As you have likely seen if you’re keeping up with EPT Dublin action via social media, there have been some pretty high-profile side-event winners already so far this week.
In addition to Mustapha Kanit and Charlie Carrel triumphing in the €25,000 and €10,000 High Roller events, players including Dominik Nitsche, Jeff Madsen, Sam Chartier and Jason Tompkins have also found themselves hoisting trophies aloft.
Let’s start this quick side-event round up with a look at the latter. Tompkins is perhaps best known to EPT watchers as the fifth-placed finisher at EPT Sanremo, the year Ludovic Lacay took first prize. But he has long been known on the Irish poker scene and also has a World Series final table to his name, plus a visit to a UKIPT final here in Dublin.
It was appropriate that Tompkins prevailed in the PokerStars Dublin Cup: an Ireland native taking the prestigious crown. He had to beat 673 players to do so and took €27,400 after a deal also involving Alexandre Viard and Daniel Portiansky, who took €24,300 apiece.
They are startling paydays for a tournament with a €330 buy-in.
Chartier began this festival playing in the highest buy-in event of the week and although that was a whiff, he picked up €43,220 on Monday night in the €2,000 Turbo, and had many of his High Roller compadres for company right to the death.
Keith Johnson, fresh from the final table in the €25,000 event, finished second, while Adrian Mateos and Mohsin Charania were also at the final, busting eighth and ninth respectively.
Back now to Nitsche. The German globetrotter has most recently made Edinburgh his home, so in a sense this festival is about as close as they come. And he’s doing all right too: on Monday he finished second to Carrel in the €10,000 single-day high roller, but came to that final fresh from victory in the €2,000 UKIPT High Roller.
That’s always an exceptionally popular event, and it was no different here in Dublin. There were 416 runners and Nitsche won €156,160 for first. Tom Hall (€98,460) was secong and Daragh Davey, another local player and last season’s UKIPT leader board champion, was fifth (€43,990).
Madsen, then. The three-time World Series bracelet winner only visits the European Poker Tour every now and then and, until this past weekend, had never won a tournament outside of North America.
That all changed when he played the €500 quadruple stud event and he was the best from the 28 runners. It won him €4,840 but, more than that, gave him his first EPT trophy.
Other high-profile winners so far this week include Felix Stephensen, a former World Series Main Event runner up, who beat Sylvain Loosli, another former November Niner, in the €5,000 PLO on Tuesday night. Stephensen won €33,950.
Jan Bendik won the €500 HORSE on the festival’s opening night, the same time that Joao Vieira won the first €5,000 Turbo of the festival. Portugal–Vieira’s home country–started brilliantly here in Dublin and, in the €500 NL Hyper Turbo the same weekend, finished in gold, silver and bronze place.
David Abreu won, Fernado Brito came second and Hugo Andrade was third, for €7,640, €5,515 and €3,515 respectively.
All the winners so far are on the side-event results page.