Reigning PCA High Roller champ Alex Bilokur takes down the €2,100 turbo for €72,000 with a 5am heads-up final flourish.
Alex Bilokur can often be found in a tournament with an iPad on his lap watching some kind of film with swords and wenches. Or he was at the PCA any rate. Things worked out for him pretty well over on Paradise Island at the beginning of the year where he managed to overturn a resurgent Jonathan Duhamel to win the PCA High Roller and $1.1m.
Last night was a different matter. No $25,000 buy-in and lengthy levels where post-flop bluff, thrust and counter mattered, it was all about smashing your chips into the middle in a frenzied explosion of chip battering ram charges.
Bilokur took the crown but shared the spoils fifty-fifty with Dragan Kostic, who reprised the runner-up role that he assumed at EPT Barcelona last season to Martin Schleich. He won €532,000 that day.
Pierre Neuville, another EPT Main Event runner-up, also final tabled proving alongside Bilokur and Kostic that these turbo shoveaments aren't just for the 20-year-old online phenomenons.
Event #10, 11 December
Game: NLHE Turbo '8-handed'
Prize pool: €312,340
1. Alex Bilokur, Russia, €72,200*
2. Dragan Kostic, Spain, €72,200*
3. Marc Daubach, Belgium, €30,400
4. Souheil Mansour, UK , €22,800
5. Emin Aghayev, Monaco, €18,700
6. Pierre Neuville , Belgium, Friend of PokerStars, €14,700
7. Peter Dragar, Hungary, €11,600
8. Andrey Lobzhanidze, Russia, €8,400
9. Anatolli Ozhenilok, Russia, €6,650
10. Artem Metalidi, Ukraine, €6,650
11. Dario Alioto, Italy, €5,950
12. Michael Watson, Canada, €5,950
13. Simon Ravnsbaek, Denmark, €5,300
14. Ana-Maria Cosma, Romania, €5,300
15. Ghassan Yared, Lebanon, €4,650
16. Said Bencherki, France, €4,650
17. Cristinel Dumitru, Romania, €4,060
18. Tolik Shkoyan, Russia, €4,060
19. Rasmus Vogt, Denmark, €4,060
20. Yann Dion, Canada, €4,060
*Denotes a heads-up chop.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.