Yiannis Liperis showed everyone what he is worth as he crushed the final table of the €2,200 FPS High Roller here at the 2023 PokerStars European Poker Tour presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. With seven players returning to the felt on the unanticipated third day of the event, he took care of all of them as he eliminated them one by one in a calm demeanor.
He defeated Sim Kok Wai heads-up, who started the day with a slight chip lead over Liperis, pipping him with two big blinds when they bagged last night on Day 2. Liperis retains the top spot in the Cyprus all-time money list on The Hendon Mob by increasing the gap between him and Peter Costa to almost a million dollars.
His previous biggest cash came when he finished in 13th place in the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship back in 2019 for $261,750 and finished in fourth place in this exact tournament in 2022 for €99,190.
With two starting flights taking place, the tournament attracted 1,234 entries to create a total prize pool of €2,369,280, with 182 players cashing on Day 2 for at least €3,340. This meant another record-breaking event for PokerStars, as it stood at 918 previously.
€2,200 FPS High Roller Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|2||Sim Kok Wai||Malaysia||€254,350||$279,861|
A Liperis Masterclass
Liperis was the most experienced player at the final table, and he proved his skills as he took out every player who turned up today to play the tournament down to a winner. In the first hand of the day, he shoved from the cutoff to put pressure on the rest, and Paolo Boi took the bait by making the call with his pocket fours. Liperis held the ace-eight, flopped a higher pair, turned two pair, and improved to an even higher two pair on the river to signal the start of his run.
Thirty minutes later, he called the shove of Walter Ripper with ace-nine and turned the pair of nines even though he was ahead anyways against Ripper’s ace-four. On the next hand, his king-four bested the pocket sevens of Marco Regonaschi when he flopped two pair.
But it didn’t all go his way as Weiran Pu managed to double up once through Liperis with pocket kings before giving some of his chips away to Candido Cappiello. He then lost another chunk to Liperis when he called on a very draw-heavy board and mucked when he saw Liperis had turned a straight. He lost his final ten big blinds to the Cypriot when his king-six couldn’t beat the pocket treys of Liperis.
With three players left, the level duration was reduced to 20 minutes each. Wai had been pretty quiet up till then, slowly blinding down but doubled up through Liperis once and then through Cappiello to leave the latter short. Cappiello managed to double up through Liperis too but eventually lost it all to him anyways when his king-deuce failed to beat the ace-six of Liperis.
Liperis went into the heads-up match with a 4:1 chip lead and never really looked back. Wai doubled up for his last nine big blinds with the higher kicker but then lost a big part of his stack when he made the wrong call as Liperis showed a turned pair of nines.
He doubled one more with his last five big blinds with a flopped pair of fives. But unfortunately for him, in the final hand of the day, his shove with queen-deuce couldn’t beat the suited ten-nine of Liperis, who flopped a pair of tens to the delight of his rail.
Several group pictures were taken with the gang before they all joined him for a small celebration and debrief before continuing their grinds in the other tournaments.
This concludes the PokerNews coverage of this event but stick around to read all the exciting updates from the Main Event and Super High Roller.