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Ole Schemion wins super high roller for €1,597,800
Full final table report here

7pm: It’s over! Ole Schemion wins super high roller for €1,597,800
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

That was a short heads-up battle, but then again that was the players’ intention when they shortened the levels to 20 minutes.

Both players had pairs – QQ for Schemion and 77 for Kanit. All the money went in pre-flop (“I always make quads with sevens,” said Kanit) and by the end of it both players had sets as the board ran out KQ297. But Schemion’s was the dominant holding, and just like that it’s over.

Mustapha Kanit wins €1,462,000. But Ole Schemion – our champion – wins €1,597,800. Here’s a full report of the final table. –JS

6:48pm: Schemion takes even bigger lead
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Ole Schemion limped from the button/small blind, and Kanit raised to 445,000, which got a call.

The flop fell 63J and Kanit continued for 350,000. Schemion went nowhere.

The 4 turn was an interesting card – it gave Schemion an open-ended straight draw, while Kanit picked up a gutshot. Kanit didn’t slow down – leading out again for 875,000. Once again Schemion matched it.

We saw the 3 hit the river and now the bet from Kanit was 1.95 million. The pot was huge, and it was a big decision for Schemion with just Ace-high. But he made a fantastic call.

Schemion took a massive chip lead, 12.64 million to 2.615 million. –JS

6:25pm: It’s a done deal
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Ole Schemion and Mustapha Kanit have struck a deal.

Ole, who has 8.96 million in chips, will take €1,547,800.

Mustapha, who has 6.29 million in chips, will take €1,462,000.

There’s still €50,000 and the trophy to play for, but interestingly they’ve decided to shorten the levels to just 20 minutes each. –JS

6:10pm: Schemion vs Kanit – heads-up!
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

What a great heads-up battle we have on our hands.

Mustapha Kanit – who is trying to go back-to-back after winning the high roller title at EPT12 Dublin.

And Ole Schemion – high roller regular with dozens of big scores on the tour, including a win in the €10K high roller at EPT10 San Remo.

Players have gone on a break, but heads-up play will start soon. –JS

6pm: Ali Reza Fatehi gone in third for €828,500
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Ole Schemion opened to 240,000 with the A10 only for Ali Reza Fatehi to jam with the 55. It was a 3.355 million shove, and Schemion had 5.21 million in front of him. He thought for a couple of minutes at least, rarelty adjusting his stare away from Fatehi.

Eventually he called, and Fatehi was at risk. It was Schemion who would need to hit though.

And he did, on the K104 flop. Fatehi was now drawing very thin and the 3 turn didn’t help him. “Could I have a five here please?” he asked the dealer, pointing at the empty space where the river would soon be.

It was the A. Fatehi is gone in third for €828,500, while Schemion is now playing 8.96 million. –JS

5:53pm: Igor Kurganov gone in fourth for €627,300
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Igor Kurganov was hoping it was third time lucky, as this is the third year in a row that he has reached this super high roller final table here at the EPT Grand Final. Unfortunately for Kurganov, he’ll have to wait until 2017 to pick up a first place, as he’s been sent to the rail by Mustapha Kanit.

Kanit opened on the button with the AQ, Ole Schemion folded, and Kurganov jammed for 1.4 million with the Q10. It was an easy call for Kanit.

By the turn the board had become interesting; it showed the Q29J, so Kurganov had eleven outs to either pair his ten on hit his open-ended straight draw, but the 5 landed on the river, eliminating the Russian. Kanit has 6.4 million now, while Kurganov has €627,300. –JS

5:45pm: Fatehi doubles courtesy of Kurganov
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

Ali Reza Fatehi picked up the 1010 under the gun and made a 3x open to 300,000. It folded to Igor Kurganov in the big blind who had the Q2, but he smelled weakness. He put Fatehi all-in for 1.7 million, but the Iranian businessmen made a quick call.

The board ran out 39J4K and Fatehi moves up to 3.44 million. Kurganov is down to just nine big blinds with 985,000 remaining. –JS

5:35pm: Newey’s vigil ends in fifth
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

After Ali Reza Fatehi lost that last pot, Paul Newey learned that he was no longer the short stack at the table. That quickly changed on the very next hand, however. And it could not have been worse: he is now out.

Newey got unlucky here. He opened with 88 and Ole Schemion called from the big blind with Q6. The flop brought something for everyone: it came 9810 and the chips duly went in. (Schemion shoved and Newey called.)

Newey was ahead at this point, but the 3 on the turn gave Schemion the flush. The K turn was a blank and Newey, who came to the final table as the desperate short stack, should look back and be delighted that he got to fifth here, for €485,300.

Schemion now has 5,340,000, which is one big blind less than Mustapha Kanit. — HS

5:25pm: Kanit flushes Fatehi’s bluff
Level 21- Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

It seems Ali Reza Fatehi is getting a little frisky, perhaps feeling a little restless after being bluffed by Igor Kurganov and called down by Ole Schemion.

Fatehi defended his big blind with the QJ after Mustapha Kanit opened to 210,000 under the gun with the J8. The 367 flop gave Kanit a flush draw, so he continued for 250,000 after Fatehi checked to him. However, Fatehi then raised, clicking it back to 500,000. Kanit called.

The K landed on the turn, bringing with it Kanit’s flush. But that didn’t slow Fatehi down; instead he continued for 500,000 and Kanit called once more.

When the 3 hit the river Fatehi insta-shoved, putting Kanit at risk. He thought for a minute, but in the end came to a conclusion: “I don’t think I can fold,” he said.

He would call and take the chip lead with a 5.58 million stack, while Fatehi drops to 1.79 million. –JS

21 50,000 100,000 10,000

5:15pm: Schemion strong-arms Newey
Level 21 – Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante)

When Ole Schemion commits to a hand, it’s not easy to get him off it, even if he’s only got five high. Action folded to Schemion in the small blind and, with only Paul Newey to his left, he opened to 255,000.

Newey found QJ and that was enough for him to make the call. But after a flop of A7J, Newey no longer fancied facing Schemion’s aggression. The German bet 190,000 and Newey folded. — HS

5pm: Stephen Chidwick gone in sixth for €378,750
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Things just didn’t go Stephen Chidwick’s way here on the final table, and in just a couple of hands his tournament has come to an end.

His demise was at the hands of Paul Newey, who first doubled up for the third time today. Chidwick jammed for 1,370,000 on the button with the J10, but Newey woke up with the KK in the small blind. Newey had a little less than Chidwick – 1,035,000 to be precise – and obviously called. The board ran out 4A106K – no good for Chidwick, despite plenty of outs by the turn.


Stephen Chidwick: Out in sixth

A couple of hands later Stevie444 got his last 315,000 all-in with the A3, but was again crushed by Newey, who this time held the AK. Big Slick held up and Chidwick will collect €378,750. Newey now has 2.69 million. –JS


It’s all coming up Newey

4:55pm: Aces for Ole
Level 20- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Ole Schemion is picking up hands at will right now. He was dealt the AA and opened under the gun to 175,000, and must have loved it when he saw Igor Kurganov three-bet to 430,000. The Russian had a pair of his own with the 99.

Schemion just called, and the dealer put out a 376 flop. He checked, and Kurganov – with the over pair – must have felt comfortable he was ahead. He continued for 250,000 into the million chip pot, and Schemion just called again, disguising his pocket rockets well.

Both checked the 5 turn, taking us to the Q turn – the only card over Kurganov’s pair. Schemion took his time before making a 580,000 bet.

“If you were bluffing eights I guess you would have bet bigger, right?” Kurganov asked. He got no response. Schemion’s bet got a fold though, and took him 3.06 million – good for third right now. Kurganov is in second behind Ali Reza Fatehi with 3.38 million. –JS

4:50pm: Kanit trips up Schemion
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Ole Schemion just made a rare misstep. Or, well, to be more accurate, he just had a bluff picked off by a much better hand.

Schemion opened to 175,000 from early position with K8 and Mustapha Kanit called from the big blind with A3. The flop was great for Kanit. It came AA6, and he checked. Schemion fell into the trap and bet 150,000. Kanit called.

The turn actually hit Schemion. It came 8. Kanit checked, Schemion bet 260,000 and Kanit called again.

The river was the 9 and they both checked. Kanit showed down his ace and Schemion mucked. –HS

4:45pm: Kurganov gets frisky
Level 20- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

With the action on Igor Kurganov and no bets in front of him, he completed the small blind with the J6. Ali Reza Fatehi was in the big, and he checked with the A4.

The flop came the 575 and Kurganov quickly checked. Fatehi casually put out an 80,000 bet for less than half the pot, and Kurganov floated. That took us to the Q turn and there was another quick check.

Fatehi now made it 225,000 to go, and with absolute air Kurganov raised it to 750,000. Fatehi let it go, and the pro takes another one from the Iranian businessman.

Kurganov is up to 4.08 million now, while Fatehi is playing 3.81 million. –JS

4.40pm: Fatehi fires
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

Ali Reza Fatehi just pinched some chips back from Ole Schemion, pushing his opponent out of the pot pre-flop. Fatehi opened to 175,000 from under the gun and Schemion three bet from the button. Fatehi had AK, dominating Schemion’s A10.


Ali Reza Fatehi

He wasn’t to know that, of course, and didn’t fancy playing post-flop. So he jammed for 4 million and Schemion beat a hasty retreat. — HS

2:30pm: Kurganov on the up; Kanit slipping down
Level 20- Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

On the button, Igor Kurganov min-opened to 160,000 with the K4. Ali Reza Fatehi let his small blind go, but Mustapha Kanit defended with the 66.

The flop came the 7KA, and Kanit check-called a 105,000 bet, taking us to the 5 turn. Both players opted to check it, and they did the same on the 8 river.

Kurganov’s Kings were the winners and he moved up to 3.65 million, while Kanit now has 1.79 million. –JS

4:15pm: Newey doubles again
Level 20 – Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante)

We’ve had a lot of wet flops on this final table in which two players have both hit huge. Well, we’ve just had another one, and Paul Newey has got another double-up.

Igor Kurganov opened to 130,000 under the gun with the QJ and Paul Newey defended his big blind with the 108. It turned out to be a great decision as he flopped the absolute nuts; it came the 108J, giving Kurganov top pair and Newey the straight and up-and-down straight flush draw.

Newey check-called a 140,000 bet and the 6 landed on the turn. Newey checked and Kurganov put him all-in. A quick call from Newey meant his double-up was secured as Kurganov was drawing dead, so the K river meant nothing. Newey is now up to 1.76 million, while Kurganov has 3.07 million. –JS

20 40,000 80,000 10,000

3:50pm: Break time chips
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

On the last significant hand of the Level 19, Igor Kurganov took a small pot from Mustapha Kanit. The action wasn’t thrilling, but it was important because it put Kurganov into the lead.

The Russian/German (who lives in London) is now ahead of his half-countryman Ole Schemion (who lives in Austria) at the top of the chip-counts. The two Brits are the short stacks.

Igor Kurganov Russia 3,910,000
Ole Schemion Germany 3,725,000
Ali Reza Fatehi Iran 3,660,000
Mustapha Kanit Italy 2,260,000
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 860,000
Paul Newey United Kingdom 840,000

3:45pm: Schemion calls Fatehi’s three streets with Ace-high
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Things are getting interesting here. First Stephen Chidwick managed to fold a big ace to Ali Reza Fatehi, and now Ole Schemion has called him down correctly on three streets without even having a pair.

Schemion opened to 130,000 with his A2 and Fatehi defended his big blind with the K4. The 1038 flop didn’t improve either player, but Fatehi seized the betting lead with a 150,000 punt. Schemion called, but you already knew that.

The turn came the 5 and it was a similar story: Fatehi bet (this time 230,000), and Schemion called again (which you already know).

So when Fatehi bet 340,000 on the 10 river you know exactly what happened. It was a great read by Schemion who is now our chip leader with 3,815,000. Fatehi is in second place with just one big blind less – 3,720,000. –JS

3:35pm: A bit of luck for Chidwick
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Fortune might be turning for Stephen Chidwick, who has run a little cold so far today. He just found a perfect spot to double up when it folded to him in the small blind and he moved all-in with the A8. Ole Schemion looked down at A5 on the big blind and made a quick, easy call.

The board ran out J7746, dodging all chop possibilities, and Chidwick gets a full double to 860,000. Schemion is now playing 2.94 million. –JS

3:30pm: Amazing fold from Kanit denies double to Schemion
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Ole Schemion just added more than a million chips to his stack, but he could have won much more had Mustapha Kanit not been so brilliant at this game. Kanit has just showed that he can also make a huge lay-down when necessary, in addition to all the chatter and the aggression and the moustaches.


An exceptional fold from Kanit

Schemion was first to act and looked down at KK. He raised, of course, making it 125,000 to play. Igor Kurganov, with a newly-restored stack, then found KQ in the cutoff and considered it good enough to three-bet. He made it 335,000.

But then it got even more dramatic as Kanit, in the small blind, found QQ. He four-bet to 835,000.

Stephen Chidwick folded his big blind, but Schemion was obviously going nowhere. He shoved, for 2,055,000 total.

Kurganov quickly folded, of course, and Kanit also seemed like he was pondering doing that too. Could Kanit four-bet then fold pocket queens?

After a long dwell, he did just that. He let the queens go. — HS

3:20pm: Kurganov doubles through Chidwick on the wettest of flops
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Stephen Chidwick is not running well on this final table. He’s just doubled up Igor Kurganov in a hand in which he’d flopped huge, but his opponent had the nuts.

Chidwick opened to 125,000 with his suited connectors – the 76 – and it folded its way to Kurganov, who three-bet from the small blind to 285,000 with the 910. Chidwick called.

The 687 was a true action flop, giving Chidwick two pair and Kurganov the nut straight and a gut-shot straight flush draw. However, both players checked.

That led us to the A on the turn and now Kurganov put out a delayed continuation bet of 235,000. Chidwick shoved – putting Kurganov all-in – and the Russian snap-called his last 1,465,000.

The Q landed on the river and Kurganov secured a double to 3.65 million. Meanwhile, Chidwick is very short now with just 480,000. –JS

3:15pm: Pocket pairs for everyone
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

First Ali Reza Fatehi picked up pocket queens, opened, but got no callers. Then Igor Kurganov picked up KK and opened to 120,000, which Fatehi three-bet to 240,000 with his 55. It got back to the Russian and he four-bet jammed for 720,000. Fatehi slammed down a call instantly.

Kurganov still led on the QQ6 flop, and he asked for another Queen on the turn. “I like a Queen. It’s a pretty card,” he told Fatehi.

The turn was the 9, and at this point Kanit began his wind-up antics once more. “Hey Liv,” he shouted to Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree who had arrived on the rail. “We need a five for Igor!”


Igor Kurganov shows how high he wants his stack

The 8 river was safe though, and Kurganov doubled to 1.59 million. Meanwhile, Fatehi dipped to 4.52 million. –JS

3:05pm: Greenwood gone in seventh
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

It folded to Sam Greenwood in the small blind and he shoved for his last 255,000 with the 75. Mustapha Kanit didn’t take too long to call with his 105; “You are the closest friend of Timex here right? Let’s do this!” he told Greenwood. Yesterday, when Mike McDonald bubbled this event, Kanit did a little dance; him and Timex clearly have some sort of jokey rivalry, and he’s taking it out on Sam Greenwood.


Seventh for Sam Greenwood

The board ran out 6107K before Greenwood asked for the river card face down so he could squeeze it. However, it came the 2 and Greenwood was gone in seventh for €301,820. –JS

3pm: Schemion makes Greenwood shorter
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Ole Schemion opened from the hijack to 125,000. He only had K8 but he nonetheless got Paul Newey, to his left, to fold AJ. Sam Greenwood, the table’s other short stack, called with K7 but then check-folded to Schemion’s bet on the 893 flop.


Ole Schemion: You’d fold ace-jack too

That left Greenwood really short and gave Newey the chance to ladder up another spot. — HS

2:55pm: Great play from Chidwick, even in defeat
Level 19 – Blinds 30,000/60,000 (5,000 ante)

Stevie444 – aka Stephen Chidwick – raised from the hijack with the AK and it folded to the Iranian businessman, Ali Reza Fatehi, who defended his big blind with the J9.

It was a great flop for the EPT newcomer as he flopped trips on the 4JJ board. Chidwick put out a c-bet of 100,000 which was called, and the A landed on the turn. Fatehi checked again and things looked bad for Chidwick, but he managed to find a check too.


Stephen Chidwick: Focused

The 4 arrived on the river and now Fatehi led for 360,000. Chidwick thought for less than a minute before Fatehi called the clock. Chidwick must have seen it for what it was – an attempt to look weak when actually strong – and he somehow found a fold. –JS

19 30,000 60,000 5,000

2:50pm: Chidwick takes one
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It folded to Mustapha Kanit on the button and he made a raise to 110,000 with 55. Stephen Chidwick was in the small blind and woke up with AK, so made a three-bet to 350,000. Kanit called and we went to a flop.

It came A210 and Chidwick led for 200,000. Kanit gave it up pretty quickly and Chidwick took it down. –JS

2:45pm: Ivan Luca busts in eighth, winning €236,820
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Here’s a cold deck, and it has accounted for Ivan Luca who becomes our first casualty of this final table.

Mustapha Kanit raised to 110,000 from the button. That could mean any two cards with Kanit, but in this instance it was QQ, a legitimate hand by anyone’s standards. Unfortunately for Luca, he found JJ in the small blind and, with only 18 big blinds, he shoved.


The end of Ivan Luca

Kanit called of course, and there was no drama on the flop, turn or river. That’s the end of Luca, who gets €236,820 for his eighth place in this one. — HS

2:35pm Greenwood plays it slow; Kanit gets there
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Sam Greenwood jammed under the gun with the 88 for 735,000, and Mustapha Kanit to his left folded. “It was a pleasure playing with you today,” said Kanit, jokingly. Actually, though, everyone folded.

Two hands later and the two were in a pot together. Greenwood limped from the small blind with KK and Kanit raised it up to 125,000 with the 92. Both players check on the 865 flop and 2 turn, by which point Kanit had paired his deuce and picked up a gut-shot. He got there on the 7 river and Greenwood checked it to him. Kanit figured how much he could get paid.

The amount was 225,000 and Greenwood did indeed make the call and droped to 440,000. Kanit, however, is up to 1.79 million. –JS

2:28pm: Schemion unafraid
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Ole Schemion pushed both Ivan Luca and Paul Newey off of hands that they might both have wanted to play with a bold bet on the turn.

Luca opened to 100,000 from the cutoff with K2 and Schemion, with A10, called from the small blind. Newey was priced in with 76 in the big blind.

They all checked the Q2J flop, but then Schemion’s bet of 160,000 on the 3 turn forced folds from both of the others. –HS

2:25pm: Chidwick squeezes out three
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Igor Kurganov, with his stack cut to about 15 big blinds, found pocket fives in early position and limped. It seemed suspicious and so Mustapha Kanit, with A8, called on the button, as did Ivan Luca in the small blind, with K7.

Stephen Chidwick, in the big blind, saw a lot of dead money out there and raised to 275,000. Chidwick had the A at least, but the other card missed the EPT Live scanner and so we’ll never know what else he had. — HS

2:20pm: Luca’s boat gets paid by Kurganov
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

Igor Kurganov – the man who made this very final table for three years in a row – has just lot a significant chunk of chips to Ivan Luca.

Kurganov made it 100,000 with the A6 and Luca defended his big blind with the J4. The KQ4 flop gave Luca the lead with bottom pair, and he checked it to the raiser who continued fir 90,000. Luca called and the K fell on the river, which both players checked.


Tough times for Igor Kurganov

The river came the 4 giving Luca a full house, and there’d be no more checking. He bet 175,000 into the 445,000 pot and Kurganov began thinking. He’d be in tank for around two minutes before someone called the clock (we’re not sure who).

After that, the Russian called almost immediately with his Ace-high and saw the bad news. He dropped to 845,000, while Luca is up to 1.35 million. –JS

2:15pm: Newey’s running well
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

It took all of two hands for Paul Newey to double up twice – and they were the first two hands of the day.

Stephen Chidwick opened to 100,000 and Newey jammed his 500,000. It folded back around to Chidwick who made the call and the cards were on their backs:

Newey – QQ
Chidwick – KQ


A happy Paul Newey

A great spot for another double-up, and that’s exactly what happened. The board ran out 938A6 and Newey is now playing 1,125,000. –JS

2:13pm: Newey doubles in first hand
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

A dream start for Paul Newey, who came into this final the short stack with 250,000. He just doubled up with his 77, after they held against Ali Reza Fatehi’s 98 on a 256Q4 board. –JS

2:10pm: Cards are in the air
Level 18 – Blinds 25,000/50,000 (5,000 ante)

The final eight have had their introductions, taken their seats, and this final table is officially under way. Let’s go! –JS

It’s the final day of the EPT Grand Final super high roller tournament, with eight of the world’s best looking at two million-euro-plus prizes.

Here’s how they line up, and there’s a reminder of the payout schedule below:

Seat 1 – Stephen Chidwick, UK, 2,920,000
Seat 2 – Ole Schemion, Germany, 1,685,000
Seat 3 – Paul Newey, UK, 250,000
Seat 4 – Igor Kurganov, Russia, 1,230,000
Seat 5 – Ali Reza Fatehi, Iran, 5,180,000
Seat 6 – Sam Greenwood, Canada, 855,000
Seat 7 – Mustapha Kanit, Italy, 2,200,000
Seat 8 – Ivan Luca, Argentina, 935,000

Entries: 61 (46 uniques; 15 re-entries)
Prize pool: € 5,918,220

1 € 1,775,500
2 € 1,284,300
3 € 828,500
4 € 627,300
5 € 485,300
6 € 378,750
7 € 301,820
8 € 236,750


The final table players

PokerStars Blog reporting team on the EPT12 Grand Final super high roller Jack Stanton and Howard Swains. Photography by Neil Stoddart. Follow the PokerStars Blog on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog

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