Anton Heinrich Cruises to Victory in the 2023 The Hendon Mob Championship Liechtenstein Main Event

Anton Heinrich

Swiss poker player Anton Heinrich was crowned the champion of the 2023 The Hendon Mob Championship Liechtenstein Main Event. He turned his CHF 300 buy-in into CHF 36,000, over 100 times what he had put up.

Heinrich had a massive chip lead throughout the vast majority of the day, and he used it well in order to be the final victor. He bested Liechtenstein's very own Karim Frick during heads up play. Frick had big aspirations to keep the trophy in the European microstate but ultimately failed to do so.

The two players played for a while heads up before they decided to both take CHF 30,000, leaving CHF 6,000 to play for, as well as the trophy. Before that, six other players had been eliminated from the Swiss-dominated final table.

The only outsiders who attempted to conquer the trophy from the normally ever-neutral country fell short, as Turkey's "Alladin" would be the first one eliminated in eighth place (CHF 4,430), while David Wintersberger from Germany would fall not much later in sixth (CHF 7,600).

THMC Liechtenstein Final Table Results

RankPlayerCountryPrize (CHF)Prize (USD)
1Anton HeinrichSwitzerland36,000*$39,600*
2Karim FrickLiechtenstein30,000*$33,000*
3"Kaspar Schmid"Switzerland17,800$19,580
4Daniel SchwitterSwitzerland12,800$14,080
5Manfred MuellerSwitzerland10,000$11,000
6David WintersbergerGermany7,600$8,360
7"Kairi" 5,800$6,380

* denotes a heads-up chop.

THMC Liechtenstein Final Table
THMC Liechtenstein Final Table

Day 3 Action

The day started with a total of 14 players returning to Grand Casino Liechtenstein from the entire field of 601. Everyone had high hopes to seize the biggest portion of the CHF 200,000 prize pool, but after about half an hour of play Remini Camel was the first to bow out when his ace-nine could not improve against Manfred Mueller's pocket queens. Alessandro Morales would soon join him at the rail after a clash with Heinrich, and not much later, the field saw only ten players still remaining when "83-83" and "DG" were both knocked out in the same hand.

The very short-stacked "Braveheart" would then be the next victim before Greek grinder Symeon Alexandridis finally fell in ninth place as the final table bubble, when his inferior ace could not hit against the ace-ten of Wintersberger.

Symeon Alexandridis
Symeon Alexandridis

"Alladin" could only enjoy the spotlights of the streamed final table for a few minutes. He led the river all-in as a bluff but would falter when Heinrich comfortably called with trips. Heinrich would consequently also claim the next knock-out, busting "Kairi" in seventh place in a preflop flip. It would take nearly 90 minutes before Wintersberger followed in "Kairi"s footsteps when he jammed his ace-six for less than ten big blinds and could not defeat the ace-jack of "Kaspar Schmid".

Mueller would not much later fall in fifth, being pipped with ace-nine against ace-ten preflop. The four remaining players then discussed a deal for a while, but that ultimately fell through, and play went on. Two hours later, it was Daniel Schwitter who would regret that the most. Schwitter had gathered the chip lead all the way back on Day 1a, but with a lost preflop flip against Heinrich, he could not translate it all the way into a victory. Heinrich then went on to add another stack to his tally, when he busted "Kaspar Schmid" with queens against king-jack, preventing a Swiss heads up as the quiet Frick from Liechtenstein had profited from all the bust-outs and made it to the final two.

Karim Frick
Karim Frick

Frick started off hot in the duel, doubling up the very first hand via a preflop all-in and even taking the chip lead from Heinrich for the first time all evening. However, that only lasted for one hand, as Heinrich found aces the next hand and won the preflop all-in against Frick's pocket fives.

The pair then decided that they had had enough of the variance that comes with heads up poker, and decided to chop the prize pool evenly. With a small amount of cash and the trophy left to play for, the 30 million chips in play would not much later get all in the middle for the final time. Heinrich had pocket sixes versus the ace-jack of Frick in the final preflop clash, and the latter would see no help arrive on the board. Thus, Heinrich secured his by far largest ever live cash of CHF 36,000 and, maybe more importantly, the grandiose THMC trophy.

THMC Main Event Trophy
THMC Main Event Trophy

That concludes the PokerNews coverage of the 2023 The Hendon Mob Championship Liechtenstein. A successful week of poker has been had in the Alps, and the THMC organization is hopeful to see the same happen at their next stops at Thunder Valley (20-23 July) and Malta (24-30 October).

  • The Hendon Mob Championship Liechtenstein Main Event is over and Anton Heinrich is the champion.

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