Andrey Pateychuk wins WPT Prague for €468,200

Andrey Pateychuk wins WPT Prague for €468,200

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The largest World Poker Tour event on European soil is over as a field of 571 players has been reduced to one champion – Andrey Pateychuk defeated Adria Balaguer heads-up to take down the WPT bracelet, €468,200 and entry to the $25,000 WPT Championship.

Canadian grinder Russell Carson was the first casualty of the final table as Pateychuk stormed through the field, seemingly unbeatable. When he eliminated Stanislaw Kretz in third place he took a slight chip lead to heads-up play.

One big hand ruined that – his As-5s couldn’t come from behind versus Balaguer’s 8-8 and he was down to a chip deficit of over 15:1. The next hand he doubled with K-J versus T-9; the hand after he picked up A-K versus A-Q. Within forty minutes, Pateychuk had chipped up before taking a huge pot – and the chip lead – with trip jacks.

In the final hand Pateychuk came from behind with A5 to beat Balaguer's QQ, hitting a straight on the river to seal his second major title of the year.
The final table payouts were as follows:

1. Andrey Pateychuk €468,200
2. Adria Balaguer – €238,000
3. Stanislaw Kretz – €158,000
4. Benjamin Pollak – €104,000
5. Sigur Eskeland – €80,000
6. Russell Carson – €63,000

Tags: WPT Prague, Andrey Pateychuk, Adria Balaguer, Stanislaw Kretz, Benjamin Pollak, Russell Carson