Boat over boat. Sometimes you see a sick cooler that you cannot believe actually happened. In this instance, the final hand at the 2020 WPT Germany at the swanky King's Casino in RozVegas had fireworks between Laszlo Papai and Christopher Puetz. One player flopped bottom set, while the other flopped top-two pair. And you would not believe what happened next!
Sometimes those sets get sucked out by a bigger boat and there's nothing you can expect rap your knuckles on the table and shrug off the ugly beat. That's poker, right? But of course, if it happens to you at the final table of a tournament with a WPT title and over $100K in difference in pay jumps between first and second, the bad beat stings. Yikes.
This year's version of the WPT Germany played out just over the border in Rozvadov. RozVegas, which it's been known by gamblers, has become a popular spot for high-stakes action and tournament series. There's been plenty of local and global action at the King's Casino between the WSOP Europe, Triton High Roller series, partypoker MILLIONS, and of course... the World Poker Tour.
This year's Main Event at the WPT Germany had a €1.5 million guaranteed prize pool. The top 73 places were paid out of the 510-entrant pool. Most of the cheesecake was set aside to the final three players. The champion would walk away with $293K, which is a sick score for a modest €3,300 buy-in affair.
The final six included Farukh Tach, Gianluca Speranza, Josef Gulas, Joep van den Bijgaart, Laszlo Papai, and Chris Puetz.
So the hand in question... it was the 106th hand at the final table. Papai got it all-in for his tournament life with two red fours. He found out he was racing with against Puetz's Queen-nine. Ah, the old "computer hand" because the early fish on partypoker LOVED any Queen with mid-rag like Queen-seven, Queen-eight, or Queen-nine.
Puetz called with and it was time to flip coins for the WPT Germany title. The flop was . Ouch. If they didn't already get it all-in preflop, they woulda went broke on this flop. Puetz trailed with top two pair while Papai flopped bottom set.
What could possibly go wrong?
The spiked on the turn. Puetz seized the lead with a full house (Queens over nines) against Papai's smaller house. Ouch. Boat versus boat is an ugly way to hit the rail. Papai had an out... the case four. He needed the to materialize on the river to stay alive and rip the heart out of Puetz.
Puetz won €270,000 for binking the WPT Germany. Papai banked €174,500 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
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