12/10/2012 : POLISH VICTORY IN WORLD POKER TOUR PRAGUE
26-year-old former swimming coach takes home $423,957 and a $25,000 seat at the WPT World Championship
It was celebration time this weekend as Polish swimming coach turned poker pro Marcin Wydrowksi triumphed in the World Poker Tour Prague tournament in the Czech Republic.
Wydrowksi's win gives Poland its first WPT title, and rewarded him with the $423,957 (Euro 325,000) main prize, along with a seat at the WPT World Championships worth $25,000.
The young Pole sat around the middle of the pack in chip counts when he faced a final table that comprised Alexandr Lakhov, Bodo Sbrzesny, Tony Chang, Michael Gagliano and Alin Grasu.
The heads up between Wydrowksi and the Russian runner-up, Alexandr Lakhov (40) was decided when the favourite to win the tournament, Bodo Srbzesny, came up short and was eliminated by the Pole, in the process adding significantly to his chip stack.
That enabled Wydrowksi to tackle his final opponent with confidence, despatching him in short order.
The Russian collected $278,866 for his time and trouble.