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2023 PokerStars EPT Prague

€5,300 EPT Main Event
Giorni 6
Event Info

2023 PokerStars EPT Prague

Risultati finali
Vincitore
Mano Vincente
k10
Premio
€1,030,000
Event Info
Buy-in
€5,300
Montepremi
€6,101,300
Entries
1,285
Informazioni livello
Livello
38
Bui
400,000 / 800,000
Ante
800,000
Informazioni Giocatori - Giorno 6
Entries
5
Giocatori Rimasti
1

€5,300 EPT Main Event

Giorno 6 completo

Short Stack Padraig O'Neill Stuns Jon Kyte to Win 2023 EPT Prague Main Event (€1,030,000)

Livello 38 : Blinds 400,000/800,000, 800,000 ante
Padraig O'Neill
Padraig O'Neill

The road to PokerStars European Poker Tour glory always has plenty of twists and turns, and the record-breaking EPT €5,300 Prague Main Event was no exception.

Jon Kyte, who had led the tournament from Day 3, entered the finale with 229 big blinds and a historic chip lead, one that was assumed to be unassailable. Padraig O'Neill had other ideas and was unexpectedly awarded the final EPT Trophy of the 2023 season after overcoming the Norwegian in heads-up play.

O'Neill was nearly the first bustout of the day after he was flipping with fours against Kyte's ace-king. A king on the flop had O'Neill with one foot out of the door, but a four on the turn ensured his survival and began one of the best comeback stories of the year.

Known affectionately as "Smidge" in the Irish poker community, O'Neill came into the day as the shortest stack and turned his 12 big blinds into a €1,030,000 payout. With the victory, he became Ireland's second-ever EPT Main Event champion, 11 years after Steve O'Dwyer reigned supreme in Monte Carlo.

The high-flying Kyte was brought back down to earth after a turbulent session and collected a career-best payday of €643,000 for his runner-up finish. Umberto Ruggeri took third, while Cheng Zhao and Adam Wagner bowed out in fourth and fifth, respectively.

The event garnered 1,285 entries, a best here in the Czech capital, and saw 191 players get a portion of the €6,101,300 prize pool.

2023 EPT Prague €5,300 Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (EUR)
1Padraig O'NeillIreland€1,030,000
2Jon KyteNorway€643,000
3Umberto RuggeriItaly€459,240
4Cheng ZhaoChina€353,240
5Adam WagnerCzechia€271,660
6Grigorii RodinRussian Federation€209,000
7Govert MetaalNetherlands€160,750
8Marle SpraggUnited States€123,600
9Vincent MeliFrance€95,000

Player Booted from EPT Prague Main Event for Head-Butting Opponent

Winner's Reaction

O'Neill expressed his delight to PokerNews after the triumph. "It feels amazing. It's just happened. It hasn't sunk in."

"I was hoping to get fourth," said O'Neill after being the smallest stack as Day 6 began. "Third would've been amazing. To get heads-up, I never thought it would've happened. I booked a flight last night for 7 p.m. today. That's how optimistic I was," O'Neill joked.

Padraig O'Neill
Padraig O'Neill

The newly minted champion was complimentary to Kyte after the pair battled for nearly five hours.

"He's really tough. I didn't want to play [him] for €300,000 or €400,000 heads-up. He put me in lots of tough spots." said O'Neill. "He would've been a really worthy champion."

The seven-figure up top was the perfect early Christmas for O'Neill as he has recently become a father for the first time.

"I won't be jumping up in stakes. I might have more of myself in some of the tournaments that I play," he added.

All his current plans centre around spending as much time with his family, with maybe the odd appearance at one of the 2024 EPT stops.

How the Finale Unfolded

Adam Wagner
Adam Wagner

The first casualty of the day was Wagner, the last Czech resident in the competition. His stack went over to O'Neill, who had picked up two doubles in the early goings of the session to shoot up the counts. Wagner moved all in with ace-five and ran into the Irishman's tens to bring the tournament to its final four players.

Ruggeri doubled up twice through Kyte to stay alive before Zhao departed in fourth place. Zhao started second in chips but was left short after O'Neill pulled off an incredible bluff with the nut-flush blocker. The Greek resident was quickly ousted by Kyte after jamming his ace-queen into the chip leader's big slick.

After the first break, O'Neill crossed the ten million chip mark after picking up pots off Ruggeri and Kyte. Ruggeri then scored a trio of doubles through Kyte to remain in contention and bring the chip stacks close to even. Ruggeri held with ace-deuce when up against ten-five and remained best. The second double came when Ruggeri turned a flush to crack Kyte's two pair. The latter then jammed into Ruggeri's full house soon after to level out the field.

Umberto Ruggeri
Umberto Ruggeri

O'Neill found some momentum to take top spot, while Kyte found himself at the bottom of the chip leaderboard by the time the second break came around. Ruggeri dented Kyte before the players took some time away from the table after picking off a triple barrel bluff with top pair.

When play resumed, O'Neill further extended himself away from his two opponents with a series of value bets and well-executed bluffs. The table captain set up heads-up play with Kyte after busting Ruggeri in third place. O'Neill paired up on the river after a three-bet jam preflop from Ruggeri to bring the Main Event to its final two participants, holding more than a 4:1 chip advantage over Kyte.

Padraig O'Neill - Jon Kyte
Padraig O'Neill - Jon Kyte

O'Neill had Kyte on the ropes after getting the best of his opponent in the first part of a long duel. Kyte fought back and closed the gap, not relinquishing his hopes of the title that many predicted him to secure with ease. At the dinner break, Kyte had reclaimed the chip lead after a huge bluff with missed clubs and was once again the favorite. Had O'Neill called, Kyte would have been down to just a few big blinds.

A top pair vs. top pair encounter allowed O'Neill to double back in front. Both players hit a jack but Kyte was outkicked and couldn't get away from his hand. It did not take long for Kyte to regain the lead. He turned trips kings and got through a sizeable bluff of his own to put the ball back in his court.

The chip lead continued to switch, but eventually, someone had to give. O'Neill managed to erode Kyte down without any response, and his king-ten sealed the stunning comeback against Kyte's ten-five after both players committed their stacks preflop.

Tags: Adam WagnerCheng ZhaoGovert MetaalGrigorii RodinJon KyteMarle SpraggPadraig O'NeillUmberto RuggeriVincent Meli

Jon Kyte Eliminated in 2nd Place (€643,000)

Livello 38 : Blinds 400,000/800,000, 800,000 ante
Jon Kyte
Jon Kyte

Padraig O'Neill jammed from the button and Jon Kyte called off his short stack in the big blind.

Jon Kyte: 105
Padraig O'Neill: K10

Neither player connected on the Q9329 runout, meaning O'Neill's high-card was enough to seal the victory for the trophy and seven-figure payout.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
38,550,000 4,750,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
Eliminato
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Jon KytePadraig O'Neill

Kyte Bleeding Chips

Livello 38 : Blinds 400,000/800,000, 800,000 ante

On the first hand after break, Padraig O'Neill limped on the button with Q6 and Jon Kyte checked his option with 82. Kyte check-folded facing an 800,000 bet from O'Neill on the AQ3 flop.

On the next hand, Kyte limped on the button with 74 and O'Neill checked his option with K8.

The flop came QJQ and O'Neill check-called an 800,000 bet from Kytle.

Both players checked on the 6 turn and K river and O'Neill dragged the pot with kings-up.

On the third hand after break, O'Neill shoved with K3 and Kyte folded with J5.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
33,800,000 4,850,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
4,700,000 -4,800,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Jon KytePadraig O'Neill

Livello: 38

Bui: 400,000/800,000

Ante: 800,000

Time For a Break

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

Jon Kyte and Padraig O'Neill are on another 20-minute break.

O'Neill maintains a solid chip lead over Kyte despite the latter doubling up.

PlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
Padraig O'NeillIreland28,950,00036
Jon KyteNorway9,500,00012

Remaining Payouts

PlacePrize (EUR)
1€1,030,000
2€643,000
Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
28,950,000 300,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
9,500,000 -300,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Padraig O'NeillJon Kyte

Kyte Doubles Through O'Neill

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante
Padraig O'Neill
Padraig O'Neill

Padraig O'Neill limped on the button and Jon Kyte checked his option in the big blind.

Both players checked on the 10710 flop and Kyte checked again on the 4 turn. O'Neill bet 600,000 and Kyte shoved for his last 4,000,000. O'Neill asked for a count and called to put Kyte at risk.

Jon Kyte: 97
Padraig O'Neill: 54

Kyte was an overwhelming favorite with his higher two pair and the 8 river bricked out for O'Neill, awarding the double up to Kyte.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
28,650,000 -4,600,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
9,800,000 4,600,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Jon KytePadraig O'Neill

Kyte's Stack is Flying Low

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

In a limped pot to the Q93 flop, action checked through to the 8 turn. Padraig O'Neill had 86 while Jon Kyte held 102. The latter bet 1,000,000 from the big blind and O'Neill called with the best hand. The 10 river gave Kyte a better pair and he fired out another 1,400,000. O'Neill folded.

Kyte looked down at 1010 and made it 1,300,000. O'Neill defended with 54. Kyte remained best on the 965 flop and continued for 2,100,000. O'Neill called. The turn was the A and O'Neill checked. Kyte sized down to 1,200,000 and was called.

The 5 river gave O'Neill trips and he checked. Kyte fired 3,400,000 and was called. Kyte was stunned and saw the 16,600,000 pot go to his opponent.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
33,250,000 5,600,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
5,200,000 -5,600,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Padraig O'NeillJon Kyte

Three All-ins, Three Pots For Kyte

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

Jon Kyte limped on the button with QQ and Padraig O'Neill checked his option with 52.

Both players checked on the 833 flop and then O'Neill bet 1,500,00 on the 4 turn. Kyte shoved with his queens and O'Neill laid his hand down.

On the very next hand, O'Neill limped on the button with 43 and Kyte shoved with Q7. O'Neill folded.

On the hand after that, Kyte open shoved for 9,600,000 with A2 and O'Neill folded 62.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
27,650,000 -2,700,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
10,800,000 2,700,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Jon KytePadraig O'Neill

O'Neill Jams the Turn; Flops a Set Hand After

Livello 37 : Blinds 300,000/600,000, 600,000 ante
Padraig O'Neill
Padraig O'Neill

Jon Kyte opened to 1,300,000 with 94 and Padraig O'Neill defended with Q8. O'Neill's queen-high was already best, but the Irishman welcomed the J52 flop as he had a flush draw. He check-called for 1,300,000. The 10 turn kept O'Neill ahead and he checked. Kyte bet 3,750,000 and after a few moments, O'Neill jammed and Kyte laid down his nine-high.

The hand after, O'Neill opened to 1,200,000 with 88. Kyte called in the big blind with K5. O'Neill made a set on the 986 flop while Kyte had a flush draw of his own. The Norweigian check-called for 800,000. The J turn kept things the same, and Kyte check-called for 3,500,000. With 11,600,000 in the pot, the Q river completed the board and O'Neill took in the pot after both players checked.

Giocatore Chip Avanzamento
Padraig O'Neill ie
Padraig O'Neill
30,350,000 12,450,000
EPT Main Event Champion
EPT 1X Winner
Jon Kyte no
Jon Kyte
8,100,000 -12,450,000
Day 5 Chip Leader

Tags: Jon KytePadraig O'Neill