Mathieu Di Meglio Dominates EPT Prague €3,000 Mystery Bounty (€243,186)

France’s Mathieu Di Meglio has won the €3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty at PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague for €243,186 after defeating heads-up opponent Vlada Stojanovic of Croatia after what proved to be a back-and-forth heads-up battle.

Di Meglio is primarily an online player and had $44,046 in Hendon Mob-reported live earnings heading into the event.

After his victory he told PokerNews “I’m very happy. After many years of failing and almost getting there, I’m very satisfied!”

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€3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty Final Table Results

  1 Mathieu Di Meglio France €243,186
  2 Vlada Stojanovic Croatia €151,990
  3 Niko Koop Germany €108,570
  4 Daan Mulders Netherlands €83,510
  5 Nenad Dukic Croatia €64,240
  6 Nils Pudel Austria €49,420
  7 Mats Ullereng Norway €38,020
  8 Gregoire Auzoux France €29,240
  9 Iliodoros Kamatakis Greece €22,490

The Mystery Bounty event attracted a sizable field of 776 runners for a prize pool of €1,331,616 that didn’t include a bounty prize pool that featured two €100,000 bounties.

Bounty Action

There weren’t many bounty sweats at Friday’s final table as most of the biggest envelopes had already been claimed. On Day 2, Orpen Kisacikoglu and Poland’s Pawel Krol pulled the two €100,000 mystery bounties, while Toni Kaukua was lucky enough to pull a €50,000 envelope.

The Day 3 field of 18 dwindled down quickly as players including Finnish poker legend Juha Helppi (18th – €9,490) and Turkey’s Yigit Aksoy (14th – €12,560) were eliminated.

Pawel Krol

Sixes would soon after doom France’s Gregoire Auzoux as he four-bet jammed into the queens of the Di Meglio to fall in eighth place. Having started the day as chip leader, Di Meglio ran his stack up from there as other players dropped around him.

Stojanovic eliminated Nils Pudel before sending Nenad Dukic to the rail in fifth place. Koop eliminated Daan Muulders before Dukic eliminated Koop to bring the tournament to heads-up.

Vlada Stojanovic

The two remaining players exchanged chip leads and played dozens of single-raised and limped pots over two levels. Stojanovic then took a big lead in a flush-over-flush hand before losing it all back to Di Meglio.

As the number of big blinds in play shrunk, Di Meglio remained in control as Stojanovic eventually shoved with queen-five only to run into the pocket kings of Di Meglio. A queen on the flop gave Stojanovic hope, but an inconsequential runout confirmed his runner-up finish and handed the title to the Frenchman.

That wraps up the PokerNews live reporting team’s coverage of the exciting €3,000 EPT Mystery Bounty. Be sure to check of the team’s coverage of other events throughout EPT Prague.

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