Patrik Antonius raised all in for 291,000 from the big blind after Justin Bonomo opened the button with a raise to 60,000. After getting the count and taking a minute, Bonomo made the call. Antonius held the and Bonomo the .
The flop ran out and Thomas Wahlroos gave a big clap on the rail as he was rooting for Antonius. Antonius looked over to see him and gave a big smile. "My man!" said Antonius.
The turn was the and the river the . Antonius doubled and went over to talk to Wahlroos a bit in Finnish. After a minute, Antonius went back to the table and collected his chips. He's back over 600,000 now.
Action folded to Masa Kagawa in middle position and he raised to 60,000. Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov reraised all in from the hijack seat for around 200,000 and action folded back to Kagawa. He called with the . Katchalov held one overcard with the .
The flop, turn and river ran out and Katchalov was eliminated in eighth place. Kagawa moved up to approximately 1.3 million as the tournament is now on the bubble.
"You're next, Patrik!" said Daniel Negreanu to Patrik Antonius with a smile. Antonius is the other short stack.
From middle position, Justin Bonomo raised to 60,000. Masa Kagawa made the call from the button and everyone else folded. From there, the dealer dealt the flop and Bonomo fired 110,000. Kagawa folded and Bonomo picked up the pot.
Welcome back to PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller. Today is the final table and it's stack. If you take some time to read through the bios on each players posted below, you'll get an idea just how stacked it is.
Altogether, this final table combined has $52,695,715 in live tournament earnings, seven World Series of Poker gold bracelets, four World Poker Tour titles and two EPT titles.
Justin Bonomo is the man to catch and by an extremely large margin. He holds over 40% of the chips in play and over 2.7 million more chips than Tobias Reinkemeier in second place. He'll be the favorite going in, but he's got quite the tough group of competitors standing between him and the title.
Let's see how the players stack up at the final table:
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
Lynn Gilmartin spoke with Bonomo, Negreanu and ElkY before they took their seats.
Action is scheduled to kick off at 1300 CET. Remember, not everyone is in the money yet, even though they have made the final table. Two players will bust without pocketing any cash and the top prize is worth a mind-boggling €1.64 million. Stay tuned to PokerNews for all of the coverage.
Justin Bonomo will begin the final table as the overwhelming chip leader. He holds over 40% of the chips in play and has more than 2.7 million more than Tobias Reinkemeier does in second place.
Coming into this final table, Bonomo's record has him with just over $2.9 million in live tournament earnings. If he can find his way to the top six — and he's well a favorite to do so — he'll eclipse the $3-million mark. Of Bonomo's young career, he has nine cashes of six figures or more. One of those came in May 2011 when he took fifth in the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the World Poker Tour's Ninth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic. For that finish, he earned $224,160.
The largest score on Bonomo's record came in 2009 when he had another fifth-place finish. This one was in the World Series of Poker's $40,000 No-Limit Hold'em event and he won $413,165. He also has three other WSOP final tables under his belt and a WSOP Circuit title from 2009.
Bonomo was one of the seven players who re-entered this event, but is the only one remaining. From the looks of it, firing that second bullet was the correct decision as he comes into the final table with a strangle hold on the rest of the field.
Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier is no stranger to final tables and here he is at another one. The French professional is one of the most well known faces in poker and has a laundry list of accolades to back up his game.
In all, the man everyone calls "ElkY" has over $9 million in live tournament earnings. His largest win came back in 2008 when he took down the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for a cool $2 million. On top of that, Grospellier won the World Poker Tour Festa Al Lago in 2008 for over $1.4 million and his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet in 2011 for $331,639 to make him one of the few Triple Crown achievers in poker. When it comes to high roller events, Grospellier crushes. Just take a look at the following wins on his resumé.
2009 PCA $25,000 High Roller — 1st for $433,500
2011 EPT Grand Final Madrid €25,000 High Roller — 1st for €525,000
2011 EPT Grand Final Madrid €10,000 High Roller Turbo — 1st for €153,000
2012 EPT Berlin €10,000 High Roller — 1st for €231,000
Finishing in the top two spots today would put ElkY over $10 million in lifetime earnings and we all know he plays to win. He'll enter the final table fourth in chips with slightly under an average stack.
At the table, Patrik Antonius is quiet and calculated, like a stone-cold killer. He doesn't say much and often sits looking like a statue with no expression on his face, but Antonius has no need to be animated when his game speaks so highly of itself.
Antonius' tournament record isn't the best of the bunch, but he does have a whopping $4.7 million in live winnings including an EPT title from 2005 when he won the PokerEM/EPT Baden Classic for €288,180. He's a cash-game regular that often plays in the largest games in the world that reach astronomical states. He also has two scores in tournaments worth over $1 million.
At the end of 2005, Antonius took second in the World Poker Tour Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic for just over $1.04 million. Earlier this year, he scored second behind none other than Phil Ivey in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for A$1.2 million.
Towards the end of the night yesterday, Antonius doubled up Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in a big pot that knocked him way down the totem pole. Mainly because of that, he'll only enter the final table with 338,000 in chips, but he's the last guy anyone will want to double up and give momentum to.