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Drazen Mlinac Wins German Poker Days Main Event; Manish Goenka Finishes 11th (₹2.09 Lakhs)

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis September 2, 2019
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The nearly three-day long German Poker Days €175 NLHE Main Event attracted a total of 1,498 entries, generating €257,165 in the prize pool. Croatian player Drazen Mlinac trounced the field to clinch his career-first live title, along with a personal-best live score of €53,392. Mlinac and runner-up Nicolas Sievers, both received tickets to the 2020 WSOP Main Event.

The event also saw a big group of Indians in action. While Manish Goenka (769,000), Prashanth Sekar (388,000), and Sameer Tavanandi (171,000) were the only Indian players to make it through to Day 2 from Day 1B, Nehal Agarwal, Gaurav Gupta, and Tanvier Kohli had also participated in the event but fell short of progressing further.

Sekar and Tavanandi failed to cross the money line; however, Goenka, who has become a familiar face at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov, came very close to final tabling the event. He ultimately finished 11th for €2,658 (₹2.09 Lakhs).

PokerGuru caught up with Goenka who shared his elimination hand with us. “I button jammed AQ 12BB. SB calls with A8 and BB shoves with AK. Flop K93 Turn 4 River 3.”

Manish Goenka - Day 2 of German Poker Days Main Event
Manish Goenka

Another Indian player to score at the series was Nehal Agarwal. After busting the Main Event, he was seen in action in the €330 High Roller where he finished eighth for €1,308 (₹1.03 Lakhs). Mike Schmidt eventually took down the title for €7,500, following a four-way deal with Yair Grinberg (runner-up for €5,363), Eduard Moraru (3rd for €5,363) and Michael Oliver Strauch (4th for €5,362).


Final Table Recap

The final table was densely packed with German players with six out of the nine finalists from Germany.

Johannes Hellwig was the first player to depart in ninth place.

He was followed to the rail by Thomas Kowalski (8th), Nils Jaschinski (7th), Eddie Erik Cronholm (6th), Levente Zsolt Muzsi (5th), Christian Josef Achhammer (4th) and Mattia Strobel (3rd).

Strobel’s elimination set up the heads-up match between Croatia’s Drazen Mlinac and Germany’s Nicolas Sievers. On the final hand, Sievers’ was up against Mlinac’s . The board ran out , and Mlinac’s pocket kings held on to win him the title and top prize of €53,392 which includes a ticket to the 2020 WSOP Main Event.

Drazen Mlinac Wins the German Poker Days Main Event
Drazen Mlinac

Final Table Results (EURO)

1. Drazen Mlinac – €53,392*

2. Nicolas Sievers – €36,385*

3. Mattia Strobel – €18,302

4. Christian Josef Achhammer – €13,739

5. Levente Zsolt Muzsi – €10,570

6. Eddie Erik Cronholm – €7,756

7. Nils Jaschinski – €5,722

8. Thomas Kowalski – €4,096

9. Johannes Hellwig – €3,202

*includes 2020 WSOP Main Event Ticket

Content & Images Courtesy – King’s Casino

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