Andrei Nikonov beat the mercurial Ilan Boujenah and Omaha specialist Dario Alioto to the trophy and a solid €9,800 in the mixed NLH/PLO/PLO8 Event #24. Nikonov has enjoyed a lot of success domestically having won the Russian Poker Tour Grand Final for €140,000 and run deep in six other RPS events.
This win is his first cash on the EPT circuit, but not so for Alioto, the Season 7 Omaha Player of the Year, or Boujenah who has scored one EPT final table on his way to $1,227,132 career live winnings. If you're not sure who Boujenah is then take a quick read of this.
Event #24, 14 December
Prize pool: €24,250
1. Andrei Nikonov, Russia, €9,800
2. Dario Alioto, Italy, €6,550
3. Ilan Boujenah, Israel, €3,600
4. Guy Gorelik, Israel, €2,400
5. Grzegorz Trelski, USA, €1,900
Click through to see all side event results, live reporting, news and interviews of the main event here and coverage of the €10k High Roller right here. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to keep up to date wherever you are.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.