EPT9 Prague: Side event menace Dan Smith tops off an incredible year beating $21m final table
Really? Again? Dan Smith has won another side event on the European Poker Tour taking down the €5,200 turbo on the last day of EPT Prague. Add that to the $3,650,758 he's already won in live tournaments and you could say it's fair to say it has been an impressive year.
Smith has booked some huge results in 2012 and has only just missed off the player of the year title (that goes to Marvin Rettenmaier who sealed his surge to the top with a win in the High Roller). He's regularly been beating the best and this final table was, in the words of Paul Berende who PokerStars Blog just bumped into at the bar, "Sick". Berende, who is known to like the occasional tipple, himself comes in off the back of a €119,974 win in the PokerStars Hold'em Challenge, where he also finished runner-up for €33,930 in the High Roller.
It's possibly the toughest six-max final table ever assembled. Throw in Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier ($10,147,375 lifetime live tournament cashes), Berende ($1,257,038), Marc-Andre Ladouceur ($961,468 ), four-time SCOOP winner Dan Kelly ($2,286,170), Bryn Kenney ($2,452,122) and, of course, Smith ($4,279,697). Mix that up and there's $21,383,870 of winnings at the six-handed table. And that's just winnings in live tournaments.
Event #28, 15 December
Game: NLHE turbo
Prize pool: €203,700
1. Dan Smith, USA, €68,120
2. Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Canada, €56,080
3. Daniel Kelly, USA, €28,500
4. Paul Berende, Netherlands, €20,400
5. Bryn Kenney, USA, €16,300
6, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Team PokerStars Pro, €14,300
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.