A total of 254 players (24 re-entries) entered the World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event. Yesterday the final six players returned to the Casino Baden to play down to a winner.
All eyes were, of course, on two-time WPT champ Marvin Rettenmaier, who had the chance to become the third player in history to win 3 WPT Main Events alongside Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen.
But Rettenmaier's dreams were crushed already during the 1st level of play (shortly after Grezergorz Wyraz had been eliminated in 6th place for $47,820)...
Marvin Rettenmaier moved all in from the small blind and Kimmo Kurko (Day 1A chip leader) called.
The table ran out J75103 and Rettenmaier was sent packing in 5th place for $59,496.
Kurko got to join Rettenmaier (and Wyraz) on the rail shortly after. The Fin went all in pre-flop with AJ and Serbia's Vladimir Bozinovic (Day 3 and Day 4 chip leader) called with K9. The flop brought the K and the turn and the river cards didn't help him either. Kurko received $81,034 for his 4th place finish.
Three-handed lasted for a while before it was time for the next elimination. Oswin Ziegelbecker moved all in after Bozinovic's raise on the button. Bozinovic asked for a count and decided to call.
The dealer flipped over the first 3 cards: AQ7 and Ziegelbecker remained in front. The turn was the 10 and Bozinovic's fans on the rail went nuts. The river card was the 2 and Ziegelbecker was out of the tournament.
The poker gods continued to side with Bozinovic during heads up...
Paul Berende took down the first pot against Bozinovic and had a 600k lead. Berende's lead increased over the next few hands or so, and in fact, he was just 1 card away from taking down the whole thing.
Berende raised to 460,000 from the big blind and Bozinovic pushed his remaining stack to the centre of the table. Berende made the call.
The flop gave Bozinovic an open-ended straight draw. "Nice sweat," said Berende before the dealer turned over a 5. Berende was just one card away from his first WPT title and a sweet $271,258 first prize, but the 8 on the river completed Bozinovic's straight and left him with only 1.3 million chips.
The tournament only lasted a few more hands after that pot. Bozinovic opened with A9 and Berende moved all in with A8. Bozinovic called.
The board ran out Q1025A and Berende finished second for $172,692 while Bozinovic laid hands on the title and the first place prize of $271,258, the largest tournament cash of his career!
Final table results:
1 Vladimir Bozinovic $271,258
2 Paul Berende $172,695
3 Oswin Ziegelbecker $111,587
4 Kimmo Kurko $81,034
5 Marvin Rettenmaier $59,496
6 Grzegorz Wyraz $47,820