The €50,000 EPT Super High Roller has come to an end after just under five hours on Day 2 and Rodrigo Seiji has captured his second EPT trophy of PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague.
Seiji took home the trophy after he struck a deal with Sergio Aido to split up the prize pool. Aido was the last obstacle remaining after Seiji dominated the table throughout the afternoon. After the split, Seiji won €773,630 for the first-place finish and Aido earned €667,120 for his trouble.
Daniel Dvoress finished in third and Dimitar Danchev finished in fourth, while Orpen Kisacikoglu and Pablo Brito Silva finished fifth and sixth, respectively. PokerStars Ambassador Sam Grafton rounded out the final day’s results with a seventh-place finish.
“It’s great,” Seiji said in his post-win interview with PokerNews. Seiji won his second trophy of the series after closing out the €10,000 Mystery Bounty earlier in the week.
“I was saying to the others that this was one of the toughest fields of the year, so it feels very good.”
€50,000 EPT Super High Roller Final Table Results
|6||Pablo Brito Silva||Brazil||€180,090|
|7||Sam Grafton||United Kingdom||€140,070|
* - denotes heads-up deal
Day 2 Action
Day 2 kicked off with seven players and it quickly became six when Grafton was the first to hit the rail. Grafton put his stack in with ace-king on the second hand of the afternoon, but Seiji was there with pocket aces to send him to the rail.
Play slowed down for the next two levels as the final six jockeyed for position and tried to catch Seiji’s growing chip lead. Brito Silva broke the silence when he jammed with the top pair of tens on the flop and ran into Seiji’s pocket kings to finish in sixth place.
After Brito Silva’s exit, Kisacikoglu saw an opportunity with pocket queens, but once again it was Seiji lying in wait with king-jack. The board ran out with a king on the flop and Kisacikoglu was out in fifth place.
From there, Seiji began to apply big stack pressure and he took several pots with aggressive play before and after the flop and he grew his stack steadily as the others drifted further behind. The next to go was Danchev in fourth place when his ace-six couldn’t catch up to Seiji’s ace-seven.
It was a matter of moments after Brito Silva hit the rail that Dvoress got the last of his stack in with jack-eight, but Aido called with queen-ten and knocked him out of the tournament in third place.
The final two players stepped away for a brief break before heads-up play could begin, and in that time they struck a deal to split up the remaining prize pool based on their remaining chip stacks. Seiji had the bigger stack, so he took the lion’s share of the prize pool and the EPT Trophy.
That wraps up coverage of the €50,000 EPT Super High Roller here in Prague. Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for updates on the EPT Prague Main Event and other events throughout the rest of the series.