Another high roller event on the schedule of the EPT Season 12 Prague poker festival was completed. The €25,000 Single-Day High Roller saw German poker pro Rainer Kempe best its field to collect the amount of€539,000 in prize money and the tournament trophy.
The one-day event attracted a field of 80 entries, of whom 64 unique ones and 16 re-entries. They generated a prize pool of €1,960,000, which was distributed among the top 11 finishers. Lowest payout was worth €49,000.
Traditionally, EPT’s high roller tournaments attract some of the world’s most experienced and profitable poker players. And the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller was no exception. For instance, EPT Season 11 Grand Final Main Event Champion Adrian Mateos and Irish poker pro Steve O’Dwyer, who won the EPT Season 12 Prague €50,000 Super High Roller two days ago, were among the players who took part in last night’s event and even made it to the money.
The final table of the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller featured poker pros from Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. Eight-handed play did not take long before the name of the champion was clear. And it could be said that Kempe was practically unbeatable at the table, eliminating several of its opponents.
Eventually, it was French poker veteran Jean-Noel Thorel whom the young German faced heads-up. Two-handed match was a relatively brief one. On what turned out to be the last hand in play, Thorel’s[Qs][9c] could not hold up against Kempe’s [Jh][10c] and it became clear that the Frenchman would have to settle for the runner-up finish and a consolation prize of €383,200.
Prior to Kempe’s victory last night, the German player had a little less than $1 million in live tournament winnings. It is interesting to note that he had two back-to-back EPT Main Event final tables this season. He finished 5th in both the EPT Season 12 Barcelona Main Event and in the Malta one as well.
Ramin Hajiyev from Azerbaijan finished 3rd in the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller for a payout of€250,900. Spaniard Adrian Mateos took 4th place for €193,050. David Yan from New Zealand received the amount of €152,900 for his 5th place in the tournament.
Kitson Kho from Hong Kong took 6th place for €119,550. German player Tobias Reinkemeier finished 7th in the event for €94,050. Luuk Gieles from the Netherlands collected €73,500 for his 8th place.
Piotr Franczak from Poland finished 9th for a payout of €55,850. Russian Vladimir Troyanovskiyscooped €49,000 of the prize pool for taking 10th place in the event. Irishman Steve O’Dwyer finished 11th for €49,000.