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Raffaele Sorrentino Wins the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Main Event

Italian Tops Field of 727 To Win €466,714

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Raffaele Sorrentino is the champion of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event. The Italian topped a field of 727 total entries to capture his first major title and the €466,000 ($513,269 USD) top payout.

“Last week, I felt that I could win. And then when I was here, it was day after day, getting nearer and nearer. And finally, I’ve won,” Sorrentino told PokerStars reporters after it was all over.

In addition to the money and the hardware, Sorrentino also earned 1,824 Card Player Player of the year points. This was his second final table finish of the year, and as a result he now sits in 21st place in the 2017 Player of the Year rankings, which are presented this year by Commerce Hotel and Casino.

Sorrentino came into the final day in third chip position with six players remaining. While chip leader Michael Kolkowicz scored the first knockout, Sorrentino then began to take over and eliminated every other player at the final table.

Sorrentino took just under a 3-to-1 chip lead into the final battle heads-up against German Andreas Klatt. The two struck a deal that saw the former lock up €451,714 and the latter secure €402,786. That left €15,000 and the title to play for. Klatt was fresh off of a win in the €1,100 PokerStars National Championship event earlier during the series for €151,445.

In the end the tournament was decided by a cooler, with Klatt getting all in holding the QSpade SuitQHeart Suit up against Sorrentino’s ASpade SuitADiamond Suit. The board improved neither player and Sorrentino secured the pot and the title.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Raffaele Sorrentino $513,269 1824
2 Andreas Klatt $442,964 1520
3 Andrey Bondar $298,582 1216
4 Maxim Panyak $219,840 912
5 Michael Kolkowicz $161,795 760
6 Diego Zeiter $119,103 608
7 Davidi Kitai $86,928 456
8 Romain Nardin $64,027 304
9 Moritz Dietrich $64,027 152

Winner photo courtesy of Neil Stoddart / PokerStars.