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This Week's Big Winner: Raffaele Sorrentino Wins PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 07, 2017


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 €466,714 ($513,269 USD) top payout.

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

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.

Here are the five biggest hands that propelled Sorrentino to the win.

Tournament – PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo

Buy-In: €5,300 ($5,814)
No. of Entries: 727
Prize Pool: €3,525,950 ($3,867,859)
1st Place Prize: €466,714 ($513,269)

The Action

At the nine-handed, unofficial final table, Dietrich raised to 120,000 from under the gun and Sorrentino made the call from the big blind. The flop was the J Spade Suit 5Spade Suit 4Spade Suit and both players checked. The turn was the 7Diamond Suit and Sorrentino bet 155,000. Dietrich called and the river was the 4Club Suit. Sorrentino moved all in and Dietrich went into the tank. After more than four minutes, he finally decided to call all-in for his last 660,000 with 10Spade Suit 10Club Suit. Sorrentino showed 7Spade Suit 7Club Suit, however, for a full house to take the pot. Dietrich pocketed €58,740 for his ninth-place run.

The Action

Sitting five-handed, Sorrentino raised to 330,000 on the button and Kolkowicz three-bet all-in for 1,970,000 in the small blind. Sorrentino made the call with AClub Suit 5Club Suit and Kolkowicz sheepishly turned over 6Spade Suit 2Heart Suit. The board rolled out 5Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 7Spade Suit and Sorrentino made a full house to scoop the pot. Kolkowicz earned €147,120 for his deep finish, and Sorrentino claimed more than half of the chips going into four-handed play.

The Action

Sorrentino raised to 330,000 on the button and Panyak moved all in from the small blind for his last 1,900,000 with AHeart Suit 10Heart Suit. Sorrentino asked for a count before making the call with KSpade Suit JSpade Suit. According to the Card Player Poker Odds Calculator, Panyak was a 58 percent favorite to double up. Instead, the flop fell KDiamond Suit 4Spade Suit 2Spade Suit to give Sorrentino a 92 percent advantage. The turn and river fell 5Heart Suit 7Club Suit and Panyak headed to the payout line to pick up his €199,900 fourth-place prize. Going into three-handed play, Sorrentino now held 60 percent of the chips on the table.

The Action

Sorrentino raised from the small blind to 370,000 and Bondar called from the big blind behind him. The flop fell 8Diamond Suit 5Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit and Sorrentino continued for 425,000. Bondar quickly raised to 1,200,000 and Sorrentino called. The turn was the 6Spade Suit and Sorrentino checked. Bondar moved all in for 3,410,000 and Sorrentino immediately called with 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit for two pair. Bondar needed help with his JClub Suit 8Club Suit for a pair of eights, but the 9Club Suit on the river was a brick. Bondar added €271,500 to his bank account for his third-place showing, while Sorrentino claimed a 5:2 heads-up advantage.

The Action

After a deal, Klatt raised to 450,000 on the button and Sorrentino three-bet to 2,025,000. Klatt then shoved all-in for 5,590,000. Sorrentino snap-called with pocket aces, and Klatt saw that he had been coolered, turning over pocket queens. The board ran out 8Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit 2Spade Suit KDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit and Klatt picked up €402,786 for finishing runner-up. Sorrentino took home the title, and the €466,714 first-place prize.

Final Table Results

1. Raffaele Sorrentino — €466,714 ($513,269)*
2. Andreas Klatt — €402,786 ($442,964)*
3. Andrey Bondar — €271,500 ($298,582)
4. Maxim Panyak — €199,900 ($219,840)
5. Michael Kolkowicz — €147,120 ($161,795)
6. Diego Zeiter — €108,300 ($119,103)
7. Davidi Kitai — €79,750 ($86,928)
8. Romain Nardin — €58,740 ($64,027)

*Based on a deal made during heads-up play.