22 Year old wins the Biggest Poker Tournament in Europe
23 April 2008
It is nice to hear of people winning these huge tournaments. It is even better to see someone so young becoming and instant millionaire. And this is what this young man did! On April 18th Glen Chorny did just that. WTG Glen!!
PRNewswire, London, April 18. MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Glen Chorny, a 22-year-old business student from Ontario, Canada, won the biggest poker tournament ever held in Europe when he took down the EUR10,000 PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Grand Final for a first prize of over EUR2 million ($3 million).
After only two hands against Hungarian Denes Kalo, Chorny – who won his
seat online with PokerStars – took the EPT Champion title with A5 against
KQ when his Ace paired on the flop. For 31-year-old stockbroker Kalo, who
won EUR1,179,000, it was the second time this season that he has been an
EPT runner-up: he came 2nd at EPT Baden last October.
Chorny’s triumph came only three months after he took 13th place at the
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for US$80k. He said: “It was tough out
there, like a hard day at the office. Only the rewards are a lot better.”
The EPT Grand Final attracted a record field of 842 players creating a
total prize pool of over EUR8.4 million (US$12m): the richest prize pool in
the world for a poker tournament this year.
Canadian Max Villemure, 19, from Montreal, finished 3rd. Isaac
“westmenloAA” Baron – Cardplayer’s Online Player of the Year in 2007 – came
4th. Italian Luca Pagano, a Team PokerStars Pro, registered record ninth
EPT cash after finishing 6th.
Among the other star names in Monte Carlo this week were Antonio “The
Magician” Esfandiari (who came 8th for EUR168k), Patrick Antonius, Phil
Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Freddy Deeb, Roland de Wolfe and Gus Hansen as well
as almost all the Team PokerStars Pros including Daniel Negreanu, Joe
Hachem (11th for EUR101,000), Greg Raymer, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Rousso
and Lee Nelson.
Season 4 has taken in 11 amazing destinations including new events in
Prague in the Czech Republic (555 players) and San Remo in Italy (701
players). The season has seen player numbers and prize pools soar, and also
the number of nationalities taking part – 48 in Monte Carlo, more than 70
during the season as a whole.
The total prize money for season 4 of the EPT was over EUR38m, double
the total for Season 3.
All the Poker Pros and the ones who love to play in tournaments can see anything is possible. If this young man can do it, so can you! Never give up, and never say I can’t do it! You never know!