The first of three big events in Prague has finally come to an end after the European Poker Tour Prague High Roller came to an end an crowned the latest EPT champion of 2013. The new champion is Ivan Soshnikov after he overcame the lively Olivier Busquet heads up to claim the title and a first place payout of €382,050.
The event originally brought in 176 entries and lasted three days before we had a new champion, though nobody expected the third day to be completed so quickly.
Day 3 started with just the final table of eight players yet it only took less than six hours for those players to be reduced down to our champion in Soshnikov. The final hand of the event came right after both players who had made the heads up session decided to take a 45 minute dinner break.
As soon as they returned it took just two hands for the winner to be revealed as all of the chips went in to the middle when Busquet held the pocket fours and Soshnikov the pocket tens. The board fell as the Kc-3c-7h-6h-Jh to signal the end of Busquet event and title for Sushnikov.
Along the way on Day 3 we lost some extremely big name players in Jeff Rossiter who finished 10th, Mike McDonald who finished in 5th and of course the PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst who finished up in 7th place for €64,500.
Busted 7th in the high roller. Lost JJ < QQ and AQ for most of it then KJ<AA for the rest
— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) December 18, 2013
Ended up coming 5th in the HR for 115€. Ran super well all tourney and I don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased with a non-win in my career
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) December 18, 2013
With this event now done and dusted it means that there is just one more EPT event in 2013 and that one is down to just 4 players as we write this, so be sure to read our report on how it finishes up as soon as we know ourselves.
The Final Standings
1st) Ivan Soshnikov – 382,050
2nd) Olivier Busquet – 257,850
3rd) Dmitry Yurasov – 177,500
4th) Thomas Muhlocker – 144,700
5th) Mike McDonald – 115,400
6th) Andy Seth – 88,650
7th) Vanessa Selbst – 64,500
8th) Max Heinzelmann – 46,750
9th) Jeffrey Rossiter – 38,650
10th) Oleksii Khoroshenin – 32,800