EPT11 Grand Final: Ensan, Frost, Pak, Pritchard jump in side events and win

When it comes to these many side events at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, there's such a wide variety of games on offer with buy-ins both small and big, many are taking advantage of being always able to jump right into another tournament.

Speaking of jumping in, we reported Christian Berg's win a couple of days ago in that "Second Best Hold'em" event, the tournament in which to win pots players had to make second best hands. After a night of doing his best to be second best, Berg made sure to be the very best when it came to the winner photos.


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EPT trophies are waterproof, as Christian Berg demonstrates

That was refreshing. Let's towel off and catch up on more recent side event action.

We reported a couple of the Wednesday winners for you yesterday to go along with that end-of-day look at Day 1 of the €25K Super High Roller. Getting us up to speed before today's massive day -- with twelve events on the schedule -- here's news from five other side events from last night, four of which played down to winners.


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One from yesterday that has yet to conclude is Event #63, the €1,000 PLO Single Re-Entry. With 87 total entries, Event #63 features a €84,390 total prize pool with €23,200 due the winner.

The top 11 make the money, and they stopped last night right on the bubble with 12 left and Italy's Felice Piccaluga chip leader with 227,700. Bogdan Capitan (226,900) is Piccaluga's nearest challenger, with Konstantinos Stratopoulos (134,400) and Jerome Zerbib (103,000) next in line.

Meanwhile lurking below is 2014 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Felix Stephensen in 10th position with 39,300. The Norwegian hopes to spin that stack up to add a second EPT11 Grand Final trophy to his collection after having won one of the €100 NL Flipout Events last week (Event #23). Play resumes at 12 noon.


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Over in Event #60, a €1,000 NL Deepstack, Russia's Alexey Pak grabbed the win and €30,750 first prize after topping a 126-entry field. Polish pop star Wojciech "Lozo" Lozowski just missed the final table in this one, taking 10th. Here's how the 17 cashers divided up the €122,220 prize pool:

Event #60, €1,000 NL Turbo
Entries: 126
Prize pool: €126,000
Places paid: 17

1. Alexey Pak (Russia) € 30,750
2. Candido Goncalves (France) € 20,780
3. Vladislav Shunkov (Russia) € 13,510
4. Hubert Attali (France) € 11,180
5. Bernhard Svaeren (Norway) € 9,020
6. Thomas Graupner (Germany) € 7,110
7. Rudy Hadjedj (France) € 5,440
8. Duc Nguyen (Vietnam) € 4,100
9. Magnus Karlsson (Sweden) € 3,050
10. Wojciech Lozowski (Poland) € 2,500
11. Raffaele Suppa (Italy) € 2,500
12. Hani Bahna (Canada) € 2,200
13. Shinobu Tanaka (Japan) € 2,200
14. Fabio Sperling (Germany) € 2,020
15. Gerald Soldernann (France) € 2,020
16. Magdalena Tsaneva (Bulgaria) € 1,920
17. Mike Adamo (Turks & Caicos Islands) € 1,920


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Alexey Pak


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Starting in the early evening last night was Event #64, an eight-handed €1,000 NL Turbo drawing 110 players. Jason Pritchard took top honors and a €27,470 prize for his efforts, adding a first EPT score to a list of cashes in his native Australia. Here's how the top 15 split the money:

Event #64, €1,000 NL Turbo - 8-Handed
Entries: 110
Prize pool: €106,700
Places paid: 15

1. Jason Pritchard (Australia) -- €27,470
2. Wael Sarkis (Lebanon) -- €18,880
3. Mariano Martiradonna (Italy) -- €12,380
4. Maximos Pertsinidis (Greece) -- €10,030
5. Mauricio Vergara (Chile) -- €8,055
6. Maksim Reshetov (Russia) -- €6,300
7. Sergey Perelygin (Russia) -- €4,960
8. Mohamed Bourguiba (Tunisia) -- €3,790
9. Vicente Delgado (Portugal) -- €2,775
10. Doron Davidovitz (Israel) -- €2,240
11. Roger Hairabedian (France) -- €2,240
12. David Bokor (Canada) -- €1,975
13. Mustafa Biz (Turkey) -- €1,975
14. Luca Falco (Italy) -- €1,815
15. Yannick Del Curto (Switzerland) -- €1,815


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Jason Pritchard

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Meanwhile joining George Rankin in the two-trophy club last night was Hossein Ensan of Germany who for the second night in a row took away some silver. Ensan won Event #65, a €300 NL Turbo that drew 93 entries and paid the top 13. A six-way deal was made at the final table of that one with all six players agreeing to split the remaining prize money evenly, then Ensan went on to win.

Here are the full results:

Event #65, €300 NL - Turbo
Entries: 93
Prize pool: €27,063
Places paid: 13

1. Hossein Ensan (Germany) -- €3,630*
2. Massou Cohen (France) -- €3,630*
3. Omer Cubunkcu (Turkey) -- €3,630*
4. Bruno Fernandes (France) -- €3,630*
5. Alexander Orlov (Russia) -- €3,630*
6. Adrian Hotz (Switzerland) -- €3,630*
7. Gianfranco Mazzariello (Italy) -- €1,280
8. Amir Touma (Lebanon) -- €1,000
9. Stephane Benadiba (France) -- €763
10. Anastasiia Egorova (Russia) -- €580
11. Javier Fernandez (Spain) -- €580
12. Alberto Lapena (Spain) -- €530
13. Madis Erit (Estonia) -- €530


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Hossein Ensan

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Finally the last to finish was Event #66, a €500+€500 NL Hyperturbo Bounty event which drew 122 with the top 17 finishers originally due to split the regular half of the prize pool, but a bubble deal allowed 18 players to get paid.

Lasse Frost of Denmark -- who a couple of days before we were glad to see returning safe and sound from an unexpected visit to l'hôpital to cash in the Main Event -- was the winner, beating out a tough field in which Eric Sfez, Nicolau Villa-Lobos, Roger Hairabedian, Jason Cahill, and Jennifer Shahade were among the cashers.

Event #66, €500+€500 NL Midnight Hyperturbo Bounty - Win the Button - 8-Handed
Entries: 122
Regular prize pool: €61,000
Places paid: 18*

1. Lasse Frost (Denmark) -- €14,430
2. Felix Bleiker (Switzerland) -- €9,750
3. Eric Sfez (France) -- €6,340
4. Mikhail Korotkikh (Russia) -- €5,245
5. Adria Maria Balaguer (Malta) -- €4,230
6. Henri Kasper (Estonia) -- €3,340
7. Sebastian Ruiz Figueroa (Chile) -- €2,550
8. Nicolau Villa-Lobos (Brazil) -- €1,920
9. Mikhail Chernyshov (Russia) -- €1,435
10. Senol Karahasan (Turkey) -- €1,175
11. Roger Hairabedian (France) -- €1,175
12. Jason Cahill (United States) -- €1,030
13. Jennifer Shahade (United States) -- €1,030
14. Adrian Veghinas (Romania) -- €945
15. Oliver Weis (Germany) -- €945
16. Ben Dobson (United Kingdom) -- €900
17. Muhamet Perati (Italy) -- €450*
18. Thomas Popov (Canada) -- €450*
*a deal on the bubble allowed Perati & Popov to split 17th-place money


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Lasse Frost

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Almost time to dip our toes once again to see who will be the ones today to splash their way into the many EPT11 Grand Final side event prize pools. Allons-y...

"Cannonball!"

Click here for a continually updated list of all side event results from the EPT11 Grand Final.

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.