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Javier Rojas Wins Largest Eureka Poker Tour Event in History, Topping 1,893 for €311K

Javier Rojas
  • Spain's Javier Rojas won the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event for €311,000.

Spain's Javier Rojas is now €311,000 richer after he finished victorious in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague Main Event. Rojas battled through a tough field of competitors that included defeating Martin Staszko in heads-up play and earned the largest score of his career.

Not only that, but Rojas' win came in the largest Eureka Poker Tour main event in the tour's history. A total of 1,893 entries were tallied in the €1,100 Main Event, with the bulk of those — 1,451 — coming on Day 1b.

Final Table Results

1Javier RojasSpain€311,000
2Martin StaszkCzech Republic€172,600
3Simon PerssonSweden€120,090
4Vladas BurneikisLithuania€86,850
5Mihaita CroitoruRomania€70,490
6Meir Ben ShimonIsrael€56,520
7Gianluca SperanzaItaly€43,210
8Cosimo SabatiniItaly€30,460

Despite the huge turnout of players and the large amount of chips in play, Rojas finished off the final table in just four hours. When four players remained, Rojas spent some time as the shortest stack, but he fought his way back up the leaderboard to get right back into the thick of things. He then busted Vladas Burneikis in fourth place and Simon Persson in third place before finishing off Staszko.

As if going from worst to first with four players remaining wasn't enough, from all accounts of reporters on the scene action went from three players left to just one within 10 hands or so. That makes what Rojas did even more incredible, and he was awarded handsomely for it.

"I'll have a good dinner with my friends, but then I'll take a rest as I'm playing the EPT Main Event tomorrow," Rojas explained to PokerStars reporters after his win.

Rojas' heads-up opponent was Staszko, who most famously finished in second place to Pius Heinz in the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. In that one, Staszko scored over $5.4 million, and he added an impressive €172,600 to his résumé from this finish in what is currently his second biggest result.

As Rojas now turns his attention to the EPT's €5,300 Main Event in Prague, you can follow along with coverage right here on PokerNews.

*Image courtesy of Tomas Stacha/PokerStars.

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