The defending European Poker Tour (EPT) Player of the Year, Dzmitry Urbanovich, proved his title was no fluke when he won the 2016 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Dublin Main Event on Saturday night. Though the Polish player has many high roller event titles to his name, this marked his first EPT main event title, and it came with a €561,900 first-place prize.
Gilles Bernies (a part-time poker player, student, and DJ from Germany) started heads-up play with Urbanovich with a massive lead, but couldn’t pull out the win.
Rhys Jones was eliminated in sixth place after he shoved short and Urbanovich took him down. Bernies then took the chip lead and increased it by eliminating Greece’s Ilios Kamatakis in fifth place.
After a few more hands, Patrick Clarke was eliminated in fourth when his week ace ran into Bernies’ pair of queens. Just one hand after the fourth-place bust, Kully Sidhu went home in third butting an A, 6 against Bernies’ fives.
After the string of eliminations, Bernies had a 4-1 chip lead going into heads up play with Urbanovich, but the eventual winner doubled through early on when he flopped a straight and shoved on the river.
After back-and-forth lead changes and a 30-minute dinner break, Urbanovich took the lead for the last time. Bernies shoved on a flush draw and Urbanovich hit a full house on the river.
Urbanovich then found pocket kings after Bernies went all-in with a queen high, sending the champion home with the big prize.
Final table results:
(Photo credit: Viri G, Creative Commons).
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