Pokerfestival i Praha - del 9

Det er klart for finalebord i PokerStars EPT Praha, og du kan se alt sammen direkte her fra klokken 12:00!


Gårsdagen så meget lovende ut med to nordmenn blant de 21 siste spillerne. Og det startet meget bra. Tidlig på dagen så vi at Mads Åmot slo ut en av de hardeste konkurrentene, Roberto Romanello, som vant EPT Praha for to år siden. Romanello gikk all in etter at Mads hadde spilt opp, og Mads synte raskt med JJ, og ledet stort på walisiske Romanello som satt med to tiere.

Dette sendte Mads mot teten i turneringen, men han skulle oppleve sitt livs vondeste bad beat et par timer senere.
Mariusz Klosinski spilte opp, og Mads synte med 88 fra knappen. Flop var 8-9-10 med to spar. Klosinski bød 75k og synte når Mads høynet til 210k. Turn var spar to. Klosinski checket, og når Mads bød 275k gikk han all in. Mads, som hadde ca 700k igjen tenkte i halvannet minutt før han synte.

Klosinski viste opp to røde konger, og hadde kun mulighet til å vinne om en av de to siste kongene dukket opp på river. Dette skjer mellom 4 og 5 ganger av hundre forsøk, så sjansen var definitivt liten. Likevel, på river kom kløver konge, og potten på over 2,5 millioner chips gikk feil vei. En meget skuffet Mads Åmot var ute på 19. plass.

Johnny Lodden var dermed eneste nordmann igjen. Johnny lå ikke høyt på listene, men hadde likevel en spillbar stack og holdt seg flytende ved å stadig høyne og plukke småpotter. Dette gikk bra lenge, og spillerne røk ut rundt han.

Med tretten spillere igjen høynet svenske Ramzi Jelassi til 60k, før Johnny Lodden gikk all in over med ca 800k og to tiere på hånden. Dette hadde fungert meget godt mot Jelassi, men dessverre satt David Boyaciyan på lur bak Johnny med to ess på hånden. På turn lå bordet 7-Q-9-J som ga Johnny åtte ekstra vinnerkort, men dessverre var river en skikkelig uvesentlig firer og Johnny ble nok en gang snytt for finalebordet i siste øyeblikk.

Dette var syvende gang Johnny Lodden noterte seg for en plassering blant de 17 beste på en EPT. I tillegg har han en 11. plass fra WSOP Europa Main Event. Det er ikke mange pokerspillere som fortjener et finalebord mer en Johnny Lodden om dagen.


Vi tar selvsagt også med at Morten Klein ble nummer 10 i EPT High Roller. Også han hadde uflaks når han tapte en stor og meget avgjørende pott med QQ mot JT. Dessverre klarte motspilleren å få en såkalt runner-runner straight.

Finalebordet i Main Event starter klokken 12:00, og du kan se sendingen derfra direkte i videovinduet øverst på siden. Under følger en introdusksjon til alle spillerne på bordet, på engelsk.

Seat 1: David Boyaciyan, 33, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Live satellite winner - 4,635,000 
It's here we go again for Dutch banker David Boyaciyan, who was runner-up here at EPT Prague last season. Boyaciyan, a banker by trade, first took the poker world by storm when he won the Amsterdam Master Classics in November 2011 for €382,200. Not only had a total unknown bested some of the best players in the world, but he wasn't even a pro. A month later and he was at it again, finishing second to EPT8 Prague champion Martin Finger. That €535,000 prize is still Boyaciyan's biggest cash to date but he has also made two WPT Bellagio finals, the Partouche final and finished 11th in the PCA €2k NL Turbo in January. Boyaciyan, who took a 12-month sabbatical from work this year to focus on poker, won his seat in a €550 live satellite in Prague. He has played all three EPTs this season as well as the WSOP in the summer. He is married with two children – Joel, 5, and Elina, 2.

Seat 2: Sergey Kuzminskiy, 22, Kemerovo, Russia – PokerStars qualifier - 1850000 
Kuzminskiy is a 22-year-old linguistics student from Kemerovo. He first started playing five-card draw at the age of 12 with his younger brother. Then in 2008 he saw Poker After Dark on TV and start playing NLHE - freerolls, microlimit MTTs and 6-max turbo SNGs. In October, he won his seat to Prague in a special EPT Prague Social Networks freeroll for CIS players. This is his first live tournament.

Seat 3: Ramzi Jelassi, 26, Stockholm, Sweden - 5,675,000 
Even though Ramzi Jelassi is still only 26, he is one of the old hands when it comes to the European Poker Tour, having first started on the tour way back in Season 2 when he won a seat online to EPT2 Barcelona. He went deep in two side events at that event and then cashed twice the following season – in Baden and Warsaw. Since then he has cashed a further nine times in EPT Main Events, including 19th at the EPT6 Grand Final in Monaco for €50,000, and 20th at EPT Barcelona in Season 5 for €24,700. His biggest victories to date though were winning IPT San Remo in 2009 for €170,000 and winning a €2k side event at EPT Prague in Season 5. His live tournament winnings now total more than $1.2 million.

Before taking up poker in 2004, Jelassi was a successful soccer player, participating in the Boy's Allsvenskan (the highest boy's league in Sweden) as a 16-year old. This is his deepest EPT Main Event run to date.

Seat 4: Ben Warrington, 25, London, UK - 2,200,000 
Ben Warrington is a 25-year-old professional poker player, originally from Epsom in Surrey and now living primarily in London - when he's not travelling the international poker circuit. After making his mark online, where he won more than $2 million in tournaments alone, he is now focused on establishing himself as a live player. He considers his stellar performance here as evidence that he is getting close to achieving that goal. Warrington was tournament chip leader after day four and took a steady approach to day five, allowing players to bust around him. "I played very patiently," he said. "And I'm still only one double up from pretty much the chip lead." After a placement in Valencia, while studying Spanish at university, he lived in Spain for a few years before returning to his native UK in June. He is being supported in Prague by his girlfriend Yuresky, who played the ladies event here after qualifying on PokerStars.

Seat 5: Sotirios "SKWINNER" Koutoupas, 29, Thessaloniki, Greece – PokerStars qualifier - 3,775,000 
Sotirios Koutoupas, 29, hails from Thessaloniki, Greece and qualified for the EPT9 Prague Main Event on PokerStars via a €82 satellite. Koutoupas made his presence known in the Main Event on Day 3 when he was one of only three players to bag up over a million in chips.

Koutoupas, who is single, plays primarily big buy-in tournaments on PokerStars under the screen name "SKWINNER" and has more than $190K in earnings. Prior to making the EPT9 Prague final table, Koutoupas' only live cash was a runner-up finish to Kenny Hallaert in the EPT8 Loutraki €300 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo back in November 2011 for €5,200.

Despite his online success, Koutoupas is still a workingman back home where he works in the family business. Koutoupas is in Prague with his best friend, who was actually with him when he made the final table of the aforementioned EPT8 Loutraki event. "I can't even imagine," Koutoupas said when asked what it'd mean to win an EPT title.

Seat 6: Mark Herm, 27, Philadelphia, USA - 1,700,000 
The lone American remaining in Prague, Mark Herm has had seven World Series cashes and one at the PCA but none on this side of the Atlantic. The 27-year-old from Philadelphia turned pro after leaving college seven years ago. He began with a $50 deposit online, grinding limit hold'em games and running it up to more than $1,000. After leaving college he took up poker professionally and has never looked back. Herm says he is primarily an online tournament player and this is his first EPT in mainland Europe, which he claimed was a good way to avoid being bored. It's made for a profitable week. "There's no online poker back home," said Herm. "Prague is a cool city and we wanted to check it out, more for travelling rather than poker."

Seat 7: Aleh Plauski, 28, Minsk, Belarus PokerStars qualifier - 4,705,000 
Aleh 'cooltwister' Plauski has scored more than a million dollars online at PokerStars and $449,386 in live tournaments, most of which came from a sixth place finish at the EPT Grand Final for €300,000. Not only is Plauski obviously a tournament talent but he's also keeps good company. 
"I think it's important for me [to win]. A friend of mine has this result, he's my classmate," said Plauski. That classmate, with whom he shared a maths class, is Mikalai Pobal, winner of EPT Barcelona earlier this season. 
"There are two trophies that Belarus took, but only one for Russia. It would be nice to have a third result for Belarus. Let's go!" added Plauski, aiming to follow in Pobal and Vadzim Kursevich's footsteps.

Seat 8: Diego "ildieko" Gomez, 33, Oviedo, Spain – Live satellite winner - 1,380,000 
If you were superstitious, you would say bowtie-wearing insurance broker Diego Gomez was destined to make the EPT Prague final table. Back in August, he was in Barcelona for work and dropped in to watch JC Alvarado on the Super High Roller final table. He decided it was his dream to make an EPT final table and set about winning a seat on PokerStars. After bubbling THREE EPT Prague satellites, he decided he should come here anyway and buy in direct. Within days, he had managed to win the first Eureka side event (for €5,550) and then win a seat to the EPT Main Event in a live satellite, even though he was down to one big blind at one point. Diego has been playing poker for around four years, mainly casino tourneys, although he did finish 12th at Estrellas San Sebastian He is being supported in the final by a large group of Spanish mates, including his girlfriend Marina.