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2018 EPT Prague Main Event won by Paul Michaelis for €840,000

Tags: Alexandr Merzhvinskii, Artem Kobylynskyi, EPT, Paul Michaelis.
Posted on 19 December 2018 by "T".

The 2018 European Poker Tour € 5,300 No Limit Hold'em event held in Prague has been won by Germany's Paul Michaelis, making him €840,000 ($953,646) richer.

The 27-year-old poker player outlasted a 1,174 player field to claim his very first EPT title. This win is his best live cash so far in his poker career. His previous best score was $189,818 for winning the 2015 WSOP $1,500 pot-limit hold'em event.

Michaelis started the fourth day of this event as one of the shortest stacks, but he fought his way to the chip lead before the night ended. He then returned to the 6th and last day of the event at the top of the leaderboard with only six players left.

When there were only three players left at the final table, they decided to make a deal after battling it out for some time. The deal entails dividing the remaining prize pool into:

Michaelis, as chip leader, would be guaranteed €770,000 ($877,800 USD)

Alexandr Merzhvinskii, as second in chips, would get €631,500 ($719,910 USD)

Artem Kobylynskyi would have €571,910 ($651,977 USD)

With that settled, that meant they would continue playing in order to win the cash prize worth €70,000 ($79,800 USD), the title, and the $30,000 Platinum Pass.

Even though Alexandr Merzhvinskii was second in chips when the deal was made, he finished third place after he was sent to the rail by Michaelis.

After that, Michaelis had a 2-to-1 lead upon entering a heads-up match with Artem Kobylynskyi. By the time the final hand was up, Michaelis further extended his lead to around 6-to-1.
Michaelis got a pair of Jacks
Kobylynskyi had a pair of 10s
The board ran K-Q-5-9-7, thus making Michaelis the winner of the event.

He said after he won, "It feels pretty unreal. It's an unreal amount of money. Obviously due to swaps and backing, I only get to take a portion of this but it's still an unreal amount of money."

Michaelis got the lion's share of a 3-way arrangement, taking home the trophy, a total cash prize of €840,000 ($953,646) plus a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship worth $30,000.

EPT Prague Main Event details
Entrants: 1,174
Buy-in: €5,300
Payouts: 175
Prize Pool: €5,693,900

Final Table Results




Prize (EUR)

Prize (USD)


Paul Michaelis





Artem Kobylynskyi





Alexandr Merzhvinskii





Laurynas Levinskas





Carlos Branco





Parker Talbot





Liviu Ignat





Diego Zeiter






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9 comments on "2018 EPT Prague Main Event won by Paul Michaelis for €840,000"

 doubletop77719/12/2018 09:17:38 GMT
Many congratulations to Paul Michaelis on winning this event and the first prize of $954,677. Prague is a very beautiful city and it must be like a dream come true to go there and win life changing amounts of money as well
 dule-vu19/12/2018 09:54:52 GMT
this is great prizes for this young player!ofcourse buy in is huge,but it worth every cent for him!lot of players for this kind of event in europe,but great payout for every player!and what to say about last hand,pair vs pair and stronger pair won!spend this money on something good!
 pajalnick19/12/2018 16:05:53 GMT
investing 5300 dollars is risky enough .... and only a few people can afford it .... especially in the tournament more than 1000 players participated .... and of course the prize is appropriate .... 840000 dollars ..... of course great winning .... and again I see that the title gets a new player .... again confirmation that poker is available to very many .... more and more players
 Mober20/12/2018 14:37:24 GMT
We see a deal on this one, and why not after all when you are talking for
that amount of money.
With a 5300 euro buy in you end up getting almost 900k euro as a prize.
That is what you call a good investment Smile
Great timing for the holidays also Smile
 CALICUL20/12/2018 16:10:26 GMT
The amount is not unreal, even if the winner of the game says it is.
There are over 1000 entries with a high buy-in.
Investing is not risky because these players are professional in majority.
They can easily recover this amount in online cash games.
I think it's the first time when i see in BankrollMob, a news with a Romanian player, at a final table, in a live tournament.
Is a known player in my country.
 bowie198420/12/2018 21:09:10 GMT
Posted by pajalnick:
investing 5300 dollars is risky enough .... and only a few people can afford it .... especially in the tournament more than 1000 players participated...

Naah, man EPT is a legit tourney with a good reputation but not many people will be travelling to Prague to play poker days before christmas anyway, so this was just bad logistics on their part.
 Gerimantas21/12/2018 10:48:28 GMT
Yes this is very good win for michaelis, a young 27 years old guy whi make 840000 Euros in one day, wow this is enough money to live until pension. Also i caj say that 5300 buy in for main event is not super big too. Great performance from germanys player
 dule-vu21/12/2018 12:53:02 GMT
for most of this players this isnt some amount to spend on buy in!when you have this kind of amount for live tournament,for sure you dont care a lot if you lose it!it you have 15000 $ in bank you wouldnt spend 5300 on buy in,so for this players its easier to play,but when 840000 e come on account,thats something special!
 godoy27/12/2018 12:23:38 GMT
after leaving behind 1174 people and fattening his account at almost 1million dollars this German should be in the fold as well as being a champion of an EPT of Laqmbuja took a platinum pass bahamas to if I could have a wish would be performed forever in the poker because it is the tournament that I most want to play

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