The action-packed 2018 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague just got over yesterday. PokerStars LIVE hosted this series, which was a 12-day extravaganza and ran between Dec 7-18. The €5,300 Main Event of the series also declared its champion yesterday.
Along with the Main Event, another high-stakes tournament, the €10,300 EPT High Roller also ended yesterday with its champion being crowned. It was a 3-day affair and attracted a total playing field of 259 entries. Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen managed to ship the event with €503,700 (~INR 4.03 Crores) as 1st place cash prize.
Hecklen reacted after his win by saying, “You shouldn’t look at two tournaments in correlation with each other, but now that the Main Event didn’t really work out it’s nice to have this sort of consolation prize, and it’s a good one obviously.”
This win makes Hecklen’s best live cash till date, making his total live earnings come to $1.9+ million. The Dane started cashing out in live events as early as 2010 and has top finishes in tournaments all over Europe, including many World Series of Poker (WSOP) cash outs in Las Vegas. This welcome addition to his bankroll is the best ending to his year and he’ll be looking to carry the trend into 2019 as well.
The final day started with a packed setting and also included in the run was the defending champion from PSC Prague 2017, Danny Tang, EPT Barcelona €10,300 HR winner Max Silver and 2016 EPT Prague Main Event champion, Netherlands’ Jasper van Putten.
The day started with Putten entering with the chip lead, and after Serdar Dermican and Charlie Carrell got eliminated, he still was in the lead. A little while later, Daniel Dvoress gained some steam after eliminating Hon Cheong Lee and Bahram Chobineh.
Finally, after busting a few players in his way, Hecklen entered heads-up with the German poker professional Ole Schemion, who was lagging in terms of chip counts. But when Schemion doubled up twice, he looked likely to ship the tournament.
The last hand of the all-German duel saw Hecklen with pocket Queens raising to 550,000. Schemion took his sweet time with his Ad 2c to make the decision, finally moving all in for 4,700,000. Hecklen snap-called, and the board came to Ks 3d 4d 6s Kd. Schemion faced the doom of his opponent’s superior hand and eventually had to settle for the €334,900 runner-up cash prize.
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