Kalidou Sow Wins 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event for $795,305

Frenchman Kalidou Sow defeated a huge field of 855 entries to take down the 2017 PokerStars Championship Prague €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event for €675,000 ($795,305).

The 37-year-old Sow came into the final day as the chip lead with 6 players remaining. Sow took the lead during the three-handed play at the final table when he flopped a straight on 10-9-8 with Q-J. His opponent Jason Wheeler also flopped the bottom straight with 7-6 and moved all-in on the river. Wheeler was able to eliminate Michal Mrakes in 3rd place ($391,172 USD), but Sow got a good lead into heads up with 14,085,000 in chips to Wheeler’s 11,630,000.

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Entering heads-up with a respectable lead, Sow was able to keep the pressure and extend his lead. By the time the final hand came, Sow had a commanding lead over his heads-up mate. On the final hand with blinds running 80,000-160,000 Wheeler raised to 425,000. Sow bet to 1,375,000. Wheeler moved all-in for 6,035,000 and Sow called with 10h-10d. Wheeler needed help with Ah-9s, but the board opened Jc-7s-4s-5h-Kh. Sow’s pocket tens held up to earn him the pot and of course the title.

Final Table Payouts (USD):

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Kalidou Sow $795,305 1,824
2 Jason Wheeler $671,591 1,520
3 Michal Mrakes $391,172 1,216
4 Gabriele Lepore $293,379 912
5 Harry Lodge $230,933 760
6 Colin Robinson $173,200 608
7 Matas Cimbolas $122,720 456
8 Valentyn Shabelnyk $85,963 304
9 Aleksandr Mordvinov $67,850 152

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