A 19-year-old American poker player plowed through a field of almost 300 competitors to take first place at the PokerStars.com-sponsored 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:
Of the 8 final table finishers, the top 4 won their seats to the Grand Final online through cash qualifiers at PokerStars.com.
Please see PokerStars.com or www.ept.com for further details.