Montury Outlasts Messina, Panka for EPT Malta Main Event Title

Jean Montury (Ph: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars)

At the end of a spectacular 12 days of poker at the first-ever EPT Malta, it all came down to two Frenchman.

France's Jean Montury, a former pool world champion, and Valentin Messina, a Frenchman who now lives in St. Julian's where the tournament was held, were the last two men standing in the Main Event before ultimately settling for a heads-up deal.

After knocking out Poland's Dominik Panka in third the two agreed to a deal that paid each around €600k and left the trophy and €100k on the table to play for.

In the end, after an epic finish in the very early hours, Montury put Messina away and claimed his first career EPT title and €687,400.

Messina collected €615,000 for his runner-up finish - not a bad amount to win right around the corner from your house.

Almost 900 Runners, Polish Domination

Dominik Panka
Panka's third not even most notable Polish accomplishment.

An exceptional week+ of poker came to a fitting end with the Main Event final table lasting 14 hours despite the deal.

It was also a decidely exceptional week for Polish poker as former PCA champ Panka claimed third after coming into the final table somewhat short-stacked.

All in for his life numerous times yesterday and winning them all to stay alive Panka played impressively to climb the pay ladder.

In the end he couldn't win a 10.5m-chip flip when his 99 didn't hold against Montury's AQ. Still, despite this being Panka's last event as a PokerStars pro, he'll take home a comforting €347,300.

Panka's run was amazingly not even the most significant accomplishment for Polish poker this week as compatriot Dzmitry Urbanovich won an astonishing four tournaments outright and close to €750k.

As an added bonus Pole Remi Wyrzykiewicz finished eighth in the Main Event. The full final eight and payouts:

EPT11 Malta, €5,000 NL Hold 'em Main Event

Entries: 895
Places paid: 127
Prize pool: €4,340,750

  • 1 - Jean Montury, France, €687,400*
  • 2 - Valentin Messina, France, €615,000*
  • 3 - Dominik Panka, Poland, €347,300
  • 4 - Stefan Schillhabel, Germany, €260,500
  • 5 - Javier Gomez Zapatero, Spain, €205,300
  • 6 - Hossein Ensan, Germany, €153,700
  • 7 - Antonin Duda, Czech Republic, €108,200
  • 8 - Remi Wyrzykiewicz, Poland, €76,000

*denotes two-way deal

Watch the full replay of the final table from the EPT Live stream right here.

Peters Beats Luca, Carrel for High Roller Title

Meanwhile, in the other marquee event playing down to a champion tonight in Malta, American David Peters put the US flag at the top of the €10k High Roller mountain.

David Peters
David Peters

With an impressive 304 entries in this one the prize pool swelled to just under €3m making Peters' win worth €597,000 - his biggest career score.

Runner-up Ivan Luca, a rising star in the online world, collected €397,000. England's Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel, who has previously chopped the Sunday Million, finished fifth.

Former November Niner Sylvain Loosli, from France, settled for eighth. The full final-table results:

  • 1 David Peters United States €597,000
  • 2 Ivan Luca Argentina €397,000
  • 3 Viacheslav Goryachev Russia €290,500
  • 4 Artem Metalidi Ukraine €234,500
  • 5 Charles Carrel United Kingdom €183,800
  • 6 Nick Petrangelo United States €139,000
  • 7 Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine €102,000
  • 8 Sylvain Loosli France €75,000
  • 9 Nicola D'Anselmo Italy €62,200

For a full recap of the final-table action, check the PokerStars blog.

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