Steven Silverman Wins €25,000 High Roller at EPT Grand Final

Steven Silverman won over $1 million along with the EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

Steven Silverman won over $1 million along with the EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller title. (Photo c/o Neil Stoddart/PokerStars Blog)

There’s been a lot of money at stake over the last several days at the EPT Grand Final, with the Main Event set to award €1.2 million and a €500,000 buy-in cash game going late into the night Saturday. One of the biggest winners of the series was crowned Sunday afternoon in the €25,000 High Roller, though, as Steven Silverman claimed the title and just over $1 million.

Tony Gregg and Fadi Kamar didn’t fare too badly either, though, with a three-way chop giving all three players €760,000 ($984,443). Silverman outlasted them both, though, and claimed an extra €15,400, the trophy and the overall victory.

There were 12 players who came back for the final day of the High Roller, leaving some work to be done before the final table was set. Kamar took out Davidi Kitai in 12th with his T T flopping quads to remove any hope for Kitai coming from behind with 4 4. Alex Bilokur had his A A cracked by Victor Sbrissa’s K K to lose most of his chips, and his A J beat by Igor Kurganov’s K J for the rest as he went out in 11th. Then Sorel Mizzi would bust in 10th, his Q J unable to beat Toby Lewis’ K J, and with that they combined to a single table of nine.

The field then jumped from nine to seven on a single hand. Kyle Cheong bet 200,000, ostensibly putting himself all-in with 29,000 behind and Vanessa Selbst called. Sbrissa would go all-in over the top for 571,000, Cheong called off his last few chips, and Selbst eventually called.

Selbst: A J
Sbrissa: K K
Cheong: K J

The A T 3 flop put Selbst well ahead, but the 5 turn gave Sbrissa outs to a flush. The river was the 6, though, with Cheong going out ninth and Sbrissa finishing in eighth, due to their stacks before the hand began. This hand put Selbst, who started the day in the chiplead but lost it early to Gregg, back on top.

Kurganov won this tournament a year ago in Monte Carlo and was hoping to go back-to-back, but it was simply not to be. He shoved with A T and was called by Silverman, who had him dominated with A Q. Kurganov picked up some extra outs by the turn with the board reading 7 6 3 J, but the 2 set Kurganov out in seventh place.

Silverman would continue to pick up momentum, taking a big pot and the chiplead from Selbst without showdown with a river bet. Gregg would get back into the fray by eliminating Chris Moore in sixth place, with his A A having Moore’s K Q drawing dead by the turn of a dry board.

Lewis was left as the short stack, but he doubled through Kamar with A 9 against 6 6 to give himself over 20 big blinds and some breathing room, leaving Kamar in last place. He’d get all-in again shortly with a chance to double up into a very playable stack, with a significant edge as his A K had Silverman in bad shape. Silverman got one of the best flops imaginable, though, as the J 9 7 board put him well ahead, with the A turn and T river giving him the flush and eliminating Lewis in fifth place.

The first talks of a deal came before four-handed play began, but they couldn’t come to an agreement quite yet. It worked out quite poorly for Selbst, who got into a huge confrontation with Gregg shortly thereafter. Gregg opened to 80,000, Selbst three-bet to 185,000 and Gregg four-bet to 480,000. Selbst eventually five-bet all-in and Gregg called, setting up a pot worth over 3.6 million, one that would determine the chipleader and dramatically alter the course of the tournament.

Selbst was behind but live with Q J against Gregg’s A K, but the Q 4 2 flop put her ahead while giving Gregg 14 outs. The 8 on the turn put Selbst one card away from a massive double-up, but the A on the river gave Gregg the pot and eliminated Selbst in fourth place.

Then the negotiations began. Kamar was far and away the shortest stack, but he wouldn’t accept the deals put on the table by Gregg and Silverman, which were based on ICM. Discussions began again after Kamar chipped up a bit, but again Kamar didn’t get the number he wanted. A massive pot would be the impetus for the deal eventually getting done.

Gregg raised to 80,000 from the button, Kamar three-bet to 250,000 from the big blind and Greg four-bet enough to put Kamar all-in. Unfortunately for Gregg, Kamar had A A and snap-called, catching Gregg with T 8. The K Q 3 8 J runout gave Kamar a double up to almost 2 million and leveled the playing field. Kamar would eventually chip up to the point where all three players were around 2.5 million, at which point they agreed to an even three-way chop, with each player getting €760,000 and leaving €15,400 and the trophy for the eventual winner.

Gregg took the majority of Kamar’s chips, but lost them to Silverman in a big pot where Gregg’s J 9 rivered top pair on a T 7 2 6 J board, only for Silverman to show up with a flopped set with 2 2. Gregg pulled close by taking the remainder of Kamar’s stack, with K K holding against A 7 to knock Kamar out in third and set up a heads-up match for the title between Silverman and Gregg.

Both major pots would go to Silverman, who never really gave Gregg a chance heads-up. He three-bet to 300,000 preflop, bringing a call from Gregg and a K K 4 flop. Silverman bet 380,000, Gregg called, and the turn was the 7. Silverman checked and this time Gregg bet 320,000, which Silverman called. The A was the river, Silverman checked and Gregg checked behind, which worked out well for him as Silverman had rivered a full house with A A, increasing his lead to over 3-to-1.

The short heads-up match came to an end when Gregg opened to 100,000, Silverman three-bet to 375,000 and Gregg four-bet all-in for just under 2 million. Silverman called and it was his A J against Gregg’s 2 2. The 6 5 3 flop was a great one for Gregg, but the J turn and J river would spell the end for him as Silverman was crowned the winner.

There’s still a lot of poker to be played in Monte Carlo, with the €100,000 Super High Roller set to begin Monday afternoon, along with several other significant side events on tap. Here are the final table payouts for the 2013 PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final €25,000 High Roller.

  1. Steven Silverman – €775,400*
  2. Tony Gregg – €760,000*
  3. Fadar Kamar – €760,000*
  4. Vanessa Selbst – €290,300
  5. Toby Lewis – €232,400
  6. Chris Moore – €193,500
  7. Igor Kurganov – €154,700
  8. Victor Sbrissa – €116,100

*A deal was made three-handed, with each player taking €760,000 and leaving €15,400 and the trophy for the winner

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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