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Matthias Eibinger Wins 2018 European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 Super High Roller

Austrian Poker Pro Topped Field of 40 Entries To Win €653,000 ($744,420 USD)


Matthias Eibinger has won the 2018 European Poker Tour Prague €50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em super high roller event, overcoming a field of 40 entries to capture the title and the €653,000 ($744,420 USD) first-place prize. This was the third largest score of the Austrian poker pro’s live tournament career, and it brought his lifetime earnings to $4.9 million.

Eibinger was also awarded 510 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his third title and his 13th final-table finish of the year. With 3,390 points and $4,409,777 in earnings so far in 2018, Eibinger has now climbed into 37th place in the overall standings.

Eibinger entered the third and final day of this event as the runaway chip leader with four players remaining, having eliminated Charlie Carrel in sixth place ($153,262 USD) and then won a huge double up through then leader Andras Nemeth.

Nemeth started the day off strong by eliminating recent World Poker Tour Seminole Rock’N’Roll Poker Open main event champion Pavel Plesuv in fourth place ($251,792 USD). Plesuv had three-bet Nemeth’s opening rise all-in with the ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit. Nemeth called with AHeart Suit10Diamond Suit and was in rough shape heading into the flop. He managed to pair both his ten and his ace on a QClub Suit10Spade Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond SuitAClub Suit, securing the pot to send Plesuv to the rail.

Nemeth kept up the momentum by knocking out Liang Xu in third place ($328,423 USD). it had folded to Nemeth in the small blind and he moved all-in with the 9Spade Suit8Spade Suit. Xu called out of the big blind holding QClub Suit8Club Suit. Nemeth was dominated once again, and as before he managed to hit the card he needed on a ASpade SuitAClub Suit10Diamond Suit9Club Suit6Diamond Suit runout. Nemeth eliminated Xu to take more than a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Eibinger.

The tables turned as a result of another key all-in. Nemeth got it in good this time, calling Eibinger’s four-bet shove with the 8Spade Suit8Club Suit. Eibinger could only produce the ADiamond Suit2Club Suit. The board came down AClub SuitJClub Suit3Spade SuitQDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit and Eibinger’s flopped aces earned him the double up and the lead.

Eibinger held roughly a 3-to-2 advantage when the final hand was dealt. With blinds of 40,000-80,000 with a big-blind ante of 80,000, Eibinger raised to 200,000 from the button with the ADiamond Suit9Club Suit. Nemeth shoved for 3,950,000 with the AClub Suit10Spade Suit. Eibinger called and found out that this time he was dominated. The flop brought the 3Diamond Suit2Spade Suit2Club Suit to keep Nemeth in the lead. The 7Spade Suit on the turn left Eibinger in need of a nine in order to capture the pot and the title. The 9Heart Suit rolled off the deck to lock things up for the Austrian. Nemeth earned €451,350 ($514,539 USD) as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Matthias Eibinger $744,420 510
2 Andras Nemeth $514,539 425
3 Liang Xu $328,423 340
4 Pavel Plesuv $251,792 255
5 Luc Greenwood $197,049 213
6 Charlie Carrel $153,262 170

Photo credit: PokerStars / Manuel Kovsca.