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Dimov Reels in Parlafes for EPT Deauville Crown, €543,700
When final-table play in the EPT Deauville main event began today, the title was Romanian Dany Parlafes's to lose.
Coming into the day off a dominant performance on Day 5and with 44% of the chips in play, it looked like Parlafes would cakewalk to the title in short order.
As we all know in poker, the cards had other plans - and so did Bulgarian Ognyan Dimov.
Scraping his way to an epic, 117-hand heads-up match, Dimov finally reeled in Parlafes to snatch the crown away and earn his first career EPT title.
Along with the Slyde watch and EPT trophy, Dimov hauled in €543,700.
No Luck for Parlafes, Pollak
Coming into heads-up play with the chip lead Parlafes still looked prime to close things out by the halfway point Dimov had pulled even.
The Bulgarian continued to climb until the final hand when Parlafes got it in good with AK to Dimov's AJ but three hearts on the board gave Dimov the winning flush.
Parlafes still collected €338,700 for his impressive play throughout the tournament.
French pro Benjamin Pollak came in on the shorter side of things but looked as capable of winning the tournament as anyone.
He ran into Parlafes' flopped nut straight fairly early, however, and went home in fourth. Benjamin Buhr, a PokerStars qualifier playing in his first EPT event, finished in third.
Joseph Carlino, the "singing baker" and fan favorite from the past couple of days, busted first in sixth.
Watch the full replay of the final table right here or check the PokerStars blog for a recap. The final six and payouts:
- 1. Ognyan Dimov Bulgaria €543,700
- 2. Dany Parlafes Romania €338,700
- 3. Benjamin Buhr France €242,390
- 4. Benjamin Pollak France €187,550
- 5. Andrius Bielskis Lithuania €147,760
- 6. Joseph Carlino France €115,650
Simunic Tops Thorel for High Roller Title
Meanwhile over in the High Roller another longshot came in for a big payday.
Starting the day with just over three big blinds, Austrian Josip Simunic was a heavy underdog to even make the first pay jump let alone win the tournament outright.
Again the cards had other plans. Managing to avoid the early carnage that saw Davidi Kitai, Tobias Peters and Garrett Gruener bust, Simunic simply held on until getting Kings and busting Thomas Butzhammer.
Eight hours or so later he was champion, defeating France's Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up. The final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Josip Simunic €309,170
- 2. Jean-Noel Thorel €208,900
- 3. Fady Kamar €135,780
- 4. Robin Ylitalo €112,440
- 5. Ivan Luca €90,690
- 6. Eric Sfez €71,520
- 7. Joao Ribeiro €54,680
- 8. Thomas Butzhammer €41,160
For a full recap of the action, check the PokerStars blog.