Canada's 'Flush_Entity' Wins EPT High Roller For $562,343April 29, 2013 1:09 pm
Canada’s Griffin ‘Flush_Entity’ Benger has won the EPT Berlin High Roller, after defeating a field of 107 players on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the €429,000 ($562,343) first place prize.
With his latest victory in the German capital, the 28 year old now takes his live career earnings to $825,482, to go with the the $4,375,103 he has won playing online. Talking about what the title means to him, the recent Ivey Poker recruit said: “I dream of being on a big final table. I wake up in cold sweats thinking about it, literally…I came into the day third of seven and anything but first just wasn’t OK for me. I just had to win and things went my way.”
The €10k re-buy high roller event took place at Grand Hyatt Berlin, and attracted a whole slew of pros all vying for a slice of the €1,372,000 ($1,798,448) prize pool. The final table then saw a tough line-up, which included the likes of Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov, WSOP APAC bracelet winner Aaron Lim, WSOP bracelet winner Scott Seiver, and of course, Griffin Benger.
Aaron Lim (K-J) then proceeded to eliminate a short-stacked Martin Kabrhel (A-2) in 5th for €82,300, before Griffin Benger (A-9) did likewise to Max Lykov (A-5) in 4th (€102,900). Benger (A-J) followed up by dispatching Philippe Ktorza (K-J) to the rail in 3rd (€144,000) to take a massive chip advantage into the heads-up phase of the competition against Lim.
Under pressure from the start, Lim eventually, Lim felt compelled to shove his short-stack holding K-2, and after Griffin Benger called with Q-J, the board rolled out Q-10-A-K to make Benger the straight and hand him the title.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 – Griffin Benger €429,000
2 – Aaron Lim €240,100
3 – Philippe Ktorza €144,000
4 – Max Lykov €102,900
5 – Martin Kabrhel €82,300
6 – Joni Jouhkimainen €68,600
7 – James Mitchell €54,900
8 – Scott Seiver €41,200