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The partypoker World Poker Tour (WPT) Vienna concluded yesterday with the €3,300 Main Event finding a champion in Vlad Darie (cover image), who collected the top prize of €170,800, after a tough heads up match against Zoltan Gai.
India`s Paawan Bansal was one of the few Indian`s at the series and started off on a winning note with his second place finish in Event 2 – €220 No-Limit Hold’em for €2,000. Bansal then went on to pick up another small cash worth €2,300 from his 14th place finish in Event 5 – €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Max!
Romanian Vlad Darie emerged the winner at the Main Event, collecting his first WPT title and €170,800 plus a WPT Tournament of Champions seat. Darie beat overnight chip leader Zoltan Gal, in a thrilling heads up that lasted three and a half hours. The event drew 234 entries, creating a prize pool of €680,788 and lasted for six days.
On the final day, six players took to the final table, which included Dietrich Fast, who was on the hunt for a second WPT title and Day 2 chip leader Giorgios Zisimopoulos.
Zisimopoulos began the final table as the shortest stack and within 28 hands, he was the first to exit, when his were overpowered by Darie’s pocket eights. Zisimoulos retired at sixth place for € 31,500.
Two hands later, Dietrrch Fast eliminated Dominic Bosnjak at fifth place, but himself fell prey to Gal a little later and was out at fourth place. Matt Davenport, who had been facing a wildly swinging day, succumbed next at third place.
Heads up began with Gal having a 2:1 advantage with 4,710,000 against Darie’s 2,335,000. Not willing to go out quietly, Darie held on and chipped up to reverse the situation. Finally, 74 hands later the final hand arrived with Darie moving all-in from the button and Gal made the call.
The board ran and Darie took home Romania’s first WPT title. Gal received €109,430 for his second place finish.
1. Vlad Darie – €170,800 + WPT Tournament of Champions Seat
2. Zoltan Gal – €109,340
3. Matt Davenport – €70,800
4. Dietrich Fast – €52,450
5. Dominik Bosnjak – €39,360
6. Georgios Zisimopoulos – €31,500
Event 5: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Max
Paawan Bansal picked up his second cash in the series in Event 5: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Eight-Max. Bansal made it to Day 2 in the event with a more than average stack. He was going strong on Day 2 before another missed flip saw him hitting the rails in 14th place for €2,300. The top 15 places were paid.
Bansal posted his progress in the event on Facebook,
“Just doubled through Ole Schemion in the WPT Vienna 1100 euro event. 100k in chips with 35 left. Game on. #pokerbaaziteampro#100kstack#wpt#vienna#therealbaazigar#deeprun#judgmentday”
Two hours later, “Just lost a massive flip. Chip leader pot :(“
At the close of Day 1, “Above average stack. 14 left. Terrible stakes gasp emoticon”
Bansal spoke to us shortly after his elimination, “I finished 14th. Lost another chip leader flip, this time for my stack. I opened AQ on the button, loose aggressive bb jammed and I called it off. Lost to fives.”