Antonio Buonanno wins 7 digit amount in EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final Main Event

The last major live poker tournament to be held in Europe before the World Series of Poker 2014 kicks off is the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final. While poker professionals were particularly interested in participating in the highrollers tournament, regulars were more excited by the prospect of booking a seat at the main event. A total of 650 players paid the buy-in and this resulted in a huge prize pool, with €1.24 million to be credited to the winner.

It was an Italian that emerge victorious and he goes by the name of Antonio Buonanno, a young and ambitious poker player who is well-versed in the art of playing live games. He is fairly active over the Internet and he learned a great deal by playing poker online, which helped him in the late stage of the tournament. Making the final table can be an excruciatingly long and tiresome affair, but it doesn’t happen too often for the heads-up phase to last more than a few hours.texaspoker

It goes without saying that both players were extremely tired and one of the reasons for why Antonio Buonanno emerged victorious is that he had the stamina to play at the same level for 10 hours. Since he bought in directly without winning a seat in a qualifier, the Italian had every reason to do everything in his power to win the tournament. Jack Salter was no pushover and he was unwilling to cut a deal, so the two players kept competing until Buonanno was the last man standing.

The European Poker Tour Monte Carlo Grand Final Main was such a rich event that even the first player to be sent to the rail among the nine finalists got a six digit amount. Only the winner took home in excess of $1 million and that’s why the stakes were as high as they get and both Salter and Buonanno fought until the bitter end. Antonio faced crushing odds during the three handed stage face, but won the uphill battle and if he chooses to travel to Las Vegas for the WSOP 2014, he should be included among the favorites.

  1. Antonio Buonanno – €1,240,000
  2. Jack Salter – €765,000
  3. Malte Moennig – €547,000
  4. Mayu Roca – €419,000
  5. Magnus Karlsson – €332,000
  6. Sebastian von Toperczer – €258,300
  7. Kenny Hicks – €188,500
  8. Sebastian Bredthauer – €128,800
  9. Martins Seilis – €102,000

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