Poker in the News — Weekly Round-up for May 04, 2018

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated May 4, 2018

Greenwood Does It Again

Canadian poker pro wins his second seven-figure prize in two weeks, talking down the Super High Roller at 2018 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT

Just two weeks on from his Euro 1 million victory in the Euro 51,000 buy-in PartyPoker Live Millions Grand Final €51,000 Super High Roller, Canadian poker pro Sam Greenwood has done it again, besting a stellar field to claim the main prize of Euro 1,52 million in the Euro 100,000 buy-in PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Super High Roller.

The win brings his career live tournament earnings to over $10 million.

The prestigious event attracted 46 entries (including 16 re-entries) and generated a prize pool of Euro 4,462,920, enabling the top six finishers to cash.

German pro Christoph Vogelsang dominated much of the action in the closing stages of the competition and headed the final table in chip counts, where he managed to maintain and grow a healthy stack into the three hour heads up with Greenwood, who had the chip advantage as the two faced off.

Vogelsang played aggressively to narrow the gap and then overtake the Canadian, at one point holding a 4 to 1 chip advantage, but Greenwood scored some impressive double ups to secure a solid lead and managed to leverage that into a convincing victory over a very able opponent, sending Vogelsang home with the runner-up prize of Euro 1,046,000.

The quality of the opposition can be judged by the four other players who cashed in the event:

  • Ali Reza Fatehi Euro 669,920
  • Ole Schemion Euro 513,000
  • Justin Bonomo Euro 401,000
  • Isaac Haxton Euro 313,000

Bonomo Having A Field Day In Monte Carlo

Poker pro scores his third cash in a week to take home a total of a million dollars

Poker pro Justin Bonomo is enjoying a lucrative visit to Monte Carlo, having cashed three times for a total of a million dollars at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT pokerfest.

He earned Euro 401,000 for a fifth place finish in the Euro 1,000 Super High Roller, following that with a fourth place, Euro 228,000 finish in the Euro 50,000 buy-in Single Day High Roller, his latest victory – a first place finish for Euro 378,000 in the Euro 25,000 buy-in Single Day High Roller.

50 players (including 14 re-entries) took part in the event, many of them household names in professional poker circles like Bryn Kenney, Igor Kurganov, Mustapha Kanit, John Juanda, Stephen Chidwick, Sylvain Loosli, Steve O’Dwyer, Erik Seidel and Tim Adams. with several of them making the final table.

Spicing up the action, the tournament featured the big blind ante as well as a 30-second shot clock, elements that have proved popular in recent times.

In the heads up Bonomo started with a 2 to 1 chip lead over Steve O’Dwyer, and although the latter managed to close the gap somewhat with a double up, Bonomo kept him at a safe distance with counter moves to ultimately emerge victorious, leaving O’Dwyer with the runner up prize of Euro 273,200.

Other final table cashes included:

  • Erik Seidel Euro 174,100
  • Timothy Adams Euro 132,100
  • Bryn Kenney Euro 102,000
  • Igor Kurganov Euro 78,100
  • Nicola Grieco Euro 63,000
Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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