Prague European Poker Tournaments
Season Four – 10 –
14 December 2007
The Gold Prague
Poker Room is located inside the Hilton Prague Hotel which is situated within
the centre of this gorgeous city with its magnificent architecture dating back
to medieval times. The venue is a 15 minute walk from both the Old Square and
the famed Wenceslas Square.
The venue is
situated just 200m from the Metro Station Florenc.
The Gold Prague
Poker Room, Hilton Prague Hotel, Pobrezni 1, Prague, Czech Republic 18600
Telephone – +420
002 561 223
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
For the structure
of EPT Prague please go to our ‘Structures
of the European Poker Tour’ page.
The first EPT event ever to be held in the Czech capital
was won by 28 year old Parisian, Arnaud
Mattern. The heads-up went right down to the wire but the Frenchman got the
better of his Italian rival, Gino ‘El
Diablo’ Alacqua, to claim his maiden EPT win and €708 400.
The tournament was very well represented by over 550 players form 36
countries around the globe, but it took a complete rookie, and a backgammon
champ to boot, to clinch the big one. Mattern joins two other Frenchmen who
have triumphed at the EPT since its inception in 2004 – Jan Boubli who
won EPT Barcelona Season 2 and Pascal eptpascal.html who claimed EPT Vienna in
the inaugural season.
Conrad Brunner, PokerStars’
Head of Communications, EMEA, said: “For a new event, the Prague EPT has
been an outstanding success. Europe’s top players have put on a real show, and
great credit must go to Mattern for winning against a top class field.
Mattern’s victory in Prague catapults him to the top of the French EPT leader
Mattern had AK,
and paired the king on the turn, beating the hapless Italian who carried a Q10.
Alacqua, a 46 year old antique dealer who has already won a major event this
year – the Campione d’Italia Main Event – and was runner-up at the 2006 Italian
Championship claims he came to Prague to find love, but instead he walked
away with a very tidy €407 300 for his efforts at the table.
“This is the
best result I’ve ever had. I did win the French Backgammon Championship but
that was only €5,000! It was a very tough final table and, during the heads-up,
Gino picked up a lot of good cards but I just picked my spot and my good hands
stood up,” said Mattern.
- Arnaud Mattern (France) – €708 400
- Gino Alacqua (Italy) – €407 300
Kjondal (Norway) – €235 300
- Juha Lauttmaas (Finland) – €182 200
- Markus Gosler (Austria) – €151 800
- Nedzib Suman (Switzerland) – €119 000
- Dag Palovic (Slovakia) – €93 600
- Mikhail Norinder
(Switzerland) – €63 200
- Johannes Strassman (Germany) – €39 200