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Vojtech Ruzicka (cover image) added yet another feather to his impressive poker resume by winning the Dusk Till Dawn £10,300 High Roller as part of the partypoker Live series in Nottingham, England.
Just last year Ruzicka made an impressive fifth place finish in the WSOP Main Event and followed it up with a series of great scores.
There was an extra day added to the schedule as the final four players from the 110-entry field returned to the tables to play down for the title.
Ruzicka defeated a tough final table filled with World Poker Tour champions and did so after starting the final table near the top in chips.
It was no surprise that Ruzicka and Bartlomiej Machon were in the final duel for the trophy, as they were the two biggest stacks. As the heads battle began, the duo struck an ICM deal, leaving the trophy and £50,000 to be played for. Ruzicka locked up £234,210 while Machon guaranteed himself £220,790. The players also agreed to shorten the levels to 20 minutes, as they got ready to play out the rest of the event.
Machon established a big lead before falling back and scoring a lucky double with queen-five suited against Ruzicka’s ace-jack. The latter then doubled with ace-six against pocket queens after spiking an ace on the flop. Soon after, it was all over. Machon shoved for less than 10 big blinds with ace-seven and Ruzicka called with king-four, a king appeared right in the window and that settled it.
Ruzicka put his success to his preparation only. “Yeah, because my coach for the World Series was Max Altergott, who’s a heads-up player himself,” Ruzicka said. “I studied heads-up a lot, and finally I used it today! We were preparing for deeper heads-up, though, because at November Nine it’s usually deeper heads-up. In Czech Republic, online tournaments aren’t happening right now. We’re waiting to see if that changes but nobody knows. I wasn’t in touch with tournaments, so binking heads-up was a new thing for me. I will speak to Max and he’ll be proud,” he said.
Among the notables that cashed in the £10,300 High Roller were Dutch High Roller regular Govert Metaal (11th, £20,000), 2016 $7,500 WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star champion Stefan Schillhabel (eighth, £40,000), online high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha specialist Laszlo Bujtas (seventh, £50,000), American poker pro Jason Wheeler (sixth, for £65,000) and partypoker pro Joao Simao (fifth, for £85,000).
Final Table Results (British Pound)
1. Vojtech Ruzicka – £284,210*
2. Bartlomiej Machon – £220,790*
3. Tom Hall – £142,000
4. Chris Backhouse- £110,000
5. Joao Simao – £85,000
6. Jason Wheeler – £65,000
7. Laszlo Bujtas – £50,000
8. Stefan Schillhabel – £40,000
9. Daniel Merrilees – £30,000
*denotes heads-up deal