Rozvadov, Czech Republic hosted the 888Live Poker Festival this week and German Jonas Kraft managed a win that doubled his previous live earnings and gave him his fourth ever first-place victory. Kraft bested big names like Martin Kabrhel, and only three players ended up in the money in the 888Live Rozvadov €5,300 High Roller.
The final table was nothing to laugh at – players like November niner Pierre Neuville, Scottish pros Ludovic Geilich and Niall Farrell, and 888Live London Main Event ninth-place winner Enzo Del Piero rounded out the table. Kabrhel held the lead when the table began and Del Piero was first to be eliminated when Neuville called his river bluff.
Pavel Binar, who scored a major elimination earlier in the day, was next to go and Serbia’s Aleksandar Tomovic followed him in sixth. The five remaining players didn’t broach a money deal, and Geilich hit the rail next when his jacks fell after a challenge from Kraft. It wasn’t in the cards for Neuville, who was bumped up to second on Belgium’s all-time money list when he finished seventh at the WSOP Main Event in 2015, and he went home in fourth place.
The pressure was lessened once the money bubble burst and Philipp Zukernik was eliminated next, taking home €19,950 for third place.
Kraft held a 2:1 chip lead when he and Kabrhel entered heads-up play, but the later managed to battle back to even things up. Usually, players are respectful of each other throughout competition but Kabrhel was accused of angle shooting and Kraft had some choice words for him after the game.
“I already know him from playing cash games with him,” Kraft told David Tuchman. “One minute you can just be talking normally to him and then he’s doing some crazy stuff to get you to play out of line. But I just tried to stay cool and play my very best game.”
Despite Kabrhel’s recovery, his pocket sevens were cracked by an A,Q and he won €29,925 for second place.
Final table results:
Featured photo credit: 888 Live
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