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After a three-day run, the 2018 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague €50,000 Super High Roller that attracted 40 high roller regulars to the felts has crowned a champion. Taking the event down, Austria’s Matthias Eibinger (cover image) added another big score of €653,000 to his tally.
Eibinger has enjoyed a breakout 2018, amassing a whopping $4,026,169 in live tournament earnings this year alone, discounting this win.
28 players joined the action on the opening day and with late registrations open till Day 2, 12 more runners entered, including names like Benjamin Pollak and Patrik Antonius, expanding the field size to 40. Following an action-packed day of play, the field was trimmed down to the six-handed final table towards the fag end on Day 2.
Jan Schwippert was eliminated by Andras Nemeth in seventh place following an extended bubble period. With Schwippert’s elimination the remaining six players were in the money and the next player to bow out was Charlie Carrel.
Action saw Carrel open for 60,000 from the cutoff and he was looked up by Eibinger who defended his big blind. Carrel made the call, shoving all his chips in. He tabled against Eibinger’s but Eibinger got ahead with an Ace-pair on the flop . The turn and the river didn’t bring him any relief for Carrel.
Luc Greenwood then saw his defeated by Nemeth’s and left for the rail in fifth place.
The play was halted here and the remaining four players bagged up their chips for the final day. Eibinger was at the top of the leaderboard and he held close to 55% of chips in play heading into the final day.
1.Matthias Eibinger – 5,455,000
2. Pavel Plesuv – 1,600,000
3. Andras Nemeth – 1,445,000
4. Liang Xu – 1,400,000
Several hands into the final table action, Pavel Plesuv was shown the door by Andras Nemeth who opened for 110,000 under the gun. Plesuv moved all in from the button for 875,000. Both the blinds folded and Nemeth called. Nemeth tabled against Plesuv who held . Plesuv was clearly in good shape but things changed on the flop , where Nemeth paired his ten. The on the turn and the on the river bricked Plesuv’s chances as he went out in fourth place.
Shortly thereafter, Liang Xu was seen grappling to survive. He finally ran his into Nemeth’s . Xu was hoping for a queen and Nemeth asked the dealer for a nine. “Ok, nine,” Xu joked on the table. The flop brought neither but the on the turn helped Nemeth spike a one pair that kept his on top all through the on the river. Xu exited in third place.
Day 2 chip leader Eibinger entered the heads-up match with a stack of 1,400,000 against Day 1 chip leader Andras Nemeth’s 8,600,000. The very first hand between the duo saw Eibinger failing in his attempt to bluff but he then went on to reclaim the lead. Eibinger hit a winning streak as he collected several pots before the final hand was dealt. Down to 3,950,000 in chips, Nemeth moved all in from the big blind after Eibinger open-raised to 200,000 from the button. Eibinger called, putting Nemeth at risk.
Though Eibinger got a few chop outs on the flop, it didn’t work out for him when the popped up on the turn and the on the river only confirmed the bad news. “Unlucky,” said Eibinger as Nemeth shook hands with the new EPT Prague SHR champion!
1.Matthias Eibinger – €653,000
2. Andras Nemeth – €451,350
3. Liang Xu – €288,090
4. Pavel Plesuv – €220,870
5. Luc Greenwood – €172,850
6. Charlie Carrel – €134,440
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