Germany's Paul Michaelis outlasted a field of 1,174 runners to win the 2018 EPT Prague at the swanky Hilton in Prague, Czech Republic. Michaelis banked €840K and also won himself a Platinum Pass to the PSPC in the Bahamas next month. Popular streamer Parker 'Tonkaaaa' Talbot finished in sixth place.
Ship it to Germany. Even with a three-way chop, Paul Michaelis still emerged the victor at the EPT Prague hosted at the Hilton. The 27-year old Germany made his first major splash with an EPT title, a sick score worth €840K, and a coveted Platinum Pass to the PSPC in the Bahamas.
The EPT Prague Main Event attracted 1,174 entries with 281 re-entries. Only the top 175 places paid out of the prize pool that ended up a tad under $5.7 million.
Romania's Liviu Ignat bubbled off the final table in seventh place. The final six featured online whiz Parker 'Tonkaaaa' Talbot, Carlos Branco, Laurynas Levinskas, Alexandr Merzhvinskii, Artem Kobylinskiy, and Paul Michaelis.
Tonkaaa was the first player to bust at the final table. The big-time streamer on Twitch banked a tad under €180K for his deep run. Portugal's Carlos Branco bricked out in fifth place. Laurynas Levinskas bounced in fourth place.
With three remaining, they chopped up the money. Alexandr Merzhvinskii busted in third place but won more money than the runner up.
Artem Kobylinskiy was the shortest stack with three remaining but managed to get heads-up with Paul Michaelis.
The German beat the Ukrainian. Kobylinskiy earned approximately €572K for second place. Not too shabby, eh?
Michaelis won the Main Event and €840K in cash. Oh and the Platinum Pass. Yeah, Michaelis is headed to the Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Players Championship. He won a free seat to the $25K affair.
Notables who cashed in the EPT Prague included... Andrey Pateychuk, Tobias Peters, Patrik Antonius, Scott Margereson, Anton Wigg, Natalie Teh, Jani Vilmunen, Juha Helppi, Luc Greenwood, Jason Wheeler, Sylvain Loosli, Uri Reichenstein, Markku Koplimaa, Conor Beresford, Joao Vieira, Andrey Zaichenko and Morten Klein.
Meanwhile in other action, Henrik Hecklen binked the €10K High Roller for €503K. The Dane outlasted 259 runners to win a little more than a half-mil. Hecklen picked off Ole Schemion heads up for the win. France's Alexandre Reard finished in third place.
Last week, Matthias Eibinger took down the €50K High Roller for a sick sick score worth €653,000.
2018 EPT Prague Main Event
Prize Pool: €5,693,900
Final Table Results:
1. Paul Michaelis (Germany) €840,000**
2. Artem Kobylinskiy (Ukraine) €571,910**
3. Alexandr Merzhvinskii (Russia) €631,500**
4. Laurynas Levinskas (Lithuania) €316,600
5. Carlos Branco (Portugal) €242,560
6. Parker 'Tonkaaaa' Talbot (Canada) €179,360
** Three-way money deal