€100,000 Super High Roller

Event Info

Bolsa de premios €6,888,420
Players 71

Información Nivel

Nivel 26
Ciegas 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 50,000

Erik Seidel Wins 2015 EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €2,015,000!

Ghalys • Nivel 26: 150,000-300,000, 50,000 ante
Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel

From a man who entered this event with nearly $22 million in career tournament cashes, the admission that this was "one of the best tournaments of my career" make a strong statement. That's what Erik Seidel called his win in the 2015 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller. Seidel topped a field of 71 entries to add €2,015,000 to his coffers, making him jump from fifth till third on the poker's all-time money list, surpassing Phil Ivey and Daniel Colman.

"I've knocked on the door a few times here," he said. "It was a surprise to me because I was low on chips all day."

Indeed, Seidel spent much of the day near the bottom of the counts and entered heads-up play at a 3-1 deficit to fast-rising Polish star Dzmitry Urbanovich. However, he managed to grind his way to victory over the course of a lengthy four-hour match that saw him slowly but surely turn the tide. He eventually worked to put Urbanovich away without letting the lead slip from his hands once he grabbed it.

The final day of the tournament began with the official final table of eight players, featuring some of the usual high-stakes stars like Igor Kurganov, Max Altergott, and Scott Seiver.

Seiver came in as the short stack with just about 12 big blinds and found himself out the door in short order. German World Championship of Online Poker champ Fedor Holz was next to go, shoving {k-Spades}{j-Hearts} for 15 big blinds over a button open from Kurganov. Kurganov put him at risk with the {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}, and the {k-Clubs}{a-Spades}{10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Hearts} board cut the tournament down to six.

Two hands was all it took for Thomas Muehloecker to follow Holz out the door in sixth place. He found a good spot, calling off his last eight big blinds from the big blind with the {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds} when Urbanovich shipped with the {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts} from the small blind. The star of EPT Malta flopped a three and managed to hold up as Muehloecker bricked out.

Then, Urbanovich ascended to the top when he flopped trip fours with the {6-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and took a heap from Kurganov, who was in the lead at the time, and it looked like everyone else might be playing for second because Urbanovich then held half of the chips in play five-handed. Kurganov's fall was completed a bit later when he lost a race to Urbanovich for the rest of his stack and busted in fifth place.

Urbanovich's hot run continued when he cracked Dario Sammartino's {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} with the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} as the board came {2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, giving Urbanovich a backdoor flush. Two hands later, Altergott, who grinded a short stack the whole day, sent his chips to Seidel.

After the dinner break, the heads-up match began, and Seidel couldn't do much but tread water for the first hour. However, he stayed patient and found a double when Urbanovich shoved the button with the {k-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and Seidel woke up with the {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}. The eight-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner called off his 12.5-big blind stack and doubled up. He took the lead shortly after when he made a flush with the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts} against the {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs} on a {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{k-Hearts} board and got paid off for 1.6 million on the river.

From there, Seidel didn't let up and chipped away for the next two hours until Urbanovich limp-shoved for just over 5 million (17 big blinds) with the {k-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. Seidel had a dominating {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}, and the board of {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} meant Seidel had his win.

"It feels so good just to get the win," he said afterwards. "I'm just thrilled."

Tags/etiquetas: Dario SammartinoDzmitry UrbanovichErik SeidelFedor HolzIgor KurganovMax AltergottScott SeiverThomas Muehloecker

Dzmitry Urbanovich Eliminated in 2nd Place (€1,446,600)

Ghalys • Nivel 26: 150,000-300,000, 50,000 ante
Dzmitry Urbanovich
Dzmitry Urbanovich

Hand #227: Urbanovich limped in from the button with {K-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, like he had done many times before.

Seidel raised it up from the big blind to 900,000, like he had done before. This time though, Seidel had a really big hand with the {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

While the commentators thought Urbanovich might limp-call, it was in fact a shove that followed. The young Polish player shoved for 5,060,000, and Seidel instantly called.

The flop came {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}, not doing really anything. After the {3-Clubs} on the turn, Urbanovich was down to just 3 outs. The {7-Clubs} on the river was a blank and just like that, Erik Seidel was crowned the champion while Urbanovich had to do with seconds. That second place was still good for €1,446,000 though, catapulting Urbanovich to the top of the Polish all time money list, surpassing Dominik Panka and Marcin Horecki.

Erik Seidel us 17,775,000 4,665,000
Dzmitry Urbanovich pl Eliminado

Seidel Pushing All In

Ghalys • Nivel 24: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #167: Urbanovich raised his button all in and Erik Seidel made the call instantly. Seidel showed {A-Hearts}{K-Spades}, Urbanovich had {K-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. The board ran out {A-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Seidel doubled his 2,500,000 stack - back up to 5,000,000 (25 big blinds).

Hand #168: Seidel limped in with {J-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, Urbanovich checked {10-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Both players checked the {A-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop and {4-Clubs} turn. The {5-Hearts} on the river gave both players a straight. Urbanovich bet 375,000 and Seidel called. The two of them chopped it up and they were on to next one.

Hand #169: Urbanovich had {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}on the button and opened to 425,000. Seidel called with the {7-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}, and the flop came {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{7-Spades}. Seidel checked, and called Urbanovich's bet. {2-Hearts} on the turn, giving Urbanovich a heart. Seidel checked again, and Urbanovich fired another bullet; 450,000 this time. Seidel called again. The {J-Clubs} on the river made both players check and Seidel took it down.

Hand #170: Seidel folded his button.

Hand #171: Urbanovich made it 425,000 with {Q-Clubs}{5-Clubs} from the button. Seidel in the big blind holding {A-Diamonds}{10-Spades} made it 1,075,000. Urbanovich wasn't backing down, four-betting to 1,850,000. Seidel pushed all in and Urbanovich folded.

Dzmitry Urbanovich pl 9,935,000 -65,000
Erik Seidel us 7,880,000 65,000

Tags/etiquetas: Dzmitry UrbanovichErik Seidel

Urbanovich Rivers His Flush

Ghalys • Nivel 24: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Hand #162: Erik Seidel raised to 435,000 with {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and Dzmitry Urbanovich called with a {2-Hearts} and another card. Seidel got an ideal flop, {10-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{5-Spades}, and after unknown flop action, a {7-Spades} hit the turn. Urbanovich bet 575,000, and Seidel called. On the {7-Hearts} river, Urbanovich bet 1.475 million and got a call.

He showed {8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} for a flush and took the pot.

Hand #163: Urbanovich raised to 425,000 with a {3-Clubs} in his hand, and Seidel called with {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. Urbanovich paired at least one card as {k-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{7-Spades} flopped, and Seidel folded to his 460,000.

Hand #164: Seidel raised to 435,000 with {9-Spades}{2-Spades}, and Urbanovich three-bet to 950,000, getting a fast fold.

Hand #165: Urbanovich limped with {j-Hearts}{4-Hearts}, and Seidel made it 650,000 with a {4-Clubs}. Urbanovich folded.

Hand #166: Seidel raised to 435,000 with {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}, and Urbanovich gave him action with a {3-Hearts} and an unknown card. Seidel bet 500,000 on the {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{k-Hearts}, and Urbanovich called fairly quickly. Check-check on the {a-Spades}, and the {10-Clubs} arrived. Urbanovich bet 685,000 and won the pot immediately.

Tags/etiquetas: Dzmitry UrbanovichErik Seidel


Break Time

Ghalys • Nivel 23: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Players are on a short break.

Closing the Gap

Ghalys • Nivel 23: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #158: Seidel opened for 350,000 with {K-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Urbanovich made the call holding {A-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. The flop came {7-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} putting Seidel well in front. Urbanovich checked, and he raised Seidel's 400,000 bet to 925,000. Seidel wasn't parting with his flopped top pair and called.

With the pot now at 2,590,000, the {7-Spades} fell on the turn. Urbanovich checked and Seidel checked behind. The {J-Clubs} completed the board and Urbanovich bet 1,130,000 and Seidel called, winning the big hand with his pair of kings.

10,725,000 for Urbanovich and 7,090,000 for Seidel, the gap getting smaller.

Hand #159: Urbanovich with {8-Spades}{3-Diamonds} limped in, Seidel checked his {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}. The flop came {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Hearts} and Seidel checked. Urbanovich bet 180,000 and Seidel check-raised to 560,000 with his open-ended. Urbanovich folded his 8%-hand.

Hand #160: Seidel folded {5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} on the button.

Hand #161: Urbanovich limped in with {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} and Seidel checked, showing just the {2-Clubs}. {9-Hearts}{7-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} on the flop and Seidel check-folded to Urbanovich's 185,000 bet.

Tags/etiquetas: Dzmitry UrbanovichErik Seidel

Urbanovich's Set Takes a Big One

Ghalys • Nivel 23: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #153: Dzmitry Urbanovich raised to 350,000 with a hand containing {9-Clubs}, and Erik Seidel made it 825,000 with the {7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. Urbanovich mucked.

Hand #154: The two saw a {4-Spades}{k-Spades}{8-Diamonds} flop for the minimum, and they checked to see a {j-Diamonds} turn. Urbanovich bet 265,000 with the {10-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}, and Seidel called with {a-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}. The river paired the board with the {4-Hearts}, and Seidel took it down after both checked.

Hand #155: Urbanovich opened to 385,000 with the {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}, and Seidel defended with {q-Spades}{9-Clubs}. Both hit the flop hard as {9-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flopped, and Urbanovich bet 415,000. Seidel called, and the {3-Diamonds} arrived. He faced a bigger bet of 885,000 but again made the called. The {4-Spades} completed every draw, so it went check-check and Urbanovich took the hefty pot.

Hand #156: Seidel raised to 350,000 with the {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}, and Urbanovich called with {7-Spades}{5-Diamonds} after some double-fisted shuffling. Seidel called a 285,000 lead on the {9-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}, and both checked the {2-Diamonds}, seeing a {q-Spades} river. Urbanovich fired out a 385,000 bluff, and Seidel quickly called and won.

Hand #157: Urbanovich bet 190,000 on a {4-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{k-Clubs} flop, and Seidel called with the {a-Spades} and an unknown card. He checked the {6-Diamonds}, and Urbanovich, who held {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}, continued firing with 735,000. That was enough to convince Seidel to muck.

Dzmitry Urbanovich pl 13,150,000 410,000
Erik Seidel us 4,665,000 -410,000

Tags/etiquetas: Dzmitry UrbanovichErik Seidel

Beginning of a Comeback for Seidel

Ghalys • Nivel 23: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

Hand #147: Urbanovich limped in from the button with {10-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, Seidel checked with again no cards shown on the screen. {A-Clubs}{2-Spades}{A-Diamonds} on the flop and Seidel check folded to Urbanovich's bet.

Hand #148: Seidel limped in with a {J-Diamonds} showing and Urbanovich raised it up to 325,000 with {K-Hearts}{J-Spades}. Seidel folded.

Hand #149: Urbanovich with {10-Hearts}{3-Clubs} limped in, Seidel found {K-Spades}{10-Diamonds} and bumped it up to 485,000. Urbanovich folded.

Hand #150: Seidel raised his button to 350,000 with {A-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Urbanovich called with {6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}. The {6-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds} flop made Urbanovich check call Seidel's 400,000 bet. The {5-Diamonds} hit the turn and Urbanovich checked again, with now a small flush draw to accompany his pair. Seidel pondered for a bit, and checked behind. The {A-Spades} hit the river and Urbanovich bet 585,000 into the 1,540,000 pot. Seidel made the call, and won the pot with his rivered ace.

Hand #151: Urbanovich opened with {9-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for 350,000, Seidel called with {8-Hearts}{5-Clubs}. 740,000 in the pot going to {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}. Seidel checked and Urbanovich bet out 185,000. Seidel tanked for quite some time, but folded in the end.

Hand #152: Seidel opened for 350,000 in with {K-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} and Urbanovich called with {9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}. Both players checked the {8-Clubs}{A-Spades}{9-Spades} flop and they checked as well on the {6-Clubs} on the turn. The {4-Spades} hit the river and Urbanovich bet 425,000. Seidel called with king-high, but had to muck after he saw Urbanovich's pair of nines upon showdown.

Dzmitry Urbanovich pl 12,740,000 -550,000
Erik Seidel us 5,075,000 610,000

Tags/etiquetas: Dzmitry UrbanovichErik Seidel

REG Charity Update from Co-Founder Adriano Mannino and Liv Boeree

Ghalys • Nivel 23: 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante

During the EPT 11 Grand Final we caught up with REG Charity co-founder and chairman Adriano Mannino and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree. Mannino explained the ideology behind Raising for Effective Giving and looked ahead at what's to come.

Tags/etiquetas: Adriano ManninoLiv Boeree