EPT9 Grand Final: That 'ridiculously big' cash is on! Six buy-in for €500,000 in Monaco

It's happening! It's happening! There's €3,000,000 on the table!

In the lead up to the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final a rumour emerged of a big cash game. No, scratch that, big doesn't cut it. Chatter filtered through to the PokerStars Blog that a huge, enormous, gigantic, stupendous, colossal cash game was brewing. We broke the news here.

Since then we've heard behind-the-scenes whispers and brazen camera chat from the likes of Gus Hansen, but we were told that until our nosebleed players actually sat down to play with chips then it could yet fade away. "This is a ridiculously big poker game," said PokerStars' Head of Poker Communications Lee Jones. Now, six players are seated and playing. It is, as they say, 'on'.

Players confirmed in the starting line up - and now playing - are PokerStars Team Online's Ike Haxton, EPT London High Roller champ Talal Shakerchi, Paul Newey, Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom, Niklas Heinecker and Sam Trickett.

The blinds are set at €1,000-€2,000 with an optional straddle to €4,000 and a minimum buy-in of €500,000 meaning there will be at least €3,000,000 on the table in real money. In other words, this is huge. No, not huge (see above).

There is no maximum buy-in.

How they line up
1. Viktor Blom
2. Empty
3. Empty
4. Niklas Heinecker
5. Sam Trickett
6. Talal Shakerchi
7. Isaac Haxton
8. Paul Newey

Click here to watch the EPT Live webcast.


Isaac Haxton will be hoping he doesn't have to make this face often

Don't forget
Cash game chips must be cashed in by 4am on May 16. Don't forget to collect your Euros or you'll end up with some very expensive card protectors, particularly for the guys named above...

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is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

Rick Dacey
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