Julian Track Wins EPT Prague For €725,700

Julian Track Wins EPT Prague For €725,700 Germany’s Julian Track has won the 2013 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, after besting a field of 1,007 people over six days on his way to capturing the prestigious title, and collecting the  €725,700 ($994,463) first place prize.
Following his remarkable victory, Track commented: “I’m very tired. I just want to take a 16-hour sleep. I guess in the next four days I’ll be very, very happy. I was chip-leader, but the underdog because of so many very good players. I changed my strategy for the final and just played very aggressive pre-flop..I’m an online qualifier and I came from a min-cash. I was never the best player at the table.”
The €5,300 buy-in tournament was held at the Hilton Prague Hotel and attracted a huge field to create a prize pool worth €4,883,950. Amongst the notable players cashing in at the event was such pros as  Paul Volpe in 143rd (€9,000), Bertrand Grospellier in 106th (€9,900), Adrian Mateos Diaz in 93rd (€11,100), Eugene Katchalov in 71st (€13,200), and Jonathan Duhamel in 63rd (€13,200).
After the final table of eight had been reached, Julian Track (10-10) then proceeded to eliminate Jorma Nuutinen (A-K) in 8th (€84,600) on a 10-4-8-7-5 board, before being dealt pocket sevens and getting lucky against Ole Schemion (10-10) to eliminate his fellow German in 5th for €218,300. Georgios Sotiropoulos subsequently took out Ka Kwan Lau in 4th (€283,800), and Stephen Chidwick in 3rd (€378,000) to go heads-up against Track.
As the final showdown commenced, the German held a 17.265m to 12.915m chip advantage over the Greek, and it wasn’t until several hours later that the defining hand was played with Sotiropoulos all-in pre-flop holding Q-J to his opponent’s pocket tens. The board then rolled out K-9-2-4-3 to hand Track the EPT title, although the players had already made a deal to each take €700,000 of the final prize pool and play for the remaining €25,700.
Final Table Result:
1 – Julian Track, Germany,  €725,700*
2 – Georgios Sotiropoulos,  €700,000*
3 – Stephen Chidwick, UK, €378,000
4 – Ka Kwan Lau, Spain, €283,800
5 – Ole Schemion, Germany,  €218,300
6 – Max Silver, UK, €160,200
7 – Zdravko Duvnjak, Croatia, €118,200
8 – Jorma Nuutinen, Finland, €84,600

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