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Kurganov Clips Negreanu for EPT High Roller Title
Thousands of Daniel Negreanu fans around the world snapped off their computers in anguish today as Russian Igor Kurganov edged Kid Poker at the wire to win the €25k EPT Grand Final High Roller.
Coming into the final table fourth in chips but well back of chip leader Justin Bonomo, hopes were high Negreanu could make a move and he did, getting a huge double up early to get back in contention.
By the time play was four-handed, Negreanu had seized control of the chip lead and looked to be in position to win, busting Bonomo and German Phillip Gruissem to enter heads-up way ahead of Kurganov.
But in a back-and-forth heads-up match, Kurganov eventually surged in front and almost put Daniel away before Negreanu pulled back to even.
Ultimately, however, Kurganov just got hit with the deck harder and knocked Negreanu out in a quick succession of hands at the end.
As Negreanu tweeted about his demise:
Ugly finish lost K9 to AA on KJ8 flop then J8 vs 44 board 89284 then 7T vs 59 board 467T3 then AJ clubs all in lost to K3. Bleh.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 1, 2012
Dissappointed but still upbeat, Negreanu gave kudos to his opponent:
He played really well and I'm proud of my finish but not exactly happy with it at the moment. 600k Euro pays some bills— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 1, 2012
Kurganov takes home €1 million for the championship while Negreanu earned €598,600 for second.
Gruissem, a high-roller specialist with several big cashes to his name, took home third place for €366,000.
Kurganov, who placed second in last year’s £20k High Roller event at EPT London and third in the High Roller at EPT Tallinn, boosts his live earnings up to just under $2 million with the win.
Bonomo Out in Fourth, Runs Grand Final Total up to €1.9 Million
While his run in the 25k High Roller ended in fourth, Justin Bonomo had a week to remember regardless.
Winning the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1.64 million to kick off the Grand Final a week ago, Bonomo scooped another €266,000 for fourth today.
Adding in €35,000 for finishing 28th in the Main Event, Bonomo packs up just under €2 million for a week's worth of work.
Phil Ivey narrowly missed the final table in this event, finishing in ninth place for €73,200
The full final-table results and payouts:
1. Igor Kurganov €1,080,000
2. Daniel Negreanu €598,600
3. Phillip Gruissem €366,000
4. Justin Bonomo €266,000
5. Artem Litvinov €216,000
6. Noah Schwartz €166,000
7. Nathan Schoo €133,000
8. Max Lykov €100,000
Margets, Smith Add Side-Event Wins
While most of the attention was focused on the $25k High Roller, four other events played out at the Monte Carlo casino today to wrap up Grand Final week.
Spanish Lock Poker pro Leo Margets defeated Vicky Coren heads-up to win the Ladies title and €16,850.
American Dan Smith also made it an astounding three €5k NL side events in a row when he beat Toby Lewis heads-up in the NL 6-max side event.
Smith, who won the first EPT Grand Final €5k for €250,500 and the €5k Turbo for €161,650 took home €118,000 for his latest
The Tournament of Champions freeroll for all previous EPT winners and the €10k Turbo event were still to be decided at press time.
For full recaps of all the day's action, visit the PokerStars blog.