PokerStars players were overwhelmed by the flood of good news coming from the prestigious poker room in 2016. New tournaments were added, the loyalty scheme has been improved and bonuses of all sorts are awarded to players, so there are plenty of things to do online. At the same time, a significant portion of players are enjoying the games on mobile devices and some have returned to the old-fashioned way of playing in brick-and-mortar casinos.
Fans of live poker had a great time at the EPT tables and the most recent series took place in Ireland at the Royal Dublin Society. There were plenty of tournament scheduled under this brand and by far the most prestigious one was the main event. 2016 PokerStars European Poker Tour €10,300 High Roller attracted fewer players and it brought together some of the best poker players in Ireland, but also a healthy number of Americans.
Only the top 27th players will finish in the money, but this didn't have a deterring effect on 185 participants who paid €10,000 each. Reaching the final table was an achievement in itself, because all those who made it this far would enjoy a nice return on investment. There were players from various countries who reach the final stage including two Americans and at the end of the day one of them emerge victorious.
Samuel Panzica won the first prize worth in excess of €375,000 and for the valiant fight against Sergey Lebedev and Akin Tuna. These two players were by far his toughest opponents and also the ones who took the initiative immediately after the final table started. They had the advantage of having more chips in front of them than virtually all the other players, so they picked out short stackers one by one.
William Arruda from Brazil was the first to be eliminated but he received a price worth five times the investment, with a Canadian, an American and the Belgian falling him to the rail. Davidi Kitai was the first one to cross the psychological threshold of €100,000, while Emil Patel from Finland receive €150,000. Three handed play began with Panzica and Akin Tuna having a narrow advantage over the Russian player and the latter was quickly eliminated.
When just two players were left standing, they decided to make an agreement and split the most significant part of the prize. They were left playing for €65,000, which eventually were collected by Panzica, while the runner-up grabs nearly €300,000. The EPT Dublin €10,300 High Roller Final Results are available in the list below, so check it out to learn more about the final standings:
1 Samuel Panzica USA €375,770
2 Akin Tuna Germany €290,000
3 Sergey Lebedev Russia €184,650
4 Emil Patel Finland €150,550
5 Davidi Kitai Belgium €120,050
6 Ryan Riess USA €92,240
7 Timothy Adams Canada €67,120
8 William Arruda Brazil €48,630