Six players sat down at the final table at the World Poker Tour Prague and when play concluded Julian Thomas, from Germany, had all the chips and the $283,827 first prize payday.
Thomas entered the final table third in chips, with the final table chip stacks looking like this:
1st) Vasili Firsau – 2,491,000
2nd) Andrey Shatilov – 2,427,000
3rd) Julian Thomas – 1,354,000
4th) Ognjen Sekularac – 1,275,000
5th) Valeri Savov – 934,000
6th) Gintaras Simaitis – 666,000
It was déjà vu for Vasili Firsau who started the day as chip leader but was eliminated by Thomas in head up play for the runner up title. This is the second time Vasili has been runner up at a WPT European event. The first was a couple of months ago at Grand Prix de Paris. Firsau pocketed $183,796 for his efforts.
One of the presumed favourties going into the final day of play was Ognjen Sekularac.
The first level was particularly brutal for the Serb and every play resulted in him losing chips and ending the level as the short stack. A failed three barrelled bluff against Visili Firsau who had turned trip 8’s sent the Secularac to the rail in fifth place. Gintaras Simaitis was the next to hit the rail when he ran into Julian Thomas’ pocket Queens.
When three-handed play began Firsau and Thomas were close in chips with over 3 million each and Shatilov was the short stack with 1.3 million. In short, order all three were all in a pot that basically decided the tournament.
Thomas opened on the button; Shatilov shoved from the small blind with Queen-Ten of hearts; Firsau re-shoved with two black Jacks and Thomas calling with pocket Aces. Firsau was left on the extreme short stack and was eliminated on the second hand of head up play.
Here are the results
1st. Julian Thomas – $283,827
2nd. Vasili Firsau – $185,796
3rd. Andrey Shatilov – $116,982
4th. Gintaras Simaitis – $86,703
5th. Ognjen Sekularac – $64,683
6th. Valeri Savov – $52,297