Former swim coach Marcin Wydrowksi will bring his country’s first-ever WPT title home tomorrow after outlasting his five opponents today at the WPT Prague final table.
The 26-year-old from Poland, who had only one previous live cash, came from fourth in chips to start the day to knock off Alexandr Lakhov heads-up to earn €325,000 and a $25k seat in the WPT World Championship for his win.
Russian Lakhov, a 2-7 lowball specialist and the oldest player at the final table at age 40, earned €213,775 for his runner-up finish.
Bodo Goes Down
The chip leader coming into the final table, Party Poker pro Bodo Srbzesny was the heavy favorite to take the title down but couldn’t get it done after a frustrating turn late in the day.
Cruising as the chip leader for much of the final table, Srbzesny hit a major speed bump three-handed when he doubled up Wydrowski.
Running his KQ into Wydrowski’s KK, Sbrzesny dropped all the way down to the short stack at 3.3 million.
Conversely the big pot gave Wydrowski the big stack and he wielded it like a champ, pressuring both Sbrzesny and Lakhov relentlessly from there on in.
Eliminating Sbrzesny third on a flip and making short work of Lakhov heads-up, the title was all Wydrowksi’s shortly after.
For a full recap of all the final-table action, check the WPT Live Updates.
The official final six and payouts (in USD):
- 1. Marcin Wydrowski - $423,957
- 2. Alexandr Lakhov - $278,866
- 3. Bodo Sbrzesny - $179,246
- 4. Tony Chang - $132,736
- 5. Michael Gagliano - $99,506
- 6. Alin Grasu - $79,723
Next up in Prague is the European Poker Tour main event which started today. Check the PokerStars blog for updates.