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Leonid Markin Wins 2014 European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 Super High Roller

Russian Tops 51-Entry Field To Win €771,360


Leonid MarkinA total of 51 entries were made in the 2014 European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 no-limit hold’em super high roller, building a prize pool of €2,448,765 ($3,037,130 USD). Only the top seven finishers made the money, with the biggest slice of the high-stakes pie going to Russian Leonid Markin. For the win the 32-year-old earned €771,360 ($955,125 USD) and the first major live tournament title of his career.

Markin came into the final table as the chip leader of the final seven with 3,350,000 of the 12.75 million chips in play in his stack. This was Markin’s second high roller final table finish of the year, with a fourth-place showing coming in the £10,300 high roller at the EPT London festival for $233,280. This time around Markin was able to hold onto his chip lead, making it to heads-up play against Paul Newey with nearly a 2-to-1 advantage.

The two players battled it out for roughly three hours before the final hand arose. Markin min-raised to 480,000 from the button and Newey moved all-in for approximately 4 million in total. markin madethe call with the ASpade Suit10Heart Suit, which had Newey’s ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit dominated. The flop brought some hope for Newey with the JHeart Suit8Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit, but the KHeart Suit on the turn and 2Spade Suit on the river improved neither player and Newey was sent to the rail in second place.

The 46-year-old from Sutton Coldfield, UK, earned €557,090 ($689,808 USD) for his runner-up showing. Earlier this year Newey placed seventh on the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop at the WSOP. The former finance business owner now has live career tournament earnings of over $2.2 million.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Leonid Markin $955,125 510
2 Paul Newey $689,808 425
3 Stephen Chidwick $439,612 340
4 Juha Helppi $333,495 255
5 Ivan Soshnikov $257,711 213
6 Vladimir Troyanovsky $197,068 170
7 Brian Roberts $159,176 128

Photo courtesy of Pokerstars / Neil Stoddart.