Cates, Chidwick, O'Dwyer Win Events At 2015 EPT PragueDecember 16, 2015 3:46 pm
The 2015 EPT Prague ran from December 5th to 16th, during which time a total of 87 events and side events were available at the Hilton Prague Hotel in the Czech Republic. One big name pro who made the EPT headlines was Steve O’Dwyer, who won Event #19: €50k NL Super High Roller for €746,543 ($809,752), and in the process boosted his live career earnings to $12,097,054.
Other notable pros who also found a measure of success in Prague includes British pro Stephen Chidwick, and US pro Daniel Cates. Earlier, Chidwick had crashed out of the €50k Super High Roller, the €25k Single Day High Roller, and the €5,300 Main Event empty-handed. Nevertheless, Event #63: €2,200 No Limit Hold’em proved somewhat of a trip saver for Chidwick who managed to overcome a field of 307 players on his way to collecting the tournament’s top prize of €119,400 ($130,844). As a result, Chidwick now boasts $4,371,257 in live career winnings, to go with the $4,533,921 he has amassed online playing under the screen name ‘Stevie444’.
Event #63, €2k NL
1: Stephen Chidwick (UK) €119,400
2: Romain Lewis (France) €79,390
3: Kevin Andriamahefa (US) €58,075
4: Simon Deadman (UK) €46,870
5: Deddi Or-Paz (Israel) €36,750
6: Alexandru Papazian (Romania) €27,815
7: Didier Betito (France) €20,430
8: Sergey Sergeev (UAE) €15,010
Also faring well was Daniel ‘Jungleman‘ Cates, who topped a small 11 player field at Side Event #7: €5,000 Eight-Game for a €26,675 ($28,967) payday. As well as breaking an EPT duck, Cates now boosts his live tournament earnings to $3,328,328. All in all, not bad going from a player who considers himself chiefly a high stakes cash player. In fact, Cates has won more than $11 million from online cash games, making him the third biggest winner in the history of the online game.
EPT Prague 8-Game
1: Daniel Cates (US) €26,675
2: Vladimir Troyanovsky (Russia) €16,005
3: Tobias Hausen (Germany) €10,670
Commenting recently on his tournament career, Cates said: “I prefer cash games because for one I’m not that good at tournaments. If you’re just good, you’ll bust 85%. And even if you cash most of the time you barely make any profit. And it’s so brutal to wake up at 12 o’clock and then sit there for 12 hours every day. A cash game is a pain for other reasons but you win quite often, and you can control how long you’re going to play. Two of the many reasons why I prefer cash games.”