The Monte-Carlo Sporting Complex is in the headlines these days for hosting the 2022 PokerStars EPT. French entrepreneur Jean-Noel Thorel took the first major title of the event by defeating Sergi Reixach. This is the third live poker circuit victory for Thorel.

This event attracted 83 entries with a prize pool of €390,100 and €415,000 for mystery bounty prizes. Both Imad Derwiche, the fourth-place finisher, and Sergi Rexiach, the runner-up, earned €100,000 bounties. The runner-up made the most money in this event (cash earning + bounty earnings). Only the top 11 were lucky enough to earn some cash.

Thorel earned €107,290 for his first place and cased another €77,500 in bounties. The French player’s poker income is around $7.2 million, and his top five biggest cash wins are from his runner-up and third-place finishes.


Final Table Results

1 Jean-Noel Thorel France €107,290 €77,500 €184,790
2 Sergi Reixach Spain €76,260 €177,500 €253,760
3 Belarmino De Souza Brazil €49,930  — €49,930
4 Imad Derwiche France €38,420 €100,000 €138,420
5 Steve O’Dwyer Ireland €30,430 €10,000 €40,430
6 Sam Greenwood Canada €23,800 €50,000 €73,800
7 Rodrigo Selouan Brazil €18,720  — €18,720
8 Lukasz Szymon Grossmann Poland €14,630  — €14,630
9 Timothy Adams Canada €11,120  — €11,120
10 Boris Kolev Bulgaria €9,750  — €9,750
11 Hiroshi Nishiyama Japan €9,750  — €9,750



Final Table Action

Japan’s Hiroshi Nishiyama was the first victim of the final table and went home with €9,750. Next in the elimination line was WOSP bracelet winner, Boris Kolev who cased € 9,750 for his tenth position. Ten times Super High Roller Bowl ring winner, Timothy Adams finished ninth and earned €11,200. The polish player, Lukas Szymon Grossmann lost to Reixach and went home with €14,630 for eighth place. Rodrigo Selouan was also the victim of Rexiach. He got €18,720 for his seventh position. Sam Greenwood’s journey came to an end when he lost to Reixach. He earned €23,500 and €50,000 in bounties.

The Irish Poker Open main event winner, Steve O’Dwyer found himself at the risk when his J-4 suit trembled to win a four-way all-in Reixach, De Souza and Thorel. O’Dwyer won €33,430 and €10,00 in bounties. Imad Drewiche went for all in against A-K of Thorel and Reixache. He lost when the board double paired. Drewiche earned €38,420 with a six-figure bounty prize, which he earned earlier.

It all came down to three players in which Reixach had a sizable lead. His 5 (spades) 4(spades) added to his lead. Reixach decided to go all-in, which turned out to be a good decision and outran A(diamonds) A(clubs) of De Souza. A flush on the turn decided the fate of De Souza and took home €49,930 for his third place.


Reixach had a good lead in the heads up, but situations changed quickly after a chop. All the chips went in when both players had A-Q. Thorel doubled the lead when four hearts gave him a flush. The battle continued for almost an hour, and the game concluded when a 2 (Hearts) decided the fate of Reixach. He finished second for €76,260 and earned €177,500 in bounties.




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