Taking place two flights up from casino theater, where the Main Event plays out, the High Roller event just came to a conclusion, won by German phenom Ole Schemion in a little under three and a half hours of play today.
The result is significant for Schemion who not only collects €265,000 for the unchopped first place, as well as a SLYDE watch worth more than €5,000 from luxury Swiss brand SLYDE, the Official Watch sponsor for EPT Season 10, he all but locks up the EPT Player of the Year contest. It’s not entirely certain. Barring a miracle it will be his title to collect. Both Vanessa Selbst and Thomas Muhlocker have mathematical combinations available to them that could see the prize go their way, but it would seem unlikely.
It stands as the best result Schemion has recorded on the EPT to date. His record shines with wins around the world, with titles and deep runs in almost any event he plays, but EPT silverware had yet to grace his mantelpiece — if indeed he has a mantelpiece.
His victory came ahead of a field made up of 105 entries over a three days of competition. This afternoon he joined the final table second in chips, behind only Philip Sternheimer. The action proved volatile from the off.
Tunisian Imed Ben Mahmoud departed in eighth place soon after the start, running ace-queen into aces. Then British player Tamer Kamel went in seventh, two short of his career best fifth place in the EPT London High Roller.
As Max Greenwood continued to increase his stack, Griffen Benger found his fortunes to be going in the opposite direction. He busted in sixth place when he shoved with ace-five, only for Schemion to call with ace-king.
Meanwhile Mustapha Kanit was running into trouble against Sternheimer, which ultimately led to the Italian’s elimination in fifth place, when his two pairs were toppled by Schemion’s two bigger pairs.
Minutes later Sternheimer joined him on the rail. Crippled by a massive pot against Schemion, he shoved with pocket jacks, only for Schemion to be waiting for him again, sealing his fate with pocket aces.
Quiet up to now, Alex Bilokur then moved all-in, check-calling on an deuce-six-ace flop in a pot against Schemion. Bilokur had paired the deuce but Schemion had paired the ace. Neither the turn or river could save the Russian.
That left Schemion with a big heads-up lead against Greenwood, who lost the first hand of their contest, allowing the German to increase his advantage. Before long it was all over, Schemion relentless in applying pressure, leaving the Canadian in the runner-up spot.
To re-live all the action from the High Roller event check out our live coverage page for the hand for hand action. The full high roller event is below:
EPT10 Sanremo, Event #30 High Roller, single re-entry
Date: 18 – 20 April 2014
Game: No-limit Texas hold’em
Players: 105 entries
Prize pool: €1,029,000
1. Ole Schemion (Germany), €265,000
2. Max Greenwood (Canada), €182,100
3. Alex Bilokur (Russia), €119,400
4. Philip Sternheimer (United States), €96,700
5. Mustapha Kanit (Italy), €77,700
6. Griffin Benger (Canada), €60,700
7. Tamer Kamel (United Kingdom), €47,800
8. Imed Ben Mahmoud (Tunisia), €36,550
Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.