Tonkaaaa (finally!) secures first live event title in €5k Luxon Pay High Roller

Congrats to PokerStars Team Pro Parker “tonkaaaa” Talbot for navigating through a field of 111 entries in front of a massive rail to win the two-day €5,000 Luxon Pay High Roller 8-Max for €134,279.

Despite having more than $1.6 million in live tournament cashes, Talbot – remarkably – had never won a live event and was royally ribbed about this by his fellow PokerStars ambassadors and high-stakes poker mates.

Talbot came into last night’s final table as one of the short stacks but witnessed both smaller stacks and bigger stacks hit the rail until he faced off against super satellite qualifier Fergal O’Cathan heads-up. At that point, he was facing a large chip deficit but he won an early flip which gave him the momentum and took him through to his first live poker title.

O’Cathan only had $10,000 in live tournament cashes to his name before yesterday but, after a heater in the cash games on Tuesday evening, decided to join the €1,150 High Roller satellite on a whim.

A total of 111 players entered the event generating a total prize pool of €514,069. O’Cathan got €86,635 for his runner-up finish while EPT Prague champion Padraig O’Neill was third for €61,885. Bert @girafganger7 Stevens, who won the biggest WSOP Online Main Event ever last October for $2.7 million, was sixth for €28,165.

Among the 15 players who also cashed in the elite event were Keith Johnson, Conor Beresford and Ankit Ahuja.

Read the full report here.