After more than 24 hours of intense poker action, the PokerStars.fr European Poker Tour Deauville High Roller has crowned its high roller champion. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Vojtech Ruzicka.
Ruzicka ran out a worthy champion after Day 3 was over in a rapid four hours. Ruzicka, known as Vojta_R on PokerStars where he has won $1,800,000, played exceptionally well throughout the tournament, making big calls and laydowns on his way to victory.
The first player to be eliminated from the final table today was Steve Silverman, who committed his short stack with and ran into the of Alexandre Reard. The board ran out and Silverman busted out.
Bryn Kenney joined Silverman on the rail almost an hour later. Ruzicka opened to 70,000, Kenney three-bet all-in with and Ruzicka called with . The final board read to eliminate Kenney in fifth place.
Within minutes of Kenney’s exit, Martin Jacobson was knocked out by Rusicka. Jacobson and Rusicka had clashed earlier in a pot that cost Jacobson half of his stack, and Rusicka helped himself to the other half when he called Jacobson’s three-bet shove with . Jacobson turned over and although Jacobson spiked a ten on the flop, the board contained four spades by the river and Rusicka held a fifth in his hand.
Reard became the third place finisher 40 minutes later when he got his chips in with versus the of Reilly on a flop. The turn and river were the and respectively and Reilly’s pair of tens condemned Reard to third place. Previous to his exit Reard was cruising, but lost a 3,500,000 coinflip with pocket eights against the big slick of Timothy Reilly.
The chip counts going into heads-up were almost level but Reilly started to pull ahead by constantly hammering Rusicka. Then a massive hand went down when Reilly got his money in with pocket tens against the jacks of Ruzicka to catapult the latter into the lead.
From that moment on it looked like Ruzicka was going to claim the title, and that is exactly what he did. At just before 17:00CET, a limped pot brought a flop, a flop that Ruzicka bet 70,000 on and Reilly called. The turn saw a 140,000 bet from Ruzicka, a shove of 650,000 from Reilly and a snap-call from Ruzicka.
Ruzicka had flopped a straight and had locked up the hand. The inconsequential completed the board, busted Reilly and left Ruzicka to be crowed the High Roller’s champion.
Next up for the European Poker Tour is the London festival where PokerNews will be bringing you live coverage of the £5,300 Main Event (Mar. 10 to Mar. 16) and the £10,300 High Roller (Mar. 14). Until then, thank you for tuning in. This is the PokerNews Live Reporting team checking out of Deauville.
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