Kurganov Clips Negreanu for EPT High Roller Title

Igor Kurganov. Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars Blog

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:

Dissappointed but still upbeat, Negreanu gave kudos to his opponent:

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.

Daniel Negreanu
Clipped at the wire.

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

Leo Margets
Margets: Ladies Champ.

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.

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