Paul Michaelis wins EPT Prague main event

Paul Michaelis more than doubled his lifetime live-poker earnings with a single victory this week after he was the last man standing in the European Poker Tour Prague main event.

The main event had a €5,300 buy-in and ended up with a 1,174-player field. That led to a €5,693,900 prize pool, which equaled $6,464,244 US. For the win Michaelis cashed €840,000 or $953,646 US. That increased his lifetime live-poker earnings to just over $1.7 million.

Michaelis now has an EPT title to go alongside the World Series of Poker bracelet he won in 2015. He won the WSOP bracelet by taking down the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament to cash $189,818.

Michaelis entered the final table of six with the overall chip lead. He retained the chip lead when only three remained after he sent Laurynas Levinskas to the rail in fourth place when his trip eights trumped Levinskas’ top pair.

The final three were Michaelis, Alexandr Merzhvinksii and Artem Kobylynskyi. They played three-handed for a short time before they decided to make a deal for the majority of the remaining pot.

Final three play let’s make a deal

When the deal was struck, Michaelis was the chip leader and was awarded the biggest portion of the pot – €770,000, or $877,800 US. Merzhvinksii was second in chips and was guaranteed €631,500 or $719,910 US. Kobylynskyi, third in chips, was guaranteed €571,901 or $651,977 US. Left over was a $30,000 platinum pass and €70,000, or $79,800, to also go to the eventual winner.

Despite being second in chips when the deal was made, Merzhvinksii ended up getting knocked out in third place. He was eliminated by Michaelis when his A-7 didn’t hold up against Michaelis’ A-9.

When heads-up play began between Michaelis and Kobylynskyi, Michaelis had a 2-to-1 chip lead. That quickly grew to more than 6-to-1 before it was all over. On the final hand, Kobylynskyi was all-in pre-flop with pocket 10s but was in an awful position against Michaelis’ pocket jacks. The board rolled out Kc-Qd-5s-9s-7d, leaving Michaelis’ pair of jacks as the top hand, eliminating Kobylynskyi.