It took an additional third and final day of poker to crown a winner of the 2017 partypoker LIVE Million Germany €2,200 High Roller, but ultimately it was Russian partypoker Ambassador Anatoly Filatov who emerged victorious after a quick yet volatile heads-up battle with Andre Haneberg. Before the duo went toe to toe at the poker felt, a three-way deal was struck with Aleksandar Tomovic, and thus the winner's cheque ended up being for €42,000 instead of the original outlined €60,000 first prize.
Six players out of a 100-entry strong field returned to the tables on the unexpected Day 3 at the King's Casino Rozvadov 11 hours after the players bagged and tagged for the night to end Day 2. When play resumed at midday it was with Filatov holding a narrow lead over Aleksandar Tomovic and Boris Kotleba with Hoa Bui Chi assuming the role of a short stack with a mere 11 big blinds.
€2,200 High Roller Final Results
|1||Anatoly Filatov||Russian Federation||€42,000*|
|5||Hoa Bui Chi||Germany||€15,000|
|7||Josef Gulas||Czech Republic||€9,000|
*Reflects three-handed deal
Despite coming into the final day with the third biggest stack of the bunch, Kotleba was the first casualty of the day after no more than 30 minutes of play. Kotleba lost a big one to Filatov early on when his second pair was no good against the top pair of Filatov, and shortly after he doubled up German Andre Haneberg when he failed to make a straight holding nine-ten all-in against a top pair on a jack-eight-four flop. The final nail in the coffin came when Poland's Kacper Pyzara managed to make a better flush holding queen-jack against Kotleba's king-ten, and Kotleba hit the rail in sixth place.
The very next level witnessed Hoa Bui Chi fall victim to Haneberg when nothing materialized for his queen-ten suited on the flop, turn or river, and Haneberg scored the knock-out with his ace-deuce.
Despite holding the chip lead for a short while, Pyzara was the next to leave the final table. Pyzara handed over most of his stack to Filatov after running into a rivered flush, and shortly after he put his remaining big blinds in with ten-eight, but didn't get there against the king-nine of Tomovic.
Going into the first and only break of the day, the remaining three players held virtually even stacks, and that lead to a deal being struck between Filatov, Tomovic and Haneberg securing each of them a payday of €39,000 and leaving the trophy and €3,000 for the eventual winner.
It took quite the bad beat for Tomovic to be eliminated next. Tomovic got it all-in with pocket kings against the pocket queens of Haneberg, but a queen on the flop decimated the stack of the Slovak, and he exited shortly after getting it in with a dominated king against Filatov.
The heads-up battle was both fast-paced and swingy. Filatov started out taking a commanding lead when he rivered two pair, but not ten minutes later Haneberg pulled it back by check-raising all-in on the turn in one of the biggest pots of the tournament.
Filatov jumped ahead once more after doubling with pocket tens against the king-five suited of Haneberg, and ultimately it took a classic coin flip to decide the winner, when Filatov moved in with ten-nine and Haneberg called it off with pocket treys. A ten on the flop sealed the deal, and that brought the first flagship event of the festival at the King's Casino to an end with Filatov lifting the trophy.
The PokerNews live reporting team will continue to provide all the action from the festival as the €1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event will play out in the coming days.
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