After almost 15 hours of final table action, including a marathon heads-up battle, Jean Montury emerged as the European Poker Tour Malta Main Event champion, after eliminating Valentin Messina in second place, to take home the €810,400 ($882,442 US) first place prize.
All told Montury and Messina played 148 hands of heads-up poker over the course of seven hours. When heads-up play started Messina held 15.1 million of the 26.75 million chips in play, but wasn’t able to make that chip lead hold up.
“I know I won a lot of money, but it was not about that. It was more about getting the trophy, winning the EPT. The heads-up was incredible, so long. My opponent won four or five all-ins, so I thought it’s almost impossible to beat him,” said Montury, who runs a hotel in Lille, France. “I hope now that I’ll win a lot of other tournaments. I will play lots of EPTs and I am also going to Las Vegas in the summer.”
On the final hand, with blinds of 300,000/600,000 (100,000 ante), Messina open-shipped 8,700,000 with 5 5 and Montury called with A T. The board ran out J J 6 4 6 to counterfeit Messina’s fives and give the title to Montury.
The six-handed final table began at 2 PM local time and ended at 4:58 AM.
2014 PCA Main Event winner Dominik Panka finished third for €347,300.
The €5,300 buy-in event, the first European Poker Tour event held in Malta, attracted 895 players and created a total prizepool of €4,340,750.
The next, and final, stop on the EPT Season 11 schedule is the EPT Grand Final in Monaco, April 28-May 8, 2015.
Final Table Payouts
- Jean Montury – €810,400
- Valentin Messina – €492,000
- Dominik Panka – €347,300
- Stefan Schillhabel – €260,500
- Javier Gomez Zapatero – €205,300
- Hossein Ensan – €153,700
- Remi Wyrzykiewicz – €76,000
- Fedor Holz – €60,290
Latest posts by Lance Bradley (see all)
- Bated Breath: Daniel Negreanu On the Verge of the November Nine - July 14, 2015
- Roommates Chad Power and Chris Brand Sharing Main Event Success - July 13, 2015
- Sports Reporter Jeff Platt Back in the WSOP Main Event Spotlight - July 11, 2015
- In For a Penny: Tommy Yates Hopes to Keep WSOP Main Event Run Going - July 11, 2015
- Akash Malik Hoping to Represent India Come November - July 10, 2015