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2023 PokerStars EPT Prague

€2,200 Eureka High Roller
Giorni 3
Event Info

2023 PokerStars EPT Prague

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
64
Premio
€474,510
Event Info
Buy-in
€2,200
Montepremi
€2,837,760
Entries
1,478
Informazioni livello
Livello
37
Bui
300,000 / 600,000
Ante
600,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 3
Entries
4
Giocatori Rimasti
1

€2,200 Eureka High Roller

Giorno 3 completo

Poland's Grzegorz Kozieja Gets His Biggest-Ever Live Cash at EPT Prague (€474,510)

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante
Grzegorz Kozieja
Grzegorz Kozieja

It took an extra session to crown the winner of the €2,200 Eureka High Roller at the 2023 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague, but Poland's Grzegorz Kozieja sprinted to the finish line on Day 3 to wrap up proceedings.

The professional poker player and coach overcame a 2:1 chip deficit as he defeated Safwane Bahri in heads-up play to capture the €474,510 up top along with the trophy.

However, any plans to commemorate the triumph will have to wait as Kozieja has hopped straight into Day 1b of the €5,300 Main Event in hopes of another bankroll boosting payday.

Also returning for the final stage were veterans Bruno Volkmann and Jason Wheeler, who bowed out in third and fourth place, respectively.

Overall, the tournament saw 1,478 entries and generated a prize pool of €2,837,760. The top 221 players made the money with past EPT champions such as Giuliano Bendinelli (166th €3,750) and Simon Brandstrom (142nd - €4,310) all finishing in the paid places.

€2,200 Eureka High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (EUR)
1Grzegorz KoziejaPoland€474,510
2Safwane BahriFrance€292,520
3Bruno VolkmannBrazil€208,940
4Jason WheelerUnited States€160,730
5Dan LarsenDenmark€123,640
6Sokratis LinarasGreece€95,120
7Vasileios ChatzilazarouCyprus€73,160
8Pablo Brito SilvaBrazil€56,300

Alexander Tkatschew Tops the Record-Breaking €1,100 Eureka Main Event

Action of the Day

Fourth-place finisher Wheeler was the first casualty of the day, jamming jack-five for his last few big blinds into Volkmann's kings. Wheeler, who has been a resident in Prague for the last six years, picked up the tenth six-figure live cash of his career. The score sees him inch closer to the $5 million mark in live earnings, which slightly trails the $8.4 million he's banked on the virtual felt.

Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler

Volkmann dropped out next after a roller coaster of a few hands. He was left short by Bahri after the latter got three streets of value with aces. The Brazilian doubled up the hand after but soon ran his ace-jack into Bahri's ace-queen and could not overcome the domination.

There was a brief break before heads-up play got underway, where Kozieja and Bahri discussed the possibilities of a deal. No agreement was reached, and Bahri entered the final showdown as the favorite.

Bahri took the first few pots to widen the gap, but from there on out, it was all Kozieja. Momentum began to swing in his favor, with Kozieja getting value with trips on a four-spade board. A few hands later, he doubled into the top spot with his ace-six holding versus king-ten suited after all the chips went into the middle preflop.

Safwane Bahri
Safwane Bahri

The start-of-day chip leader then made quick work of what Bahri had behind. In a limped pot, Kozieja flopped a six-high straight and played it fast. He moved all in on the river, and after some time in the tank, Bahri opted to put on his cape and hero call with ace-high for his final eight million (13 big blinds).

Kozieja's rail was jubilant while Bahri's camp became somber, but the Frenchman can soothe any wounds with the €292,520 runner-up prize.

The victory marked Kozieja's first major live tournament win and added heaps to the $74,052 in live earnings that he had before the event.

This concludes the PokerNews live coverage of this tournament, but stick around for updates from Day 1b of the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event as well as the €10,200 Mystery Bounty final table.

Tags: Bruno VolkmannGrzegorz KoziejaJason WheelerSafwane Bahri

Safwane Bahri Eliminated in 2nd Place (€292,520)

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante
Safwane Bahri
Safwane Bahri

Safwane Bahri limped in from the button, and Grzegorz Kozieja checked his big blind.

Kozieja checked the action to Bahri on the 532 flop, and the latter bet 600,000. Kozieja raised to 2,000,000 and was called.

Kozieja continued for another 3,000,000 on the 2 turn and after some thinking, Bahri called, leaving him with 8,000,000 behind.

Kozieja emptied the clip on the Q river and Bahri went deep into the tank. Around 90-seconds passed and Bahri put in calling chips.

Kozieja lept out of his seat and tabled 64 for a flopped straight. Bahri had decided to put on his cape and make an ace-high hero call with A7.

Kozieja's rail celebrated wildly as the Polish poker pro and coach secured his first major live tournament win.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
45,000,000 14,400,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
Eliminato

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

Kozieja Doubles into the Lead

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante
Grzegorz Kozieja
Grzegorz Kozieja

Grzegorz Kozieja limped in from the button. Safwane Bahri made it 2,800,000 from the big blind. Kozieja jammed for 15,000,000 and Bahri quickly called.

Grzegorz Kozieja: A6
Safwane Bahri: K10

Kozieja was ahead and remained so after the 745 flop and 6 turn. The 5 river saw his hand stay best and he doubled up into the chip lead.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
30,600,000 15,600,000
Day 2 Chip Leader
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
13,750,000 -15,750,000

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

Bahri Gets Some Back

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante

Safwane Bahri limped in from the button and called when Grzegorz Kozieja made it 2,100,000 from the big blind.

The A1010 flop checked through to the Q turn. KOzieja check-folded to a bet of 3,300,000.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
29,500,000 4,500,000
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
15,000,000 -4,500,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

Trips for Kozieja

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante

In the last hand of the previous level, Safwane Bahri limped in from the button and Grzegorz Kozieja checked the big blind.

Kozieja checked on the 255 flop and Bahri bet 500,000. Kozieja made it 1,400,000 and was called.

Kozieja sized up to 2,200,000 on the 9 turn and Bahri called once more.

The Q river put a four spades on the board and Kozieja put out a bet of 800,000. Bahri called.

Kozieja got some thin value with his 75 as Bahri mucked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
25,000,000 -6,000,000
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
19,500,000 6,000,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

Livello: 37

Bui: 300,000/600,000

Ante: 600,000

Pot for Kozieja

Livello 36 : Blinds 250,000/500,000, 500,000 ante

In a limped pot to the 874 flop, action checked through to the A turn. Safwane Bahri checked in the big blind and called a bet of 1,000,000 from Grzegorz Kozieja.

The 10 completed the board and Bahri check-folded when Kozieja fired out 3,500,000.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
31,000,000 -2,000,000
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
13,500,000 2,000,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

Bahri Bets the Turn

Livello 36 : Blinds 250,000/500,000, 500,000 ante

Safwane Bahri made it 1,000,000 from the button and Grzegorz Kozieja called from the big blind.

Kozieja raised to 1,400,000 over a bet of 500,000 on the 10107 flop. Bahri called.

Kozieja halted on the 10 turn and check-folded to a bet of 3,000,000.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
33,000,000 2,750,000
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
11,500,000 -2,800,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri

One a Piece at Start of Heads-Up

Livello 36 : Blinds 250,000/500,000, 500,000 ante

Safwane Bahri limped in from the button and Grzegorz Kozieja checked his option. The A54 flop checked through to the 6 turn. Kozieja bet 500,000 and folded out Bahri.

The hand after was another limped pot and was checked through to the river. Bahri bet 500,000 on 10106A2 and was called. The Frenchman tabled 63 and his opponent mucked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Safwane Bahri fr
Safwane Bahri
30,250,000 725,000
Grzegorz Kozieja pl
Grzegorz Kozieja
14,300,000 -500,000
Day 2 Chip Leader

Tags: Grzegorz KoziejaSafwane Bahri