The main events of prominent live poker tournaments used to be the highlight of the series, but a brand-new breed of competitions threatened to strip them of all their glory. While the main events keep bringing together the most players, it is the highroller tournaments that act as a magnet for the best poker players. The European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final High Roller event made no exception and it was well-known poker Pro Philipp Gruissem who emerged victorious.
This is one of the guys who can afford to participate in plenty of highroller competitions and he made a habit of buying in for all prominent ones. It would’ve come as a huge surprise for him to miss the Monaco event, despite the fact that he had to pay $25,000 just to get a seat. This is the price that all poker pros had to pay and only the best ones decided to take a leap of faith, knowing that they will be competing against equally competent opponents.
Philipp Gruissem has a reputation of being extremely effective at highroller tournaments and the fact that he lock horns with the likes of Sam Trickett, Phil Ivey, Eric Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, or Antonio Esfandiari made no difference to him. With so many players interested in this tournament, it comes as no surprise that the winner was expected to win in excess of €1 million. The only reason for why this didn’t happen is that the remaining two players decided to split the prize according to their chip stacks.
This is common practice at major tournaments and with so much money on the table, it would’ve been unreasonable for the remaining players to refuse a potential deal. Gruissem had a slight advantage in chips and as a result he was guaranteed to win more money even if he would’ve come in second, but he found the resources to win the competition. Once an agreement was reached, the remaining players didn’t bother to play for too long and in a matter of hands it was all over.
Gruissem has a reputation of being not only a very good poker player but also a charitable person, with 10% of his winnings being donated. On this particular occasion, almost €100,000 will end up helping those less fortunate overcome many obstacles, so those who made the final table and failed to win the event can find solace in that. Only nine players made it this far and if you’re wondering how much money each of them got, all you need to do is to check out this list:
- Philipp Gruissem – €993,963
- Scott Seiver – €857,637
- Davidi Kitai – €526,400
- John Juanda – €426,800
- Byron Kaverman – €337,650
- Martin Finger – €256,400
- Stephen Chidwick – €187,200
- Chenxiang Miao – €136,900
- Pascal Lefrancois – €113,250