2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
€550 Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in €550
Prize Pool €294,875
Players 621

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 31
€550 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Former Poker Dealer Martin Mauthner Wins the €300K GTD The Festival Series Bratislava Main Event (€47,600)

Jaxon • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Martin Mauthner
Martin Mauthner

Austria's Martin Mauthner came out of nowhere on the final day and the final table to win the €300,000 guaranteed The Festival Series Bratislava Main Event for €47,600 at Banco Casino Bratislava after agreeing to a three-way deal with Adi Rajkovic and David Vedral which left an extra €13,000 to the winner.

Mauthner was the short stack entering the final table and came back from a huge deficit heads-up on the way to the title.

The Austrian was a former dealer, most notably at EPTs, and was visibly having the most fun throughout the final table. Mauthner had a cigarette hanging from his mouth the entire festival and will forever be known by The Festival Series as the Austrian Sammy Farha.

The victory was by far the biggest live score for Mauthner, who had a shade under $10,000 in total tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob entering the event.

The Festival Series Bratislava Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Martin MauthnerAustria€47,600*
2Adi RajkovicAustria€45,130*
3David VedralAustria€38,270*
4Henry ManiaGermany€20,500
5Fotios NtamarisGreece€14,000
6Peter HankeAustria€10,000
7Dushko BogoevskiNorth Macedonia€7,500
8Viktor ErikssonSweden€5,975
9Erik SefferAustria€4,600

*Reflects three-way deal.

Martin Mauthner
Martin Mauthner

Final Day Recap

The Festival Series Bratislava €550 Main Event was a massive success with 621 entries getting into the action. The action was down to just 31 hopefuls to start the final day.

After a few hours, the action was down to a final table of nine hopefuls with runner-up Adi Rajkovic kicking things off as the table captain and Martin Mauthner starting as the short stack.

Mauthner doubled up very early into the final table to the middle of the pack while Rajkovic and David Vedral swapping the lead back and forth.

Peter Hanke, Dushko Bogoevski, Viktor Eriksson, and Erik Seffer all hit the rail while Henry Mania bluffed off a bit of his stack before the dinner break.

Mania was a maniac after the dinner break and went from just four big blinds to more than half the chips in play during a short time. Day 2 chip leader during which time he sent Greek strategy streamer Fotios Ntamaris to the rail in fifth place. Mania's time in the limelight didn't last long as he lost two big hands to Rajkovic to give him back the lead before Verdal finished him off.

The final three players agreed to a deal to flatten the payouts while leaving €13,000 and the trophy to be played for. Rajkovic ousted Vedral and had a 3:1 chip advantage against Mauthner before heads-up play began.

Mauthner mounted a comeback by doubling up twice and had more than triple the stack of his opponent before winning the event with trips against two pair.

Tons of Fun Outside Poker

In addition to the Main Event and tons of poker side events, The Festival Series also featured many other fun casino-related events including a roulette tournament, a blackjack event, a slots tournament, and two sports wagering contests.

The Festival Series founder Martin "Franke" von Zweigbergk was on top of the world after winning both of the sports wagering competitions while also running deep in the first of two open-face Chinese poker events.

While the PokerNews coverage of the Main Event is a wrap, The Festival Series Bratislava has one more day of events on Sunday including a short deck tournament.

Be sure to come back to PokerNews as we cover many of the biggest events around the world including the 2021 World Series of Poker.

Final Table Payouts

Jaxon • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Martin MauthnerAustria€47,600*
2Adi RajkovicAustria€45,130*
3David VedralAustria€38,270*
4Henry ManiaGermany€20,500
5Fotios NtamarisGreece€14,000
6Peter HankeAustria€10,000
7Dushko BogoevskiNorth Macedonia€7,500
8Viktor ErikssonSweden€5,975
9Erik SefferAustria€4,600

*Reflects three-way deal.

Adi Rajkovic Eliminated in 2nd Place (€45,130)

Jaxon • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Adi Rajkovic
Adi Rajkovic

Martin Mauthner limped from the button with {k-Spades}{3-Spades} and Adi Rajkovic checked his option from the big blind with {j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}.

Rajkovic check-called for 500,000 on the {k-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop before he check-called again for 1,000,000 on the {k-Diamonds} turn,

The {10-Spades} river completed the board and Rajkovic checked again. Mauthner jammed and won the tournament after Rajkovic called off for his remaining stack of 2,800,000.

Thanks to the deal, Rajkovic collected €45,130 for his runner-up performance while Mauthner won the trophy along with a massive prize of €47,600 for his biggest live poker tournament victory.

Martin Mauthner AT
Martin Mauthner
AT 18,630,000 4,630,000
Adi Rajkovic at
Adi Rajkovic
at Busted

Huge Double for Mauthner with Jacks

Jaxon • Level 32: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Martin Mauthner
Martin Mauthner

Martin Mauthner opened for 950,000 from the button with {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. Adi Rajkovic jammed with {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades} and it was a coinflip after Mauthner called off for 6,700,000.

Rajkovic bricked the {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} board and Mauthner doubled into a big lead.

Martin Mauthner AT
Martin Mauthner
AT 14,000,000 7,000,000
Adi Rajkovic at
Adi Rajkovic
at 4,000,000 -7,000,000
Level:
32
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
300,000

Mauthner Doubles with Five-Four Suited

Jaxon • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Martin Mauthner jammed for about 2 million from the small blind with {5-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and was called by Adi Rajkovic with {7-Spades}{6-Clubs}.

Mauthner celebrated as he doubled through Rajkovic after nailing two pair on the {4-Clubs}{q-Spades}{5-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} board.

Adi Rajkovic at
Adi Rajkovic
at 14,000,000 12,400,000
Martin Mauthner AT
Martin Mauthner
AT 4,200,000 1,900,000

David Vedral Eliminated in 3rd Place (€38,270)

Jaxon • Level 31: 125,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
David Vedral
David Vedral

Adi Rajkovic limped from the small blind with {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}. David Vedral jammed for 3.5 million from the big blind with {j-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Rajkovic called.

The {5-Spades}{j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades} board gave Vedral top pair but this didn't beat a set of jacks. Thanks to the deal, Vedral collected €38,270 instead of the scheduled third-place prize of €29,000.

Adi Rajkovic at
Adi Rajkovic
at 16,000,000 3,000,000
David Vedral at
David Vedral
at Busted
Level:
31
Blinds:
125,000/250,000
Ante:
250,000