Russia's Leonid Markin Wins EPT Prague Super High Roller For €771kDecember 12, 2014 1:05 pm
Thursday night saw the 2014 European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 Super High Roller draw to a close, and emerging atop of the 51-player field was 32-year-old Russian player Leonid Markin, who secured his first live tournament title, as well as the huge €771,360 ($947,687) first place prize.
As one might expect for a €50,000 entry High Roller event, the field was small but incredibly tough, and after Jacobson busted on the bubble in eighth spot, the remaining finalists took an overnight break before returning the next day to determine a winner.
Leonid Markin (A-J) then sent his fellow Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiy (A-10) to the rail in 6th (€159,170), before later being dealt Q-Q and inducing Juha Helppi (J-8) to call his all-in on a J-6-2 flop and ultimately exit the competition in 4th for €269,360. Finally, Markin (A-A) dispatched Stephen Chidwick (K-9) to the rail in 3rd (€355,070) to force heads-up play against Paul Newey for the EPT title.
UK pro Paul Newey’s path to heads-up was also an active one, having eliminated Brian Roberts in 7th (€128,565), and Ivan Soshnikov in 5th (€208,150), but he still entered the final showdown behind in chips by 2-to-1.
The two players would subsequently battle it out for a further grueling three hours before the deciding hand was played with Paul Newey raising all-in with A-7 only to be called by Markin with A-10.The J-8-4-K-2 board sealed his fate, and so Paul Newey had to be satisfied with a runner-up finish worth €557,090, while Leonid Markin picked up a prestigious EPT title.
Final Table Results:
1 Leonid Markin €771,360
2 Paul Newey €557,090
3 Stephen Chidwick €355,070
4 Juha Helppi €269,360
5 Ivan Soshnikov €208,150
6 V. Troyanovskiy €159,170
7 Brian Roberts €128,565