Rainer Kempe Scoops €400k for EPT Monte Carlo Victory

Rainer Kempe took down the PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo €25k NLHE title, winning €400,850 ($448,127) ahead of a stacked final table and breaking through the $20million career milestone in the process…

By: Andrew Burnett

A total of 53 entries, including 17 re-entries, meant the prizepool the players were chasing came to a whopping €1,272,530 ($1,422,616) and the field included the likes of David Peters, Ike Haxton, Charlie Carrel, Kristen Bicknell and Ole Schemion – almost every player, in fact, a star in their own right.

Around half the starting field returned for day two, the final and the busiest on the schedule as the Main Event, High Roller and Deepstack tournaments all shared the floor at the Monte Carlo Casino.

Spanish poker ace Adrian Mateos returned as chip leader, but the Canadian high roller duo of Sam Greenwood and Timothy Adams, the Brazilian pair of Andre Akkari and Joao Simao, Malaysia’s Richard Yong and Wai Leong Chan, plus the US brace of Sean Winter and Bryn Kenney ensured a tough battle ahead.

Only seven players would walk off with a payday, and it would be Mateos who missed out on the money, his short-stack dominated by Simao’s better ace.

When the final table reduced to just 3 players, it looked as though we might have an all-Brazilian, PokerStars versus partypoker pro heads-up battle, but Kempe had other ideas.

The German found big hands at the right time to firstly dispose of Akkari, and then 20 minutes later it was Simao’s turn to be outgunned, leaving Kempe to lift the trophy and the huge payout.

Final results

1 Rainer Kempe €400,850
2 Joao Simao €289,500
3 Andre Akkari €184,520
4 David Peters €139,980
5 Steve O'Dwyer €108,170
6 Seth Davies €82,710
7 Richard Yong €66,800



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