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Mustapha Kanit Snags EPT Dublin $25k HR for €501,640
Chalk another one up for Mustapha Kanit.
The Italian outlasted a very tough 70-entry field in the EPT Dublin $25,000 High Roller to earn a hefty €501,640 this weekend.
Kanit was the overwhelming chip leader heading to the final table and he didn’t let up one bit going wire-to-wire.
The final table included noted pros Charlie Carrel, Ivan Luca, Chance Kornuth, Jeff Rossiter and Nick Petrangelo.
Kornuth Makes Huge Comeback to Finish Second
The final table got off to a roaring start with Luca and Petrangelo both busting in the first three hands.
Action slowed a bit from there but it wouldn’t be that much longer before Keith Johnson and Jeff Rossiter also hit the rail.
Kanit still had a massive stack going into five-handed play and played the bully role to perfection. He managed to bluff Anton Bertilsson off pocket queens in a big hand.
Bertilsson busted shortly after that to Kornuth in fourth place.
Meanwhile Carrel, who won a PokerListings Spirit of Poker Award last year, couldn’t get past Kanit, finally falling with A-4 to JJ.
That led to a talkative heads-up battle between Kanit and Carrel but in the end Kanit simply was not going to be denied.
Kanit put even more distance between himself and everyone else on the all-time Italian winners list with a total of $5.4m. He now leads Max Pescatori by over $1m.
EPT Dublin continues today with Day 1b of the Main Event and the single-day $10k High Roller.
Here’s a complete look at the final table payouts:
1 - Mustapha Kanit, Italy, €501,640
2 - Chance Kornuth, United States, €360,150
3 - Charlie Carrel, United Kingdom, €234,100
4 - Anton Bertilsson, Sweden, €176,640
5 - Jeff Rossiter, Australia, €137,200
6 - Keith Johnson, United Kingdom, €106,330
7 - Nick Petrangelo, United States, €84,040
8 - Ivan Luca, Argentina, €65,170
9 - Martin Jacobson, Sweden, €49,730