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Weekend winners: EPT, WSOPC find champs
The two events may have seemed worlds apart, with the EPT taking place in Hungary and the WSOPC at the Horseshoe Hammond in Indiana, but they had both their fare share of poker talent in the mix and plenty of money on the line.
Budapest in Hungary was a new stop for the EPT, but that didn't prevent hundreds of people showing up for the poker action last week. The event got started Oct. 28 with 531 players shelling out €4,350 to play.
The result was a €2,128,000 prize pool with more than a few well-known pros looking for a piece of it. Alex Kravchenko, but it was the following players who made it to the final table to battle for the top prize:
- Seat 1: Marino Serenelli, $357,000
- Seat 2: Will Fry, $572,000
- Seat 3: Ciprian Hriska, $1,038,000
- Seat 4: Gino Alacqua, $466,000
- Seat 5: Martin Jacobson, $306,000
- Seat 6: Albert Iverson, $1,017,000
- Seat 7: Johnny Lodden, $500,000
- Seat 8: Zoltan Toth, $1,059,000
In what turned out to be a fast-paced final table, Will Fry pulled out the win.
"I thought it would be really cagey early on but to tell the truth, I did think there were a couple of stacks that would be up for grabs. It was definitely faster than I thought though!" Steve Billirakis was on hand to actually win the event as well.
It was a convincing victory for Billirakis, who held the chip lead at the end of Day 1 and Day 2, and scored a wire-to-wire win at the final table. He came in with the chip lead and when it got down to heads-up against Thomas Koral, he was still in the lead, with about $2.1 million in chips to Koral's $1.2 million.
The two played the first 18 hands of heads-up fairly cautiously, but then the 19th hand did Koral in. Koral was low in chips and raised with 9♦ 9♥. Billirakis pushed in with A♦ 8♠ and the flop came J♦ 4♦ 8♦.
Though Koral still had the lead, Billirakis was looking at a flush draw. The Q♦ on the turn gave him that flush, and Koral's only hope was a T♦ on the river to give him a straight flush.
However, that miracle seems to only happen in movies. A 9♠ on the river gave Koral a meaningless set, and Billirakis got the win.
"Tom played perfect. I knew he was going to play perfect; I would never expect anything less," Billirakis said after his win.
"That's what he's been doing the last four or five years; he's just playing tight, playing perfect and just minimizing his losses at all times. He's one of the greatest players in the world that no one's heard of."
Billirakis is a little more well-known than Koral. He gained notoriety in the live tournament world when he became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner in 2007. Now he can add "youngest WSOPC winner" to his resume as well.
The final-table results were:
|4th||Kyle Schert||Metamora, Ill.||$63,060|
|5th||George Dietz||Oak Park, Ill.||$49,266|
|6th||Sameer Al-Dbhany||Frankfort, Ky.||$39,413|
|7th||Ravi Raghavan||Champaign, Ill.||$31,530|
|8th||Jason DeWitt||Granger, Ind.||$25,618|
|9th||Dustin Woolf||Las Vegas||$25,618|
More details on these events can be found in the Live Tournaments section. PokerListings is also in Costa Rica to cover the latest Latin America Poker Tour event, and we'll be on the scene in upcoming weeks when the EPT heads to Warsaw and the WSOPC makes a stop in Lake Tahoe.