EPT Prague Main Event Champion CrownedTuesday, December 18th, 2012 by Ryan
The action in Prague over the past few weeks has been heated and featured some big names. When the action came to a close, we had two championships that were crowned, with the first one being the European Poker Tour’s Main Event, as well as the €10,000 High Roller event. The Main Event was taken down by Ramzi Jelassi from Sweden, while the High Roller event was won by Marvin Rettenmaier, who finished off an incredible year with this big win. We are going to break down the Main Event here and go in-depth with Jelassi’s win.
For the Main Event, Jelassi made it to the final table with a very impressive run to close out the day on Friday. He was sitting in the lead when all was said and done with 5.675 million, but he had some tough competition behind him. Last year’s second place finisher in this tournament was David Boyaciyan, and he was sitting in third when the day started here at the final table. Jelassi’s run to the championship actually wasn’t really all that threatened though, as the other players at the tables ended up knocking each other off pretty quickly.
The first player that was sent packing was Mark Herm, as his A-7 off suit couldn’t improve against the pocket tens of Sotirios Koutoupas. This left us with seven players in the action, and the next knockout was a bit of a surprise. The player who started the final table in second place was Aleh Plauski, but he just was taking rough beats and giving chips across the table, which sent him home in seventh place when he was knocked out by Jelassi. The knockout by Jelassi came when he four bet the action pre-flop, and Plauski then moved it all in with A-K. Jelassi turned over pocket 9’s, so we were in a bit of a toss up. Plauski couldn’t improve though, and he was sent home in seventh place, and Jelassi was holding close to 11 million chips.
Jelassi looked to be running away, but Boyaciyan was holding his own as he knocked out the next two players from the action in Sergey Kuzminskiy and Diego Gomez. We were now left with four players in the action. Everything slowed down at this point, and there was not another player sent home for two hours. Ben Warrington then pushed it all in and was called by Koutoupas. Koutoupas turned over pocket threes against the K-J of Warrington. Warrington had outs after the flop of 6-A-6, but the turn was a three, which all be sealed his fate in fourth place.
When we had three players left, they began talking about a deal to split up the money. The deal talks went on for 40 minutes between Jelassi, Koutoupas and Boyaciyan, but there was no deal decided between the three. They kept going through the dinner break, but play continued after with no deal. Unfortunately for Boyaciyan, it wasn’t good news as he was the next player sent home. He was up against Koutoupas when he three bet the action. Jelassi then four bet and after Koutoupas folded, Boyaciyan called. The flop came with 5-8-8 rainbow, and Boyaciyan moved all in. Jelassi waited to make a decision and then called, and he was way behind with A-K of diamonds against the pocket 9’s of Boyaciyan. The 3d came to put a second diamond on the board, and the river was a Jack of diamonds to give Jelassi runner-runner to get the knockout.
In the heads up match, Jelassi started with the chip lead, but saw Koutoupas come back from behind and close that gap. Over 100 hands were played before Jelassi could get the job done finally. The last hand saw Jelassi raise it up to 400k and Koutoupas up the action to one million chips. Jelassi then moved it all in and Koutoupas called right away, showing 10-9. He had an uphill climb against the A-J of Jelassi. The flop came with an Ace and that was almost a wrap until a ten came on the turn. The river was a King though, and this gave the title and first place pay day of €835,000 to Ramzi Jelassi. Second place money of €510,000 went to Sotirios Koutoupas.