In 2016, Vojtech Ruzicka made it all the way through to the WSOP Main Event, eventually finishing in 5th place for a whopping $1,935,288 payday, representing a 193 times return on his money. Less than a year later, and the Czech pro has notched up yet another impressive result, this time after taking down the 2017 partypokerLIVE MILLIONS £10,300 High Roller for £284,210 ($363,135).
Ruzicka’s latest victory represents the third biggest score of his professional career, with his second largest back in 2013 after scooping the €10,300 EPT Deauville High Roller for €313,000 ($426,907). Commenting following an impressive performance in Nottingham which pushes his live earnings to $3,581,236, Ruzicka said that he had entered “a lot of High Rollers and Super High Rollers” since the WSOP Main Event, without success, and that finally taking one down felt “great”.
“..that feeling when everything goes well and you’re winning hands, every time you need to you hit your set, it’s a great feeling,” explained Ruzicka.
A total of 110 players entered the £10,300 High Roller event at the Dusk Till Dawn casino, with Vojtech Ruzicka eventually facing Poland’s Bartlomiej Machon for the title. The players subsequently agreed to split the money according to their chip counts, while leaving an additional £50,000 for the eventual champion.
Two and a half hours would then ensue before the final hand was played with a short-stacked Machon shoving preflop with A-7, but ultimately coming off second best against Ruzicka’s K-4. Commenting on the heads-up phase of the competition, Ruzicka explained:
“.. my coach for the World Series was Max Altergott, who’s a heads-up player himself. I studied heads-up a lot, and finally I used it today! .. I will speak to Max and he’ll be proud!”
Final Table Results:
1: Vojtech Ruzicka (CZE) £284,210
2: Bartlomiej Machon (POL) £220,790
3: Tom Hall (GBR) £142,000
4: Chris Backhouse (GBR) £110,000
5: Joao Simao (BRA) £85,000
6: Jason Wheeler (USA) £65,000
7: Laszlo Bujtas (HUN) £50,000
8: Stefan Schillhabel (GER) £40,000
9: Daniel Merrilees (GBR) £30,000
10: Oliver Waters (GBR) 20,000
11: Govert Metaal (BED) 20,000