Rodrigo Seiji Wins €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Prague for €773,630
This was the Brazilian poker pro’s second EPT title within a week, captured after a heads-up deal.
European Poker Tour Kicks Off in Prague
Less than a month after the World Series of Poker Europe concluded in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic, certainly a nation keen on gambling, is now hosting yet another prestigious poker festival. It’s the European Poker Tour, sponsored by PokerStars. Events are currently taking place at the King’s Casino in the capital city of Prague.
The series so far has been a great success. The €1,100 Eureka Main Event saw a record-setting 4,018 people enter. The ongoing €5,300 buy-in EPT Prague Main Event also saw a record turnout, with 1,267 runners fronting the entry fee to compete. All this started with an €1,100 No Limit hold’em tourney last Wednesday, December 7th. The first event on the EPT schedule was won by Santo Jerry Bakker from The Netherlands, for €1,970.
Rodrigo Seiji Triumphs in the €50,000 EPT Prague High Roller
The largest buy-in event in Prague was the €50K Super High Roller. We also had a €25K NLHE event play out last week, which was claimed by WSOP gold bracelet winner Ben Heath from the UK, for €227,130.
This €50K NLHE event drew 55 entries. Some of them are quite well known in the poker world, such as Canadian high roller Daniel Dvoress, the Turkish Orpen Kisacikoglu, who won the €50K high roller at WSOP Europe in Rozvadov a few weeks back, 4-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Adrian Mateos from Spain, German poker superstar Fedor Holz, and even Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique also from Spain, who missed a disappointing World Cup in Qatar, having retired shortly before.
Out of these big names, Dvoress and Kisacikoglu made it to the final table, and thus in the money. However, the heads-up duel for the title was set to be fought between Rodrigo Seiji from Brazil and Sergio Aido from Spain.
While it was Adio who knocked out Dvoress in third place, Seiji still had the larger stack going into the last 2, with a little over 2:1 advantage. This lead gave him enough leverage to negotiate a favorable heads-up deal for himself. As per the deal, Seiji took home €773,630 from the prize pool, while Aido got €667,120. The rest of the tournament was not played out. Seiji was declared the official winner.
With that, the Brazilian poker pro won his second EPT title within a week, having finished first in the €10,200 NLHE mystery Bounty event a few days earlier. Overall, this is his third win in this series: he previously took down a €2,700 bounty event in March 2022, also at EPT Prague. Interestingly, all 3 of his career titles are from European Poker Tour events, played in the Czech capital.
As we wrote earlier, the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event is still ongoing, stay tuned for our coverage of that.
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