final had a €10,000 buy-in and offered a prize pool of €2,980,000. It was the biggest No-Limit Hold'em event to ever be held in Europe. Twenty-seven places were paid.

The five-day series ran from March 7-11 at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort on the Mediterranean coast.

Final table results are as follows:

1st Jeff Williams U.S.€900,000
2nd Arshad Hussain U.K.€492,000
3rd Aleksander Strandli Norway €251,000
4th Marc Karam Canada€195,000
5th Tierry Cazals France€168,000
6th Ross Boatman U.K.€140,000
7th Marcel Luske Holland€112,000
8th Fraser Dunphy U.K.€84,000

Of the 8 final table finishers, the top 4 won their seats to the Grand Final online through cash qualifiers at

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