Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Sometimes a final table takes a little longer than one would expect, but no one would have thought that this year's PCA Main Event finale would become such a war of attrition.
Kicking off last night (UK time) and still in play this morning, the epic match saw some of the game's finest young players battle for a place in EPT history. One player who was the most interested in clinching the title was Mike 'Timex' McDonald as it would have made him the first player in history to claim two EPT Main Event titles. At the start of play the Canadian was just a few thousand chips away from the overall leader Madis Muur, but as the action got underway it was McDonald who held fast whilst Muur slipped. Indeed, despite outlasting the likes of Pascal Lefrancois and Daniel Games, Muur was unable to turn his initial chip lead into a title winning performance after his Qd Tc was unable to overcome the Ah Kc of Dominik Panka. Indeed, it was that pot which eventually helped Panka skip past Isaac Baron (eliminated in third) before engaging in a long heads-up battle with McDonald. With neither player willing to release their chips without a fight the lead changed hands a number of times but when push came to shove it was McDonald who blinked first. With the session passing its fourteenth hour, a push from Panka with Ad 2c was enough for the Pole to best McDonald's 7c 4c and claim his country's first EPT title. PCA $10,000 Main Event Final Result:1. Dominik Panka - $1,820,420 2. Mike McDonald - $1,101,080 3. Isaac Baron - $1,207,599 4. Madis Muur - $581,040 5. Daniel Gamez - $447,040 6. Shyam Srinivasan - $328,020 7. Pascal Lefrancois - $242,020 8. Fabian Ortiz - $173,220Image courtesy of Neil Stoddart @PokerStars Blog.
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