Vladimir Bozinovic (Photo: WPT)
All eyes were on Marvin Rettenmaier at the WPT Baden final table today but Vladimir Bozinovic and Paul Berende had other plans.
While the German Rettenmaier came in second in chips and eyeing his third career WPT title, it was Bozinovic and Berende there in the end battling for the championship.
The Serbian Bozinovic and the Dutchman Berende dominated much of the action in the final six - as they did for much of the tournament - and were very deserving of their heads-up spots.
Berende even had himself one card from the win before an eight on the river gave Bozinovic a straight and turned the momentum heads-up.
Bozinovic finished Berende off shortly after to take home his first WPT title and $271,258. Berende earned $172,695 for the runner-up finish.
Rettenmaier Crashes Out in Fifth
No glory for Rettenmaier today.
The conditions were prime for Rettenmaier to seize the day and his third WPT title in nine months but fate had other ideas.
Losing a few pots early to Berende, Rettenmaier couldn't get anything going and met his demise early against Finn Kimmo Kurko.
Shoving in the small blind over the Finn's open from the button, Rettenmaier's KQ couldn't catch Kurko's AQ and that was that.
Kurko could only hold on for a fourth-place finish of his own, however, cashing for $81,034.
The official final-table results and payouts:
- 1. Vladimir Bozinovic $271,258
- 2. Paul Berende $172,695
- 3. Oswin Ziegelbecker $111,587
- 4. Kimmo Kurko $81,034
- 5. Marvin Rettenmaier $59,496
- 6. Grzegorz Wyraz $47,820
For a full recap of all the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates.