December 11,2011 : GERMAN VICTORY IN EUROPEAN POKER TOUR PRAGUE
21-year-old German internet ace wins Euro 720 000
Martin Finger, a 21-year-old business science student from Frankenburger in Germany, and an accomplished Pokerstars internet poker player, has triumphed in the European Poker Tour Prague tournament, earning himself a cool Euro 720 000, and a gold winner's bracelet worth Euro 10,000.
Finger qualified for his seat in the tournament on the internet through a Pokerstars satellite.
The Euro 5,300 buy-in main event attracted a record 722 entry list, many of them top European professionals, and generated a prize pool worth Euro 3,501,700.
After several days of play, the final table emerged, with Finger facing Dutch player David Boyacayin; Nicolas Levi of France; Spanish ace Guillen Usero; Denys Drobyna from Ukraine; Ari Engel of the United States; Andreas Wiese from Germany; and Danish pro Mads Wissing.
Through dint of talented and aggressive play Finger started the final table in the chip lead, and he pretty much managed to maintain his position all the way through to the heads up against Holland's David Boyacayin (32).
However the Dutchman, who is a banker by profession, proved to be a formidable opponent, agreeing to a $100,000 chop at the start, and then stretching the heads up out to an almost four hour epic that presented Finger with a serious challenge.
Boyacayin even managed briefly to wrest the chip lead from Finger's grasp at one point, but it was not enough to stop the young German, who secured his biggest career win yet, leaving his opponent with a second placing check for Euro 535,000, an impressive addition to the Euro 382,200 he pocketed just last month after taking down the Amsterdam Master Classic tourney.