May 13 2011

Jason Mercier Becomes Champion of Champions at EPT Madrid

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This tournament was a new addition to the European Poker Tour, as the Champion of Champions tournament was set to bring all interested champions from the past seven seasons, including the current one, to play in a €100,000 freeroll. It was held after the EPT Madrid Main Event at the Casino Gran Madrid to wrap Season 7.

Fifty champions showed up to compete for the prizes, all of which included EPT Season 8 buy-ins worth varying amounts. Salvatore Bonavena was the first player out, and others followed in somewhat rapid fashion. Julian Thew, Toby Lewis, and Mike McDonald were some of the first casualties. Later in the night, Michael Martin became the tenth place finisher to enable the final nine to be seated at one table.

Harrison Gimbel left in ninth, followed by Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Brandon Schaefer, Michael Tureniec, and Sandra Naujoks bubble the money with her fifth place elimination.

The final four began but Vicky Coren was the first to leave with cash, but her 8-8 fell to the K-2 of Galen Hall. It was Hall who also took out Max Lykov in third place with Q-9 over J-3. Jason Mercier faced Hall in the final match, and though Mercier fell behind, he doubled through Hall when A-J beat A-K with a jack on the flop. Hall then moved in with Ks-3d against the Ah-2d of Mercier, and the board came As-Qh-7s-Ac-7d. Hall finished second.

Jason Mercier won the EPT Champion of Champions and received €50K worth of EPT Season 8 buy-ins and the trophy.

1st place: Jason Mercier (€50,000 EPT Season 8 buy-ins)
2nd place: Galen Hall (€25,000 EPT Season 8 buy-ins)
3rd place: Max Lykov (€15,000 EPT Season 8 buy-ins)
4th place: Victoria Coren (€10,000 EPT Season 8 buy-ins)

Thanks to PokerStars Blog for the live updates and credit to Neil Stoddart for the photo.

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