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Nicolas Chouity Wins 2010 PokerStars EPT Grand Final

Chouity Dominates Start To Finish To Earn €1,700,000


Nicolas ChouityThe 2010 PokerStars EPT Grand Final Champion is Nicolas Chouity. The SuperNova from Lebanon entered the final table with a massive chip lead and did everything in his power to keep it that way.

Chouity bobbed and weaved through his opponents’ plays, pitting them against one other and using the pressure of the cash at stake to force them into tough decisions.

In the end, Chouity knocked out six of his sevens opponents to come away with the title and the first place prize of €1,700,000.

Here’s a look at the live updates as they appeared in

Seat 1: Herve Costa — 1,590,000
Seat 2: Roger Hairabedian — 1,130,000
Seat 3: Aleh Plauski — 1,695,000
Seat 4: Dominykas Karmazinas — 2,285,000
Seat 5: Josef Klinger — 1,170,000
Seat 6: Mesbah Guerfi — 3,670,000
Seat 7: Nicolas Chouity — 10,280,000
Seat 8: Andrew Chen — 3,670,000

Mesbah GuerfiMesbah Guerfi Eliminated in 8th Place (€140,000)

Coming into the day second in chips didn’t help Mesbah Guerfi. The Frenchman checked a flop of 8Club Suit4Spade Suit3Spade Suit, as did Nicolas Chouity. The turn was the 4Diamond Suit and Guerfi bet 310,000.

Chouity called and the river was the KDiamond Suit. Guerfi then bet 785,000, effectively putting in half of his remaining stack. Chouity then announced that he was all in and Guerfi called, showing A-K.

Chouity revealed slow-played pocket eights for a full house and Guerfi was eliminated. Chouity now has over 14 million, more than 7 times his nearest competitor.

Roger Hairabedian Eliminated in 7th Place (€200,000)

Nicolas Chouity raised and Roger Hairabedian moved all in for just about three big blinds. Chouity showed AClub Suit3Diamond Suit Suit and had Hairabedian’s JSpade Suit3Spade Suit dominated.

The board fell AHeart SuitASpade Suit5Diamond SuitQSpade SuitQHeart Suit and Hairabedian was eliminated.

Aleh PlauskiAleh Plauski Eliminated in 6th Place (€300,000)

Aleh Plauski moved all in for his last 680,000 and Nicolas Chouity isolated all in behind him. Plauski showed KHeart Suit10Club Suit and was relieved to be drawing live against Chouity’s AClub SuitQDiamond Suit.

The board fell 7Spade Suit5Club Suit2Spade Suit9Club SuitQClub Suit however, and Plauski was eliminated.

Andrew ChenAndrew Chen Eliminated in 5th Place (€400,000)

Andrew Chen moved all in for 1,960,000 and Josef Klinger instantly called with pocket kings. Chen sheepishly turned over 9Club Suit7Club Suit and failed to connect with a board of JSpade SuitJHeart Suit10Spade Suit5Diamond Suit9Heart Suit.

Chen finishes in fifth place and earns €400,000. Klinger moved firmly into second place with over 6 million in chips.

Herve Costa Eliminated in 4th Place (€500,000)

Nicolas Chouity raised to 450,000 and Herve Costa reraised all in for 820,000 total. Chouity made the easy call with KDiamond SuitQHeart Suit and Costa revealed ADiamond Suit9Heart Suit.

The board ran out KSpade SuitKClub Suit6Diamond Suit6Heart Suit3Heart Suit and Chouity took the pot. Costa, despite only playing four hands at the final table, was able to move up several spots on the money ladder.

Domiykas KarmazinasDominykas Karmazinas Eliminated in 3rd Place (€700,000)

Action was folded to Nicolas Chouity who moved all in from the small blind. Dominykas Karmazinas woke up with ADiamond Suit7Spade Suit and made the call.

Chouity could only show a dominated AClub Suit6Diamond Suit, but the board fell QHeart Suit5Club Suit3Spade Suit6Club SuitKClub Suit to give him the pot with a pair of sixes and send Karmazinas to the rail.

Heads Up Chip Counts

Nicolas Chouity — 21,465,000
Josef Klinger — 4,025,000

Josef KlingerNicolas Chouity Wins PokerStars EPT Grand Final (€1,700,000), Josef Klinger Eliminated in 2nd Place (€1,000,000)

Josef Klinger open shoved for his last 5,720,000 and Nicolas Chouity immediately called, tabling pocket aces.

Klinger just shook his head and showed down pocket eights. The board fell KDiamond Suit10Spade Suit9Heart Suit4Spade SuitQClub Suit and Klinger was eliminated.