When the final table of the Eureka3 Prague Main Event kicked off yesterday, 22-year-old Canadian online pro Ami Barer (about $5.5 million in online winnings) was the chip leader with 7.2 million and his closest competitiors were Stephen Chidwick (4.9m) and Dmitry Holdeew (4.7m). The trio dominated play from when the cards were in the air until they were the last men standing.
Englishman Stephen Chidwick was the first of the three players to hit the rail. He was eliminated by Germany's Dmitry Holdeew after losing his last 20 big blinds with KT against the pocket sevens of Holdeew in an all-in situation preflop. Chidwick received €92,500 for his third place finish, and the heads-up match for the title started...
It was a very even match that saw Dmitry Holdeew and Ami Barer (both PokerStars Qualifiers) exchanging the chip lead 4 times over the course of 2 hours. Eventually, Holdeew took the command and accumulated a slight lead, extended it but lost it in an all-in when his pocket fours ran into the pocket eights of Barer. However, he won the next all-in, which gave him the title and a sweet €226,400!
On the final hand, Barer check-raised all-in on the turn with K4 on the board T379. Holdeew made the call and turned over T9. The river card was the K and Holdeew took down the pot (and the tournament) with two pairs (tens and nines) vs the pair of kings of Barer.
Eureka3 Prague Main Event
Prize pool: €1,275,550
Places Paid: 191
1. Dmitry Holdeew, Germany, PokerStars player, €226,400
2. Ami Barer, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, €131,400
3. Stephen Chidwick, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €92,500
4. Jaroslav Peter, Czech Republic, €68,800
5. Mark Dalimore, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, €53,500
6. Milan Simko, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, €39,800
7. Marcin Horecki, Poland, TeamPokerStars Pro, €30,500
8. Johannes Tiefenbrunner, Germany, €21,700