The poker tournament action in Prague is slowly winding down now as the European Poker Tour Main Event was finally completed early this morning after Germany’s Julian Track came into the day with the chip lead and never relinquished it before defeating Georgios Sotiropoulos heads-up to claim his first live event cash and major title.
At the start of play there were still eight hopefuls that were looking to claw back the chip lead that Track had managed to amass, especially since he was noticeably under the weather and was struggling with illness.
However, he did manage to hold it together and saw the players at the table get eliminated one by one. Arguably the two toughest opponents on his table were the two Brits in Max Silver and Stephen Chidwick but even they were unable to get the cards they needed to derail Track.
6th for €160k. Thanks so much everyone for all the support, really means a lot. Wasn’t my day but goooo @stevie444 !!!!
— Max Silver (@max_silver) December 18, 2013
Once the event got down to heads up between Track and Sotiropoulos they took a quick break and a deal was discussed that meant the prize pool was cut in half leaving just €25,700 to play for. Many questioned why Track had agreed to such a chop considering that he had 6% more chips than his opponent but we feel it was probably because he just wanted the event to end so he could go and rest up due to his illness.
Despite this cut the session still lasted a number of hours but eventually Track came out on top when he made the call with pocket tens after his opponent had pushed all in with the Qc-Jc. The board fell as the Ks-9h-2c-4c3s and Track finally took down the title.
The Final Standings
1st) Julian Track – €725,700 (after two-way deal)
2nd) Georgios Sotiropoulos – €700,000 (after two-way deal)
3rd) Stephen Chidwick – €378,000
4th) Ka Kwan Lau – €283,800
5th) Ole Schemion – €218,300
6th) Max Silver – €160,200
7th) Zdravko Duvnjak – €118,200
8th) Jorma Nuutinen – €84,600