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There have been numerous live poker stops that have been grabbing headlines these last few days, and in this feature, we canvass recent winners from major stops across the US, Europe, and Australia. In the US, the Thunder Valley Casino Resort recently played host to the $1,650 Ante Up World Championship that ran two crowded flights. Josh Prager came out on top of 469 entries at the event and took home $114,434 in prize money following an ICM deal with Wood Bailey.
Over at the Estonian capital of Tallinn, Mathias Siljander championed a 195-player field in the 2019 Tallinn Summer Showdown €1,100 Main Event that was held at the Hilton Tallinn Park. This is the second live title that Siljander has won in Estonia in the last two months, and this time he went home €46,700 richer.
The much-awaited 2019 edition of the Sydney Championships kicked off at The Star Sydney on July 11, and featuring among the latest set of winners was U.K’s Jason Gray. He won the series’ second most expensive event – the A$5K Challenge – for A$171,572 (~$118,552).
Josh Prager Wins $1,650 Ante Up World Championship Main Event
Hosted at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, the $1,650 Ante Up World Championship Main Event attracted 469 hopefuls across two starting flights. Topping them all was Josh Prager who was declared the champion following a heads-up ICM deal with Wood Bailey. Prager was just one big blind ahead of Bailey at the time of the deal, and as a result, he was awarded the title along with a cash prize of $116,434, a good $2,000 more than the $114,434 Bailey received for finishing second.
Day 1A of the event logged in 153 entries, and only 20 of them advanced to Day 2. Another 316 entries were registered on Day 1B, and 40 among them made the cut for Day 2. The 469 entries helped generate a prize pool of $685,678, and the top 60 places were paid.
Final Table Results (USD)
*denotes heads-up deal
Mathias Siljander Wins Tallinn Summer Showdown Main Event
Mathias Siljander took down the 2019 Tallinn Summer Showdown €1,100 Main Event that played out at the Hilton Tallinn Park. This is the second live title that Siljander has won in Estonia as just two months back, the had won the Coolbet Open €550 Main Event for €60,100. This time, Siljander topped a record field of 195 entries and went home €46,700 richer.
“It feels good to win another trophy. I am going to celebrate with a quiet dinner and maybe go out after,” Siljander said after his win.
The event registered 168 entries on Day 1, and another 27 players joined the action on Day 2. Only 23 players were left at the end of play on Day 2 – all of them guaranteed to take home at least €2,180.
Siljander came up against Jussi Mattila in the heads-up clash and had his opponent dominated with a significant two-to-one chip advantage. Mattila made valiant attempts to improve, but Siljander was unrelenting. On the final hand of the tournament, Siljander moved all-in with pocket eights and Mattila looked him up with ace-queen. Another eight on the flop had Mattila drawing very thin, and with the remaining two streets blanking out, Siljander took home the title!
Final Table Results (EURO)
Jason Gray Wins 2019 The Star Sydney Championships $5K Challenge For $118,830
The 2019 The Star Sydney Championships is now well underway. The series commenced on July 11 and is slated to run till August 5. While several winners have already been crowned at the stop, the A$5K Challenge, that happens to be the second-most expensive tournament at The Star Sydney, declared U.K`s Jason Gray as the winner.
The event attracted a healthy field of 129 players. The only non-Australian on the final table was Jason Gray, and as luck would have it, he was the last player left standing.
Gray eliminated two of his final table opponents on his way to the heads-up with Vincent Huang. In just a single hand, the fate of the two players was decided, with Gray’s ace-queen holding up against Huang’s king-queen. Along with the title, Gray walked away with A$171,572 (~$118,552) for his win.
“Can’t have the Aussies win them all,” said a beaming Gray, who had won the same event in 2017 for A$188,866. Now a resident of Sydney, Gray was inducted in the Aussie Poker Hall of Fame in 2012.
The top 15 places took home a piece of the A$612,750 prize pool.
Final Table Results (AUD)