Is there anything better than €106,200 for Christmas? We can’t. Well Matthew Adams has just won that amount for taking down the GSOP Prague after seeing his way past a large field of 590 players and a tough final table.
Prague is a good city for Adams, as this same event last year represented his best ever score, which of course he has now beaten again. In fact he more than just beat it, he completely smashed it having to beat a final table that included a couple of WSOP bracelet holders in Craig McCorkell and Joel Lindpere.
He actually came into the final table as one of the short stacks, with Tapio Vihakas the player to beat at that time as he pulled off a string of eliminations. Adams got an elimination too, with him knocking out Rocco Palumbo which really put him back in the mix at the top. It also gave him some momentum which he carried on with right through until he won.
McCorkell was hoping to add another title to his historic WSOP bracelet, yet he couldn’t quite find the cards and was next to go out in 4th place. He was all-in with the J-10 but came up against a caller in Vihakas who was holding the A-8.
The next player to go was Amit Zulkowitz in 3rd after he mistakenly said “call” when it was not his turn to act, the player whose turn it actually was then re-raised all-in and Zulkowitz was forced to call by the tournament officials. His opponent had flopped the top two pair and had Zulkowitz dominated, he was left badly crippled after that hand and went out a couple of hands later.
It was then heads up between Adams and Vihakas with the former having a 2-1 chip lead at that time. It didn’t take long to be settled when a flop of 7h-Jh-2h came down. The chips all went into the middle with Adams having the upper hand with the Ah-Jd compared with Vihakas’ Js-5h. The turn and river were of no help to the Finnish pros hand and Adams was crowned the champion of his first ever major title.
How it Finished!
Matt Adams – €106,200
Tapio Vihakas – €70,800
Amit Zulkowitz – €50,740
Craig McCorkell – €39,530
Rocco Palumbo – €29,500
Thomas Taubenschuss – €23,069
Ollie Schaffmann – €17,995
Joel Lindpere – €13,570
Thomas Mercier – €10,797
This event meant the end of the GSOP for 2012, with the next one not starting up until the 12th of February in Vienna.