Sandor Mate emerged as the victor and was crowned the champion of the first-ever WPT Prime Slovakia €1,100 Main Event, inside the Card Casino, Bratislava. Along with the title, he also secured a prize of €109,660 ($118,964), which includes a €12,500 WPT Passport for the highly anticipated 2023 WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
The WPT Prime Slovakia Main Event attracted an impressive turnout of 552 entries across its six starting flights. This enthusiastic response resulted in a prize pool of €529,920, surpassing the initial €500,000 guarantee. The top 71 players made the money, with the min-cash being €1,840 ($1,996).
WPT Prime Slovakia €1,100 Main Event Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|7||Thomas Ward||United Kingdom||€15,600||€16,924|
*First-prize amount includes a €12,500 package for the winner to play in the season-ending WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
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Final Table Action
On the final day of the Main Event, nine players returned to WPT felt, and it only took five hands for the first final table casualty. Marco Niederdeppe made top two pair against the pocket aces held by the shorter stacked Patrik Zidek, with their chips going in on the flop.
Ondrej Drozd quickly followed Zidek to the payout desk after his ace-jack was unable to win a flip against Szymon Bujok. Thomas Ward then bowed out in seventh place on the 33rd hand of the final table after his pair of sixes were outflopped by Niederdeppe’s ace-king.
Play then began to slow down, with ICM considerations becoming increasingly important. However, things picked up when Niederdeppe bagged his third and fourth final table scalp after seeing off Bujok and Tal Herzog in separate all-in preflop encounters.
There would be no lull in the action this time around as the next elimination soon followed. Niederdeppe’s domination continued as he sent Giovanni Ursoleo with pocket aces.
Mate then set up heads-up play with Niederdeppe after the former flopped a king-high straight against Dmitry Lineburg, who was all in for his last three big blinds.
Heads-up play would only last eight hands after Mate and Niederdeppe were all in preflop with king-queen and queen-eight, respectively. Neither player hit the board, but Mate’s king-high was enough to seal the victory.
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