Julian Track (Photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars)
Germany's Julian Track held off stiff challenges from Stephen Chidwick and Ole Schemion to snag his first career major title and €725,000 tonight at EPT Prague.
The chip leader coming into the final eight Track felt under the weather for much of the day but still held off all challengers for his lead.
Because of his illness Track eventually cut a deal heads-up with Greece's Georgios Sotiropoulos, despite a chip edge, that assured them both €700k and left €25k on the table for the winner.
The two still battled for a couple of hours before Track finally put Sotiropoulos away and raised the EPT trophy.
Schemion Out Fifth, Chidwick Third Again
A favorite to some coming into the final table despite a relatively short stack fellow German Ole Schemion couldn't get past Track's hurdle and crashed out in fifth.
Chidwick: Amazing back-to-back performances.
It took a bad beat to knock him out, however, as the 21-year-old superstar got it in with tens to Track's sevens only to see a seven hit on the turn.
British pro Max Silver, who came into the final table second in chips, struggled from the get-go and busted in sixth.
Fellow Brit Chidwick, who finished third in another 1,000-player field just a week ago in the Eureka Poker Tour main event, matched his placing again before busting to Sotiropoulos.
The official final eight and payouts:
- 1. Julian Track €725,700*
- 2. Georgios Sotiropoulos €700,000*
- 3. Stephen Chidwick €378,000
- 4. Ka Kwan Lau €283,800
- 5. Ole Schemion €218,300
- 6. Max Silver €160,200
- 7. Zdravko Duvnjak €118,200
- 8. Jorma Nuutinen €84,600
For a complete recap of the final-table action, check the PokerStars blog. Look for a full video replay of the final table right here.
Soshnikov Tops Busquet, Selbst in High Roller
On the other side of the casino in Prague Russian Ivan Soshnikov took down the €10,000 High Roller event, beating Olivier Busquet heads-up.
High roller veterans Vanessa Selbst, Mike "Timex" McDonald, Thomas Muhlocker and Jeff Rossiter also all made the final table but none could hold on further than fourth. Official High Roller results and payouts:
- 1. Ivan Soshnikov €382,050
- 2. Olivier Busquet €257,850
- 3. Dmitry Yurasov €177,500
- 4. Thomas Muhlocker €144,700
- 5. Mike McDonald € 115,400
- 6. Andy Seth € 88,650
- 7. Vanessa Selbst €64,500
- 8. Max Heinzelmann €46,750
- 9. Jeffrey Rossiter € 38,650