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Richard Toth prevails at WPT Slovakia
Taking place at the Golden Vegas Casino in Bratislava, the €4,900 buy-in tournament only drew 100 runners, but there were a number of pros in the field including Gus Hansen, WSOP bracelet winner Peter Traply and Alec "traheho" Torelli, who final tabled both the WSOP $40k and the WPT Bellagio Cup this summer.
Although Hansen busted early in the tournament, Torelli held the chip lead going into the six-player final table with over $1 million chips and had to be considered a favorite to win it all.
Toth was second in chips with 781,000 while Boris Zeleny, Sasa Stencic, Marec Tater and Traply all had under 500,000. Traply, who made the final table of the EPT's Grand Final last season, was the super-short stack with just 50,000.
Amazingly, it would be the aforementioned Torelli who would have a mini-meltdown at the final table and eventually bust out in fourth place.
Shortly thereafter Stencic followed Torelli to the rail and Toth took a 3-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Zeleny. In the final hand, Toth flopped a straight against Zeleny's turned trip sixes.
All the money got in the middle and Toth's hand held giving him the Slovakian WPT title and the €104,000 that came with it.
The next event on the WPT schedule - WPT Cyprus - is already in full swing with two Day 1s completed. Phil Gordon and Londoner John Tabatabai are amongst the chip leaders.
The Cyprus field is almost twice the size of the Slovakian event with 181 players.
The WPT will return to the U.S. on Sept. 19 with the Borgata Poker Open. Last year Vivek Rajkumar outlasted 516 players to take first place in the event.
Complete final table results for WPT Slovakia are below:
1. Richard Toth - €104,000
2. Boris Zeleny - €66,000
3. Sasa Stencic - €42,000
4. Alec Torelli - €31,000
5. Peter Traply - €25,000
6. Marec Tater - €20,000