The PartyPoker World Poker Tour Prague concluded Sunday night, and a new WPT champion has been crowned. Walking away with the €325,000 ($423,957) first-place prize and the title was Marcin Wydrowski.
WPT Prague Final Table Results
|1||Marcin Wydrowski||€325,000 ($423,957)|
|2||Alexandr Lahkov||€213,775 ($278,866)|
|3||Bodo Sbrzesny||€137,470 ($179,246)|
|4||Tony Chang||€101,800 ($132,736)|
|5||Michael Gagliano||€76,315 ($99,506)|
|6||Alin Grasu||€61,150 ($79,723)|
At the start of the final table, PartyPoker Pro Bodo Sbrzesny held the chip lead but had a bystander's view of the first elimination that involved Alin Grasi and Tony Chang during Level 25.
With the blinds at 15,000/30,000/5,000, Grasi raised to 75,000 on the button after action folded to him. Chang made the call out of the big blind, and the flop produced the . Chang checked and Grasi fired 130,000. Chang called. The turn was the and Chang checked again. This time, Grasi stuck all his chips in the middle for an all-in bet worth approximately 630,000. Chang snapped and rolled over the for trip sevens. Grasi held the and needed a queen on the river. The completed the board and eliminated Grasi in sixth place
Next to fall was Michael Gagliano in fifth place, and this time Sbrzesny wasn't just an onlooker. Gagliano and Sbrzesny got all the money in preflop with two big pairs. Gagliano held the and was up against the for Sbrzesny. Despite being ahead, Gagliano went down to Sbrzesny as the board ran out .
Chang followed Gagliano out the door in fourth place, falling at the hands of Alexandr Lahkov. During Level 28 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Lahkov opened with a raise on the button, and Chang defended with a call from the big blind to see the flop. Chang moved all in for a little under one million, and Lahkov called right away holding the for two pair. Chang held the . After the hit the turn, and the hit the river, Chang was sent home.
Sbrzesny's run only lasted until third place, because this the start-of-the-day chip leader was eliminated by Wydrowski during Level 30 with the blinds up to 50,000/100,000/10,000. Sbrzesny had moved all in with the and was called by Wydrowski holding the . After a flop and turn of , the completed the board on the river to give Wydrowski the winning hand. He sent Sbrzesny to the rail before moving into heads-up play.
When heads-up play began, Wydrowski had greater than a 3-1 lead with 12.805 million in chips to Lahkov's 4.2 million. From there, the match didn't last long.
In the same level as Sbrzesny's bustout, Wydrowski and Lahkov got all the money in the middle. Wydrowski had a crushing hold on the hand with the to Lahkov's . An interesting flop of gave Lahkov a straight draw, and the and fell on the turn and river to leave him with just seven high. Wydrowski's sevens had held up and he was the new WPT champion.
For his win, Wydrowski earned the €325,000 ($423,957) first-place prize and the title, which includes a seat into the $25,500 WPT Championship next May at Bellagio.
The next European stop on the WPT schedule is the PartyPoker WPT Vienna that takes place Feb. 19 through 24, 2013. The Main Event is reentry featuring two starting days, and PokerNews will have recaps of the action.
Data and photo courtesy of WorldPokerTour.com.
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