Michal Mrakeš is nearing $1 million in live earnings after scoring first place and his biggest live cash at the 2017 partypoker MILLION LIVE €1,100 Main Event. Only 26 of 820 entrants remained on the third day, and Mrakeš managed to crawl his way from the middle of the pack to top spot.
Raul Cuc was dominating when the final table began, starting with the highest chip count. Mrakeš was near the bottom but wouldn’t stay there for long. It took three hours for a player to fall, and it was Belgium’s Frederic Femont who hit the rail first. After a bad matchup of A-6 against 8-8, Eddy Scharf scored the elimination and Femont went home.
The first German to fall from the final table, Silverer sent an A-Q against the pocket nines of Sandro Pitzanti, who held on to win the hand. Eighth place was good for €15,000.
Mrakeš scored the next two eliminations. The eventual winner kicked Sonay Kehya out in seventh, and Natalia Breviglier in sixth. The trio got into a three-way all-in that saw Mrakeš’ pocket kings hold on against a K-J and A-9.
It didn’t take long for five players to become four when once-dominant Cuc hit the rail in fifth for €45,000. Scharf’s run ended a few hands later when the German fell to Mrakeš J-9, narrowing the field to just three.
Grzegorz Gosk, an online qualifier, held his own in the live ring, falling to Mrakeš in third. The Pole went all-in with an A-5 and was ahead of Mrakeš’ K-9, but ultimately lost the race. His €80,000 was sweetened by an additional €20,000, which he pocketed for winning a partypoker sponsored “last longer” contest.
The final elimination was swift, the eventual winner coming into heads-up with a 7:1 chip lead. He turned pocket eights into a set during the final hand, topping Pitzanti’s Q-10 and taking home the win.
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