EPT9 London: Ognjen Sekularac beats Mike Watson and Paul Berende to £5k turbo trophy, wins £68,780

Ognjen Sekularac tonight won the £5,200 six-max turbo for £68,780 beating Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Paul 'padjes' Berende in a dramatic turbo finale. The six-handed turbos are often seen as a great way to make it a winning trip on the last day of the festival (Don't believe us? Take Steve O'Dwyer's word for it).

EPT9 London, event #P
Date: 16 March 2013
Buy-in: £5,200
Game: NLHE six-handed turbo
Players: 40
Prize pool: £194,000

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Ognjen Sekularac

1. Ognjen Sekularac, Serbia, £68,780*
2. Michael Watson, Canada, £44,560*
3. Paul Berende, Netherlands, £27,160
4. Khaitan Abhishek, United Kingdom, £19,400
5. Joao Barbosa, Portugal, £15,520
6. Griffin Benger, Canada, £13,580
7. Eugene Katchalov, Ukraine, £5,000*

*Indicates a deal was made

Mike Watson held the chip lead three-handed when he shoved all-in from the button with a stack that covered both Sekularac and Berende. Sekularac made the call leaving Berende an easy ICM fold. Well, it should have been an easy fold. Berende stood, grimaced and made the call.

"I had to fold almost my whole range there," said Berende, showing pocket kings.

Watson: 7♥7♦
Sekularac: J♠J♦
Berende: K♠K♣

As later pointed out by Sekularac, the 9♥5♥8♥ flop was "unbelievably sick" giving Watson a gutshot straight flush draw - and the only flush draw of any sort.

The 9♠ turn set up full house potential which was delivered with the J♣ on the river sending Berende to the rail and shipping the majority of the chips to Sekularac.

"I filled up and got pretty lucky there. Paul has to fold pretty much everything but queens, kings and aces. He got unlucky to have kings," Sekularac told the PokerStars Blog after the win.

The Serbian, who has run up live tournament career winnings of $806,874, may have been giving experience away to Watson but his dominating chip lead proved too much. That and picking up aces when Watson jammed into him on the second hand of heads-up. That will do it.

Watson is a prodigious talent having won more than $6m in live tournaments and $2.6m online. That skill has shone through here in London but he's fallen at the final hurdle in two key events over the last few days; this turbo and the 'John Eames Invitational'.

"It's becoming my destiny to finish second in every tournament I play," said Watson to Scott Seiver.

Seiver shrugged it off; 'Let's go eat, dog,' he said.*

*A sentence which highlights the importance of the comma.

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