Live Events 1
€10,200 No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in €10,200
Prize Pool €267,900
Players 57

Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 26

Highlights

Highlights

€10,200 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed

Sam Grafton Wins 2021 EPT Prague Event #1 €10,200 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller (€80,360)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Sam Grafton
Sam Grafton

One of the first Spadie trophies has been awarded during the rescheduled 2021 PokerStars EPT Prague festival at the King's Casino in the Czech capital. None other than PokerStars ambassador Sam Grafton prevailed in Event #1 €10,200 NLHE Bounty High Roller after defeating online poker legend Niklas Astedt in a very short-lived heads-up duel. The tournament attracted 57 entries and the €267,900 cash prize pool was awarded among the top eight finishers.

Grafton was his usual jovial self and the centre of table chat in an atmosphere filled with banter and jokes. The Brit claimed a cash prize worth €80,360 and also racked up several bounties of €5,000 each along the way. On the final table, Grafton knocked out four opponents and was responsible for the final three eliminations to notch up the victory in style.

Final Result Event #1 €10,200 NLHE Bounty High Roller

PlaceWinnerCountryCash Prize (in EUR)
1Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom€80,360
2Niklas AstedtSweden€58,130
3Daewoong SongSouth Korea€37,510
4Teun MulderNetherlands€28,400
5Alex KulevBulgaria€21,970
6Gab Yong KimSouth Korea€17,150
7Alexandros TheologisGreece€13,660
8Zhong ChenNetherlands€10,720

The last player to leave empty handed was another well-known High Roller regular from the live and online poker scene. Andras Nemeth came up short in a flip against South Korea's Daewoong Song to miss out on a cash prize. For Song, the tournament ended with a respectable third place finish after he dominated the action throughout the day. Fellow South Korean player Gab Yong Kim was also in the mix and finished in sixth place, surrounded by familiar faces of the high stakes circuit.

Day 2 recommenced with 25 players still in contention and Pavel Binar was the only one to take advantage of the late registration prior to the start. However, the Czech was unable to turn his second entry into any payday and departed without any cash or bounty prize. Many other notables suffered the same fate including Patrick Leonard, Stephen Chidwick, Adrian Mateos, Timothy Adams, and Thomas Muehloecker.

Among the contenders were also two well-known Brazilian online grinders in Pedro Garagnani and Rodrigo Seiji but neither of them reached the money stages. The same also applied for Yuri Dzivielevski as well, who sent his €5,000 bounty chip over to eventual champion Grafton.

While the action was fast-paced most of the day, the money bubble was a tense affair. Andras Nemeth failed in numerous attempts to score bounty prizes in the tournament but survived multiple times when he was the player at risk. Eventually, his luck ran out in a big flip.

Andras Nemeth
Andras Nemeth

More than one hour passed without any elimination in the money before the floodgates then opened. Within just over an hour, the field went from eight to a winner as Grafton went on a hot streak to seal the victory. And as the Brit conceded to fourth place finisher Teun Mulder in table chat, that was just the first High Roller battle and many more will follow during one of the most popular live poker stops on European soil.

The PokerNews live reporting team will provide exclusive updates across several marquee events during the festival including the €50,000 Super High Roller and the €5,300 Main Event.

Niklas Astedt Eliminated in 2nd Place (€58,130)

zedmaster84 • Level 23: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Niklas Astedt
Niklas Astedt

The first two hands of heads-up play saw the chips traded back and fourth while Niklas Astedt then lost a small chunk in the third hand. Fast forward another few seconds to the fourth hand of heads-up play, Sam Grafton opened to 200,000 on the button. Astedt pushed for 1.4 million and Grafton instantly called.

Niklas Astedt: {k-Hearts}{7-Spades}
Sam Grafton: {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The pocket pair held on the {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} board and Astedt had to settle for a cash prize of €58,130 and the bounties he had earned previously. For PokerStars ambassador Grafton, the victory comes with €80,360 in cash, several bounties and the Spadie trophy.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 5,700,000 1,580,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se Busted

Daewoong Song Eliminated in 3rd Place (€37,510)

jeffmcmillan • Level 23: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Daewoong Song
Daewoong Song

Daewoong Song raised from the button, Sam Grafton jammed from the big blind and Song called immediately.

Daewoong Song: {3-Clubs}{3-Spades}
Sam Grafton: {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

Song had the lead and he would maintain that lead through the flop which came {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} but not through the turn as the {4-Clubs} came off to pair Grafton. The river was the {a-Diamonds} and Song's run was over in third place.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 4,120,000 615,000
Daewoong Song kr
Daewoong Song
kr Busted

Tags: Daewoong SongSam Grafton

Level:
23
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
80,000

Astedt Gets Some Off Grafton

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Sam Grafton raised to 120,000 on the button and was called by Niklas Astedt in the big blind. The {q-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{2-Hearts} flop was checked by Astedt and he then called a bet worth 85,000 by Grafton. Both ended up checking through the {q-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river for Astedt to announce an ace.

The Swede tabled the {a-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and Grafton mucked.

One hand later, Daewoong Song was at risk for 375,000 with the {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and had to settle with a chop as Grafton's {q-Spades}{j-Spades} was as strong on the {a-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{a-Spades}{5-Spades} runout.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 3,650,000 50,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 1,580,000 -40,000
Daewoong Song kr
Daewoong Song
kr 375,000 -175,000

Grafton Extends Lead

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

From the button Daewoong Song raised and Sam Grafton defended his big blind.

The flop came {4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. Grafton check-called a bet of 125,000. The turn was the {6-Hearts}. Grafton led for 100,000 and Song raised to 300,000 after using a time extension. Grafton called.

The river came the {7-Diamonds}. Grafton checked, as did Song and Grafton tabled the {j-Hearts}{8-Clubs} for the straight to win the large pot.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 3,600,000 590,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 1,620,000 370,000
Daewoong Song kr
Daewoong Song
kr 550,000 -850,000

Tags: Daewoong SongSam Grafton

Teun Mulder Eliminated in 4th Place (€28,400)

zedmaster84 • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Teun Mulder
Teun Mulder

Shortly after winning a small showdown pot against Niklas Astedt, Sam Grafton pushed all-in from the small blind. Teun Mulder was the only remaining opponent in the big blind and held the far shortest stack among the final four contenders. The Dutchman called all-in to create the following showdown.

Teun Mulder: {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Sam Grafton: {10-Spades}{9-Spades}

The {k-Spades}{7-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop gave Grafton a flush draw to go with his two live cards. He missed on the {4-Hearts} turn but got there with the {10-Hearts} river. Mulder's run ended in 4th place for €28,400 in cash prizes.

Sam Grafton gb
Sam Grafton
gb 3,010,000 560,000
Daewoong Song kr
Daewoong Song
kr 1,400,000 100,000
Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 1,250,000 80,000
Teun Mulder nl
Teun Mulder
nl Busted

Alex Kulev Eliminated in 5th Place (€21,970)

jeffmcmillan • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Alex Kulev
Alex Kulev

Niklas Astedt raised under the gun, Alex Kulev jammed from the small blind and Astedt called.

Alex Kulev: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Niklas Astedt: {a-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Astedt had the lead but not for long as the flop came the {9-Hearts}{j-Spades}{7-Spades} to pair the jack and send Kulev into the lead. But the turn was the {7-Hearts} to give Astedt trip sevens. The river was the {8-Diamonds} to end the run for Kulev in fifth place after having staved off elimination so many times before.

Niklas Astedt se
Niklas Astedt
se 1,170,000 210,000
Alex Kulev bg
Alex Kulev
bg Busted

Tags: Alex KulevNiklas Astedt