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Alexander Jung Cruises to Victory at PartyPoker Million VI

German Triumphs Over Fellow Countryman Dominik Stopka on Cruise Event

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The sixth PartyPoker.com Million was won at the weekend by German Alexander Jung who beat fellow countryman Dominik Stopka for the first prize payout of $358,280.

The Million, which was held from May 3-10 aboard the MSC Poesia as it cruised around the Mediterranean, saw 171Mike Sexton and Alexander Jung players participate in the $8,200 event including Alan Smurfit, JJ Liu, Mike “Timex” McDonald, Sebastian Ruthenberg, and Florian Langmann.

Jung was delighted with his win.“This is my biggest live win so far,” he explained. “The structure of the tournament was perfect for me, and there were some very good players here.

“I had a lot of respect for Dominik. I had seen him play a great many hands, mostly without a showdown — and when he did have to show it was often something like aces — so he is a good player. However, I felt one or two others were a bit tight on the final table — perhaps wanting to try and climb the money positions.”

While Jung has tasted some success with over $300,000 in tournament winnings so far, it was the first major live cash for his defeated opponent Stopka who is a mathematics student from Berlin. “I once won $72,000 in an online tournament but this is by far my biggest result,” he said.

A PartyPoker.com spokesman said, “Alexander Jung was the deserving winner in a week where German players truly dominated the tournament. The heads-up was a clash of two different kinds of player. In Jung you had the mathematical online whiz kid and with Stopka the experienced and respected professional who has fine tuned their game over the years.”

Germans made up 20 percent of the field most of whom qualified online at PartyPoker.com.

Jung held an almost 2:1 chip lead when heads-up play began and after pushing Stopka around and stealing chips for a period he pushed his chips into the middle with J-7. Stopka made a good call with A-9 but a 7 on the flop sealed his fate and Jung took the title to rank alongside previous winners Kathy Leibert, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren, Michael Gracz, and Mike Schneider.

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