Boris Mondrus dominated the final day's play in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €1,100 EPT National, and after just under four levels of play he emerged triumphant to secure himself a €382,750 payday and a PokerStars Players Championship $30,000 Platinum Pass.
Mondrus, who hails from Israel, was responsible for all but one of the eliminations on the final day and had amassed a huge chip lead which ultimately proved too much of a mountain to climb for eventual runner-up and last Czech player standing Ondrej Lon.
Here are the results from the final table:
|Position||Player||Country||Prize (in EUR)||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Boris Mondrus||Israel||€ 382,750||$436,335|
|2||Ondrej Lon||Czech Republic||€ 204,200||$232,788|
|3||Ali Al Saidy||Norway||€ 138,400||$157,776|
|4||Danilo Velasevic||Serbia||€ 106,600||$121,524|
|5||Walter Treccarichi||Italy||€ 89,000||$101,460|
|6||Ut Tam Vo||France||€ 71,800||$81,852|
|8||Vasileios Tsaknis||Greece||€ 39,700||$45,258|
With his friend acting as translator, Mondrus told PokerNews that he predominantly plays Pot-Limit Omaha.
"I've played Texas Hold'em for a long time," said Mondrus. "But more PLO."
"This is a big win. I play cash games; I don't play tournaments. I've played maybe eight to ten tournaments in my life."
The win is the biggest of Mondrus's career and his first recorded cash since the 2016 WSOP Main Event. In addition to the prize money, Mondrus also bags himself a coveted PSPC Platinum Pass.
"I didn't know about the Platinum Pass until the floor told us today! It didn't change how I played. It's a nice surprise."
"It changed nothing, but for my wife now it's a problem! It's a lot of money and it's a problem that I'm going to the Bahamas now!"
Final Day Recap
The day got off to the worst possible start for start-of-day chip leader Danilo Velasevic, who handed over chips to Ali Al Saidy when his opponent rivered a flush. Not long afterwards, Al Saidy moved into the chip lead with the elimination of short stack Ut Tam Vo, who jammed with jack-ten into the Norwegian's kings to become the first elimination of the day.
Another big mover early on was Mondrus, who rose from the middle of the pack at the start of the day to usurp Al Saidy at the head of proceedings. Walter Treccarichi had spent most of the day slowly dropping back from the leaders, and after Velasevic doubled through the Italian, it was Mondrus who eliminated him when his queen-ten cracked Treccarichi's ace-jack.
Mondrus now held almost half the chips in play by the first break, and he extended his chip lead further when start-of-day chip leader Velasevic fell foul of Mondrus's pocket aces when Velasevic moved all in with sevens.
And he didn't stop there. The Israeli player kept on going, slowly whittling down the stacks of his last two players until he held three-quarters of the chips in play.
Although Ondrej Lon managed to double through Mondrus whilst three-handed, Mondrus put his foot right back on the gas and eventually sent Al Saidy to the rail when Al Saidy's threes ran into the sixes of Mondrus.
Mondrus started heads-up with a greater than 5:1 chip lead over the last Czech player in the field. Mondrus did get it in once, only to lose a flip. However, once the chips got in again - with Mondrus behind this time - the roles were reversed as Mondrus spiked an ace to crack Lon's pocket pair and seal the victory, €382,750 and a Platinum Pass worth $30,000 shortly before 5 pm local time.
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