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Big winners of the week Mesqueu makes history in Monte Carlo

by KZ Poker

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One of the brightest EPTs in poker ended last week with two players taking home a little less than a million dollars each, which, in a place like Monte Carlo, is enough to cover a night of celebrations. Vladimir Grechnikov and Shawn Morales also got into the poker spot and got the best pay days of their career. Finally, when you do some awesome performances from other parts of Europe, as well as a written victory to the stars, and you have another collection worthy of champions. So, without further ado, here are the big winners of CardsChat Week which ends on May 8th.

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Marcelo Mesqueu

Main event of the EPT Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo Casino

€ 939,840
($ 989,790)

Mesqueu may not be known outside the local tournament circuit in Brazil, but he made a big impression on Monte Carlo’s millionaire court. The 55-year-old recreational player only had a six-digit score on his resume prior to the € 5,300 ($ 5,580) EPT main event. However, after making his way through a field of 1,073 participants as a professional, he made history at the final table on Saturday. Starting the session second in chips, Mesqueu had the rail by his side as he beat everyone before him to become the first Brazilian EPT champion.

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Gianluca Speranza

EPT Monte Carlo High Roller
Monte Carlo Casino

€ 853,000
($ 898,383)

Online poker fans will know Speranza as the man who won consecutive SCOOP titles in 2019. With the top three finishers at the Partypoker Million and WPT tournaments, as well as at the 2017 WSOPE main event, he has been at the top. of a direct. title for a while. The Italian finally crossed the line first on Sunday in the EPT Monte Carlo of € 25,000 ($ 26,300). 179 players took part, but only one was able to claim the title. Finally, Speranza picked up his first major trophy and a higher payday in his career after cutting a deal and beating Bruno Lopes head on.

(Image: Twitter / Partypokerlive)

Waheed Ashraf

The main event of the UK Partypoker Championship
Sunset to Alba

£ 66,271
($ 81,588)

Dusk Till Dawn’s regular Ashraf, also known as Wadey, set the second highest score of his career on Monday by winning the £ 560 ($ 690) main event in Nottingham. Ashraf was already one of the best tournament players in the popular poker room. However, after beating a field of 1,044, he consolidated his place among the top five winners. Not only that, he picked up a Partypoker Live trophy for his fireplace.

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Vladimir Grechnikov

RunGood Poker Series main event Coconut Creek
Seminole Casino, Florida

$ 80,268

Grechnikov may have Eastern European nuances to his legacy, but he was born in New Jersey and played as an American Allstar in the latest $ 1,100 main RunGood event. Grechnikov was one of 608 players to appear in Florida. With a best career prize of $ 16,153 before the event, winning was a bit of a dream come true for the recreational player. However, as we’ve seen in poker before, dreams can come true, and after a four-way deal, Grechnikov won his first live title and his best payday.

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Nijo 2008

$ ZTO $ Main event
King’s Resort, Rozvadov, Czech Republic

€ 45,700 + € 10,350 Seat for the main WSOPE event
($ 48,136 + $ 10,900 WSOPE Main Event Seat)

A German player who wanted to remain nameless (but not faceless) became the last champion of the $ ZTO $ tour on Monday. Nijo 2008 may be keeping its name out of focus, but it can’t hide the fact that it has € 45,700 ($ 48,136) better after beating 1,350 participants in the € 230 main event ($ 240). Where this occupies the list of achievements of the illusory player is how, his real name, unknown. However, with a free seat at the main event of the WSOPE 2022 also being part of its awards package, we will definitely see Nijo 2008 in the spotlight again.

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Shawn Morales

Unibet European Deepstack Championship
Dublin Poker Festival
Hotel Bonnington

€ 38,915
($ 40,983)

Morales took the biggest victory of his career on Sunday after eliminating the € 570 ($ 600) Deepstack final in Dublin. The Unibet-sponsored event drew players from all over Europe, including a wealth of local talent. However, when the chips had settled in and the final players had fallen, the Englishman Morales was the only one to stand up with a smile on his face and a trophy in his hand.

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Jake Poling

“The Bear” event at the California State Poker Championship
Trade casino

$ 35,135

The 2022 California State Poker Championship is in full swing and the first major event in the series closed on Saturday. As always, the masses were in force, which tipped the prize over $ 234,000 thanks to a total of 1,174 participants. In the end, Poling won the $ 250 purchase event, taking home a five-digit score after a care deal. Regular locals Paul Lui, Anthony Devone and Mark Leblanc also made it to the final table, but it was Poling’s turn to roar.

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Wilhelmine Connolly

Senior Irish Championship
Dublin Poker Festival
Hotel Bonnington

€ 6,113
($ 6,437)

There was an air of destiny in the recent senior championship thanks to Connolly. The Irish professional made her way through a field of 187 participants in the € 230 ($ 240) event last Monday to win a healthy payday. However, what really makes his victory special is the fact that he was able to lift a winning trophy named after his mother and former Irish champion, Jenny Hegarty.

Daniel Smyth, Bob Pajich, Kevin Taylor and Chris Wallace contributed to this report. Do you know a great winner we lost? [email protected]

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