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EPT - Prague: Jan Skampa wins after an amazing comeback

Tags: ept prague, Eyal Avitan, Jan Skampa, Luca Pagano, Stefan Mattsson.
Posted on 07 December 2009 by "T".

European Poker Tour in Prague saw a huge field of players this time. Not less than 584 (219 Day 1a and 365 Day 1b) players entered the tournament and created a total prize pool of €2,842,100. After that Day1 a & b, Day 2, 3 & 4 had been played, it was finally time for the final table. These were the 8 players who were about to battle for the EPT Trophy and the first prize of €682,000.

Seat 1: Anthony Roux (2,839,000)
Seat 2: Stefan Mattsson (3,553,000)
Seat 3: Laurence Ryan (1,338,000)
Seat 4: Gustav Ekerot (502,000)
Seat 5: Sven Eichelbaum (658,000)
Seat 6: Jan Skampa (3,985,000)
Seat 7: Eyal Avitan (2,627,000)
Seat 8: Luca Pagano (2,119,000)

Most notable of these finalist was of course the Italian poker pro Luca Pagano who‘s not a newbie when it comes to playing EPT final tables (6 EPT final tables, 13 EPT cashes). Luca Pagano, however, finished on 6th place this time. Many Swedish poker players did very well in EPT Prague, and 2 of them made it all the way to the final table, Gustav Ekerot & Stefan Mattsson. Stefan Mattsson sent two players packing and was massive chip leader with only 5 remaining players, but unfortunately he lost a lot of his stack to Jan Skampa when both players went all in with big pocket pair's. After this hand, Mattsson lost his edge and was sent packing in 3rd place.

The 2 remaining players that now were going to play heads-up were Jan Skampa (Czech Republic) and Eyal Avitan (Israel). Eyal Avitan had big chip lead and it looked like Jan Skampa's chances of winning were very small. Jan Skampa, however, refused to give up even though he was the big underdog and thanks to the great support from his fellow countrymen he played his very best poker. After 3,5 hours of heads-up poker, Jan Skampa had suddenly taken control over the game. The fight continued for many more hands until a very tired Avitan decided to push all in pre-flop with J-9 and got called by Skampa's J-J. The crowd went wild as soon as it stood clear that Skampa's J-J was the winning hand and that the EPT Prague trophy was going to stay in Czech Republic.


Final table results:
1. Jan Skampa €682 000
2. Eyal Avitan €454 000
3. Stefan Mattsson €255 000
4. Anthony Roux €171 000
5. Laurence Ryan €135 000
6. Luca Pagano €100 000
7. Gustav Ekerot €71 000
8. Sven Eichelbaum €55 500

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5 comments on "EPT - Prague: Jan Skampa wins after an amazing comeback"

 AA-Daelt-AA07/12/2009 13:42:10 GMT
another impressive result for Pagano, i wish he can win an EPT bracelet next time, he really deserves it.
 Ronsaki07/12/2009 18:46:02 GMT
I watched few games of this guys, he really is good. Hopefully he can achieve something on global scene
 MANUEDO07/12/2009 19:55:26 GMT
Of course I mind for Pagano, strong player and very nice person, also when he comments poker show in tv.
I think Skampa played really very well and this result follows the EPT Vilamoura one, last month.
We will hear again of him next years
 xxxbchxxx08/12/2009 10:56:08 GMT
Ive been hearing a lot about this Italian dude but i havent seen him yet...I might have a little look about on the net today.
 SuperNoob09/12/2009 20:20:09 GMT
Eyal Avitan must be going crazy for letting go a big chip lead, hard to concentrate when you know u have just made a mistake. nice play from skampa to fight to win this one

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