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Julian Track Wins 2013 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event

German Tops Gigantic 1,007-Player Field To Win €725,7008

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The 47-event European Poker Tour / Eureka Poker Tour Prague festival was has been an unmitigated success, with a number of huge tournaments and big name winners like David Peters and Vanessa Selbst. However big any of the prelims were, however, the centerpiece of the entire series was still undeniably the €5,300 no-limit hold’em main event. An impressive total of 1,007 entries were made this year, building a total prize pool of €4,883,950 ($6,718,850 USD).

Georgios SotiropoulosIn the end the champion was German Julian Track who came out on top, earning €725,708 ($992,333 USD) and 1,920 Card Player Player of the Year points after making a deal with heads-up opponent Georgios Sotiropoulos. The two agreed to each take €700,000 and play for the remained of the prize pool and the title.

This was the German’s first final table of the year, but was enough to catapult him into 62nd place in the overall standings in the POY race. Track came into heads-up play with a sizable chip lead, but the heads-up battle still lasted over four hours.

On the final hand Sotiropoulos moved all-in from the button for just over 3 million with the QSpade SuitJClub Suit and Track made the call with 10Heart Suit10Club Suit. The board ran out KSpade Suit9Heart Suit2Club Suit4Club Suit3Spade Suit, securing the pot and the title for the German and sending Sotiropoulos to the rail in second place with €700,000 ($957,180 USD) and 1,280 POY points.

The United Kingdom’s Stephen Chidwick finished third for €378,000 ($520,015 USD), the largest score of his professional career. Fifth-place finisher Ole Schemion earned €218,300 ($300,315 USD) and 800 POY points. This was Schemion’s eighth final table of the year, with two of those runs resulting in titles. As a result of his consistent success over 2013 he has climbed into ninth place in the overall standings with 3,256 points and year-to-date earnings of $1,406,439.

UK and Ireland Poker Tout Dublin main event champion Max Silver finished sixth for €160,200 after being eliminated by Chidwick. It was his first EPT final table, but the 23-year-old Londoner has already made four UKIPT final tables.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Julian Track $992,333 1920
2 Georgios Sotiropoulos $957,180 1600
3 Stephen Chidwick $520,015 1280
4 Ka Kwan Lau $390,424 960
5 Ole Schemion $300,315 800
6 Max Silver $220,387 640
7 Zdravko Duvnjak $162,608 480
8 Jorma Nuutinen $116,384 320