Last Ever EPT Main Event Won by Dutch PlayerDecember 20, 2016 1:58 pm
All good things must come to an end, including the European Poker Tour (EPT) which was launched in 2004. Thirteen seasons later, and the popular tournament series finally drew to a close in the Czech capital of Prague, with Dutch player Jasper Meijer van Putten winning its Main Event.
The €5,300 buy-in tournament was held at the Hilton Prague Hotel, with a total of 1,192 players showing up to create a prize pool worth €5,781,200 ($6,118,773). Seven days later, and the 29-year-old Dutch player from Alkmaar managed to overcome the field, including Hungarian player Marton Czuczor heads-up, to lift the title, as well as its €699,300 ($740,133) top prize.
The EPT Prague Main Event saw a number of notable pros cash in at one of the tournament’s 231 paid money spots, including Juha Helppi in 98th (€13,830), Ludovic Lacay in 72nd (€13,830), Philipp Gruissem in 67th (€17,200), Maxim Lykov in 53rd (€17,200), Fabrice Soulier in 46th (€21,540), and Felipe Ramos in 15th (€44,430).
After the official final table of six reached three-handed play, Marton Czuczor (A-Q) eliminated David Peters (Q-7) in 3rd to go heads-up against Meijer van Putten for the EPT title. At this stage, van Putten held a three-to-one chip lead over his remaining opponent, but after managing to draw almost even a deal was subsequently struck in which van Putten received €649,300 and Czuczor locked up €630,000, with a further €50,000 set aside for the eventual winner.
Not long after, the deciding hand was played with Meijer van Putten (2-2) and Czuczor (K-J) all-in preflop. The dealer then laid out a J on the flop which held, and just like that Meijer van Putten was crowned the tour’s last ever main event champion.
Final Table Results:
1: Meijer van Putten (Neth) €699,300*
2: Marton Czuczor (Hung) €630,000*
3: David Peters (US) €397,300
4: Sergei Petrushevskii (Rus) €284,550
5: Marius Gierse (Germ) €203,800
6: Sam Cohen (US) €145,900
The EPT has now been rebranded into two separate tours, the PokerStars Championship and the PokerStars Festival. Starting in January 2017, the popular tour formerly known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) will subsequently kick-off under a new title, namely the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.