The 2018 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague €50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller event drew a strong field with 40 entries and overcoming this field was the Austrian pro Matthias Eibinger who captured the coveted title for the €653,000 ($744,420 USD) first-place prizemoney.
This win was the third largest score of the poker pro’s live tournament career, and it took his lifetime earnings to $4.9 million. Not to forget, this was his 13th final-table finish of the year. With $4,409,777 in earnings and several wins this year, he has now earned enough points to climb up the POY 2018.
Eibinger entered the final day as the chip leader with 4 players left. After busting Charlie Carrel in sixth place ($153,262 USD), he then won a huge double up through then leader Andras Nemeth.
Nemeth started the day by eliminating recent World Poker Tour Seminole Rock’N’Roll Poker Open main event champion Pavel Plesuv in fourth place ($251,792 USD). Plesuv’s Ah Kd lost to Ah 10d of Nameth who managed to pair both his ten and ace to take down the pot and send Plesuv to the rail.
Continuing his momentum, Nemeth then busted Liang Xu in third place ($328,423 USD). He moved all-in with 9s 8s and Xu called with Qc Qc. Nemeth managed to hit the card he needed to eliminate Xu in third place to take over a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Eibinger.
Going into heads-up, Nemeth moved all-in, calling Eibinger’s four-bet shove with 8s 8c. The board ran out Ac Jc 3s Qd 7d where Eibinger who held Ad 2c flopped aces to double up and take the lead.
Eibinger had roughly a 3-to-2 chip advantage when the final hand came. Eibinger raised to 200,000 from the button with Ad 9c. Nemeth shoved for 3,950,000 with Ac 10s and Eibinger called all-in. The board brought 3d 2s 2c 7s 9h. The river 9 finally gave Eibinger the coveted pot as well as the title.
Final Table Payouts
|1||Matthias Eibinger||€653,000 ($744,420)|
|2||Andras Nemeth||€451,350 ($514,539)|
|3||Liang Xu||€288,090 ($328,423)|
|4||Pavel Plesuv||€220,870 ($251,792)|
|5||Luc Greenwood||€172,850 ($197,049)|
|6||Charlie Carrel||€134,440 ($153,262)|
Israel’s Boris Mondrus Wins the €1,100 EPT National Prague
When it comes to poker, Israel hardly legs behind. Recently, they earned three gold bracelets during the recent World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), and now they have added an EPT title to their list.
Israel’s Boris Mondrus beat a huge field of 2,486 entrants to win €382,750 in top prize in the €1,100 EPT National. It was a great win for the man who had started the final day as 4th in chips, behind the chip leader Danilo Velasevic (20,675,000) and second chip leader Walter Treccarichi (16,725,000). However, their chip leads couldn’t stop Mondrus from going up and finally winning the title.
Mondrus took home €382,750 in the top prizemoney along with a PokerStars Players Championship €30,000 Platinum Pass. Moving into the final table, he played some top notch poker and went on to eliminate the FT players one by one. Eventually, he reached heads-up with the Czech player Ondrej Lon who could not go all the way and eventually finished runner-up for the € 204,200 in top prizemoney.
Final Table Results
- Boris Mondrus – €382,750
- Ondrej Lon – €204,200
- Ali Al Saidy – €138,400
- Danilo Velasevic – €106,600
- Walter Treccarichi – €89,000
- Ut Tam Vo – €71,800
- Mohamed El-Rais – €54,800
- Vasileios Tsaknis – €39,700
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