Javier Gomez Wins Prague PartyPoker WPT Main Event
The PartyPoker World Poker Tournament’s Prague event has finished with Spain’s Javier Gomez taking home the championship title and a prize of €175,000. Gomez went head to head with Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv in the Main Event in a tense four-hour game lasting 138 hands, before emerging triumphant and claiming the title.
Gomez’s recent success is his second six-figure prize of 2015, after he took fifth place in the European Poker Tour Malta in March earlier this year, which rewarded him with over €200,000. The skilled Spaniard can now boast of almost $440,000 in career earnings from live tournaments. For his WPT Prague win he’ll also be rewarded with a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions in Florida.
The Prague Main Event was a lengthy involved battle between the final six combatants, who all had tangible potential to claim the tournament title. Bulgaria’s Fahredin Mustafov initially dominated the table at the start of the day in terms of chips, with second place taken by Pedro Marques of Portugal. Gomez, with well under a million chips at that stage, was looking like an increasingly unlikely contender.
Henrik Hecklen was the first player to get knocked out (collecting €34,100) followed by Benhalima who took home €43,000 for his fifth-place finish. Marques crashed out in fourth place, taking home €57,400 after unfortunately losing out in a a big coin flip with ace-jack suited against Gomez’s sixes. The eventual champion continued to dominate the hands and successfully knocked out the previous leader Mustafov, who couldn’t win the coin flip with sevens versus ace-nine of diamonds, and his third place spot won him €77,500. Game play from six down to two players took 74 hands, and left only Gomez and Plesuv to battle it out between the pair of them.
Plesuv had Gomez in a bind, but the Spaniard managed to win three all-in pots in a row to secure his victory. Gomez was able to outlast his Moldovan rival to take the WPT championship, with Plesuv taking home €120,000 for his second-place finish.
Gomez collected the big cheque of the tournament and takes the PartyPoker Prague WPT title for 2015.
With the finish of the Prague event, the PartyPoker WPT tour now moves on to Las Vegas for its next stop. The Bellagio in Las Vegas will be the stage for the Five Diamond World Poker Classic from the 14th to the 19th of December, a popular event that always attracts a serious contingent of professionals every year.
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