Racing through the largest field in the history of the event, Germany’s Julian Track outran a talented final table on the way to taking down the 2013 European Poker Tour Prague Main Event last night in the Czech Republic.
Coming to the final table, Track held a decent lead over former EPT champion Max Silver, but it was far from secure with Silver and others in pursuit of him. Stephen Chidwick was in the middle of the pack and in excellent form during the tournament, while Ole Schemion lurked as one of the shorter stacks on the table. Jorma Nuutinen, Georgios Sotiropoulos, Ka Kwan Lau and Zdravko Duvnjak rounded out the final group as the cards hit the air on Wednesday afternoon.
Track would extend his lead early on by creating the first knockout. Nuutinen, who came to the final table as the short stack but was able to grind up a bit through the early action, opened the betting in Level 26 but saw Chidwick pop him with a three bet. In the big blind, Track would four bet the action and Nuutinen would put his tournament life on the line while Chidwick backed away. It was a race situation, Nuutinen’s A-K against Track’s pocket tens and a ten on the flop basically ended any discussion. Once a seven on the turn failed to provide any assistance to Nuutinen, he was gone in eighth place (for the record, Chidwick folded two of Nuutinen’s outs with his own Big Slick).
Silver, trying to become the first player to ever win two EPT championships, did not have a great day of play on Wednesday. As he watched his chip stack dwindle, he was able to see Duvnjak depart the festivities before Silver himself hit the door. …