Tuesday 20th December, 2016

And it’s over! EPT crowns its last champion in Prague

By Mad Harper

The last ever EPT ended on a high note last night when Dutch poker player Jasper Meijer van Putten took down the €5,300 Main Event in Prague. Meijer van Putten picked up €699,300 along with the title and coveted trophy after beating a record-breaking 1,192-strong field at the tour's 115th and final stop. He said: "For now it's the greatest feeling in the world.” The 29-year-old from Alkmaar cut a heads-up deal with Hungarian pro Marton Czuczor leaving €50,000 in play for the champion. Czuczor secured himself €630,000.

 

Among the 231 players who got a share of the €5,781,200 prize pool  were Brazil’s Felipe Ramos, Vanssa Selbst – the highest-earning female player in the world, German high roller Philipp Gruissem, EPT Sanremo winner Ludovic Lacay, EPT Grand Final champion Nicolas Chouity, Finnish veteran Juha Helppi, ebullient Kitty Kuo, Britain’s James Akenhead, American pro Jason Wheeler, EPT Copenhagen winner Anton Wigg  and former EPT Player of the Year Dzmitry Urbanovich.

 

EPT Prague saw the tour’s overall prize pool reach the magical €1 billion mark, generated over 115 stops. PokerStars’ Director of Live Events, Edgar Stuchly, said: EPT Prague was one of the biggest EPTs we have ever held and we now take the step of bringing this popular experience to a global audience with our new PokerStars Championship and Festival events in 2017.”  First up is the flagship PokerStars Championship Bahamas running at Atlantis on Paradise Island from January 6-14 – check out all MainEventTravel’s hotel options.