The PokerStars Championship Prague, which will run through December 18, is in full swing in the Casino Atrium at Hilton Prague. Right now, roughly half of the festival’s 43 events are in the books, with Timothy Adams and Georgios Vrakas among those claiming titles.
Unlike October’s ACOP in Macau, Timothy Adams didn’t let a big chip lead slip through his fingers in the PokerStars Championship Prague Super High Roller. (Image: PokerStars)
On a High Roller
The PokerStars Championship Prague €50,000 Super High Roller drew 34 entries and created a €1,632,510 ($1,919,381) prize pool. On the final day of play, just three players returned to action, with Adams holding 70 percent of the chips in play. It took him just over an hour to cinch victory over Nikita Badziakousk and Adrian Mateos.
“The three-way play was tough, I had to beat two of the best players in the world,” said Adams. “And after three days of play, the concentration wasn’t at the top. I could make some errors, but I’m happy with how I played and even more with the result.”
In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in Level 20 (40,000/80,000/10,000), Adams moved all in holding the 6♠7♠ and Badziakousk thought long and hard before calling off his last 780,000 with the J♥10♥. The board ran out 6♥A♠8♠8♥8♦ and Adams won it with a full house.
“I’m really happy,” added Adams, who won the first Super High Roller title of his career. “I know most of the players registered in this tournament, I meet them every day online or live, so it was funny, but at the same time challenging,”
Adams joins Leonid Markin, Steve O’Dwyer, and the controversial Leon Tsoukernik as former Prague Super High Roller winners. The Canadian now has $7.8 milliom in career earnings, of which $3.7 million has come in 2017.
Final Table Results
1 Timothy Adams (Canada) €555,000/$652,527
2 Nikita Badziakouski (Belarus) €383,600/$451,008
3 Adrian Mateos (Spain) €244,900/$287,935
4 Orpen Kisacikoglu (Turkey) €187,710/$220,695
5 Sam Greenwood (Canada) €147,000/$172,831
6 Koray Aldemir (Germany) €114,300/$134,385
Vrakas earned his second six-figure score in five months. (Image: PokerStars)
Another tournament recently concluded at the PokerStars Championship Prague was the €1,100 National Championship, which attracted 2,117 entries and created a €2,053,490 ($2,420,883) prize pool.
Georgios Vrakas, a 36-year-old businessman, wound up beating Ludovic Geilich in a back-and-forth heads-up match for $398,472, the largest score of his career.
“I feel amazing, very similar to what I felt when I won the high roller in Barcelona,” said Vrakas.
The tournament referenced is the PokerStars Championship Barcelona €2,200 High Roller, which Vrakas won for $388,052. The latest win brought his lifetime earnings up to $1.026 million and vaulted him to eighth on Greece’s all-time poker money list. That’s an impressive feat given that he hasn’t been played poker long.
“Four years ago, I met a guy who believed in me and started teaching me,” Vrakas explained. “Now I think he was right. But even after another big win, nothing is going to change in my life. I’ll still run my business and continue enjoying the time at the tables.”
Others to cash were Ben Schuster (13th for $22,694), Mika Surakka (27th for $10,728), and Saar Wilf (52nd for $6,366).
Final Table Results
1 Georgios Vrakas (Greece) €338,000/$398,472
2 Ludovic Geilich (Germnay) €184,000/$216,920
3 Simone Miracoli (Italy) €127,000/$149,722
4 Marco Regonaschi (Italy) €93,000/$109,639
5 Yan Tsang (Hong Kong) €78,500/$92,545
6 Komil Khamidov (Poland) €62,680/$73,894
7 Aleksandr Pozdniakov (Russia) €47,800/$56,352
8 Nadir Molinari (Italy) €34,000/$40,083
9 Vlastimil Pustina (Czech Republic) €25,900/$30,533