Tsugunari Toma Wins His 2nd High Roller Title at EPT Prague in a Week, Indian-Origin Bhavin Khatri Finishes 11th (₹35.78 Lakhs)

Tsugunari Toma Wins His 2nd High Roller Title at EPT Prague in a Week, Indian-Origin Bhavin Khatri Finishes 11th (₹35.78 Lakhs)
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  • Arpit Jain December 18, 2019
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It has been an insane week for Japan’s Tsugunari Toma at the 2019 PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague, who can now boast of winning two high roller titles at this stop! Toma, who had finished runner up in the Single Day High Roller EPT title last year in Prague for €191,940, added an EPT title to name by taking down the €10,200 Single Day High Roller last week for €135,220. Closing out the series in style, he won his second title at this series and this time in the €10,300 High Roller event, netting an even bigger payday of €523,120!

The three-day event clocked in 255 entries to create the massive €2,473,500 prize pool, and the top 31 places made it in the money.

Indian players have been posting consistent results in major tournaments, and here again, we saw an Indian-origin player Bhavin Khatri making a deep run. Khatri fell out two places short of a final table finish in 11th place for €45,270 (~₹35.78 Lakhs). On his final hand, Khatri moved all-in from the small blind holding , and Matthias Eibinger came along with a call holding . A seven on the flop ended Khatri`s deep run in 11th place.

Tsugunari Toma Wins His 2nd High Roller Title at EPT Prague
Bhavin Khatri

Other notables who made it in the money included Kemal Aslan (14th for €36,610), Sam Greenwood (16th for €32,900), Ashkan Fattahi (18th for €29,190), Anatoly Filatov (27th for €24,240) and Paul Newey (30th for €21,770).


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Simon Lofberg – 2,530,000
  2. Matthias Eibinger – 2,215,000
  3. Yunye Lu – 2,040,000
  4. Tsugunari Toma – 1,765,000
  5. Simon Pedersen – 1,100,000
  6. Masato Yokosawa – 1,070,000
  7. Gianluca Speranza – 775,000
  8. Rainer Kempe – 630,000
  9. George Wolff – 610,000


Final Table Recap

First up, two of the shortest stacks on the table collided when Rainer Kempe jammed with , and George Wolff looked him up with pocket queens. Wolff was eyeing a double up before an ace on the flop led to his departure in ninth place.

Even after winning that pot, Rainer Kempe soon ran out of luck when he pitted his pocket jacks against Simon Lofberg’s pocket kings, busting in eighth place.

Masato Yokosawa was the next one sent packing after he moved all-in with . The action folded to Matthias Eibinger, who called showing . Ace-high stayed good on the board, and Yokosawa exited in seventh place.

The next elimination took almost 40 minutes coming, and it was Yunye Lu`s that got lucky against Gianluca Speranza on the rundown . Incidentally, Lu became the next player to hit the rail when his king-high flush was cracked by Simon Lofberg’s nut flush.

Shortly after that, Matthias Eibinger fell in fourth place after losing back-to-back hands. Simon Pedersen opened and called an all-in shove from Eibinger in the big blind. Pederson showed pocket sevens against Eibinger`s and flopped quads to take down the pot. Eibinger lost what was left of his stack with king-jack to Pedersen’s turned flush.

Simon Pedersen’s epic run ended next when his pocket jacks lost out to Lofberg’s as an ace appeared on the window, and with that, the heads-up match between Tsugunari Toma and Lofberg began.

It all ended with 10 minutes, and the action saw Simon Lofberg opening the pot with . Toma moved all-in with , and Lofberg made the easy call. Lofberg was in good shape to double up, but it all came crashing down for him on the rundown . And just like that, Toma lifted his second EPT High Roller trophy in a week!

Tsugunari Toma Wins His 2nd High Roller Title at EPT Prague
Tsugunari Toma

Final Table Results

  1. Tsugunari Toma – €523,120
  2. Simon Lofberg – €352,230
  3. Simon Pedersen – €248,340
  4. Matthias Eibinger – €201,340
  5. Yunye Lu – €159,290
  6. Gianluca Speranza – €120,950
  7. Masato Yokosawa – €88,300
  8. Rainer Kempe – €64,560
  9. George Wolff – €53,430


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