Yesterday marked the end of the very last major tournament that will be held in Europe this year, with the PokerStars Snowfest coming to a close in Austria. All European based players will now pack away their baseball caps and sunglasses for a few weeks until the New Year starts in January.
The event saw 194 players taking to the field for one last payday before Christmas, with them creating a more than worthwhile prize pool of €188,000. The winner on this occasion was Marius Pospiech who hails from Germany, he managed to find his way past that entire field and a heads up encounter with Alexander Zaja to finish with every chip in the event.
He took down a score of €50,000 for his troubles, after winning the final hand whilst holding the A-K against his opponents A-J and seeing it hold on.
Notables In The Field!
With many players having already decided to call it a day on the tournament scene until New Year, some big name players were still looking to claim some extra money for the festive period. One such player was the Englishman Toby Lewis who had an excellent tournament and eventually managed to finish in third place for a payout of €17, 830, that should certainly help to cover the expenses over Christmas.
There was also a PokerStars Team pro in the mix, with Christophe de Meulderalso having an excellent tournament by finishing in fifth place for a steady payment of €12,200, though he has obviously had bigger scores than that in his career he will be quietly happy.
The Final Table!
Once the final table had been reached it really was an all European affair, we had a player from each of the countries England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Croatia and two from Belgium.
The first of them to go was the Austrian player Hans Hoffman who was the table’s short stack at the start of play. He was quickly followed out of the door by the first of the Belgians Jean-Francois Prud’Homme as he came off second best in a tussle with Lewis.
There were then three quick eliminations on the trot as Tibor Nagygyorgy, de Meulder and Marcel Koller were all dispensed within a 15 minute period.
This left us with just the top three, with the Englishman being eliminated by the eventual winner Pospiech into third. That left a heads up tussle that Pospiech simply had too much of a chip lead to lose.
How It Finished!
Marius Pospiech – €50,000
Alexander Zaja – €31,500
Toby Lewis – €17,830
Marcel Koller – €14,600
Christophe de Meulder – €12,200
Tibor Nagygyörgy – €10,000
Jean-Francois Prud’Homme – €8,000
Hans Hoffmann – €6,400