[SS] “The EPT Grand Final1 has always had a 10,000-euro buy-in, but its rake has slowly crept up from 0 to 300 to 600 euros”, Stan the Stat continued. “The tournament originally ended the EPT season in March, but that has been in late April or early May since 2009.
European Poker Tour Grand Final Champions
|2005||Rob Hollink||$845,190||211||27||Brandon Schaefer|
|2006||Jeff Williams||$1,084,037||298||27||Arshad Hussain|
|2007||Gavin Griffin||$2,434,060||706||64||Marc Karam|
|2008||Glen Chorny||$3,196,354||842||64||Denes Kalo|
|2009||Pieter De-Korver||$3,024,167||935||88||Matt Woodward|
|2010||Nicolas Chouity||$2,263,166||848||128||Josef Klinger|
|2011||Ivan Freitez-Rosales||$2,226,345||686||104||Torsten Brinkmann|
|2012||Mohsin Charania||$1,782,343||665||96||Lucille Cailly|
|2013||Steve O’Dwyer||$1,604,972||531||80||Andrew Pantling|
|2014||Antonio Buonanno||$1,715,526||650||95||Jack Salter|
|2015||Adrian Mateos2||$1,211,836||564||79||Muhyedine Fares|
|2016||Jan Bendik3||$1,096,568||1,098||159||Adrien Allain|
- Three Americans have won the EPT Grand Final — Williams, Griffin, and Charania — but you could also include O’Dwyer, who moved to Ireland after the major online poker sites shut down in the U.S. on Black Friday. No other country has won more than twice; Hollink and De-Korver both hail from the Netherlands.
- 2007 runner-up Marc Karam is the only player who has reached the final table multiple times, finishing 4th the year before. Ben Grundy almost matched him, finishing 7th in 2005 and bubbling (9th) the following year.4
- 2012 runner-up Frenchwoman Lucille Cailly is the only female to make the final table.
- The 2008 event featured the largest first prize in EPT history ($3,196,354), but the following year had the most players (935).
- After paying fewer than 10% of the players from 2006 to 2009, including a low of 7.6% in 2008, the EPT has rewarded about 15% of the field since 2010.
European Poker Tour Grand Final Final Hands
|2005||Rob Hollink||J♠8♠||Two Pairs,
Jacks and 8s
|Brandon Schaefer||K♦7♠||Pair of Kings||K♣9♦5♥8♣J♣|
|2006||Jeff Williams||A♦T♣||Pair of 7s,
|Arshad Hussain||A♥8♦||Pair of 7s,
|2007||Gavin Griffin||K♦5♣||Two Pairs,
Kings and 3s
|Marc Karam||7♠4♠||Two Pairs,
4s and 3s
|2008||Glen Chorny||A♥5♥||Two Pairs,
Aces and 6s
|Denes Kalo||K♥Q♦||Two Pairs,
Queens and 6s
|2009||Pieter De-Korver||9♠6♠||Pair of 6s,
Queen Ten 9-kicker
|Matt Woodward||6♦4♥||Pair of 6s,
Queen Ten 7-kicker
|2010||Nicolas Chouity||A♦A♣||Pair of Aces||Josef Klinger||8♦8♣||Pair of 8s||K♦T♠9♥4♠Q♣|
|2011||Ivan Freitez-Rosales||T♦9♦||Pair of 9s||Torsten Brinkmann||A♥K♦||Ace-high||9♠2♠5♥6♦8♣|
|2012||Mohsin Charania||Q♠Q♥||Two Pairs,
Queens and 2s
|Lucille Cailly||A♦K♣||Pair of 2s||9♣3♥2♣7♠2♥|
|2013||Steve O’Dwyer||T♣8♥||Four 8s||Andrew Pantling||K♠5♠||Flush,
|2014||Antonio Buonanno||A♠4♥||Ace-high||Jack Salter||K♦7♦||King-high||J♥9♠2♥Q♦3♠|
|2015||Adrian Mateos2||A♥8♠||Two Pairs,
Queens and 8s
|Muhyedine Fares||A♠6♠||Pair of Queens||9♥8♥2♦Q♠Q♣|
|2016||Jan Bendik3||T♠T♦||Three Tens||Adrien Allain||8♥8♦||Three Eights||A♥8♣4♠T♥3♦|
- The chips went all-in preflop every year except 2005 (river), 2007 (flop), 2009 (flop), and 2013 (turn).
- The eventual winner got his money in good every time except 2007 (45%), 2011 (40%), and 2013 (23%, hitting a 10-outer on the river). In 2009, De-Korver was ahead on the flop, but Woodward actually had a better chance of winning (44% to 32% with a 24% chance of a push) because of his nine flush outs.”
- The season-ending EPT championship was officially called the European Poker Tour Grand Final from 2004 to 2011 but has been referred to as the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final since 2012.
- Adrian Mateos took down the 2015 title just hours after this article was posted.
- Jan Bendik won the final 2016 title on May 6, 2016.
- Johnny Lodden joined Karam with a third place finish in 2014 and a fourth in 2015.