Poland’s Jakub Michalak Takes Inaugural ISPT Wembley

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Jakub Michalak

Polish poker pro Jakub Michalak is the first International Stadiums Poker Tour champion after coming out on top at Wembley Stadium today.

Michalak overcame French player Xavier El Fassey heads-up to claim the title.

The Polish pro would have received €1 million for the win but thanks to a chop he instead took down €436,000.

Interestingly the final six players hashed out a deal prior to the final table that saw each player paid based on their chip counts.

With all the money chopped between them, that left just €200k for the winner, essentially turning to the table into a six-player winner-take-the-rest Sit & Go.

The chop worked out well for French female player Gwendoline Janot who busted first but still earned €243,000 thanks to the deal.

Michalak Busts Linton in Tournament-Defining Hand

Pete Linton entered the final table as chip leader but ended up busting in fourth place thanks to a massive hand against Michalak.

Linton opened the pot, Michalak 3-Bet, Linton 4-Bet and Michalak shoved all-in for 17 million. Linton called and tabled Ace-Queen while Michalak was in bad shape with king-jack.

The final table dynamic changed dramatically thanks to a king on the flop. Linton got unlucky to bust while Michalak soared to 28 million and never looked back.

It remains to be seen what’s next for the ISPT. The event drew 761 players but Dusk Till Dawn still had to step in and provide an overlay of over €500k to meet the guaranteed €1 million first-place prize.

Here’s a look at the updated results based on the six-way chop (Michalak received an extra €200k for winning):

  • 1. Jakub Michalak – €436,000
  • 2. Xavier El Fassey – €204,000
  • 3. Nick Hicks – €254,000
  • 4. Pete Linton – €375,000
  • 5. Alban Juen – €290,000
  • 6. Gwendoline Janot – €243,000
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