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The Historic PokerStars European Poker Tour Season 4 Grand Final – Part 2

In our previous article, we discussed the explosive growth of the EPT in Season 4, the big names who showed up to battle it out for glory in the EPT’s Grand Final in Monte Carlo, and the fast and aggressive play that characterized the early days of the poker tournament. Now, we get down to Day 5 and the record-breaking final table!

The Grand Finale of the Grand Final

The first major action at the final table featured Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari and Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano (who made history when he and his father, Claudio, became the first father and son to cash in the same EPT event). Esfandiari, who came in short-stacked, pushed all-in with A8 and found himself dominated by Pagano’s AJ. The board came K Q 10 5 3, and Esfandiari was knocked out in eighth place, winning a prize of €168,000.

Maxime Villemure then doubled-up through Valeriy Ilikyan by making trip aces, and Ilikyan was not able to recover from that hit, soon getting eliminated in seventh place with an AQ by Michael Martin's A-K. Ilikyan received €253,000 for his seventh-place finish.

Pagano then won a huge pot against Glen Chorny to increase his stack to 3,297,000, but just 10 hands later, Villemure doubled up through Pagano, sending his roller coaster rocketing south. Denes Kalo subsequently called down Pagano and his AJ with pocket queens. The board offered Pagano no help, and the final Team PokerStars Pro in the tournament was eliminated.

Martin quickly followed Pagano to the rail only eight hands later when he called all-in against Chorny with top pair on a flop of 10-7-6. Chorny’s pocket jacks bested Martin, however, and sent him packing in fifth place with €421,000.

At this point, when the action got down to four-handed, many players in the crowd at this point picked Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron as the favorite to win it, despite the fact that there was no clear-cut chip leader and everyone was playing cautious, deep-stack poker. For a while, flops were rarely seen. Finally, Baron sent all of his chips into the middle to do battle with an AQ, but Chorny woke up with pocket aces and Baron was sent to the exit in fourth place, earning €589,000.

The play stayed just as tight three-handed, and the number of hands played soon rolled past 250. The length of play began to wear the final three players down noticeably, especially on Villemure, who had caught a fever during the tourney. Although he had to excuse himself from the final table multiple times due to his illness, he hung tough throughout the greater than 12-hour affair. It was ultimately Chorny – and not the virus – that finished Villemure off.

The board read A 10 4 J 9 and Villemure bet 520,000. Chorny raised all-in. Villemure called all-in and flipped over the Q8 for a queen-high straight. Alas, it was not the nuts! Chorny revealed the KQ and Villemure left the table in third place, received a warm round of applause from the spectators who appreciated his gutsy performance and took home €715,000.

Chorny now found himself in a dominating position with nearly 90% of the chips in play. Kalo, who came in second place in the EPT stop in Baden, would meet the same fate for the second time of the EPT season. In the final hand, Chorny’s A5 lead Kalo's K Q and the flop, turn and river of A Q 6 6 10 didn’t change anything. Kalo received €1,179,000 for second place, while Glen Chorny, a 22-year-old business student from Ontario, Canada, who qualified for the Grand Final via the PokerStars "Steps" qualifier, won the biggest poker tournament ever held in Europe and received the record-breaking grand prize of €2,020,000.

In an interview, Chorny stated: “Getting aces against ‘westmenloAA’ was pretty much the biggest hand. Once he was out of the way, it was much easier to have the victory in sight, because I had accumulated some chips. I had about 6 million after I knocked him out, and that was about half the chips in play. I really opened up my game after that.”

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