Mateusz Warowiec Wins MPN Poker Tour Prague 2019 and €36,000. Professional poker player Mateusz Warowiec has won the €550 MPN Poker Tour Prague Main Event and 900,000 Kč (€36,000) after outlasting Sunday’s returning 23 players to hoist his first MPNPT trophy. With nine years of pro play under his belt, the Day 1a chip leader never dropped in chips once he’d secured a big stack, and calmly outmaneuvered his eight final table opponents until he added the coveted prize to his prior $110,000 in live winnings.

The 402-entry Main Event paid the top 47 finishers a share of its 4,808,925 Kč (€192,357) total prize pool, with a min-cash worth 28,750 Kč (€1,150). Having made the final day well into the money positions, everyone returned guaranteed a payout of at least €1,900.

While the live stream (on Twitch and Facebook) gave out the password for the special online €2,000 Livestream Freebuy (which awarded the winner an MPNPT London package worth €1,500) the featured table saw players’ fortunes rise and fall until Warowiec held every chip in the tournament. Once the final table was set, a seriousness lacking from the laughter-filled side events took over the final nine (profiles here).

A big reversal of stack occurred early on as Grosvenor Poker qualifier Alex Clark doubled up Jari-Pekka Rattya, who promptly went on to bust Jason Poelman in 9th (100,000 Kč/€4,000). The experienced Martin Mulsow busted in 8th in a classic A-K vs. pocket queens flip, and all was briefly calm before shock back-to-back eliminations suddenly brought the final table to its short-handed stage. British professional player Daniel Stacey suffered a bad beat to finish in 7th place, followed to the rail the very next hand by Vilem Vrana, whose suited ace-king failed to hit against the tens of Clark. For a while it looked as if Clark had recovered from his shaky start, but he was to be eliminated in 5th by Lazar, A-T vs. A-J.

Four-handed play continued for several levels until finally Jari-Pekka Rattya succumbed, moving in as a short-stack with K-8 offsuit, called by two out of three of his opponents. In the end it was Warowiec who took his scalp, which meant that fellow Paf qualifier Marko Keskel won Paf’s “qualifiers’ last-longer” and a free MPNPT London package, as well as the €25,300 he picked up for second place.

The elimination of Andrei Lazar in 3rd set the heads up with Warowiec in a commanding chip position, which he increased until Keskel took the plunge all-in preflop one time too many and found Warowiec trapping with pocket jacks which held up to secure the victory.

Final table results:

  1. Mateusz Warowiec, Polandc – 900,000 Kč/€36,000
  2. Marko Keskel, Estonia (Paf qualifier) – 632,500 Kč/€25,300
  3. Andrei Lazar, Russia – 465,000 Kč/€18,600
  4. Jari-Pekka Rattya, Finland (Paf qualifier) – 332,500 Kč/€13,300
  5. Alex Clark, UK (Grosvenor Poker qualifier) – 262,500 Kč/€10,500
  6. Vilém Vrána, Czech Republic – 210,000 Kč/€8,400
  7. Daniel Stacey, UK (Grosvenor Poker qualifier) – 162,500 Kč/€6,500
  8. Martin Mulsow, Austria – 127,675 Kč/€5,107
  9. Jason Poelman, Belgium – 100,000 Kč/€4,000

The €220/5,500 Kč buy-in Hendon Mob Championship also crowned its champion last night. Vagan Shakhbazyan bested a field of 157 to take the title and special glass trophy. After a heads up deal with Carsten Larsen, he took home 165,000Kč (approx €6,440) while Larsen pocketed 135,000Kč (€5,270); 20 places in total were paid. Click here for full results from this event. The final €55 buy-in NL Holdem Cool Down tournament was won by Michal Počuch for 54,000 Kč;

Next up on the tour: MPNPT London, July 18-21 at Aspers Casino, featuring a £200,000 guaranteed Main Event.

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