With the elimination of Saar Wilf in ninth, the final table is set for the €25K High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. Here’s a look at the final eight players who made it this far from the 231-entry field.
Seat 1: Imad Derwiche, France, 465,000
Derwiche returns to the final table of the €25K EPT Grand Final for a second-straight year here in Monaco, with the Frenchman this time hoping to do one better than his runner-up finish to Charlie Carrell a year ago. Derwiche earned a cool €750,000 for that finish, an amount representing about two-thirds of his career tournament earnings of $1.23 million.
Greek player Kolonias has just a few live scores on his tournament résumé, the largest previous coming in the $25K High Roller at the 2015 PCA where he finished 39th. His only other recorded final table was in a €1K event in a Greek Poker Cup series in Loutraki, so he’ll hope to make a first one here. Meanwhile online he’s racked up plenty of accomplishments, including earning a SCOOP title in 2014 in a $530+R six-handed NLHE event.
Stern is a 37-year-old poker pro from Israel best known for his November Nine appearance in last fall’s 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event where he ultimately finished fifth for a $1,911,423 prize. That represents the bulk of his just over $2 million in career tourney earnings, good enough for second all-time among Israeli players behind his fellow November Niner Amir Lehavot.
The Lebanese Maksoud cashed in the Main Event this week (finishing 113th), pushing his career lifetime earnings over the $530K-mark. His biggest career score came from winning the 2013 Merit Winterfest in Kyrenia, good for $135,850.
Hailing from Romania, Papazian has earned a little under $200K lifetime in tournaments thus far, including a couple of cashes here in Monaco. Last week he made the money in the €10K High Roller where he finished 19th, and has already ensured a deeper run and bigger payday in this one, no matter where he finishes.
British pro Silver has a UKIPT Dublin title under his belt, numerous WSOP and EPT cashes, and more than $2.3 million in total tournament earnings since 2010. The 25-year-old made the money a couple of times here in Monaco during this festival, including a cash in the Main Event where he finished 146th. Two near-misses in high rollers, though, mean he’ll be happy to claim one of those eye-popping prizes up top here, in particular the €1,197,000 one awaiting the winner.
The lone South American left, Rafael Da Silva Moraes had a breakout year in 2015 earning three cashes at the WSOP, then three more in Brazilian Series of Poker events including a third-place finish in the BSOP High Roller in Sao Paulo in July. Moraes also has a number of online scores at GM_VALTER on PokerStars, among them a Super Tuesday win in 2014.
With this final-table showing, Boston poker pro Zinno continues a run of fantastic finishes stretching back more than a year, a time during which he’s picked up no less than three World Poker Tour titles, a WSOP bracelet, and another €5K event title at EPT12 Malta. He also final-tabled the €10K High Roller here last week, taking sixth, to add to his more than $5.5 million lifetime in tournaments.
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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.