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Julian Track Wins EPT Prague 2013 for €725,700

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Dec/18/2013
Julian Track Wins EPT Prague 2013 for €725,700

Here were your results for the record breaking EPT Prague 2013: Julian Track, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, €725,700 
George Sotiropoulos, Greece, €700,000 
- Stephen Chidwick, UK, PokerStars qualifier, €378,000 
- Ka Kwan Lau, Spain, PokerStars player, €283,800 
- Ole Schemion, Germany, PokerStars qualifier, €218,300 
- Max Silver, UK, PokerStars player, €160,200 
- Zdravko Duvnjak, Croatia, PokerStars player, €118,200 
- Jorma Nuutinen, Finland, PokerStars player, €84,600

German PokerStars qualifier Julian Track has beaten a record-breaking 1,007-strong field to take down the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event today for €725,700. As well as the title, trophy and cash prize, the 30-year-old mature student also received a stunning watch from luxury Swiss brand SLYDE, the Official Watch Sponsor for EPT 10 Main Events.

Track cut a deal with runner-up George Sotiropoulos when it reached the heads-up stage, splitting €1.4 million and playing for the additional €25,700. Battling flu for the last two days, Track said after the 13-hour final: "I'm very tired. I just want to take a 16-hour sleep. I guess in the next four days I'll be very, very happy."

Sotiropoulos’s €700,000 for second place was the biggest single cash a Greek player has ever had and immediately catapulted the 23-year-old pharmacy graduate to the top of the Greece all-time money list.

The final table featured some giant names in the poker world including British pro Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, who finished third for €378,000 only a week after finishing third in the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event for €92,500.

GPI Player of the Year Ole Schemion finished fifth for €218,300, capping off a remarkable year including fourth in the PCA High Roller, three side event victories at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final and cashing in all three major tournaments at EPT Barcelona.

UKIPT Dublin Main Event champion Max Silver finished sixth for €160,200 after being eliminated by Chidwick. It was his first EPT final, but the 23-year-old Londoner has already made four UKIPT final tables, has a first and second place in UKIPT High Rollers and made two WSOPE finals. Ka Kwan Lau, the first Spaniard to hit Supernova Elite status last year, finished fourth for €283,800 while Finnish pro Jorma Nuutinen, who was tenth last season, finished eighth for €84,600.

With 1,007 players from 60 countries, this season’s field was up 143 on last season and generated a prize pool of €4,883,950, of which 151 players were paid.

Others who cashed included EPT Berlin runner-up Andrew Chen (13th, €49,200), Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel (63rd, €13,200), Eugene Katchalov (71st, €13,200), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (106th, €9,900) and Henrique Pinho (109th, €9,900) as well as PokerStars Team Online’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur (81st, €11,100).

Yet again, the EPT joined forces with the Eureka Poker Tour to feature 47 events over the 11-day EPT Prague Poker Festival at the Hilton Prague from December 8-15. There were a record 171 tournament staff and dealers working at the event where they were also running the cash games for the first time in Prague.

Around 330 players won their seats to EPT Prague online at PokerStars, with dozens also winning a seat to the €1,100 Eureka Main Event. Every day of the EPT Main Event was broadcast live on EPTLive - now available on YouTube, Facebook and PokerStars.tv.

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst had a terrific festival, finishing seventh in the EPT Prague High Roller for €64,500 and winning the €5k EPT 10 PLO Championship for €100,700. Dimitri Holdeew, winner of the Eureka Prague Main Event, also won the EPT Main Event Last Longer contest run by Skrill, the official payment provider sponsor of EPT Season 10. He finished 15th and gets his €5,300 buy-in paid back to his Skrill account.

EPT PRAGUE HIGH ROLLER
Russian player Ivan Soshnikov beat EPT Campione runner-up Olivier Busquet to take the €10k High Roller title for €382,050 plus trophy and a SLYDE watch. There were a record-breaking 176 entries for the event - 137 unique players plus 39 rebuys, creating a €1,724,800 prize pool.

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