Nils Jarefjäll Wins EMOP Prague 2012February 8, 2012 9:49 am
Swedish player Nils Jarefjäll has won the EMOP Prague, after overcoming a field of 231 players over four days to lift the title, and collect the €52,277 top prize.
As the €1,100 Main Event at the Card Casino in Prague reached its final table, Nils Jarefjäll was in pole position with 1.195m in chips, followed by Ireland’s Kevin Spillane (809k), and Roman Ondrusek (628k) from the Czech Republic.
Also at the final table vying to become the EMOP season IV’s first champion were Roman Ondrusek (628k), Sven Bahnsen (500k), Connie O’Sullivan (341k), Martin Safarik (339k), Pavel Býma (304k), Pim van Wieringen (264k) and Martin Dragún (244k).
Eventually, however, Nils Jarefjäll would find himself heads-up against the tables most experienced pro Pim van Wieringen. The Austrian master had played in various top tournaments around the world, including the Aussie Millions and the WSOP Main Event in the US, whereas Nils Jarefjäll by contrast, had precious little live experience.
Furthermore, the Swede started the heads-up battle behind on 1.5 million in chips compared to his opponent’s $3 million. Nevertheless, Nils Jarefjäll was able to steadily chip away at Pim van Wieringen’s lead and ninety minutes later, when the positions had been reversed, the final hand was played.
Pim van Wieringen was dealt and raised his As-Qd pre-flop, only to have Jarefjäll shove all-in over the top with pocket threes. With Wieringen making the call, the board then ran out 5d-5h-6c-2d-7s to relegate the Austrian to a runner-up finish worth €41,963 ($55,038), after a deal was struck. It was nonetheless Wieringen’s biggest score to date, who has now earned $200,427 from live tournaments.
In the meantime, Nils Jarefjäll claimed the title and walked away richer to the tune of €52,277.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1. Nils Jarefjäll (Sweden) €52,277
2. Pim van Wieringen (Austria) €41,963
3. Martin Safarik (Czech Republic) €23,560
4. Kevin Spillane (Ireland) €14,320
5. Pavel Býma (Czech Republic) €11,080
6. Roman Ondrusek (Czech Republic) €9,000
7. Sven Bahnsen (Germany) €7,850
8. Connie O’Sullivan (Ireland) €6,690
9. Martin Dragún (Slovakia) €5,540
The European Masters of Poker’s next stop is Lisbon, Portugal from March 29th to April 1st.