PokerStars have been very active in the past twelve months when it comes to poker offerings and providing the field with exciting championships. The latest poker tournament which attracted the attention of enthusiasts from all corners of the world was the €25,500 No-Limit Hold’em 8 Handed High Roller event at the PokerStars Championship which is currently taking place in Prague, Czech Republic. The first of two Single-Day High Rollers just finished and the big winner who managed to defeat all opponents was Albert Daher from Lebanon who received a generous payday amounting to €386,000.
Daher managed to beat as many as 50 entries in the poker tournament which might not seem like a big feat, but among them were famous poker pros to the likings of Dominik Nitsche, Ivan Luca, Bryn Kenney, and Stephen Chidwick. Unfortunately, neither of them made it to the final table, as all of them busted sometime through the day. The trophy was patiently awaiting its new owner and luckily, Daher was determined enough to take it home. The first-place prize is also his biggest live tournament cash so far in his career, which made the day even more special.
The generous nature of the payouts was guaranteed by the large total prize pool which reached €1,225,000. As for the players who could not make it to the final table, the recent winner of the €50,000 Super High Roller Timothy Adams was the first to pick the short straw and go home. Sam Greenwood was the player who made it very close, but not close enough to the final table. He bubbled right before it and was sent home by WSOP Champion Ryan Riess. From then on the seven lucky players who received a payout from the High Roller were in for the final table and a rapid fire of action.
Final Table Action
Polish player Bartolomiej Machon finished seventh and received a total of €64,300 from the tournament after he busted against Mikalai Vaskaboinikau. Following him closely was Rocco Palumbo from Italy who could not make it against the big winner and had to leave with only €79,600 in cash. The fifth position was reserved for Oleksii Khoroshenin from Ukraine who pocketed some €104,000 for his deep run in the event. He is an EPT Vienna champion, but he could not withstand Adrian Mateos’ kings and had to leave early. Mateos’ happiness was short, however, since he was the next one to go with only €134,800 on his name.
From then on the three left players decided to make a three-handed deal since all of them were rather tired of the long day of play. After some negotiating and arrangements all players received a fair share of what was left of the prize pool and Daher was the big winner, since he was the chip leader among them. The next such event will be the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller which is scheduled to commence in about two days.