Two of the largest events of the 2022 European Poker Tour Monte Carlo series sw their final tables play out on the same day. While Marcelo Simoes Mesqueu was making history as the first Brazilian EPT main event champion ever crowned, the €25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event was also playing down to a champion. The tournament attached a sizable field of 179 entries to create a prize pool equivalent to more than $4.5 million when reckoned in US dollars.
After three days of high-stakes action, Italy’s Gianluca Speranza emerged victorious with the title and the top payout of €853,000 ($895,650 USD). This was the largest payday of his career, surpassing the $804,578 he earned as the runner-up finisher in the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe main event. Speranza now has more than $4.4 million in career cashes to his name.
A deal was struck just before heads-up play began that awarded €813,000 to Speranza and €703,990 to Lopes, leaving €40,000 to play for along with the EPT championship trophy. The final two played for nearly 90 minutes, but the big moment came when Speranza called a shove from Lopes and turned over a flush to claim victory.