In an interview with PokerNews' Remko Rinkema after Day 2 of the 2014 European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague €50,000 Super High Roller, millionaire British grinder Paul Newey predicted he would finished in fourth place in the star-studded event. Newey went two place better than that, busting in second place for €557,090, narrowly losing out to Leonid Markin.
Newey is a regular in the biggest buy-in events around the world and even reached the final table of the Big One For One Drop at the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP), but until this fantastic result had never cashed in an EPT Super High Roller. He's now well and truly got the proverbial monkey off his back.
2014 EPT Prague €50K Super High Roller Final Table
Newey went into the final table third in chips and was sat to the direct right of fellow Brit and all-round superstar Stephen Chidwick, who was the second shortest stack at the start of play. It didn't take long for Chidwick to claw his way back towards the top of the chip counts, a recovery aided by his holding in an all-in preflop confrontation versus Ivan Soshnikov's .
The shortest stack at the table was Brian Roberts, who you may remember from the Two Months Two Million show. Roberts fought valiantly in an attempt to improve his situation, but ran out of luck when Newey min-raised to 120,000 from the cutoff and Roberts called in the big blind.
Roberts led for 110,000 on the , Newey raised enough to set Roberts all-in and Roberts called off his last 580,000. Roberts turned over for top pair and Newey for an overpair. The turn and river provided no help for Roberts and he busted in seventh place.
Around half an hour later, high-stakes specialist Vladimir Troyanovskiy followed Roberts to the sidelines.
Markin raised to 120,000 from the button, Troyanovskiy three-bet all-in for 500,000 from the small blind and Markin called once Chidwick ducked out of the way. Troyanovskiy's trailed the of Markin, but only as far as the flop. The turn kept Troyanovskiy in front, but the on the river was improved Markin's hand and busted Troyanovskiy.
Next to fall was Soshnikov. Chidwick opened to 160,000 from the cutoff, Newey three-bet to 425,000 from the button, Soshnikov four-bet hammed for 730,000 and Chidwick folded. Newey snap-called, as would you if you had in your hand. Those kings faced and stayed the best hand through the board to send Soshnikov to the rail.
Finnish star Juha Helppi then busted at the hands of Markin after a hand that spanned more than 10 minutes. Markin raised to 160,000 from under the gun and Helppi made the call from the big blind, leading the dealer to spread the flop. Helppi checked, Markin bet 160,000 and Helppi check-raised to 400,000. Markin instantly moved all-in for 4,500,000 and Helppi appeared rocked by the swiftness.
After much deliberation and plenty of vocal exchanges between the two, it became apparent that Helppi thought Markin was on a draw and called with . Helppi's read was wrong because Markin held was was a substantial favourite. The turn nor the river were what Helppi needed and he crashed out in fourth place.
Three handed play lasted around two-and-a-half hours and ended with the exit of Chidwick. Down to 10 big blinds, Chidwick raised all-in from the button with and Markin woke up in the big blind with . The board provided no relief for Chidwick and he made his way to the cashier's desk to collect third place money.
Newey trailed Markin by 4,520,000 to 8,230,000 chips going into heads-up play. Almost straight after one-on-one began, Newey doubled through Markin with versus .
The chip lead exchanged hands a couple more times before Markin started to put some distance between himself and his British opponent. The final hand of the night saw Markin raise to 480,000 from the button and then call when Newey raised all-in for around 4,000,000. Newey showed and Markin the .
Newey picked up a flush draw on the but the turn and river were neither the sevens or diamonds that he required and he had to make do with the €557,090 consolation prize, poor gent!
2014 EPT Prague €50K Super High Roller Final Table Results
Remko Rinkema caught up with a Markin shortly after his victory and asked him what it feels like to win such a prestigious event.
December 12 should be a massive day of poker in Prague with Day 1b of the Main Event taking place. We expect both Newey and Chidwick to buy into it along with scores of other Brits, here's to them running as good as Markin did in this event.