EPT: Vojtech Ruzicka Wins €313,000 in Deauville High Roller

Vojtech Ruzicka started Day 3 of the EPT Deauville High Roller in second place, but the Czech pro clinched the title after just four hours of play Saturday (Photo c/o PokerStars Blog/Neil Stoddart))

It was a short but eventful day in the 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller, with the final six players returning to fight it out for over €300,000. After just four hours of play on the final day of this European Poker Tour stop, it would be Vojtech Ruzicka hoisting the winner’s trophy.

Ruzicka defeated Tim Reilly heads-up to seal his victory and claim the €313,000 first place prize. It looked at times like Reilly would emerge victorious, but the most crucial hand of the tournament ended up falling in Ruzicka’s favor as he picked up J J against Reilly’s T T and held. Reilly would fight on for a short time but Ruzicka would not be denied on this day, flopping a straight and getting the remainder of Reilly’s chips when he turned top pair.

Reilly dispatched Alexandre Reard in third place to set up the heads-up finale with Ruzicka, getting Reard all-in while holding T J against Reard’s 9 8 on a 9 7 2 flop and spiking a T on the river to win. This was after Reilly picked up a massive double-up through Reard when his A K beat Reard’s 8 8 by hitting a K on the flop.

Martin Jacobson entered the final day of this tournament as the chipleader after spending almost all of Day 2 in the same position, but after losing a massive pot to Ruzicka without a showdown Jacobson was left with very little room to maneuver. He seemed poised to double through Ruzicka when his A T connected with a J T 2 flop to put him ahead of 9 9, but the 4 on the river gave Ruzicka a flush and sent Jacobson out in fourth place.

Ruzicka was the most active player at this final table, and he was the one who dispatched Bryn Kenney as well. Kenney entered Day 3 of the High Roller with just over 20 big blinds, and after hovering around that point for some time he made a stand with 15 big blinds and 8 7. Ruzicka was happy to oblige him with A 9 and stayed well ahead on the K 6 3 flop, but the T on the turn opened up a world of opportunities for Kenney. The Q on the river wouldn’t help him, though, and Kenney was eliminated in fifth place.

The shortest stack entering the final day was also the first player to go out. Steven Silverman shoved his remaining chips in with K 8 and was called by Reard, who had A 7. The board would not improve either player, running out Q T 3 3 J to knock Silverman out of the tournament in sixth place.

The EPT Deauville Main event is wrapping up as well, all but bringing an end to this stop on tour. The EPT will return to action from March 5 through March 16, with the Main Event starting on March 10 and the High Roller kicking off on March 14.

Here are the payouts for the final table of the 2013 EPT Deauville High Roller.

  1. Vojtech Ruzicka – €313,000
  2. Timothy Reilly – €180,000
  3. Alexandre Reard – €105,700
  4. Martin Jacobson – €83,200
  5. Bryn Kenney – €64,100
  6. Steven Silverman – €47,500
  7. Jonathan Duhamel – €38,000
  8. Alain Goldberg – €28,500
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