Gavin Griffin has just won the 2007 EPT Monte Carlo, taking down a first prize of over 1.8 million euros after besting Canadian Marc Karam (aka "Myst") in heads-up competition. The American born Griffin bested a table with an international flavor, overcoming top names such as Andy Black and Ram Vaswani.
The EPT Monte Carlo was a huge success this year, drawing over 600 players and offering a total prize pool of over 6 million Euros. This is the EPT's big event, similar to the $25,000 buyin event at the Bellagio for the World Poker Tour.
After some heads-up play, the final hand went down like this. After seeing a flop of 3-2-4, Marc Karam and Gavin Griffin got all in. Their holdings were:
Marc Karam - 4/7
Gavin Griffin - K / 5
Karam had top pair, and Griffin had the open-ended straight draw with two overs.
The turn was another three, and Karam was still in the lead. The river was a King, and Griffin took down the tournament. This was Karam's second EPT Monte Carlo final table in as many years, and while I am sure he is more than pleased with the 1 million Euro payout, he must be at least a bit disappointed that he didn't take down the event.
The final eight looked like this:
1. Gavin Griffin
2. Marc Karam
3. Soren Kongsgaard
4. Kristian Kjondal
5. Josh Prager
6. Steve Jelinek
7. Andy Black
8. Ram Vaswani
Overall, a great event, with most of the top players in the world playing. Tons of great side action as well, including Phil Hellmuth dropping over $500k to Phil Ivey in one night in Chinese Poker!
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