We signed off our recap of the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event Day 2 action by hoping it would be Alex Goulder who walked away with the title of champion and it appears that our wishes were answered because Goulder is the tournament's champion and is €105,000 richer as a result.
Day 3 kicked off at 2:00 p.m. CET on Sunday with 19 players looking for glory in Prague, Goulder being seventh in chips and nicely poised for a run at the final table. Almost immediately after the restart, Vladimir Velikov got his micro-stack into the middle with versus the of Niclas Adolffson. A board reading sent Velikov to the rail.
Over the next three hours, Velikov was joined on the sidelines by Manuel Sanchez Morito, Koray Aldemir, Sergej Barbarez, Oliver Heidel, Artur Voskanyan, Vladimir Malak, Jean-Philippe Piquette and Salvatore Pepi.
Pepi's exit left 10 players in the tournament and they combined onto the unofficial final table. Shortly after the final got under way, Mathias Kurschner raised to 25,000 from under the gun, Goulder three-bet from a couple of seats over and then called when Kurschner four-bet all-in for around 274,000 in total. It was a classic coinflip situation with Goulder holding and Kurschner . The board ran and Kurschner was gone.
Goulder then sent Jonathan Klupfel to the rail to set the official final table. A betting war broke out on the flop, one that resulted in Klupfel being all-in and at risk of elimination holding to Goulder's . The locked up the hand for Goulder and the in the river improved Goulder to a straight flush.
2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event Final Table
It took three hours for the first finalist to fall, Chris Hunichen being that player. Goulder raised to 45,000 at the 10,000/20,000/3,000a level and Hunichen responded with an all-in three-bet of 348,000. Niclas Adolfsson then four-bet all-in and Goulder called to create a pot of more than one million chips.
Hunichen showed , Goulder the and Adolfsson also held a pair of aces, the . A few seconds later, the board was in view and Hunichen busted in ighth place.
The WPT Merit North Cyprus Classic champion Alexander Lakhov was the next to fall. Lakhov raised to 40,000 and then called when Andy Seth re-raised all-in from the small blind. Seth flipped over and was way ahead of Lakhov's . That fact remained true as the five community cards fell , Seth's jack-kicker played and Lakhov busted.
Sixth place went to Simeon Naydenov after he three-bet all-in over the top of a 50,000 opening raise from Sebastian Langrock. Seth cold-called the all-in bet and Langrock mucked a pair of nines. Naydenov's needed some help to beat Seth's but it never arrived on the board and Naydenov headed for the exits.
The final five became the final four with the elimination of Zo Karim. The action passed to Goulder in the small blind and he moved all-in to put the short-stacked Karim to the test for the rest of his stack. Karim called with and was ahead of the of his opponent. Karim paired his three on the flop, stayed ahead on the turn but the on the river gifted Goulder a flush.
Less than 30 minutes later, Seth crashed out after a clash with Langrock. Goulder opened twice the big blind to 80,000 and Langrock called on the button. Seth moved all-in for 1,000,000 in the small blind and only Langrock called.
Seth's only stayed best until the flop because Langrock held . The turn improved Langrock to two pair and when the completed the community cards Seth was gone.
Heads-up was set when Langrock lost a crucial coinflip against Adolfsson. The chips went into the middle preflop, Adolfsson with the and Langrock . Those tens looked set to win because by the turn the board read , but the on the river gave Adolfsson the best hand and busted Langrock.
Goulder held a 4,805,000 to 2,725,000 chip lead over Adolfsson going into the heads-up battle, yet it still took almost three hours for the tournament to reach its conclusion.
Adolfsson clawed his way back level before taking a commanding lead himself, but a vital hand during Level 30 went Goulder's way to shift the momentum in his favour.
The hand in question saw Goulder three-bet shove for around 2,900,000 with and Adolfsson called with . The flop gave Goulder a pair of sixes, but Adolfsson could still catch a jack, king or queen to win. The on the turn was a brick, as was the on the river and Goulder doubled to 5,810,000 and Adolfsson was down to 17 big blinds.
Three hands later and those 17 big blinds were in the middle of the felt while Adolfsson held . Goulder called with and the race was on. Neither player improved on a board, meaning Goulder's ace-high was good enough to bust Adolfsson and lock up the victory for the popular British grinder.
2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event Final Table Results
Goulder was going to jump into the EUREKA Prague Main Event on Monday but has chosen to take a few days off before the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event later this week, so look out for him in our live updates there.
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Until then, join us in congratulating Alex Goulder on becoming the 2014 partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event champion.