A change of plans by Julien Perouse resulted in French driving instructor and online grinder Nicholas Dumont playing in his stead in the Euro 5,300 buy-in PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Main Event, and it turned out to be bonanza for both: Dumont won the Euro 712,000 main prize and a $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass to the Bahamas next year despite a star-studded 777-strong field of players….and he is taking Perouse with him.
Remarkably, the online player entered the competition with a track record of just $20,000 in live tournament cashes.
The six day marathon finally delivered a six-hour final table headed by Dumont that included top players like Ole Schemion, Patrick Antonius and David Peters.
Heads up, Dumont faced New Zealand player Honglin Jiang after the duo decided against a chop and squared up. Dumont immediately went on the attack with some aggressive moves that enabled him to put his final opponent away with the second placing prize of Euro 434,000.
Other final table cashes included:
Tomas Jozonis Euro 308,000
David Peters Euro 232,000
Krisztian Gyorgyi Euro 184,000
Patrik Antonius Euro 139,050
Javier Fernandez Euro 99,900
Ole Schemion Euro 68,300