PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Svoboda survives the wearisome session to scoop Main Event success
I'm writing this wrap of the inaugural PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event from a cafe at Prague Airport, instead of the King's Casino. That's because Day 3 - the final day - went on for more than 18 hours, running from 12:30pm Monday to 7am Tuesday.
With a flight to catch, we had to shoot off before play could conclude. But now - finally - I'm happy to tell you that your latest Festival champion is the Czech Republic's Petr Svoboda. He won €124,346 and the trophy for his marathon efforts, eventually defeating Poland's Michal Lubas heads up.
A total of 37 players started Day 3, so we always knew it was going to be a lengthy session. However, I don't think anyone expected it to go that long!
As the bust outs began at the beginning of the day, a lot of eyes were on PokerStars Festival London winner Rehman Kassam, who was putting up one heck of a title defence here. His streak would come to an end when his ace-ten lost to ace-jack; a rather dull end to a rather remarkable run.
Everyone was also watching Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, who came into the day second in chips. He had a downright lousy day though; a combination of run bad and being card dead which lasted his entire time at the felt. He'd eventually bust too when his jack-nine shove was called by king-jack and couldn't hit.
Roman Kleyman, Robert Schünemann, Patrick Börnicke, Arünas Jocius, Mindaugas Jonuskis, Artürs Ščerbaks, and Soray Keyha all went the closest, but missed out on the official final table in the end. That honour - at around 11:30pm - was bestowed upon these eight gents:
|2||Petr Svoboda||Czech Republic||1285000|
|6||Michal Jan Lubas||Poland||3575000|
|8||Jan Stariat||Czech Republic||1900000|
Jan Stariat left the party first in eighth, when he lost a race with ace-queen against Stanislav Koleno's pocket nines. The epicly-bearded Peter Kamaras busted next, ending his incredible tournament that saw him bag the Day 1A, Day 2 and Day 3 chip leads. He ran big slick into the pocket rockets of Marian Flesar, and that was that.
However, Flesar's new chips would soon make their way to Michael Rohde. With king-ten on a king-eight-seven-jack board, Flesar jammed but Rohde had a straight with ten-nine.
And then there were five. It took a long time before we'd lose another player, but eventually Cenk Oguz departed...at 6am mind you! He went all in with ace-three and lost to eight-seven.
With four players left, they decided to cut a deal that gave Petr Svoboda €114,346, Stanislav Koleno €87,444, Michael Rohde €78,966, and Michael Lubas €86,000. There was €10,000 left for the winner, and €5,000 left for the runner-up.
After that we lost Michael Rohde in fourth. He'd had enough and called off his tournament life with the nine-three. He got his wish when he busted. Then, in third place, Stanislav's pocket sevens lost a race against ace-ten.
Petr Svoboda and Michal Lubas had reached heads up...finally. As the clock struck 7am, Svoboda called an all-in shove with ten-eight and Lubas had the ace-six. All it took for victory was a simple eight on the flop. And like that we had a champ.
The PokerStars Festival Rozvadov has been an excellent event, and certainly gave Petr Svoboda value for money! His entry fee stretched into 18 hours of poker play, and now means he takes home €124,346 and the trophy.
PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event
|1||Petr Svoboda||Czech Republic||124,346*|
|8||Jan Stariat||Czech Republic||14,508|