The Third Rail: Timothy Adams Wins The €25k Single-Day High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo

Before January, you had to go back to May 2017 to find a Hendon Mob entry with the name ‘Timothy Adams’ etched into the top spot. Of course, this doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been on top form – that’s not how this beautiful game works. It does mean that the Canadian has seen nothing but tombstones these past two years. 

The run has ended.

Timothy Adams
Timothy Adams

Adams registered his third win of 2019 after winning the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller at the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) in Monte Carlo. It follows victories in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $50,000 for $372,508, and a personal best score in the HKD 2,000,000 Triton Poker Series Jeju Main Event for $3.5m. 

Let’s take a look at how he did it, from the final table down. 

Kazuhiko Yotsushika eliminated Chan Wai Leong in eight place. With blinds at 10,000/25,000/25,000, the man from Japan opened to 55,000 and then called when Leong shoved for 12 big blinds. Leong was in good shape when it turned out his pocket eights were up against the Ks7s of his opponent, only for Yotsushika to suffocate him hitting runner-runner spades to eliminate the man from Malaysia with a flush. 

Charlie Carrel was making his third final table of the series, and it was the man from the UK who was responsible for hacking the final table down to six players, calling a 26 big blind shove from Ali Reza Fatehi with pocket queens. The Iranian tabled AcJs, and unlike Yotsushika before him, failed to improve on either flop, turn or river.

Carrel made it a one-two after eliminating final table perennial, Isaac Haxton, after opening the button and then calling a 21 big blind shove holding AcTc. Haxton turned up with Js8s, and despite flopping a pair of eights and a flush draw, the turn and river provided nothing but a big freeze. 

That hand sent Carrel to the summit of the chip counts like a missile, and after his QJo flopped a pair of queens to send Alex Foxen’s pocket nines to the rail in fifth place, it looked for all the world that he would last longer than his fourth-place finish in the €10,300, and sixth place finish in the €100k. 

It wasn’t to be.

Timothy Adams won back-to-back hands against Carrel, knocking the Englishman down to 15 big blinds, and Adams swallowed them whole, calling a shove holding pocket sevens to beat A2. As in the €10k, Carrel would have to settle for a fourth-place finish.

With Adams taking control, Sean Winter laddered up nicely after the elimination of Yotsushika. Firstly, Winter doubled through the man when AK beat KQ, but his heads-up encounter with Adams would begin with the Canadian standing on top of a Game of Thrones sized wall after Adams eliminated Yotsushika when 9s7s beat KsTh after flopping a seven.


Timothy Adams – 7,900,000

Sean Winter – 400,000

Winter needed something to happen quickly, and it did, doubling up three times in succession. Despite these victories, Winter still trailed Adams by 6m v 2.3m. Then in the first few hands of Level 21, it was all over, when the pair got it in with Adams holding Ks5s, Winter holding pocket sevens, and Adams flopped and turned trip fives to win the competition.

Here are the final table results.

Final Table Results.

  1. Timothy Adams – €548,030
  2. Sean Winter – €389,600
  3. Kazuhiko Yotsushika – €255,080
  4. Charlie Carrel – €196,290
  5. Alex Foxen – €155,440
  6. Isaac Haxton – €121,560
  7. Ali Reza Fatehi – €95,660
  8. Chan Wai Leong – €74,730