Vanessa Rousso Looking for Another Big Finish

UPDATE: Yep, she wins the Euros!

by , May 3, 2009 | 5:40 am

The EPT Grand Final final table (in Monte Carlo) is under way. The contenders, their age, their countries, and their chip counts:

Dag Martin Mikkelsen (age 22, Norway) – 7,360,000
Matthew Woodward (age 26, United States) – 4,920,000
Peter Traply (age 21, Hungary) – 4,250,000
Mikhail Tulchinsky (age 43, Russia) – 3,605,000
Daniel Zink (age 24, Germany) – 2,570,000
Eric Qu (age 47, France) – 2,550,000
Alem Shah (age 51, Germany) – 1,520,000
Pieter de Korver (age 26, Netherlands) – 1,390,000

The 5-day, €10,000 main event drew 935 players (compared to 842 last year) and is paying €2.3 million to the winner. Click here to follow the action.

UPDATE: You can also watch live coverage at, which I’m listening to in French to hear Benjo do the broadcast, who I gotta say is as funny in French (which I don’t speak) as he is in English.

Meanwhile, they’re concurrently playing the final table of the €25,000 “high rollers” event (a 3-day affair) — where the winner gets €720,000 … €434,000 to 2nd place. It’s apparently been quite the action game. They lost four players in the first level. Those remaining:

Randy Dorfman (age ??, United States) – 1,200,000 2,000,000
Tony G (age 35, Lithuania) – 900,000
Vanessa Rousso (age 26, United States) – 810,000 790,000 880,000
x- 4th place – Florian Langmann (age 26, Germany) – 1,180,000 220,000

Rousso actually started the day as the chip leader. I’m following her on Twitter, actually, where she has quite the hardbody avatar with a fake shark. Semi-interesting that both Americans remaining are both from Florida.

BTW, the current exchange rate:
€1 = $1.33
$1 = €.75

So that means the main event win pays: $3.05 million
The high rollers win pays: $956,000

10 Comments to “Vanessa Rousso Looking for Another Big Finish ”

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Chip counts at 10:30am:

    Mikkelsen: 16,895,000
    Tulchinskiy: 5,885,000
    Woodward: 4,810,000
    De Korver: 365,000

    45 minutes later:

    Mikkelsen 7,940,000
    de Korver 7,760,000
    Woodward 6,685,000
    Tulchinskiy 5,575,000

  2. Kevin Mathers

    20 more minutes later, Mikkelsen out in 4th, de Korver with 15m in chips.

  3. DanM

    Wow, I stepped out for a bit to walk the dog and catch some sunlight … and look what happens. Of course not surprising for a 22-year-old with a big chip lead, right? Without even knowing his cards I can say he had no business being in those hands.

  4. Kevin Mathers

    Mikkelsen lost two flips against de Korver AIPF (A3 v KJ where de Korver flops a straight, then lost TT v AJ). The big hand was deciding to push with KT on a 6769 board, while de Korver has him drawing dead with 66 for 14m in chips.

    Dag was chip leader at the beginning of day 5 at the 2007 WSOP ME with about 110 left, he wound up in 42nd.

  5. DanM

    Rookie 4-handed collapse.

  6. Kevin Mathers

    In the High Rollers event, the 3 players remaining chopped for 420,000 Euros each to play for the rest (151,000 Euros).

  7. Kevin Mathers

    And congrats to Pieter de Korver, your 2009 EPT Grand Final Season 5 winner.

  8. Kevin Mathers

    And congrats to Vanessa Rousso who officially takes over 590,000 Euros in winning the High Roller tournament.

  9. DanM

    Pretty impressive VR win … I’m pretty sure this officially makes here a bad-ass, no?

  10. Kevin Mathers

    I’d have thought finishing 2nd at the NBC Heads-Up event would have given her that distinction.