Isaac Haxton made a salient point on commentary during the latter stages of a memorable heads-up battle for the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller title between 55-year-old poker legend Erik Seidel and 19-year-old phenom Dzmitry Urbanovich – that no poker player has remained relevant and competitive at the highest levels of tournament poker for anywhere near as long as Seidel has.
After a back-and-forth, knockdown, dragout match for the title that carried on for 94 hands – almost half the length of the final table, which stretched on for almost 12 hours – Seidel persevered. He captured another in a long line of championships, and earned $2,250,999 by defeating Urbanovich – the second-largest score of his career.
Urbanovich left their match far from empty-handed. In addition to over $1.6 million for his second place finish, Urbanovich will retake the lead in the 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year race next week. While he won’t be able to play in the 2015 WSOP due to his age, he’s already accomplished more in this year than most players twice his age.
It seemed at several points as if the young upstart would dispatch one of poker’s biggest names, with Urbanovich holding a lead of 3-to-1 to start heads-up play, after fighting back several times, Seidel put Urbanovich away on the 227th hand of the final table. Urbanovich limp-shoved with K 9 and Seidel called with T T, with the Q 8 2 3 7 runout sealing each of their fates.
Both players outlasted a world-class slate of competition just to reach their heads-up finale. Seidel dispatched the last two players in Urbanovich and Max Altergott (3rd), while Urbanovich was even more effective in that task as he neutralized Dario Sammartino (4th), Igor Kurganov (5th) and Thomas Muehloecker (6th).
Fedor Holz (7th) and Scott Seiver (8th) rounded out the final table, while Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who was eliminated to close out Day 2, was the only person who didn’t make the official final table to cash. They were among a record-setting field of 71, with 58 unique players and a prizepool that swelled to €6,888,420 ($7,695,199).
There’s a lot more to come from the EPT Grand Final. A new one day, €50,000 turbo Super High Roller is set for Sunday, and the Main Event is still in its earliest stages. The final series of EPT Season 11 has kicked off in stellar fashion, but there’s still a few more big winners to come.
2015 EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller – Final Results
- Erik Seidel – $2,250,999
- Dzmitry Urbanovich – $1,616,027
- Max Altergott – $1,050,429
- Dario Sammartino – $792,597
- Igor Kurganov – $615,534
- Thomas Muehloecker – $477,122
- Fedor Holz – $377,028
- Scott Seiver – $292,462
- Vladimir Troyanovskiy – $223,000
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