Leon Tsoukernik Wins EPT Prague Super High Roller

The EPT Prague is currently underway in the Czech capital, with the tournament series running all the way through to December 19th. One of the many events being held was the EPT €50k Super High Roller, which succeeded in attracting 49 players to create a prize pool worth €2,352,735.
Three days of action later, and walking away with the title and a top prize worth €741,100 ($782,453) was none other than Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, whose King’s Casino Rozvadov in Western Bohemia has been chosen to host the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe.
Despite reaching a final table filled with some of the game’s most accomplished players, Leon Tsoukernik was in good spirits throughout the competition, with some one his classic lines throughout the day including “I’m the only pro, the rest is semi-pro at best.” Another one of his cryptic lines was “All rivers lead to the sea,” which turned out quite appropriate given the casino owner’s ultimate triumph.
With just seven players receiving cash payouts, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was the unfortunate player to bust on the bubble, after which the remaining players were guaranteed a minimum payout of €123,520. As Grospellier tweeted following his departure:
“Stone bubbled. FeelsBadMan”
As the final table progressed, Juha Helppi was eventually eliminated by Tsoukernik in 3rd, although the Finnish pro received €341,150 for his efforts, taking his live career earnings to $6,916,423, and placing him at number 2 on Finland’s All Time Money List just $232,553 behind Patrik Antonius.
As the heads-up battle commenced, Tsoukernik held a three-to-one chip advantage over UK pro Charlie Carrel, but the latter had a chance to get back into the game after going all-in preflop holding K-J and getting called by Tsoukernik with A-K. A jack on the flop and no subsequent help from the board ended any such hopes, though, and Charlie Carrel had to then settle for a runner-up finish worth €535,250, while the 43-year-old Czech entrepreneur walked away with top honors.
Final Table Results:
1: Leon Tsoukernik (Cz) €741,100
2: Charlie Carrel (UK) €535,250
3: Juha Helppi (Fin) €341,150
4: Viacheslav Buldygin (Rus) €258,800
5: Paul Newey (UK) €200,000
6: Julian Thomas (Ger) €152,915
7: Anthony Zinno (US) €123,520

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