Byron Kaverman Triumphs At EPT Malta High Roller For €430,800November 3, 2015 12:13 pm
Byron Kaverman has been having one heck of a year, which is why he has occupied the Global Poker Index (GPI) top spot for around six weeks now. Even before the EPT Malta €10,300 High Roller got underway, the US pro had amassed $2,996,082 in earnings so far in 2015, including winning the Aria High Roller VI for $282,948, the Aria High Roller VII for $243,240, and the WSOP $10,000 Six Handed Championship for $657,351.
Now, Kaverman has done it once more, this time by taking down the €10,300 High Roller in Malta for €430,800 ($475,355). On his way to victory, Kaverman had to first overcome a field of 210 entries over three days to claim the tournament’s top prize, and add the EPT title to his impressive resume.
The EPT High Roller featured a prize pool worth €2,100,000, and amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was Jason Mercier in 30th (€17,930), Bertrand Grospellier in 21st (€22,000), David Peters in 16th (€27,090), Martin Finger in 11th (€37,280), and Dominik Nitsche in 9th (€44,000).
The final table was also stacked with big name pros, and after Kevin MacPhee bowed out in 8th (€53,150), Bryn Kenney in 7th (€72,730), Robert Romanello in 6th (€99,620), the heads-up phase was eventually reached with Byron Kaverman squaring off against WSOPC winner Mukul Pahuja for the title.
As the final battle got underway, Pahuja had more than four times the chips of his opponent, but Kaverman was soon able to reverse positions, before the final hand was played with Kaverman moving all-in preflop with pocket fives. Pahuja made the call with A-4, and with no cards subsequently coming to his rescue, Pahuja had to settle for a runner-up finish worth €290,100, while Byron Kaverman added a further accolade to his already impressive 2015.
Final Table Results:
1 Byron Kaverman €430,800
2 Mukul Pahuja €290,100
3 ikalai Vaskaboinikau €204,500
4 Ihar Soika €165,800
5 Vladimir Dobrovolskiy €131,180
6 Robert Romanello €99,620
7 Bryn Kenney €72,730
8 Kevin MacPhee €53,150