The Main Event of the European Poker Tour Prague finds a winner

Published on: December 19, 2022, 02:02 am.

Last updated: December 19, 2022, 02:02.

France were doomed not to win on Sunday. The soccer team couldn’t do it in the World Cup final against Argentina, and Antoine Saout couldn’t do it against Jordan Saccucci in the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event.

European Poker Tour Prague
Poker players play during the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event. Jordan Saccucci won the tournament and a prize of almost $1 million (Image: Winamax)

This €5,300 ($5,620) buy-in Main Event reached 1,267 entries last week. This allowed him to break the previous record for this iconic EPT stop in the Czech capital.

Saturday was the first day of the final table, whittling the field down to just four players by the end of the day. It was a day Spain’s Javier Gómez Zapatero saw his dreams shattered, going from championship contender to spectator as he finished eighth for €126,700 ($134,390).

Running Out Cards

The final four survivors met at the Hilton Hotel on Sunday to battle it out for the top prize. However, despite the $6.55 million prize pool, none walked away with seven figures in their pocket.

Saccucci, Saout, Istvan Pilhofer and Jun Obara were the stars of the Day 6 final of the event. Saccucci started at the front, closely followed by Hungarian Pilhofer, then Saout. Obara, who traveled from Japan for the event, had been behind since Day 6 and never had a chance to gain ground.

As the final four players settled in for action, Obara hit the rails almost immediately. He fell in the first hand when his KJ fell into the pocket of Saccucci Kings, for which he found a set on the river.

The 3-handed game started evenly, and the three traded chips back and forth. But little by little, the Hungarian began to bleed until he came up short. Saout shoved with pocket twos and Pilhofer called with A-9.

However, no help came on the board as the Frenchman hit a set and then a full house on the river. Pilhofer’s round ended, although he left the game $494,025 richer. Before that, he had only won about $22,000 in live poker, according to Hendon Mob.

Let’s make a deal

The final duel started with Saccucci and Saout with 19.4 million and 18.3 million chips respectively. They decided to strike a deal that allowed them to each take home $840,000, but they would play for glory and the title.

Saccucci immediately took advantage and increased his stack. When he was already just over 2 to 1, he finished off his opponent in style.

It was A-3 for the eventual winner who took 6-6, and the two raised before any cards hit the board. In the end, they were all in pre-flop, but Saout couldn’t find any help. The flop came 4-3-3, giving his opponent a set, which was followed by straight 9s on the turn and river for the pot.

That allowed Saccucci to claim the $118,913 left on the table as well as the title. It was just short of the $1 million mark in total, but pushed him over $1 million in total earnings. Hendon Mob has his live earnings of $1.329 million since he started on the live circuit nearly seven years ago.

DNegs is short

In the US, the World Poker Tour (WPT) was happening at the same time, and Daniel Negreanu was desperate for a deep run. DNegs knows bad beats though, and he suffered again on Sunday.

In his final hand, Negreanu had pocket twos, which he tried to make the most of as he slowly moved into the hand. When he hit a set on the flop, he must have thought he was in perfect shape. A 10 on the turn paired the 10 which led to two, prompting DNegs’ opponent Lucas Foster to move all-in.

Negreanu had to be happy. He was looking at a full house and a confident victory. However, Foster wasn’t done. He had pocket kings with only one chance to pull off a win.

The river brought the unthinkable – a king, giving Foster a better flush and Negreanu a killer headache. He took home $176,200, though, so it wasn’t a complete loss.

The biggest defeat is not being able to get enough money to get to the top of the charts. He is second behind Carlos Mortensen on the all-time WPT money list and needed to see a final table to take over.

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