EPT Prague: Jasper Meijer wins the Main Event, William Kassouf claims the High Roller

Jasper Meijer Van Putten claims the Main Event

Jasper Meijer Van Putten (Photo Neil Stoddart – Courtesy of PokerStars)

The EPT Prague was held at the Hyatt Prague Hotel from December 9-19, 2016. It featured numerous events including the Main Event which had a buy-in of €5,300. A total of 1,192 entries participated in the Main Event and over that huge field Jasper Meijer Van Putten from the Netherlands stood victorious over all, winning almost €700,000. David Peters was also in excellent form with a 3rd place finish.

Official Final Table Results
1 – Jasper Meijer van Putten: €699,300*
2 – Marton Czuczor: €630,000*
3 – David Peters: €397,300
4 – Sergei Petrushevskii: €284,550
5 – Marius Gierse: €203,800
6 – Sam Cohen: €145,900

William Kassouf takes down a record breaking €10k High Roller

William Kassouf (Photo Tomas Stacha Courtesy of PokerStars)

EPT Prague being a major event in the poker world, it is not a wonder that surprises keep on popping up.

This time, the surprise came with the number of participants in the €10k High Roller Event. In the inaugural edition of EPT, in 2010, only 26 entries were accumulated for this event. This record was easily beaten and each year that passed beat the attendance record of the previous year. Last year, Kenny Smaron triumphed over a field of 315 entries for €595,500. And this year, once again those numbers were surpassed with the event having a total of 407 entries.

William Kassouf, who has been quite controversial this year due to his aggressive table talking, won the event after he broke a deal with Patrick Serda.

At heads-up Serda had a 4:1 chip lead over Kassouf but Kassouf negotiated to give Serda the bigger part of the cash prize in exchange for the trophy and the lesser cash amount.

In the end, Serda placed 2nd for €719,000 while Kassouf took home €532,500, the trophy and the bragging rights of having his name etched in poker history as one of the last ever EPT Champion.

Final Results 
1 – William Kassouf: 532,500*
2 – Patrick Serda: 719,000*
3 – Tue Ullerup Hansen: 351,000
4 – Viliyan Petleshkov: 283,850
5 – Paul Leckey: 224,600
6 – Grzegorz Wyraz: 172,910
7 – Matas Cimbolas: 128,700
8 – Jens Lakemeier: 93,170

Casino Owner ” Leon Tsoukernik” wins the Super High Roller

Leon Tsoukernik, owner of the largest poker room in Europe – the King’s Casino Rozvadov, raised his hard earned PokerStars trophy above his head and won over €740,000 in the €50,000 EPT Super High Roller Event. Well known in the High Roller scene, Tsoukernik competed with the best of the best and finally went heads up with his arch nemesis Charlie Carrel. Being the last ever Super High Roller event before all of PokerStars’ live tournament offerings get absorbed in PokerStars Festival and PokerStars Championship, the Super High Roller final table’s table talk was as fierce as the game play – Definitely making it a match worth while to watch.

Final Results
1 – Leon Tsoukernik: €741,100
2 – Charlie Carrel United Kingdom: €535,250
3 – Juha Helppi: €341,150
4 – Viacheslav Buldygin: €258,800
5 – Paul Newey: €200,000
6 – Julian Thomas: €152,915
7 – Anthony Zinno: €123,520


25K High Roller Single Day – Three times over

Isaac Haxton (Photo Tomas Stacha – Courtesy of PokerStars)

The EPT organizers only planned to have one €25,000 High Roller Single Day event during the whole festival. But because of Steve O’ Dwyer’s tweet, the single day event somehow turned into some high roller form of MTT Sit N’ Go.

After the first 25K High Roller Single Day event which was won by Isaac Haxton for almost €560,000, Dwyer tweeted that he was creating an interest list for another €25k High Roller Single Day event. He said that if he was able to accumulate enough interest, the organizers would consider it.

Sure enough, he was able to get 19 players to play with 6 re-entries yet, making it a total of 25 entries and a prize pool of €612,500. The 2nd €25k High Roller Single Day event was won by Sam Greenwood for €226,600.

But even before this event could end, Dwyer was at it again, creating the 3rd €25k High Roller Single Day event for the festival. The 3rd edition of this event didn’t garner as much participation as the second one but it was still able to gather 24 entries. Sergi Reixach from Spain won the 3rd offering for €217,550.

Article by Gabrielle Barredo

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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