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Kornuth Stays Hot, Kicks Off EPT Grand Final w/ €351k HR Crown
When you're on a streak as hot as Chance Kornuth's, apparently you don't even have to finish all your opponents off to win a tournament.
You just have to get close and then have them bow out with a chip chop.
Kornuth took down the kick-off event of the 2016 EPT Grand Final earlier this evening to continue a white hot year that's already seen him claim a high roller win in Australia, a runner-up in Dublin and a high roller final table at the PCA.
This time Kornuth got three-handed with equally tough opponents Phil Gruissem and Sergey Lebedev, but before playing it out the three just agreed to end it right there and chop the chips according to ICM.
As the chip leader Kornuth took the bulk of the money, €351,108, and was declared the winner.
Holz 4th, GPL All Over the Final Table
Along with Gruissem and Lebedev the final table was stacked with elite players Kornuth had to navigate through.
Germany's Fedor Holz was also in the mix as were 3-time WPT champ Anthony Zinno and Brazil's Felipe Ramos.
Those six also all happen to be members of Global Poker League franchises for Season 1 with Holz and Kornuth teammates on the LA Sunset.
Holz might have been able to get himself in on the deal four-handed when he was third in chips but brushed off the suggestion from Kornuth.
He busted in fourth shortly after when his QThh ran into Kornuth's turned full house.
Check the PokerStars blog for a full recap of the big hand and the final table.
EPT Grand Final Single Re-entry High Roller
Dates: April 26-28, 2016
Buy in: €10,300
Players: 214 (164 unique players plus 50 re-entries)
Prize pool: €2,075,800
1 - Chance Kornuth (United States) €351,108
2 - Philip Gruissem (Germany) €299,162
3 - Sergey Lebedev (Russia) €292,750
4 - Fedor Holz (Germany) €169,000
5 - Murad Akhundov (Azerbaijan) €133,680
6 - Anthony Zinno (United States) €101,500
7 - Felipe Ramos (Brazil) €74,100
8 - Dmitry Yurasov (Russia) €54,180