In June this year, PokerStars launched the Czech and Slovak Poker Tour, a gentle four-event series costing about $750 a pop, with the intention of bringing affordable poker to a whole region of inexperienced players.
The thing is, a young student from Prague named Jan Skampa has clearly been putting the hours in already.
Two weeks ago in Portugal, Skampa, 23, became the first Czech player ever to make the final table of an EPT event. This week he is a champion. Skampa rode a wave of home support through one of the toughest EPT final tables ever gathered to claim the winner’s trophy this evening – and a cheque for €682,000.
EPT6 Prague Main Event
Date: December 1-6, 2009
Buy-in: € 5,250
Prize pool: € 2,930,000
1 – Jan Skampa, Czech republic, €682,000
2 – Eyal Avitan, Israel, €454,000
3 – Stefan Mattsson, Sweden, €255,000
4 – Anthony Roux, France, €171,000
5 – Larry Ryan, Republic of Ireland, €135,000
6 – Luca Pagano, Italy, €100,000
7 – Gustav Ekerot, Sweden, €71,000
8 – Sven Eichelbaum, Germany, €55,500