The 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo stop is set to host several big buy-in events during the course of its schedule. The first with a buy-in of €25,000 or higher wrapped up on Apr. 30. The €25,000 single-day no-limit hold’em high roller event attracted 74 entries by the time registration closed, building a prize pool equivalent to more than $1.8 million. The action was fast and furious, and when the dust settled it was Brazilian poker pro Yuri Dzivielevski who came away with the trophy and the top prize of €448,515 ($470,941 USD). The score was the largest live payday of the online regular’s career, increasing his recorded earnings to more than $2.6 million in the process.
The two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner struck a heads-up deal with Canadian high-stakes star Daniel Dvoress to bring the event to its conclusion. In addition to the hardware and the title, Dzivielevski also earned 588 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his third POY-qualified score of the year, having also made two final tables in high roller events at the EPT Prague stop in March. With 884 total points, he now sits just outside the top 150 in the 2022 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
Recent mystery bounty event runner-up Sergi Reixach was knocked out on the money bubble, with his A-10 running into the pocket kings of Dvoress. Byron Kaverman then scored a double knockout, with his K-Q suited besting the J-10 of Jose Quintas (11th – $46,641 USD) and the pocket aces of Rok Gostisa (10th – $46,641 USD) to narrow the field to nine.
Dzivielevski was in the middle of the pack when the field combined onto the final table, while Dvoress sat atop the chip counts. Sam Greenwood ran his set of kings into a rivered flush for Byron Kaverman to finish ninth ($53,172 USD). Dvoress then added to his lead with his sevens full of fours defeating the seven-high straight of Reza Tabatabai (8th – $69,962 USD).
A classic preflop race spelled the end of Sam Grafton’s run in this event. His pocket jacks could not outrun the A-K of Sirzat Hissou, who made the nut flush by fifth street to narrow the field to six. Grafton earned $89,544 as the seventh-place finisher.
Dzivielevski was the short stack when six-handed action began, but he soon managed several double-ups to climb near the top of the leaderboard. He then won a key pot against Dvoress to move into the outright lead.
Hissou got the last of his stack in with the best starting hand possible. His pocket aces did not hold against the K-J suited of Dvoress, though. The Canadian flopped two pair and held from there to send Hissou home with $113,799 USD.
Andras Nemeth, who has already won three titles in 2022, was the next to fall. His pocket sixes lost to a short-stack shove from Kaverman with J-4 to leave Nemeth on fumes. His A-J then failed to beat out the 10-5 of Dvoress to send him to the rail with $145,520 USD for his fifth-place showing. With six final-table finishes, the Hungarian high-stakes star now sits in 26th place in the overall POY standings.
The next key hand saw Dzivielevski shove from the small blind with 8-4 offsuit. Big blind Andriy Lyubovetskiy called with Q-10 and was ahead, but Dzivielevski hit two pair by the turn to win the pot and cut the field to three. Lyubovetskiy earned $183,761 USD as the fourth-place finisher.
There were plenty of swings during three-handed action. Byron Kaverman overtook the lead for a time before Dzivielevski regained the top spot. Kaverman eventually called all-in from the big blind with his A-10 leading the Q-2 that Dzivielevski had shoved from the small blind. Dzivielevski flopped a queen to take the lead and never looked back. Kaverman settled for $238,791 USD as the third-place finisher. The WSOP bracelet winner increased his lifetime earnings to more than $16.6 million with this cash.
With that Dzivielevski took more than a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Dvoress. The two soon came to an ICM-based deal that saw Dvoress lock up $406,807 USD. The pair flipped for the trophy, with Dzivielevski making an ace-high flush on the end to best Dvoress’ rivered straight and secure the hardware.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
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