Day 3 completed
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Day 3 completed
The final day of the final event of Season 9 on the European Poker Tour came to an end in spectacular style today. The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final crowned Max Altergott as the last major winner of the 10-day festival after he took down the €100,000 Super High Roller event for €1,746,400.
After less than six hours of play he defeated Jason Mercier heads up. He crippled Mercier after a huge encounter a short while after their battle begun. Mercier moved all in when he had tured a flush draw to go with his pair. Altergott had an over pair (queens) and made the call. The river was a blank and Altergott finished off the job the very next hand.
The Team PokerStars Pro will take home €1,115,700 for finishing second. Mercier has now cashed for more than one million dollars, five out of the last six years and has been one of the players of the festival. Before finishing second here, he took down the Open-Face Chinese event and made the final table of the Main Event, all for €1.3 million in cashes!
Just as incredible is the fact that this is the very first tournament cash ever recorded for Altergott. The German (residing in Austria) is a renowned high-stakes heads up cash game player but has just started to play live tournaments. What a way for one to start their tournament career! Season 10 on the EPT might be seeing a little bit more of Altergott.
All seven players who returned today were relaxed in the knowledge they all had €218,300 locked up. Many of the players were very short at the start of play after the long bubble period last night, and the first of those to crack was Mike Watson. He did manage to double up on the second hand of the day but the next time he was all in, he ran into Sorel Mizzi's aces and busted.
Surprisingly, it took another 100 minutes before we lost Scott Seiver in sixth place. It was a pretty standard bust out for Seiver after he moved all in with pocket nines and was called Mercier holding ace-queen. The latter rivered a flush. The best year of Seiver's career continued with a €266,900 score.
The eliminations came thick and fast from there on in. Vladimir Troyanovsky was eliminated in fifth place for €339,500 after another pre flop all in encounter. Mizzi three-bet all in with ace-jack and the Russian called off with king-queen but failed to come from behind. Next to go was Timothy Adams who had done very well to ladder up two places given his chip stack at the time. He moved all in with pocket nines and was called by Altergott holding ace-eight. The German turned an ace and that was that for the likeable Adams. He took home €485,100 for his efforts.
The three remaining players were fairly evenly stacked and they tried to come a deal. It didn't happen and not long after the tournament saw the back of Mizzi. He made a large three-bet all in with king-queen but Altergott had opened with pocket jacks, called, and went on to make a full house. Mizzi had played brilliantly all day and was rewarded with €679,100 for less than three days work.
This season of the EPT, with the reduced festival-like schedule, has been a huge success and PokerNews looks forward to being an integral part of Season 10. The search for the first ever double champion continues; will one be crowned before the 100th EPT at the beginning of Season 11? Stay tuned to find out!
It is all over! One gigant hand decided the fate of the two remaining players and Max Altergott came out on top. Altergott raised from the button to 200,000 and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier three-bet to 505,000 from the big blind. Altergott put in a four-bet to 1,000,000 and Mercier made the call.
The flop brought out and Altergott fired out 700,000 after the American pro had checked. Mercier called and the turn brought the . Mercier checked again and Altergott continued betting, this time he threw out a 1,210,000-chip bet. Mercier moved all in and Altergott called.
The river brought the and Altergott secured a mortal lock on the tournament. Mercier was left behind with just 220,000 chips and those went into the pot on the very next hand.
The board ran out and Mercier was knocked out in second place. Altergott took down the tournament and he notched up his first ever live cash, and it's a win!
Max Altergott picked the wrong time to try and bluff Jason Mercier after he had turned trips.
The board read and Mercier led for 260,000 with . Altergott was holding and raised to 700,000. Call.
Mercier checked to his opponent on the turn and called when Altergott bet 1,010,000. The first slip up we've seen the German make.
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Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier raised to 200,000 from the button and Max Altergott called from the big blind with . Mercier had and bet 180,000 on the flop after Altergott had checked. Altergott called and the turn brought the .
This time Altergott check-called 485,000 and the river brought the . The action was checked and Altergott took down the pot.
Max Altergott raised to 200,000 fromt he button and Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier called from the big blind.
The flop brought out and Mercier check-called 200,000.
On the turn the hit and Mercier checked again. Altergott bet 515,000 this time and Mercier tanked for quite a while before raising it up to 1,210,000. Altergott snap-folded his for top pair while Mercier had .
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier raised from the button to 200,000 and Max Altergott called from the big blind with . Mercier had and the flop rolled out .
Altergott checked to Mercier who bet 185,000. Altergott called, but he folded when Mercier fired out 515,000 on the turn.
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier limped from the button and Max Altergott checked his option. The flop brought out and both players checked. On the turn the hit and Altergott bet 125,000 and Mercier called.
The river brought the and Altergott fired out 275,000 with . Mercier folded his and the first pot went to Altergott.