Benjamin Pollak Wins the €25k EPT High Roller for €705,840

Frenchman Benjamin Pollak picked up the 3rd biggest cash of his career by winning the €25k EPT High Roller in Monte Carlo last night, scoring a €705,840 ($787,012) payday and the title after a heads-up deal with Germanys Koray Aldemir…

By: Andrew Burnett

A total of 142 entries set the prizepool at a massive €3,374,630, with nine players returning for the third and final day’s play at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, with Spain’s Sergio Aido leading the chip counts just days after winning the €100k EPT Super High Roller for a cool €1,589,190.

The opposition on the final day of the EPT festival would prove too tough for an Aido back-to-back double, however, and although he looked set to double up with pocket aces against Laszklo Bujtas, the flop had other ideas and Aido hit the rails in 6th spot.

Bujtas, fellow Hungarian Marton Czuczor and eventual winner Pollak were involved in a slightly controversial hand just a bit earlier, according to the live reports.

Chip dumping controversy?

Following a big blind 3-bet shove from Czuczor against Bujtas, the Frenchman asked "Can we see your hand. I don't want to say chip dumping, but I know that you two are good friends. There was a three-bet spot earlier… I just want to make sure."

With the floor called, Czuczor showed the pair of black eights, stating: "There's no chip dumping", replying: "That's fine," when Pollak stated: "I don't want to make accusations”.

Mini-drama over, the Hungarian duo would eventually fall in 3rd and 4th, leaving Pollak to battle it out with Germany’s Koray Aldemir for the title and an extra €50k, having chopped the rest of the cash equally.

A lengthy heads-up ensued, but with Aldemir looking for yet another double-up to stay in the game, a sweet river card nine gave Pollak trips and the title.

Final Table Results

1 Benjamin Pollak € 705,840
2 Koray Aldemir € 655,840
3 Marton Czuczor € 364,460
4 Laszlo Bujtas € 300,340
5 Michael Addamo € 241,290
6 Sergio Aido € 188,980
7 Laurynas Levinskas € 141,730
8 Daniel Dvoress € 104,610
9 Joao Vieiera € 80,990



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