He was chip leader after Day 1, his name was on top of the list after Day 2, he predicted it before the final table began and last night he lifted the trophy and posed for winner photos. German bracelet winner Dietrich Fast has won the three-day opening High Roller event in the last-ever PokerStars EPT Malta, banking €174,600 and taking home his seventh career trophy.
|4||Pratyush Buddiga||United States||€61,690|
The final day of play started with just six players remaining from the field of 60 entries, including 12 re-entries. With Orpen Kisacikoglu and Vladimir Troyanovskiy already gone on the penultimate day and probably registered in other tournaments, the remaining six players were guaranteed €37,250. All of them, of course, were gunning for that first-place prize of €174,600.
Things got off to a good start for Viacheslav Buldygin as he busted Davidi Kitai and Ramin Hajiyev. Kitai ran ace-jack into Buldygin's queens and the Belgian Triple Crown champion made his way to the exit in sixth place (€37,250). Buldygin found queens again and once more a player pushed all-in. This time it was Ramin Hajiyev with ace-queen. Hajiyev did not improve and had to settle for a fifth-place finish (€47,720).
While the two knockouts had propelled Buldygin to the role of big stack, he still had Fast in front of him. That would soon change as the German bracelet winner lost lots of chips to Italian high roller Dario Sammartino.
Pratyush Buddiga was next to go, hitting the rail in fourth place (€61,690). Again it was Buldygin doing the dirty work, eliminating the American high roller with king-queen suited against pocket sevens.
With just three players remaining, Fast battled back. Now Buldygin was slipping while Sammartino had plenty. The Italian, however, was the next one to go. A set up of kings versus the aces of Fast set Sammartino back tremendously and he departed soon after losing the flip with pocket fours to Fast's ace-seven suited (€81,480).
Fast started with a 7-to-1 chip lead but found a tough opponent in online heads-up specialist Buldygin. The latter doubled to get a shot at the title, but would eventually have to leave the honors to his German opponent. In the last hand, Fast moved in to put Buldygin to the test for his last 12 big blinds. Buldygin had an easy decision with pocket sixes and was well in front against the ace-three suited of Fast. The ace on the flop, however, favored Fast and the tournament ended with a bad beat for Buldygin.
Dietrich Fast didn't go out partying; he had been multi-tabling the High Roller final table at the IPT Main Event, which he eventually busted just before play wrapped up. With now over $2 million in earnings, his disappointment was soon forgotten. Fast has the option to enter the €25,750 High Roller that kicks off at 12:30 p.m. local time. PokerNews will be on-site to cover that event and all the other big buy-ins from Malta this week.
feels like its a really good day https://t.co/2Hnx5G5NlG— Dietrich Fast (@2pacnrw16)