Alex Hendriks Wins Inaugural MPN Poker Tour Bratislava Main Event and €27,000. The MPN Poker Tour’s first visit to Bratislava has come to an end, after a whirlwind four days combining deep-stacked tournament poker, turbo jackpot sit-and-go action with Fish Party, outings with the parallel-running Cash Game Festival and side events to suit all palates at Banco Casino.
Two tables returned for Day 3, with the consolidated chips of 329 players in the hands of just 13. In the end it was Alex Hendriks from Maastricht who took down the €550 Main Event and the largest chunk of the €159,565 total prize pool, after consolidating his start of day chip lead, supported by an excitable Dutch rail.
The final table line-up, true to form for the MPNPT, brought together competitors of eight nationalities and professions ranging from poker to pro football (third place finisher Daniel Camus) to construction (runner up Jussi Mattila). The only country represented twice on the final table (by two MPNPT regulars), the United Kingdom, was not represented long. Poker pro Andy Hills was the first to hit the rail, after a late-stage short stack grind to be proud of, picking up €3,065. Colin Guthrie followed him in 8th place (€4,000) after a poor run of luck saw him drop quickly from his third-in-chips position when the final was set.
Next, Johannes Park lost the last of his nine apparent lives, after surviving several spots all-in for his tournament life with the worst of it. Professional tennis coach Park has been on a live poker heater recently, winning two local tournaments back in Denmark for €16,000 in the last week alone. He adds €5,400 to his winnings here for 7th place. Semi-pro poker player Sebastian Rebhan exited in 6th (€7,000), followed by Jiri Noga (€9,000). After a late-stage double up, Dominik Desset – the youngest player on the final at 20 – ran out of luck to finish fourth, netting him €13,200.
A three-handed deal then chopped most of the money, but this did little to loosen up play. Levels ticked by as the cagey trio vied for dominance (but spent a lot of time nearly even in chips). Eventually it was Daniel Camus who fell in third place, collecting €24,100. The heads up, in contrast, lasted just one hand – and it was all over, the stack-dominated Mattila taking the runner up spot and €20,900, while the trophy, glory and €27,000 top prize went to Hendriks. He had built a stack steadily on Day 2, and never lost momentum; a bonus prize for being the longest-lasting online qualifier from the Betsson Group also locked him up a €1,500 package for the next MPNPT stop.
The 128-runner Slovakia Cup was won by Gytis Bernatavicius, who took home €4,279 from a total prizepool of €16,141. The Bounty event’s trophy went to Paul Fowler, along with €3,409.
We left the tournament area with two side events still ongoing, the beer flowing, plus something apparently called the “MPNPT Wrap-Up Sit and Go” running which is just ten Main Event players and online site reps from all over Europe optimistically trying to finagle another Hendon Mob flag amid much hilarity. Nothing exemplifies the friendly poker community on the MPNPT better.
Next up on the MPN Poker Tour: Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, July 5-8. A €150,000 guaranteed Main Event hosted on the beautiful Black Sea coast; satellites are running now.
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