After nearly 12 hours of play on the final day, Denmark's Arian Kashi defeated local Czech player Pavel Stribrny heads-up to win the 2022 partypoker Championship (PPC) €330 Main Event for a massive prize of €100,000.
There couldn't have been a more excited champion than Kashi who screamed while posing for photos "I'm a champ!" loud enough for everyone at King's Resort to hear.
It wasn't all smooth sailing for Kashi. Despite coming into the final day in second place among the 29 remaining contenders, he was in last place with eight players to go. He was able to snag the lead temporarily but it wasn't until heads-up play that he was able to seal the deal.
"It was a hard day," Kashi said after his victory. "It was a fight and I'm thrilled to win."
The PPC Czech Main Event awarded Day 1a seats to the WSOP Europe Main Event valued at €10,350 as part of the prize to the final six winners. Kashi has big plans for that as well.
"I'm going to win that as well," Kashi shared about the WSOP Europe Main Event.
Players often after hoisting the trophy fail to show excitement and are ready for bed, this wasn't the case for Kashi who was seen after the victory prancing around the casino and the buffet with his well-earned trophy in hand. He plans to continue to celebrate with his very supportive rail who were rooting him on from the beginning of the day until the end.
"I'm probably going to go to Prague with my friends and have a party," Kashi shared with a huge smile.
The Main Event itself was a huge success story with 2,261 entries generating a huge €644,385 prize pool to smash the €500,000 guarantee. The 341 entries that bagged up from the eight live opening flights at King's Resort and three online opening flights at partypoker each cashed for €600 with the prizes increasing in a huge way from there.
|2||Pavel Stribrny||Czech Republic||€64,000|
|7||Jakub Kotas||Czech Republic||€11,250|
*Top six prizes include a ticket to Day 1a of the WSOP Europe Main Event valued at €10,350.
The final day began with 29 hopefuls in the hunt for the title with "Matze P" kicking off the action with the chip lead closely followed by Kashi. "Matze P" was unable to make the final table which began after Walter Van Camberg was unable to win a flip with big slick against tens. Similar to the start of the day, Kashi began the final table second in chips only behind Witali Reinbold.
Reinbold had the early momentum at the final table when his jacks held against the ace-queen held by Christophe Cosenza while Kashi already lost a big pot and was in last place to start a marathon with eight players remaining. Kashi got back into things by doubling through Reindbold when his big slick was good against ace-queen and soon after Kashi temporarily took his first lead at the final table. Hours later, Reinbold went hero to zero and hit the rail when his ace-nine proved to be no good against Stribrny's ace-jack.
Stribrny extended his lead to hold double the chips of his nearest competitor when his tens dominated fours to send Jakub Kotas to the showers in seventh place. Shortly after, Kashi took his second lead at the final table after doubling through Antonino Karman with his ace-jack holding against king-seven.
Sebastian Lenz then ousted Raul Sav in sixth place after his cowboys held against ace-queen. Stribrny then resumed his roll at the table terminator by eliminated both Ralf Stam and Karman to hold more than half the chips in play with three players remaining.
The chip lead went back and forth between Stribrny and Lenz during three handed action but eventually Lenz found himself as the short stack. Shortly after, Kashi sent Lenz packing with his ace-jack dominating his opponent's jack-ten.
Stribrny began heads-up play with a marginal chip lead against Kashi. However, all momentum was with Kashi who not only took the chip lead but had a nearly 5:1 chip advantage when the final hand took place.
Stribny jammed for 14 big blinds with eights and was called by Kashi with ten-nine suited. Kashi won the flip to win the tournament when his hand improved to a flush.
Congrats to Arian Kashi for an epic win and a massive €100,000 prize for just a €330 buy-in.
If you missed out on the excitement at King's Resort, rest assured that an even bigger event is coming up later in the year in the partypoker MILLIONS UK festival, which will feature a £3,300 Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, England.
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