Seat 1: Stefano Terziani, 32, Italy, PokerStars qualifier, 7,565,000
Stefano Terziani hails from Florence’s suburb Scandicci and has experienced the live event final table atmosphere several times before. The 32-year-old’s best result dates back to August 2012 when Terziani finished second in the IPT4 Campione Main Event, banking $131,646. He also has a WSOP final table appearance under his belt and couple more top ten finishes in EPT side events. The Italian has amassed nearly $300k in live tournament winnings so far.
Seat 2: Stephane Dossetto, 28, Paris, France, Live satellite winner, 9,525,000
A regular in Parisian poker circles, Stéphane mainly play live poker tournaments. He won the FPS3 High Roller at Cadet for a prize of €65,000 back in November 2013, the young entrepreneur’s best performance to date. Stéphane qualified for FPS Monaco in a live satellite at the Monte Carlo Bay Casino. He’s great friends with fellow finalists Romain Matteoli and Julian Fernandez and hopes to share the podium with his pals . “My last name means Two Seven and it was a pair of 7s that got me into this tournament”, says Stéphane, who feels very optimistic about the final.
Seat 3: Niall “firaldo87” Farrell, 28, Glasgow, UK, PokerStars player, 9,165,000
Arguably the biggest star on the final table is 28-year-old Niall Farrell. He became a poker pro after graduating with a law degree from Dumfries University. The Glaswegian belongs to the group of EPT champions, winning his title back in October after taking down the EPT12 Malta Main Event for €534,330. He’s closing on a $2m mark in live tournament winnings and is second to David Vamplew on Scotland’s all-time money list. Farrell is also well-known online, playing as “firaldo87” on PokerStars. His online accolades include a FTOPS Main Event title worth $236,232.
Seat 4: Julian Fernandez, 25, Toulon, France, 3,200,000
Seasonal fruit and vegetable trader Julian Fernandez discovered poker with his father and his friends while still a teenager but the 25-year-old from Toulon doesn’t have much time for his hobby, and has never played online. “I don’t play very often but this is a week of fun and a chance to see friends, play poker and enjoy myself,” he said, before explaining that his mates are fellow finalists Romain Matteoli “I’ve known him for five or years” and Stéphane Dossetto, “a childhood friend I’ve known for 15 years.” Julian had played the FPS Monaco Main Event last year but failed to cash. This time he is aiming for a top five finish.
Seat 5: Jean-Baptiste Bertrand, 29, Montpellier, France, 1,105,000
A DJ by profession, Jean-Baptiste Bertrand has been playing poker for five years, mainly online where he plays tournaments between €10 and € 100 on PokerStars.fr. His results there include winning a Night on Stars and a Daily Fifty, Bertrand bought in direct for the FPS Monaco Main Event, his second France Poker Series appearance after competing at FPS Cannes last year. However he’s doing way better this time; he didn’t manage to get past the fourth level in Cannes.
Down to just 26k at the end of Day 1, Bertrand had a dream Day 2 – and a little bit of luck – when he went all in with AJ against 87 on a J87 flop and found two runner-runner kings to win the hand and end the day among the chip leaders. A huge fan already of PokerStars Live, Bertrand has identified his main rival on the final table – Niall Farrell – who he watched during the live stream from EPT Malta. With the motto “Do not jump,” Bertrand hopes to pull off a good performance tomorrow as well as enjoy life and have fun. “That’s what will make me happy”, he said.
Seat 6: Miguel Silva, 27, Portugal, PokerStars player, 1,260,000
Portuguese player Miguel Silva is set to earn the biggest cash of his live poker career today. His best result before reaching the final of teh FPS Monaco Main Event was third in the EPT12 Prague €1k Turbo Bounty for €20,380. That contributed to the $133k he’s racked up to date in live tournament winnings; he currently sits in 48th place on Portugal’s all-time money list. Silva also made two final tables at EPT12 Dublin back in March, earning over €18k combined. However, thiis is the 27-year-old’s first major final table.