Monte Carlo saw the first major contest of Pokerstars’ European Poker Tour finish with Sylvain Loosli leaving behind 70 entrants, defeating Georgios Kitsios and earning a fifth victory in his career.
The Frenchman’s path was not an easy one though. Day 1 ended with Erik Seidel in the lead. This New York-based player already has a few impressive wins to his name himself. In 2015, he won the €100,000 Super High Roller for € 2,015,000. From the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel tables he has taken $3,203,628, which is a sum only eight other players can boast to have exceeded.
Even though Seidel appeared at the final table as well, it was no longer in the lead. That was taken by Charlie Carrel, a UK player whose achievements include a victory in the €25,500 High Roller of 2015 in which he defeated 215 entrants to earn his best personal score of €1,114,000, and another win in the €5,300 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2016 where after beating 148 entrants he gained €172,300.
Seth Davies was another player who earned themselves a place at the final table. He won the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago and since Christmas he has made appearance at five final tables.
The above mentioned players were joined for a final by Portuguese Winamax Pro, João Vieira, and Greek Georgios Kitsios. The final table seat draw was as follows:
- Seat 1: Georgios Kitsios = 433,000
- Seat 2: Sylvain Loosli = 182,000
- Seat 3: Charlie Carrel = 1,499,000
- Seat 4: João Vieira = 258,000
- Seat 5: Erik Seidel = 337,000
- Seat 6: Seth Davies = 791,000
Day 3: The Final Table
First one to leave the final day play was João Vieira, who shipped all in for just over 200,000 on the button after Charlie Carrel opened to 24,000 in the cutoff. However, Vieira’s AJ was no match for Carrel’s AK and so Carrel took the pot and the contest was over for Vieira.
Erik Seidel was the next one to run out of luck and yet again it was Carrel who sent him home. He raised up from the cutoff and Seidel, who was on the short stack, moved all in for roughly 175,000 on the button. Unable to connect in any way though, Carrel dominated him with pocket nines.
However, this was where Carrel’s rocketing ride has come to an end. First, the chip lead was wrestled away from him by Kitsios. Carrel raised to 35,000 on the button and Kitsios defended the big blind. After the flop AcKc5h, Kitsios checked, Carrel continued for 22,000 and Kitsios check-raised to 68,000. Carrel called. Next came turn of 9h and 4d on the river. Both players checked and Kitsios went for a bet of 200,000. Carrel had to reach into his first time bank of the tournament. With two pairs of 5s and 4s, Kitsios was happy to come out victorious.
Sylvain Loosli followed where Kitsios has left off and even though he was the one at risk for 248,000, he out-flopped Carrel ‘s pocket aces by making two pair. With Jh on the turn he improved to full house and the river 7 sealed Loosli’s double up.
In the end, it was Kitsios again who ended Carrel’s suffering. Carrel opened to 35,000 in the cutoff, then called Kitsios’ three-bet of 115,000 in the small blind. Without looking at the flop, which was KcQc9d, Kitsios led out for 80,000. Carrel went all in for about 445,000 and Kitsios snap-called. Carrel’s flush draw was not enough to beat Kitsios’ pocket aces. With both turn and river coming up spades where Carrel needed crosses, it was time for the Englishman to leave the table.
Last three players remained. Kitsios reduced the number by eliminating Seth Davies. He opened to 60,000 on the button and Seth Davies called from the big blind. The flop showed 9s8s2c. Kitsios bet 55,000 and Davies check-called. After the turn of 7s, Davies checked, while Kitsios went for a bet of another 90,000. Davies called. On the river was Jc. Davies checked once again. Kitsios decided to go all in and Davies called his last 605,000 chips. With 10c9h for rivered straight Davies couldn’t beat Kitsios’ Ks5s for a flush and thus he left with a third place, while Kitsios entered the heads-up finale.
The Big Finale
The battle went back and forth and each player could boast serious chip lead at different points. Loosli got ahead when he earned the maximum value after flopping triple eights with pocket Ah8d. On the other side, Kitsios doubled up with A3o overpowering Loosli’s KJss. The scales were tipped when Loosli extracted another maximum value, now from the second pair.
After that the die was cast. In what was to become the final hand of the contest, Kitsios bet his 15 big blind stack on king-five but it was not enough to dominate Loosli’s ace-five. And so making a flush by the river, Loosli topped off the tournament with a win after about 6 hours on Day 3.
Below is the summary of the ITM finishes.
- 1. Sylvain Loosli = €198,610
- 2. Georgios Kitsios = €142,590
- 3. Seth Davies = €92,590
- 4. Charlie Carrel = €69,940
- 5. Erik Seidel = €54,320
- 6. João Vieira = €42,100
- 7. Ole Schemion = €33,270
- 8. Thomas Muehloecker = €25,800
- 9. Pablo Melogno = €19,690
The Rising Star
Sylvain Loosli, born in France but currently living in England, has been steadily coming up lately and the Monte Carlo victory brings his all-time winnings to $7.4 million. Having won five times in total, four of them came from PokerStars live events. He can also boast three wins in three years: he dominated the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona in 2015, defeating 99 entrants and claiming the €1,224,000 first prize; a year later he defeated 36 entrants and walked away with the €57,530 first prize in a €10,200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo; and finally, back in Barcelona after beating 111 entrants, he won the €10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) at the PokerStars Championships.
As for Monte Carlo, this was Loosli’s second time at the final table. In 2017 he finished 3rd out of 60 in the €10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha during the PokerStars Championships.