Millions in Prizes Are Handed Out at the European Poker Tour

Adrian Mateos celebrating European Poker Tour win
The first week of May is nearly over. In just six short days, millions of dollars have already been awarded in poker tournaments across the globe. With so many tours going on at once, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. But fear not, we will break down all the biggest poker wins of the week in this week’s poker update.

Major poker wins are not the only news of note this week. Multiple poker events will be starting up in the coming weeks. We will take a look at two of the biggest poker events and more. Read on to learn more about all the breaking poker news from the last week. Also, try your hand at the live poker games at one of the best online poker sites.

PokerGO Announces Streaming Schedule for WSOP

There are a few announcements to cover before we break down the major poker wins of the past week. First, we start with the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Earlier this week, PokerGO announced the streaming schedule of the 2022 WSOP bracelet events. The schedule included a total of 21 events.

The 2022 WSOP is less than a month away. This year marks the 53rd WSOP tournament. For the first time in 17 years, the event will not be taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Instead, it will move to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas casinos on the Strip.

PokerGO will provide poker fans with a way to watch all the biggest WSOP events. It all starts in June with the $100,000 buy-in high roller bounty event kicking off the first week. The WSOP will continue until the Tournament of Champions at the end of July.

To watch the action live, you will need a PokerGO account. Once you are set up, you can access the WSOP live streams on your desktop or mobile device. You have to pay for a PokerGO membership, but it is well worth it. You will be able to access all the action from the WSOP and more once you are a member.

Global Poker’s Rattlesnake Open Returns Next Week

The WSOP is not the only tournament that will be starting soon. Global Poker’s Rattlesnake Open officially returns to action next week. It will be the fifth tournament in the history of the event. The Rattlesnake Open is an online poker tournament with tons of prizes available.

Players who qualify for the Rattlesnake Open will receive either Gold Coin (GC) or Sweep Coin (SC) bonuses. Also, Global Poker is offering a total of SC 1.9 million and GC 878 million in prizes. The Rattlesnake Open is part of the Global Poker Championships. That means that winners can earn points toward top prizes.

The Rattlesnake Open will feature a total of 230 online poker events. In addition to SC and GC prizes, the winners of each event will also get a Rattlesnake Open trophy. Additional merchandise from Global Poker, such as hats and shirts, will be awarded to players based on their performance.

It all starts on Monday, May 9th. The tournament will last for three weeks and conclude on May 30th. This weekend and throughout the tournament, Global Poker is giving out random freerolls to players as well. These pop-up events start tomorrow and will happen on six different days between now and the end of the month.

Munroe Wins WSOPC Main Event

The WSOP main tour starts next month. However, the poker brand hosts many other events throughout the year. The WSOP Circuit just wrapped up an event in Mississippi this week. The main event at the Horseshoe Tunica casino was won by Gavin Munroe.

Munroe, a native of Mississippi, had to beat out a field of 536 competitors to take home the first-place prize. For his efforts, Munroe earned $158,424. It was the biggest cash win of his career. Munroe also earned his third WSOP ring for taking the top spot. The buy-in for the Main Event was set at $1,700.

Entering the final day of the Main Event, Munroe was a heavy favorite to win. He had the largest chip count by far of any of the six players left. In fact, Munroe’s total count was more than one-third of the total chips left in play. The multi-time WSOP ring winner made short work of the remaining players to claim victory. In addition to the money, Munroe earned 840 Player of the Year points.

Munroe was dominant at the final table, but he is not the only player to take home a prize. Lance Goodman, who finished in second place, earned over $97,000 and got 700 POY points. All the players who made it to the final nine spots got cash and POY points for their efforts.

Canadian Poker Player Wins €50,000 High Roller Event

The European Poker Tour has also handed out major cash prizes recently. The EPT Monte Carlo hosted multiple high roller events in the last week. First, let’s start with Pascal Lefrancois who won the €50,000 High Roller event.

With a buy-in that high, the field size was limited. However, 34 players were willing and able to pay the price for entry. At the end of the tournament, Lefrancois stood tall and won the top prize of €505, 774. That is more than $531,000. It was the fourth-largest cash of the Canadian’s career so far.

Lefrancois is no stranger to winning high roller events. He has won multiplier high roller events throughout his career. With his most recent win, his career earnings surpassed $6 million. Lefrancois was also awarded 408 POY points for his first-place finish. The Canadian was not the only player who had a strong performance at the tournament.

Seth Davies also had a strong showing at the EPT high roller event. Davies made it to the final two along with Lefrancois. The two poker pros came to an agreement that gave LeFrancois the win and the tournament trophy. Meanwhile, Davies took home over $464,000 and won 340 POY points.

Spanish Poker Pro Wins Super High Roller Event

Lefrancois was not the only major winner at the EPT Monte Carlo event. Adrian Mateos, a poker pro from Spain, won the €100,000 Super High Roller event. Mateos defeated a field of 42 players to claim the €1,385,430 grand prize. His winnings are worth nearly $1.5 million.

Mateos has become one of the best high rollers in less than a decade. The 27-year-old has earned nearly $28 million so far in his pro poker career. The EPT Monte Carlo has been one of his best events. Mateos won the Main Event in 2015. He also won the CardPlayer POY award in 2017.

Entering the final day, Mateos was one of six players left in the tournament. It was Mateos’ third final table of the year so far. Mateos was the favorite at the final table after he entered the lead in chips. All six players at the final table were guaranteed to take home a cash prize.

The final table came down to Mateos and Marius Gierse. At the start of the head-t0-head battle, Mateos had nearly a 10 million ship lead over Gierse. After an admirable effort, Gierse was eventually eliminated. He secured over $1 million in cash and 500 POY points for finishing as the runner-up.

Finalists Named for European Poker Tour Main Event

The EPT will be coming to an end soon. Day 2 of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event is taking place today. The Main Event table will be taking place at the same time as the €25,000 high roller event. Yesterday, the field for the Main Event final table was narrowed down to 16 players.

Entering the table, Morten Hvam of Denmark will be the chip leader. Hvam has had a rollercoaster of a chowing so far, but he appears to be on the upswing now. Spain’s Ramon Colillas and France’s Hugo Pingray round out the top three chip leaders.

The €25,000 High Roller final table will also feature some of the biggest names in poker. Irelands’ Steve O’Dwyer and the UK’s Stephen Chidwick are both in the top-10 finalists. Germany’s Sirzat Hissou is at the top of the chip leader board heading into Day 2.

Whether you want regular buy-ins or high roller events, the EPT has had it all. The tournament made its return this year after a three-year hiatus. With the success of the 2022 tournament, it appears the EPT will be able to rebound from the pandemic. You can catch the remaining EPT action on PokerStars’ channel on Twitch.


April has ended but the high-stakes poker action has continued. So far, multiple poker pros have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash winnings. The Rattlesnake Open and the WSOP offer even more chances to hit it big in the coming weeks. Check back next Friday for another weekly poker update. For poker on the go, check out our list of the best mobile poker apps.