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Andrey Pateychuk Wins World Poker Tour Prague Main Event

Russian Adds WPT Title To Collection In Prague


Credit: World Poker TourIn what is turning out to be a fantastic 2011 for Andrey Pateychuk, the Russian has scored again, this time at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Prague. Pateychuk adds $630,263 to his winnings which have also been bulked up in the last five months with first place at the European Poker Tour San Remo for $937,530 and 15th in the World Series of Poker main event for $478,174.

This was the WPT’s first visit to Prague and the €3,200 + €300 main event was held in the Corinthian Towers Hotel. Pateychuk not only became the WPT’s first king of the Czech Republic but he did so in a field which set the new WPT European attendance record with a total of 568 players creating a prize pool of €1,753,200.

When the final day’s action began it was Stanislaw Kretz who was in the lead with 6.3 million in chips, followed by Benjamin Pollak and then Pateychuk. The final table lasted almost 10 hours, but it was during the heads up when the action truly peaked with Spain’s Adria Balaguer staring down Pateychuk.

Balaguer soared to a 10:1 chip lead over the Russian early on in the ultimate battle but play was far from over as Pateychuk doubled up twice to get himself back into contention. Pateychuk then pushed into the lead but was prevented from going any further when Balaguer moved all in over a 500,000 raise with JClub Suit 4Club Suit. Pateychuk called and revealed AHeart Suit KDiamond Suit. Two jacks made their way to the board and put Balaguer back in the game.

In another key hand, Pateychuk moved all in with ASpade Suit 6Club Suit and Balaguer called with AHeart Suit JClub Suit. A 6 on the flop was enough to stop the trophy from going to Spain as the final hand soon came. Pateychuk raised to 600,000 and Balaguer made his final stand with pocket queens. Pateychuk called with AHeart Suit 5Spade Suit and the flop was dealt 9Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 4Spade Suit. Only Pateychuk had a spade but he didn’t need it as the turn came the 3Heart Suit, and the river, the 2Club Suit for a straight. Balaguer received $320,381 after coming excruciatingly close to the top numerous times.

Pateychuk now has 3,540 Card Player Player of the Year points, which puts him within striking distance of the top ten in 18th place.

Here are the final table results and payouts:

1. Andrey Pateychuk — $630,263 (1,440 Card Player POY Points)
2. Adria Balaguer — $320,381 (1,200 POY Points)
3. Stanislaw Kretz — $212,690 (960 POY Points)
4. Benjamin Pollak — $139,999 (720 POY Points)
5. Sigurd Eskeland — $107,691 (600 POY Points)
6. Russell Carson — $84,807 (480 POY Points)



almost 11 years ago

Pretty sick 2011 run!