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Pascal Lefrancois Wins 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo €50,000 High Roller

The Canadian Poker Pro Topped A Field of 34 Entries In The Fast-Paced Event To Earn €505,774 ($531,063 USD)


The high-stakes poker tournament world has descended on Monte Carlo for the 2022 European Poker Tour stop at the famous French Riviera gambling hotspot. The series is playing host to several high buy-in events, with the latest to wrap up being the €50,000 no-limit hold’em single-day high roller. The fast-paced event took just more than 12 hours to narrow a field of 34 entries down to a champion. In the end, Pascal Lefrancois came away with the title and the top prize of €505,774 ($531,063 USD).

This was the fourth-largest payday of the Canadian professional player’s career. The 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona main event champion and World Series of Poker bracelet winner now has lifetime tournament earnings of more than $6 million.

Mikita Badziakouski, who was fresh off of a third-place showing in the €100,000 buy-in event earlier in the same day, was ultimately knocked out on the money bubble. His elimination ensured that the remaining six players all locked up at least $121,223 USD for their efforts in this event.

Bracelet winner and two-time Super High Roller Bowl champion Timothy Adams was the first to fall inside the money, with his A-J suited running into the A-K of Lefrancois. He failed to come from behind and was sent packing in sixth place. This was his second final-table finish of the series and seventh of the year. He now sits in 31st place in the 2022 Card Player Player of the Year race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Seth Davies scored a quick pair of knockouts to narrow the field to just three contenders. First, his A-Q suited made the nut flush against the J-9 suited of bracelet winner Daniel Dvoress (5th – $155,862 USD). Then, minutes later, his A-K held against the A-J of recent €25,000 high roller champion Yuri Dzivielevski (4th – $199,154 USD) to see Davies climb into a virtual tie for the lead with Lefrancois. Dvoress was at his eighth final table of the year, with more than $2.7 million in POY earnings secured along the way. The Canadian high-stakes star now sits in seventh place in the POY race as a result of his impressive run so far in 2022.

World Poker Tour and EPT main event champion Michael Watson’s run in this event came to an end when he -check called all-in on the river with a KHeart SuitJSpade Suit7Heart SuitKDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit board holding JDiamond Suit4Heart Suit.Lefrancois showed the JHeart Suit8Spade Suit for the same two pair with a superior kicker to take the pot and eliminate Watson in third place ($259,770 USD).

That pot gave Lefrancois the lead over Davies heading into heads-up. The two decided to strike a deal to rearrange the remaining prize money, with Lefrancois securing the trophy and $531,063 USD while Davies locked up $464,736 USD as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Pascal LeFrancois $531,063 408
2 Seth Davies $464,736 340
3 Michael Watson $259,770 272
4 Yuri Dzivielevski $199,154 204
5 Daniel Dvoress $155,862 170
6 Timothy Adams $121,223 136

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