Cypriot Panagiotou Wins Eureka Poker Tour In Prague

Cypriot Panagiotou Wins Eureka Poker Tour In PragueThe Mediterranean island of Cyprus is famous for its beautiful beaches, colourful history and being the birthplace of the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite. Now the island of 1 million people has yet another thing to add to the list  after 29-year-old Menikos Panagiotou took down the latest stop on the Eureka Poker Tour.
The Cypriot’s timing couldn’t have been better, either, as the €1,100 Eureka Poker Tour Prague proved to be the biggest ever in the tour’s history with 644 players entering to create a first place prize worth €137,100.
Furthermore, Panagiotou captured the title in style having first eliminated six of his seven opponents at the final table. First to exit was Dutch player  Marcel Buissink in 8th, followed by Romanian Bogdan Ionescu who had been whittled down to 10bbs before shoving his pocket fives into the pocket eights of Panagiotou.
Next, Poland’s Klosinski saw his pocket fours falter against Panagiotou’s A-K to exit in 6th, while pocket queens was enough to send German businessman Vogelhuber (9-8) to the rail in 5th, who shoved but failed to improve on the 8-10-6 flop.
Panagiotou then picked-up K-K to eliminate Greece’s Ioannis Triantafyllakis (K-J) in 4th, and after Finland’s Knaapinen (Q-8) went all-in and was dispatched by Panagiotou (A-8) to the rail in 3rd, the heads-up phase of the competition got underway.
At this stage, Panagiotou held a 5 to 1 chip advantage over Robert Vukovic and not long later the Croatian was all-in holding K-10 to the Cypriot’s pocket sevens. Unluckily for him the board produced an A-5-6-9-3 to relegate Vukovic to a runner-up finish worth €75,000, while a proud Menikos Panagiotou wrapped himself up in his national flag and was crowned the Eureka Poker Tour Prague champion.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1: Menikos Panagiotou — €137,100
2: Robert Vukovic — €75,000
3: Matias Knaapinen — €75,000
4: Ioannis Triantafyllakis — €42,800
5: Bernd Vogelhuber — €31,700
6: Mariusz Klosinski — €22,100
7: Bogdan Ionescu — €15,800
8: Marcel Buissink — €11,900

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