There was a moment today, actual several moments spanning about nine hours, in which most here at EPT Prague believed that the final table would be a two-day affair, squeezed into the hours of one. Players wondered if they would be denied playing time, media nervously glanced at flight times tomorrow morning, and the TV people anxiously wondered whether their digital servers would hold out long enough.
But despite the massive average stack, the thrilling final table played out in an almost standard fashion, and by standard we mean in good time, and with a result that showcased the best of poker.
The result was perhaps not the one that many had expected, but Julian Track’s victory tonight was a story of triumph over adversity. He is poker’s “sickest” winner in a literal sense, and well worth his first prize of €725,700, plus an exclusive Slyde watch.
EPT10 Prague Main Event
Date: December 12-18, 2013
Buy-in: € 5,300
Prize pool: € 4,883,950
1 – Julian Track, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, €725,700*
2 – Georgios Sotiropoulos, Greece, €700,000*
3 – Stephen Chidwick, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, €378,000
4 – Ka Kwan Lau, Spain, €283,800
5 – Ole Schemion, Germany, PokerStars Qualifier, €218,300
6 – Max Silver, United Kingdom, €160,200
7 – Zdravko Duvnjak, Croatia, €118,200
8 – Jorma Nuutinen, Finland, €84,600
* denotes two-way deal.