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Chance Kornuth Wins 2016 European Poker Tour Grand Final €10,000 High Roller

Poker Pro Captures Second Title of 2016 and Earns €351,108 After Striking Three-Handed Deal


The final stop of the European Poker Tour’s 12th season is upon us. The first event of the 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final festival kicked off earlier this week. The €10,300 buy-in single re-entry no-limit hold’em high roller event attracted 214 entries to build a prize pool of €2,075,800 ($2,354,995 USD).

In the end Chance Kornuth emerged victorious, capturing his second title of the year at his fifth final table of 2016. The American poker pro earned €351,108 ($398,771 USD) for the win after making a deal between the final three players. At the time of the agreement Kornuth held 5,625,000 of the roughly 11 million chips in play, with Philipp Gruissem and Sergey Lebedev essentially tied for second in chips. The deal saw them lock up €292,750 and €291,162 respectively.

In addition to the title and the money Kornuth also scored 900 Card Player Player of the Year points. With 2,706 total points and year-to-date earnings of $1,558,475 Kornuth has shot into second place in the overall POY rankings, just under 400 points behind current leader Ari Engel.

Fedor Holz finished fourth for €169,000 ($191,942 USD) and 450 points. This was his fourth final table of year and he climbed to 36th place as a result.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Chance Kornuth $398,771 900
2 Philipp Gruissem $332,491 750
3 Sergey Lebedev $330,687 600
4 Fedor Holz $191,942 450
5 Murad Akhundov $151,660 375
6 Anthony Zinno $115,152 300
7 Felipe Ramos $84,066 225
8 Dmitry Yurasov $61,467 150

Winner photo courtesy of PokerStars / Neil Stoddart.