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   Friday, March 01 2024 
Leonid Markin emerged victorious of the € 50K Super High Roller - EPT Prague 2014

Leonid Markin bested a field of 51 poker players to claim the European Poker Tour Prague 2014 Super High Roller title. Only 7 of the 51participants who paid €50,000 of entry-fee would make the money in the race. The final table of the poker tournament was held last Thursday with 7 survivors returning to Hilton Prague Hotel. The seven remaining players include three Russians (Leonid Markin, Vladimir Troyanovskiy and Ivan Soshnikov), two Englishmen (Paul Newey and Stephen Chidwick), one Finnish (Juha Helppi) and one American (Brian Roberts). The last representatives of France were eliminated on the previous day. Statistically speaking, those who represent Russia dominate the final since two of them secure on top of the chip count heading to the ultimate day: Leonid Markin (3,350,000 chips) and Vladimir Troyanovskiy (3,000,000 chips).

The finalists were guaranteed to leave with a minimum gain of € 128,565. Brian Roberts was the first to leave the table. Of course, he took home € 128,565 as a consolation prize. Nearly three minutes later, Vladimir Troyanovskiy joined the bench for € 159,170. Ivan Soshnikov and Juha Helppi hit the rail for € 208,150 and € 269,360 respectively. The remaining “Big Three” slowed down the pace as it needed three hours of play to see the one fallen to third place. It is actually about Stephen Chidwick; he earned € 355,070 though. Subsequently the scene was set for Leonid Markin and Paul Newey to exchange the chip lead for other three hours of clash. It was Newey who eventually found his own run cut for € 557,090. As a reward for his first-place finish, Leonid Markin grabbed his very first EPT title along with € 771,360 of prize.

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