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Sergio Aido Wins 2019 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo €100,000 Super High Roller

Spanish Poker Pro Overcomes Field of 52 Entries To Win More Than $1.7 Million USD

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Sergio Aido has won the 2019 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo €100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller. The Spanish poker pro emerged victorious from a field of 52 total entries to capture the title and the top prize of €1,589,190 ($1,779,893 USD), the largest payday of his career.

Aido’s lifetime earnings grew to more than $10.3 million, making him the third highest earning Spanish-born player in tournament poker behind only Adrian Mateos ($17.4 million) and Carlos Mortensen ($11.9 million).

In addition to the trophy and the money, Aido also earned 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first title and third final-table finish of the year, and it was enough to see him climb into 64th place in the overall POY race standings, which are sponsored in 2019 by Global Poker.

Aido came into the third and final day of this event as the clear short stack, with nine players remaining and only seven set to cash in this event. Aido had just seven big blinds when play resumed. He managed to outlast fellow short stack Luc Greenwood and then doubled up twice in rapid succession to climb into the middle of the pack.

Koray Aldemir was the unfortunate bubble boy, losing a preflop race with 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit agains the AHeart SuitKDiamond Suit of Daniel Dvoress.

Aido continued his climb up the leaderboard by scoring the first two eliminations in the money, sending Wiktor Malinowski (7th – $296,643 USD) and Charlie Carrel (6th – $367,282) to the rail to take the lead into five-handed action. Jesus Cortes doubled through and then knocked out a severely short-stacked Mikita Badziakouski (5th – $480,290) to further narrow the field.

The next big confrontation saw Daniel Dvoress move all-in from the cutoff for around 15 big blinds with the ADiamond Suit9Heart Suit. Aido picked up KSpade SuitKHeart Suit in the small blind and called Aido flopped quads to eliminate any suspense and send Dvoress home with $621,544 USD as the fourth-place finisher.

Aido scored another knockout with pocket kings, this time holding against the AHeart Suit10Spade Suit that Sam Greenwood had four-bet all-in with from the button. The kings held up to eliminate Greenwood in third place ($819,314 USD).

Jesus Cortes came into heads-up play at a sizable chip disadvantage, and it didn’t take long before it was all over. Aido limped in for 120,000 from the button and Cortes moved all-in for around 15 big blinds with 9Spade Suit2Diamond Suit. Aido made the call with the KClub SuitQHeart Suit. The board ran out ASpade SuitJClub Suit8Diamond SuitJHeart Suit5Spade Suit and Aido’s king high was enough to earn him the pot and the title. Cortes scored $1,285,480 USD as the second-place finisher.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Sergio Aido $1,779,893 600
2 Jesus Cortes $1,285,480 500
3 Samuel Greenwood $819,314 400
4 Daniel Dvoress $621,544 300
5 Mikita Badziakouski $480,290 250
6 Charlie Carrel $367,282 200
7 Wiktor Malinowski $296,643 150

Winner photo credit: Neil Stoddart / Rational Intellectual Holdings Limited.