In the end it was an almost all Austrian Battle in Bratislava when the Main Event was won by Martin Mauthner against Adi Rajkovic, both from the neighboring country, Austria.
The Poker Main event attracted 621 runners over 4 starting flights. After the bubble burst on day 2, 31 players returned for day 3.
Initially the event was scheduled to run for 2 more days. But after only 4 hours 22 players busted and the final table was found. It was quickly decided to have the final table on the same day and battle the first Festival in Bratislava out this very night.
Those are the 9 players that made the final table:
The entire final was a very Austrian happening as 4 of the 9 players came from the country only a few kilometers away from the Slovakian capital.
The final table lasted until 11 p.m. when Mauthner beat Rajkokic after a short but intense heads-up.
With only 3 players remaining the remaining players - all from Austria - struck a deal:
- Adi Rajkovic – €45,130
- David Vedral – €38,270
- Martin Mauthner – €34,600
€13,000 were left on the table for the winner.
Rajkovic began the heads-up battle a the massive chip leader with 15m vs 4m chips. But with a good portion of good luck Martin Mauthner managed to overcome this disadvantage.
It was mainly one vital coinflip that decided the battle between Mauthner and Rajkovic. Mauthner found J J on the button and Rajkovic found A Q in the big blind. It was an easy all-in for both. The board ran down K K 5 2 10 - no help for Rajkovic. With that Mauthner was up to 14m chips and Adi Rajkovic down to 5m chips. The tides had turned against Rajkovic and Mauthner was in a commanding lead.
The final hand saw Mauthner limp on the Button with K-3. Rajkovic in the Big Blind checked with J-T and the flop fell K-9-5. Mauthner bet small and Rajkovic called with his gutshot. The turn brought another K and again Mauthner bet and Rajkokic called once more. The river brought a T and Mauthner now went all-in. Rajkovic felt compelled to call the all-in with his pair but, of course, lost the showdown against Mauthners trips.
Mauthner, who used to be a dealer at EPT events and is a recreational player nicknamd "The German Sammy Farha", was more than happy to take down the title and the prize money.
Short Video Summary of the Final
Those are the final results of the Main Event of The Festival in Bratislava:
|12||Welo Tor Anton Myrvold||-||€3,500|
|17||Reichel Frank Ronald||Germany||€2,200|
|19||Thomas De Rooij||Netherlands||€2,200|
|45||Robert Sloboda||Czech Republic||€1,200|
|64||Jiří Kocáb||Czech Republic||€1,000|
|65||Ondrej Jakubčík||Czech Republic||€1,000|
|66||Peter Muhlbek||Czech Republic||€1,000|
Read up on the Final Table here: The Festival Live Blog