Tuesday, May 1,2012 : AMERICAN VICTORY IN EUROPEAN POKER TOUR GRAND FINAL
Mohsin Charania bests an entry field of 665
After five days and a heads up against strongly supported French pro Lucille Cailly, US poker pro Mohsin Charania emerged as the winner of the Pokerstars European Poker Tour Grand Final main event this week, taking home Euro 1,350,000 after a two-way chop with the runner-up that left a worthwhile Euro 200,000 on the table for the winner.
Cailly's outstanding performance has been lauded as the best female finish in the popular annual tournament so far.
The two players were part of a final table that had been whittled down from 665 entries for the event and comprised mainly internet players: Moshin Charania, Lucille Cailly, Bernard Guigon, Sergio Castelluccio, Rodrigo Caprioli, Michael Dietrich, Clayton Mozdzen and Daniel Gomez.
The rewards were generous – even the first man eliminated from the table, Daniel Gomez, collected a pay-day of Euro 130,000, whilst for both winner and runner up (29-year-old Paris professional player Cailly took home Euro1,050,000) their pay-outs represented career bests to date.
Bernard Guigon held the chip lead as final table action commenced, with Charania further down the chip-counts and the action slow and cautious, but the table soon became lively, and when Guigon was busted out in third place the heads up was set. It turned out to be a short affair of just five hands, with Charania dominating.