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Jasper Meijer van Putten Wins 2016 EPT Prague Main Event

 Jasper Meijer van Putten Wins 2016 EPT Prague Main Event

The European Poker Tour is dead. Long live the European Poker Tour! On Monday, Jasper Meijer van Putten won the last-ever EPT event, taking the crown in the EPT Prague Main Event. PokerStars, which operates the European Poker Tour, announced earlier this year that it will kill the EPT brand and convert the tour into two new ones: the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival.

Meijer van Putten began the final table second-to-last in chips with 3.815 million, well behind the 9.710 million of chip leader Marton Czuczor. On just the second hand of the day, though, Meijer van Putten took a nice pot from Czuczor with top pair to grow his stack by about a million chips.

The very next hand, Samantha “Sam” Cohen was the first player eliminated. Czuczor raised pre-flop to 280,000 with pocket Tens, David Peters called with pocket Nines, and Cohen also called, for some reason, with Q-8. The flop, though, came down Q-8-2, giving Cohen top two pair. She checked, as did Czuczor. Peters bet 350,000, Cohen raised to 1 million, Czuczor folded, and Peters called after some thought. Unfortunately for Cohen, the turn was a 9 and she went all-in. Peters called with his set and Cohen wasn’t saved on the river. Peters was now in the lead with 13.4 million chips.

On Hand 22, Czuczor raised pre-flop with pocket Nines to 280,000. According to the PokerNews live reporting, Marius Gierse shoved for 2.94 million with pocket Fives. Everyone else folded, but Czuczor called. Gierse was unable to get any help and was gone in fourth place.

Sergei Petrushevskii was eliminated in fourth place. In his doomed hand, Meijer van Putten had pocket Queens and raised to 400,000 pre-flop. Czuczor re-raised to 1.5 million with just K-J and then Petrushevskii moved all-in for 3.77 with A-7 of clubs. Meijer van Putten went all-in over the top for 8 million, isolating himself against Petrushevskii. The flop of 9-T-J gave Petrushevskii a pair of Jacks, but that wasn’t too useful against Queens. The 8 on the turn gave Meijer van Putten a straight and since another Queen didn’t fall on the river, that was it for Petrushevskii.

The remaining chip stacks were fairly close: Meijer van Putten had 13.565 million, Peters had 11.365 million, and Czuczor had 10.815 million. The three men discussed a deal. It appeared that they had an agreement, but when Czuczor clarified that he didn’t want to give up as much money as the other two had thought, the deal fell apart and they continued play.

Meijer van Putten soared from that point, quickly amassing more chips than the other two players combined. It took a while, but Peters was finally knocked out in third place when he called off his stack pre-flop with Q-7 against Czuczor’s A-Q. Peters did flop a 7, but Czuczor found an Ace on the river to setup heads-up play against Meijer van Putten.

Meijer van Putten, though, had a massive lead heading into the pre-heads-up dinner break, 26.050 million to 9.7 million Czuczor must have had a hell of a meal because he came out of the break on fire, nearly evening up the match. At that point, the two men discussed another deal, eventually agreeing that Meijer van Putten would receive €649,300 of the remaining prize pool, while Czuczor would get €630,000. They would play for €50,000.

Czuczor couldn’t keep the momentum going, quickly falling way behind once again. Soon, out-chipped about threefold, he moved all-in with Deuces after Meijer van Putten raised with K-J of clubs. Meijer van Putten called, flopped a Jack, and that was it. The European Poker Tour is no more.

2016 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event – Final Table Results

1.    Jasper Meijer van Putten – €699,300*
2.    Marton Czuczor     – €630,000*
3.    David Peters – €397,300
4.    Sergei Petrushevskii – €284,550
5.    Marius Gierse – €203,800
6.    Sam Cohen – €145,900

*Indicates final table deal

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Marton Czuczor Leads EPT Prague Final Table, David Peters a Close Second

 Marton Czuczor Leads EPT Prague Final Table, David Peters a Close Second

The final table has been determined for the final event in the history of the European Poker Tour. Six players will come back to the felt at the Hilton Prague Hotel on Monday at noon local time (6AM East Coast time) with Marton Czuczor holding a slim lead over David Peters.

Peters, who ended Day 3 with the chip lead, didn’t hold that slot at the end of Day 4, but he was in second place at that time as well. With 18 players remaining, Jasper Meijer van Putten was at the helm of the ship with his 3.77 million in chips. Peters was lurking behind him with 2.985 million chips, while Czuczor was also in the debate in third place with 2.935 million chips.

The day got off to a big bang as Czuczor and van Putten decided to clash. After Andrew Hulme opened the betting pre-flop and van Putten called off the button, Czuczor pushed the action with a three-bet to 375K. Hulme got out of the way, but van Putten decided to stay around for a look at the flop. A K-J-6 flop greeted the duo and Czuczor was undaunted, putting out another 300K. van Putten also was still interested as he made the call and a five was dealt on the turn. After Czuczor laid out another 720K on the turn, van Putten decided discretion was the better part of valor, mucking his hand and sending the pot and the chip lead over to Czuczor.

It wasn’t long after this battle that Peters got back into the game. He raised pre-flop from the cutoff and only the small blind of Sergei Petrushevskii came along for the ride. A 4-Q-3 flop saw Petrushevskii check-call a bet of 145K from Peters and, after a ten came on the turn, he would do the same, this time following a 260K bet. A four on the river opened a couple of different options as Peters fired a third bullet of 370K at Petrushevskii. After some deliberation, Petrushevskii made the call and saw Peters toss pocket Kings on the felt. Whatever Petrushevskii had it wasn’t good enough; as he sent his cards to the muck, the nearly million chip pot pushed Peters back into the lead with almost four million chips.

Czuczor and Peters remained the story of the day’s play on Sunday, with one or the other at the top of the leaderboard for much of the day. By the time the last nine players were reached, it was Czuczor’s turn to lead the event with his 6.7 million in chips. Sam Cohen, the final lady in the tournament, was a bit behind in second place with her 4.88 million in chips, while Peters was located down the ladder with the second shortest stack after having run into some bad fortune.

Peters showed tremendous fortitude in forging his comeback. He took some chips from Czuczor to get back over three million, then capped another pot off Janos Kurtosi to top the four million point. When he knocked out Kurtosi in ninth place after turning a flush against Kurtosi’s air bluff, Peters was back up to 6.3 million chips and in the middle of the battle for the chip lead once again.

Not to be outdone, Czuczor took out a player himself. Instead of stopping with eight players remaining (the traditional EPT final table), action continued as Czuczor bumped off Kiryl Radzivonau off in eighth place, Czuczor’s pocket Kings holding against Radzivonau’s pocket nines, to push his lead back out to a comfortable level with 8.55 million chips. By the end of Level 28, Czuczor had more than a 2.6 million chip lead over Peters.

Both Czuczor and Peters captained the table as Level 29 began. It seemed that, if Czuczor wasn’t winning a pot, it was Peters, as the duo pulled away from the other five players on the table. Czuczor at one point cracked the 11 million chip mark before settling back to under 10 million by the end of the day’s play. Peters would be the one to bring about the closure of play, knocking off David Lopez Llacer in seventh place to firmly grasp the second-place slot for Monday’s final table.

1. Marton Czuczor, 9.71 million
2. David Peters, 8.88 million
3. Sergei Petrushevskii, 5.265 million
4. Sam Cohen, 4.52 million
5. Jasper Meijer van Putten, 3.815 million
6. Marius Gierse, 3.55 million

(Llacer in seventh and Radzivonau in eighth will both receive credit for making an EPT final table.)

Czuczor and Peters are going to have most of the attention for Monday’s final table, but it isn’t out of the question for someone from the remaining four players to make their mark. Cohen in particular has played a strong game and, should she win, she would join the sorority of Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Sandra Naujoks and Liv Boeree as the only women to have ever won an EPT Main Event.

Whatever happens on Monday it will be bittersweet as the EPT Prague – and the EPT itself – come to a close.

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David Peters in The Lead at Final European Poker Tour Event in Prague

 David Peters in The Lead at Final European Poker Tour Event in Prague

It is said that if you’re going to go out, go out with a bang. The European Poker Tour is doing just that as, in their final Main Event in the illustrious tour’s history in Prague, Czech Republic, David Peters is holding the lead after Day Three with only 65 players remaining.

This will be the final EPT event ever because of changes instituted by the ownership of the circuit, Amaya Gaming. Instead of operating the EPT and various national sub-tours (the United Kingdom/Ireland Poker Tour and the Eureka Poker Tour, among others), Amaya Gaming has decided to close the doors on all of those and open “a new era” when the calendar turns to 2017 in a couple of weeks. Once the new year begins, there will be the “PokerStars Championships,” which will be huge tournament schedules located around the world, while the “PokerStars Festivals” will look to take the place of the regional tours around the world.

The players decided that, if the EPT was to be no more, then they wanted to be there for the final moments of action. Over two Day Ones (remember, the EPT Main Events offer only one shot), 1192 players came to the tables, topping the record for the event set back in 2014. Over the past two years, only the EPT Barcelona (which has been the kickoff for the season since 2014) has drawn in more players than the EPT Prague.

Day Two of the tournament was perhaps the most arduous for the players. Working their way down close to the money bubble of 231 players, tournament directors determined that, if there weren’t two eliminations before the end of the current level of play (Level 14, 1500/3000 with a 500 ante), then action would pause and everyone would come back on Friday with two people leaving with no money. If one person would be knocked off, then action would continue until the money bubble popped.

Of course, the obvious happened. One player, Espen Solaas, was eliminated by Apostolos Bechrakis rather quickly, ensuring another hour plus of play while the money bubble was popped. That came when Mike Brandau opened the betting and Attila Valentai three-bet his stack. Brandau made the call, showing pocket eights that were racing against Valentai’s Big Slick, and was rather unhappy when a King came in the window of a K-9-6 flop. A Jack on the turn kept Valentai in the lead, but the thunderbolt of an eight came on the river to give Brandau the set and the knockout, ending the day for the 231 players who earned at least a min-cash of €7560 from the event.

Friday’s play was a bit more rapid as the players looked to drive to the final table. Former EPT champion Nicolas Chouity (644,000) started off the day with the chip lead and the chance of another final piece of EPT history. In the 13-year history of the EPT, only one person – Victoria Coren-Mitchell – has ever won two EPT titles. With this being the final EPT, Chouity had the best shot at becoming the second person to pull off the feat.

The day belonged to Peters, however. After starting the day with only around 300K in chips, Peters never seemed to lose a hand throughout the day. In particular it seemed that Peters picked on Oleg Vasylchenko for chips as, during Level 16, Peters bet Vasylchenko out of a hand (with the board reading 8-2-A-9-5 with three spades) and picked up a nice pot. Their second clash would be much more dramatic.

In Level 17, Peters called a three-bet out of Vasylchenko to see another monochrome flop, a 9♠ 7♠ 6♠ arrangement. Peters would check his option and, after Vasylchenko pushed out 45K in chips, Peters moved all in over him. Vasylchenko considered his options for a moment, then called and showed a 10-8 for a flopped straight. Peters’ pocket sevens were good for a set, but he would need some help…which came in the 6♣ on the turn for a boat. Drawing dead, the meaningless K♠ sent Vasylchenko out of the tournament and catapulted Peters into the lead with 1.15 million chips.

Peters only kept climbing from that point, ending the action on Friday as the only player over two million chips.

1. David Peters, 2.036 million
2. Stoyan Obreshkov, 1.356 million
3 . Apostolos Bechrakis, 1.036 million
4. Janos Kurtosi, 1.026 million
5. Viteszlav Pesta, 1.025 million
6. Kyosti Isberg, 978,000
7. Andrew Hulme, 902,000
8. Marton Czuczor, 897,000
9. Hirokazu Kobayashi, 864,000
10. David Lopez Llacer, 862,000

With a win in this event, Peters would pass Fedor Holz for the CardPlayer Magazine Player of the Year award (Holz currently has 7058 points, Peters 6901). Peters would at the minimum have to make the final table to get by the German. On the other major POY race, the Global Poker Index POY, Peters is perhaps too far back to pass Holz, but he could pass Nick Petrangelo for second in the standings.

Action will continue at the Hilton Prague Hotel on Saturday at noon local time, with the plan to get the field down to the three tables. On Monday, the final champion in the history of the EPT will be crowned, with that player walking off with a €774,600 payday.

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Oleg Vasylchenko Wins 2016 WPT Prague Main Event

 Oleg Vasylchenko Wins 2016 WPT Prague Main Event

As the one World Poker Tour event got underway at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, another ended across the pond in the Czech Republic (I know I started another article same way today, but I enjoy the symmetry). The Ukraine’s Oleg Vasylchenko captured the first major live tournament title of his career Monday, defeating Russia’s Anton Petrov to win the WPT Prague Main Event.

Vasylchenko went into the final table as the chip leader after holding that position the entire day on Sunday. With 1.595 million chips, he had a sizable lead over second place Tonio Roder, who had 1.150 million, though it wasn’t so outlandish that one would assume it was insurmountable. Compared to the other four players, though, Vasylchenko had a mountain in front of him. Third place was just over 700,000 chips.

With nobody extremely low in chips compared to the rest of the field, it looked like nobody wanted to take any huge chances early. The first elimination, therefore, didn’t happen until Hand #21. Tonio Roder bet 55,000 chips pre-flop and both Prebben Stokkan and Romain Lewis moved all-in. Roder called with pocket Jacks, up against the T-9 of hearts of Stokkan and the pocket Aces of Lewis. None of the community cards helped anyone, meaning that Lewis was helped by default and Stokkan was gone in sixth place while Lewis tripled up.

Petrov would not have been in the final two were it not for some sweet luck. On Hand #28, he shoved for 321,000 with pocket Fours. Martin Kabrhel, who had taken a lot of flak for tanking throughout the tournament, also moved all-in with Nines after having the clock called on him (as had happened many times in the tourney before that). The remaining players got out of the way and Petrov ended up hitting a Four on the turn to double-up, leaving Kabrhel crippled.

Kabrhel survived a little while before bowing out in fifth place on Hand #46.

On Hand #66, Tonio Roder raised to 80,000 pre-flop and Romain Lewis called. On the flop of 7-Q-3, Lewis checked, Roder bet, and Lewis moved all-in with 6-3. Roder made the call with A-7 and had a commanding lead in the hand. The turn was a Ten and the river an Ace to knock Lewis out in fourth place.

Things slowed down a bit after that; the remaining three players wanted to make it to heads-up. It was finally Roder who was the one on the outside looking in. Roder raised pre-flop and got a called from Vasylchenko. Vasylchenko checked the flop of 5-8-4 (two diamonds) and called Roder’s subsequent all-in. Roder had an 8, but so did Vasylchenko. Better yet, Vasylchenko had two diamonds and when another diamond landed on the turn, he eliminated Roder in third place.

Going into heads-up play, Vasylchenko led Petrov 3.115 million to 1.895. It went quickly, as Petrov managed to only win one hand. On the eight hand of heads-up, Petrov bet 115,000 pre-flop and Vasylchenko called. Both players checked the T-4-7 flop to bring on a Jack on the turn. Vasylchenko bet 315,000, Petrov moved all-in, and Vasylchenko called. Petrov showed J-3 suited for top pair, while Vasylchenko revealed that he had T-7, for a flopped two pair. The river was no help to Petrov and Vasylchenko was crowned WPT Prague champion.

2016 World Poker Tour Prague Main Event – Final Table Results

1.    Oleg Vasylchenko – €132,200
2.    Anton Petrov – €82,000
3.    Tonio Roder – €52,500
4.    Romain Lewis – €39,120
5.    Martin Kabrhel – €29,410
6.    Prebben Stokkan – €23,520

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2016 WPT Prague Main Event Final Table Set

 2016 WPT Prague Main Event Final Table Set

The Ukraine’s Oleg Vasylchenko led wire-to-wire on Day 3 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prague Main Event to take the chip lead into the six-handed final table on Tuesday. With 1.595 million chips and a big blind of 20,000, he has an ample advantage on his closest competitor, Tonio Roder, who has 1.150 million. The next highest chip stack, belonging to Anton Petrov, is barely more than 700,000.

There were a total of 167 entries for WPT Prague, making it one of the smallest Main Events on the tour. It is always this way for the Prague stop, perhaps because it overlaps the popular WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. The latter began today and already has 414 entrants; registration is open through the start Level 9 tomorrow. WPT Prague even had two starting flights, something normally reserved for much larger events. Day 1A saw just 69 players enter, while Day 1B had just 79; I could find bars around where I live that draw more players for poker night (then again, those games are free of charge, so I’m really just speaking out of my ass right now). Late registrations on Day 2 took the final entry total to where it stands now.

A total of 21 players will make the money, with €132,200 (including a €15,000 seat in the Tournament of Champions) going to the winner. The min-cash was €5,230.

Vasylchenko built up much of his stack to start Day 3 with a huge double elimination to end Day 2. According to the live report, Hlib Kovtunov moved all-in pre-flop for 99,500 chips, as did Maxime Swennen for 93,500. Vasylchenko, who was already near the top of the chip standings, instantly called with pocket Aces. Kovtunov had A-K and Swennen had Queens, so each was in a very bad way (not that that wasn’t obvious when their opponent had Aces).

Swennen, though, hit his two-outer on the flop of T♣-6♣-Q♣, nailing a set to take the lead in the hand. The turn, though, was the 4♣, and as one of Vasylchenko’s Aces was a club, he had the hand nearly locked down. The 9 wasn’t enough for Swennen to make a boat, so both he and Kovtunov were eliminated. Because Swennen had slightly fewer chips at the start of the hand, he was the 22nd place finisher, the bubble boy of the tournament.

There was a bit of personal drama at the tables on Monday, too. When Eduards Kudrjavces was eliminated in seventh place to setup tomorrow’s final table, he refused to shake the hand of Martin Kabrhel (who was not the player who eliminated him). Earlier in the day, Kabrhel acted very slowly through the turn in a hand and the, even though he made a wheel on the river – not quite the nuts, but realistically, it was – he took several minutes to make a play and then took a few minutes ago to consider what to do when his opponent raised. Both times, he had the clock called on him and was called out for slow playing when he finally won the hand.

Later, he had the clock called on him again. It appears that the players felt he was playing slowly on purpose, displaying a lack of sportsmanship. We’ll see what happens on Tuesday when tensions are even higher.

World Poker Tour Prague Main Event – Final Table Chip Counts

1.    Oleg Vasylchenko – 1,595,000
2.    Tonio Roder – 1,150,000
3.    Anton Petrov – 704,000
4.    Romain Lewis – 668,000
5.    Preben Stokkan – 468,000
6.    Martin Kabrhel – 465,000

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