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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.

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Imad Derwiche
Seat 2: Alexandros Kolonias, Greece, 1,445,000

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.

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Alexandros Kolonias
Seat 3: Zvi Stern, Israel, 1,485,000

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.

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Zvi Stern
Seat 4: Eddy Maksoud, Lebanon, 1,010,000

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.

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Eddy Maksoud
Seat 5: Alexandru Papazian, Romania, 1,710,000

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.

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Alexandru Papazian
Seat 6: Max Silver, UK, 2,725,000

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.

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Max Silver
Seat 7: Rafael Da Silva Moraes, Brazil, 790,000

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.

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Rafael Da Silva Moraes
Seat 8: Anthony Zinno, USA, 1,120,000

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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Anthony Zinno
And here’s what they’re playing for…

1 €1,197,000
2 €805,900
3 €568,200
4 €460,700
5 €364,500
6 €276,750
7 €202,050
8 €147,710

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Martin Harris is Freelance Contributor to the PokerStars Blog.


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