In a thrilling twist of events, Hong Kong’s Quan Zhou emerged as the champion of the $3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty at the PokerStars European Poker Tour in Northern Cyprus. Taking place at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel Casino & Spa, the event saw a total of 981 entrants, generating a prize pool of over $2.6 million.
Zhou’s path to victory wasn’t an easy one. After 27 levels of play spread across two days, only 18 players returned to the felt for their shot at EPT glory and the first-place prize of $298,496. After another ten levels, it was Zhou who claimed the silver PokerStars spadie trophy and became the EPT Cyprus Mystery Bounty champion.
But this wasn’t Zhou’s only moment under the spotlight this week. Earlier on, he had a close call when he came sixth in the $50,000 EPT Super High Roller on Sunday, earning him $156,200. For his second final table appearance of the series, he stepped up his game – and his wardrobe – arriving in an all-white suit and shades.
The excitement didn’t end there though. Day 2 introduced Mystery Bounties into play. Each eliminated player earned their opponent a token that could pull a mystery bounty. Francesco Blasio became the first player to claim a whopping $75,000 bounty. This was followed by Georgios Vrakas who pulled the second $75,000 bounty five levels later.
Day 3 saw finalist Manuel Fischer becoming the last player to claim a $25,000 bounty with help from his tablemate Dumitru Pora. After several intense rounds and eliminations, it was down to Zhou and Walid Bou Habib in a fierce heads-up battle.
The two initially decided to split the money evenly and leave $25,000 and the trophy to play for. However, after numerous lead changes and Habib’s urgency to register for the upcoming high roller, the deal was revised. In a surprising turn of events, Habib agreed to give his chips to Zhou hand-by-hand until he had none left, leaving Zhou as the champion and trophy holder.
The thrilling PokerStars EPT Cyprus event has come to a close, but poker enthusiasts will be eagerly awaiting the next rounds of excitement in the Main Event and other key events as the series concludes over this weekend.