Thomas Boivin Wins EPT Prague €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for €375,520

Thomas Boivin Wins EPT Prague €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for €375,520

Thomas Boivin has won the PokerStars European Poker Tour €25,000 Single Day High Roller for €375,520, topping a field of 46 entries in the Czech capital.

Boivin had finished sixth in the €10,300 High Roller a week ago for €25,800 and today saw off a whole host of familiar names and defeated experienced High Roller player Steve O'Dwyer heads-up to seal the biggest cash of his career so far.

Runner-up O'Dwyer has another final table in a Single-Day High Roller at EPT Prague after third and fifth place finishes in 2016. He will no doubt be back in two days for the second €25,000 Single Day High Roller of the festival.

PokerStars European Poker Tour €25,000 Single Day High Roller Payout

PositionPlayerCountyPayout in €Payout in $
1Thomas BoivinBelgium€ 375,520$426,389
2Steve O'DwyerUnited States€ 259,550$294,709
3Orpen KisacikogluTurkey€ 165,670$188,100
4Michael AddamoAustralia€ 127,010$144,206
5Pavel PlesuvMoldova€ 99,400$112,858
6Stefan HuberSwitzerland€ 77,310$87,777

* Payout in $ via

Thomas Boivin, Steve O'Dwyer, and Orpen Kisacikoglu
Thomas Boivin, Steve O'Dwyer, and Orpen Kisacikoglu

"I'm only just starting to play higher stakes live," Boivin told PokerNews. "The reason I've started is obviously that I wanted to continue playing higher more regularly; it's not like I was hoping to bink the first one! But I'm definitely going to be playing higher now!

"I felt really confident in my game, and it just feels great to win a tournament, especially such a tough one."

"There was a really interesting dynamic at the final table. The players were all competent, and I'm definitely still learning a lot by observing and talking. It was a really high level, so that was really interesting.

"I've been studying a lot recently, and obviously you don't win a tournament just because you study, but I felt really confident in my game, and it just feels great to win a tournament, especially such a tough one."

Boivin also had a message for everyone heading to the Bahamas in January.

"Spoiler alert but I'm going to win the biggest $25k in history!"

Thomas Boivin
Thomas Boivin

Recap of the Day's Action

For once a High Roller event got underway on time, with €50,000 Super High Roller champion Matthias Eibinger in the field, and by the end of the first level the number of total players had grown to 15, including online tournament crusher Niklas "lena900" Astedt.

The first player eliminated was Michael Addamo, but he immediately reentered. Others who also fired a second bullet included EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller winner Michael Soyza.

The eliminations kept coming, and by the second break, just 22 of a field of 46 entries remained, with Belgian Thomas Boivin at the top of the counts.

The payouts were confirmed not long after registration closed, with six places paid and the winner taking home €375,520.

By the time the tournament was down to two tables, the usual big names were all still in, but the likes of Davidi Kitai, Matthias Eibinger, Joao Vieira, Preben Stokkan, Daniel Dvoress, and Timothy Adams would all bust before the tournament reached the final table.

It was Pavel Plesuv who lead the final nine players when the tables combined, with Orpen Kisacikoglu just behind him and Sylvain Loosli bringing up the rear.

The early stages were cautious, the only notable pot being when Ryan Riess used all nine of his time extension cards in a single hand against Steve O'Dwyer before the players broke for dinner.

Ryan Riess
Bubble Boy Ryan Riess

When they returned, Loosli and Charlie Carrel were sent to the rail by Plesuv and Addamo respectively, bringing the tournament to the money bubble. That bubble burst when Addamo’s seven-eight cracked the ace-six of Ryan Riess after the Australian flopped an eight. There was no help for the former world champion, and he was eliminated. The remaining six players were all guaranteed €77,310.

At this stage, it was Addamo in the lead, and he extended that with the elimination of Stefan Huber in sixth place. Both players held an ace blind on blind, but Addamo’s was better, and Huber was eliminated.

However, Addamo’s aggressive style got him in trouble as O’Dwyer score a huge double through the Australian. Addamo jammed over an O’Dwyer open with king-ten suited. O’Dwyer called with ace-king and turned a straight to double up to around two million in chips.

Michael Addamo
Michael Addamo

Despite this setback, it was Addamo who sent the next player to the rail. Pavel Plesuv shoved with pocket deuces on a paired board, but Addamo was waiting with a better two pair and held to send Plesuv home in fifth for just shy of €100,000.

Thomas Boivin would double through Addamo to close in on O'Dwyer. Then, Kisacikoglu himself doubled through Addamo to leave him with less than a big blind behind. O'Dwyer's shove to try and get rid of the Australian was called by Boivin as well who would double up again to move into the chip lead and eliminate Addamo.

The remaining three players settled into some semblance of a rhythm, with no one wanting to make a fatal mistake that would blow their chances of victory at such a crucial stage of the tournament.

However, that changed when O'Dwyer got it wrong, calling in a river spot against Boivin where he said that he was "supposed to fold." He was supposed to, as Boivin had turned the nut straight, and suddenly a gap opened amongst the trio.

Steve O'Dwyer
Steve O'Dwyer

As O'Dwyers stack dwindled; it appeared that he would be the next player to face an all-in. However, on a king-high board, it was Kisacikoglu who called the shove from Boivin for the Turk's tournament life. Both players had flopped top pair, but Kisacikoglu was out-kicked and was eliminated after receiving no help on the runout.

Boivin started heads-up with an overwhelming chip lead, but O'Dwyer did manage to score two small double ups when play got underway. A third one, though, was not forthcoming, and Boivin finished him off barely twelve hours after the tournament first started.

Stay tuned to for continued live coverage from the PokerStars European Poker Tour festival here at the Hilton Prague!

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Based in the United Kingdom, Will started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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