- Grzegorz Glowny won the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event, his first major title and largest cash to date
- The Polish pro qualified for the tournament via a €530 satellite on PokerStars
- Glowny’s win represents the fifth EPT title for Poland
Grzegorz Glowny has won the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event.
The Polish player topped a field of $1,190 entries and defeated Italy’s Andrea Cortellazzi to secure his maiden EPT title and €692,252 ($745,555) in top prize.
Glowny’s win was made even more special by the fact that he was able to get a seat into the €5,300 tournament through a €530 satellite on PokerStars. He became the short stack during four-handed play but managed to redeem himself and navigate his way to victory, ultimately claiming the largest cash of his career and the fifth EPT title for his home country.
The final day began with six players battling it out for the biggest chunk of the €5,771,500 prize pool. Korea’s Gab Yong Kim came in as the chip leader, but he later relinquished his position to Glowny after the Polish pro eliminated Austria’s Armin Rezael in 6th place for €181,800. Glowny went on to knock out Italian poker pro Demetrio Caminita who finished 5th for €245,870.
The remaining four players discussed a deal but it didn’t push through after Glowny declined. As the action continued, Glowny eventually became the short stack. In their second attempt to discuss a deal, all four agreed, leaving €110,796 at the table for the winner. Kim was the first player to leave after being eliminated by Cortellazi with a turned flush versus two pair. Kim took home €622,610 for finishing 4th.
After doubling through Greek player Symeon Alexandridis and knocking out Kim, Cortellazi climbed to the top of the chip stack. Glowny then eliminated Alexandridis after doubling through him twice The Greek player walked away with €497,728 for his 3rd-place finish.
The path to victory was a rough one for Glowny as his heads-up opponent didn’t make it easy for him to clinch the title. Cortellazi did not stick to one strategy during the one-on-one match. His open-shoves worked for him during the early stages but it later paved the way for Glowny to take home the poker crown.
Cortellazi pushed with an ace but Glowny’s superior pocket queens gave him the lead. On the very next hand, Glowny made his victory official and Cortellazi had to settle for a second place finish and a cool €579,420.