PokerStars 2010 LAPT Florianopolis Won By Matthias HabernigAugust 10, 2010 8:12 am
Matthias Habernig has won the 2010 LAPT Florianopolis, after defeating a field of 364 players over three days to take down the title and the $247,441 first place prize.
The 19-year-old Austrian player became the chip leader on day 1 of the competition, and by the time he had secured a place at the final table was sitting on almost half the chips in play.
However, with six of the remaining eight finalists coming from South America Habernig knew he still had his work cut out if a European player was to become the next LAPT champion.
Nonetheless, it took just five hours for Matthias Habernig to run over the table and eventually force a heads-up battle against the Brazilian Dayan Vardanega.
Holding a 4 to 1 chip lead over his opponent, Habernig actually lost his huge advantage briefly against the Brazilian player from Ponta Grossa, before regaining control of the battle once more.
Eventually, the final hand of the competition came when Habernig was dealt an Ac-10c to his opponent’s Ah-7s. With the flop falling As-7d-Th, it was only a matter of time before all the chips made their way to the centre of the table with Habernig’s two pair badly dominating his opponent’s inferior two pair.
A Qd followed by a Jd on the turn and river did nothing to change the situation, and so Vandanega had to settle for a runner-up position and $143,174, while Habernig walked away with full honours and a LAPT title.
The young player from Klagenfurt, Austria will now have to put any future poker aspirations on hold for a while as he has now already returned to his native country to begins a mandatory year of national service.