Ivan Banic Triumphs at WSOPC Rozvadov for €232,241November 23, 2016 2:39 pm
The 2016 WSOP Circuit Event Rozvadov took place recently at the King’s Casino in the Czech Republic, with 851 players entering the €1,650 main event to create a prize pool of €1,212,675 ($1,323,029). The fiercely contested tournament then took four days to complete, with Croatian pro Ivan Banic ultimately triumphing over the field to collect a top prize worth €232,241.
Following his victory, Banic now takes his live career earnings to $327,460, although it is online where the player usually plies his trade, having amassed $1,721,585 playing under the screen name Banicivan.
Amongst the competitors cashing in at one of the main events 87 paid places were two players from India, with Sanjay Kesarabhavi Shyamsunder eliminated in 74th place for €3,759, and Deepak Khubchandani finishing in 58th place for a €4,244 payday.
By the time the final table of eight got underway, Ivan Banic was second in chips to table leader Yehuda Cohen, but the Croatian soon took the lead after being dealt As-6s and eliminating Stefan Drabert (K-Q) in 8th place.
Banic then continued his good form throughout the final table, and after reaching three-handed play his J-8 was good enough to send Mihai Croitoru (A-6) to the rail in 3rd, thus setting up heads-up play between Banic and Cohen for the title. As the deciding battle commenced, Banic was sitting on a huge 9 to 1 chip advantage, and two hands is all it would take before he was able to defeat his short-stacked opponent. On the defining hand, Cohen moved all-in preflop holding A-8, with Banic making the call with 9-7. The dealer then laid out a Q-2-3-K-7 board to consign Yehuda Cohen to a runner-up finish worth €144,551, while Ivan Banic was awarded the WSOPC title, as well as a seat through to the end of season WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Final Table Results:
1: Ivan Banic (Croatia) €232,241
2: Yehuda Cohen (Germany) €144,551
3: Mihai Croitoru (Romania) €103,441
4: Georgios Vrakas (Germany) €80,037
5: Michal Kadziela (Poland) €63,059
6: Marco Topic (Germany) €49,356
7: Henning Wendlandt (Austria) €36,502
8: Stefan Drabert (Germany) €25,102