The PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €50k Super High Roller attracted 30 entries who made a 41 total entries. At the end of the day, Colorado-born Steve O'Dwyer remained the last man standing, walking away with €676,300 for the one-day effort.
O'Dwyer has been one of the most prolific players in PokerStars sponsored nosebleeds events and especially the single-day high rollers seem to be his forte. He'd previously notched two titles in the PCA $50k events before completing his hat-trick here in Monaco.
"Luckily, I ran really hot all in. Made some good reads... and probably some bad plays. That's poker," O'Dwyer said.
The turbo structure of the event made the action fast-paced right off the bat and the tempo even increased after the late registration closed at the start of the ninth level.
The field then quickly dropped from last 17 players down to a nine-handed final table with Patrik Antonius and Stephen Chidwick maneuvering the shortest stacks. Neither of them was able to spin up and they bowed out in ninth and eighth place, respectively, bringing the tournament to the stone bubble.
The high buy-in itself made that critical moment of the tournament special but the bubble was even emphasized by the fact that the minimum cash was worth almost three buy-ins.
Eventually, Sam Greenwood was the last player to leave the tournament empty-handed after losing a coin flip against Nick Petrangelo.
Greenwood failed to cash the €50k event but he already has a major feather in his cap from this festival, having won the €100k Super High Roller for €1,520,000. You can download the Electronic Press Kit from his victorious run here.
Rainer Kempe finished in sixth place for a €139,200 payday and Daniel Dvoress followed him to the rail in fifth, banking €179,000.
The four-handed play carried on for a fairly long period with the stacks getting shallow. The chips were flying all across the table but all all-ins favoured the shorter stacks until Justin Bonomo ran with king-eight into king-queen of O'Dwyer. A queen on the board confirmed O'Dwyer's win and Bonomo departed with a €228,700 fourth-place prize.
Steffen Sontheimer was next to leave the table, calling off his short stack with a slightly better hand but Petrangelo got the better of the board and knocked Sontheimer out in third place for €298,300.
Petrangelo was a three-to-two chip-favourite before the heads-up kicked off but it was all scratched after O'Dwyer caught his rival bluffing in a giant pot, earning a muck from Petrangelo. O'Dwyer claimed the rest of his opponent's chips shortly thereafter, leaving Petrangelo with the €467,410 second prize.
"That was one of the most absurd final tables I've ever played," O'Dwyer said before adding: "You just have to be on your toes. "Dynamics change so fast. If you have the chips, you get to be the bully, and if you don't you have to figure who else is the bully and adjust."
EPT Monte Carlo €50k NLH Single Re-Entry results:
1st - Steve O'Dwyer, Ireland, €676,300
2nd - Nick Petrangelo, USA, €467,410
3rd - Steffen Sontheimer, Germany, €298,300
4th - Justin Bonomo, USA, €228,700
5th - Daniel Dvoress, Canada, €179,000
6th - Rainer Kempe, Germany, €139,200