Vladimir Bozinovic Wins World Poker Tour Baden for $271,258
The World Poker Tour Baden €3,300 Main Event continued on Sunday as the final six players of a 254-player field (24 re-entries) returned to the Casino Baden to play down to a winner. At the start of the day, all eyes were on two-time WPT winner Marvin Rettenmaier, who was looking to become just the third player in history to win three WPT Main Events alongside Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen. Unfortunately for him, it was Vladimir Bozinovic who emerged victorious after three levels of play to win the $271,258 first-place prize and etch his name on the Champions Cup.
2013 WPT Baden Results
It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the final table, which happened in Level 26 with the blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000. According to the WPT Live Updates Team, Grzegorz Wyraz, who began the day as the short stack, moved all in for 465,000 from the hijack seat holding the only to run into the of Oswin Ziegelbecker in the big blind. The board ran out and Wyraz, who satellited his way into the tournament on PartyPoker, was sent to the rail in sixth place for $47,820.
Later on in the same level, Rettenmaier was denied WPT history. It happened when Kimmo Kurko opened from the button, and Rettenmaier moved all in from the small blind. Kurko made the call, and the cards were turned up.
It was a terrible spot for the German as he shared a queen with his opponent, but his king kicker was behind. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Rettenmaier had just a 18.28% chance of winning the hand, and Kurko was an 79.55% favorite. The flop was no help to Rettenmaier, but the turn gave him an open-ended straight draw along with the possibility of a chop if a diamond peeled off on the river. The dealer burned and put out the , what was no help to Rettenmaier, and he was eliminated in fifth place for $59,496.
After losing some crucial hands to Paul Berende, Kurko was the next to go in Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000). In his final hand, Kurko opened from the button only to have Bozinovic move all in from the big blind. Kurko, who finished Day 1a as the chip leader, made a quick call with the and was out in front of Bozinovic’s . Kurko got it in good, but he would not be rewarded as the board ran out , and Bozinovic took down the pot with kings and tens. Kurko made his way to the payout desk to collect $81,034 for his fourth-place finish.
Three-handed play lasted for awhile, and it wasn’t until Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000) that the next elimination occurred. It happened when Bozinovic raised from the button and then called when Ziegelbecker moved all in from the big blind.
Ziegelbecker was well out in front and stayed there on the flop thanks to his kicker. Bozinovic needed a ten to take the lead, and that’s what he got when the spiked on the turn. The crowd went wild and continued to roar when the blanked on the river. Ziegelbecker was eliminated in third place for $111,587 leaving Bozinovic and Berende to battle heads up.
In the key hand between the two, Bozinovic raised from the button and then moved all in after Berende had three-bet to 460,000. The latter made the call with the , which had the of Bozinovic crushed. Berende was five cards away from victory, but it wouldn’t be easy as the flop gave Bozinovic an open-ended straight draw. “Nice sweat,” Berende said just before the dealer burned and turned the harmless . Berende was one card from becoming the champion, but the river snatched it away as Bozinovic hit his straight to take the chip lead with 6.3 million to 1.3 million.
A few hands later, Bozinovic opened with the , then called when Berende moved all in with the . The board ran out a dry and Berende finished as runner-up for $172,695 while Bozinovic, who had finished with the chip lead on both Day 3 and Day 4, became the WPT Baden champion. Not only that, the Serbian won $271,258 for his performance, the largest cash of his career.
*Lead photo courtesy of WPT Blog.