Live Events 1
€2,200 Eureka High Roller
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in €2,200
Prize Pool €2,206,080
Players 1,149

Level Info

Level 37
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 600,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1

Highlights

Highlights

€2,200 Eureka High Roller
Day 3 completed

Jose Manuel Gonzalez Wins 2021 PokerStars EPT Prague €2,200 Eureka High Roller (€343,750)

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
Jose Manuel Gonzalez

The record-breaking 2021 PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €2,200 Eureka High Roller has crowned a champion. An additional day was needed to whittle down the record-breaking field of 1,149 entries to a winner and it was Spain's Jose Manuel Gonzalez who defeated [B]Pedro Marques[/B] in a brief heads-up encounter.

Both split the lion's share of the €2,206,080 prize pool after entering the extra day as the two run-away chip leaders. Among the six finalists who returned to the King's Casino at the Hilton Hotel Prague was also the 2021 WSOP bracelet winner Romain Lewis, who was unable to mount a comeback from one big blind and finished in sixth place.

Final Result EPT Prague €2,200 Eureka High Roller

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (in EUR)
1Jose Manuel GonzalezSpain€343,750*
2Pedro MarquesPortugal€288,750*
3Ermanno Di NicolaItaly€166,120
4Nicolas VayssieresFrance€124,860
5Thomas LhommeFrance€95,080
6Romain LewisFrance€69,930
7John MooneyUnited Kingdom€53,060
8Gilles GauyacqFrance€37,880

* the final two players agreed to an ICM deal and continued to play for €32,500 in cash and the EPT winner's trophy

The day began with a scenario heavily impacted by ICM considerations as four of the six finalists had six or fewer big blinds at their disposal. Lewis was fortunate enough to begin on the button but none of his opponents bowed out in the first orbit to send the Frenchman all-in and at risk when the big blind came around. There was no miracle for Lewis and he had to settle for a payday of €69,930.

Next to go was fellow countryman Thomas Lhomme who also hit the rail after being forced all-in from the big blind as well. Nicolas Vayssieres made some moves with his short stack and doubled twice but ultimately fell in fourth place. One hand later, it was all over for Ermanno Di Nicola and the odds-on heads-up duel between the two biggest stacks Gonzalez and Marques was set.

Marques, a former EPT Main Event finalist and two-time SCOOP champion, started with a narrow disadvantage but never gained the lead in a duel that stretched almost one hour. Ultimately, the Portuguese jammed with a king on the button and Gonzalez called with an ace.

Five blanks later, the celebrations of Gonzalez could be heard throughout the entire tournament room as the Spaniard recorded a career-best score of €343,750. Marques had to settle for a consolation prize of €288,750 and will certainly jump into the ongoing second starting day of the €5,300 EPT Prague Main Event soon.

It's a busy day at the King's Casino, as the €50,000 Super High Roller concludes as well. Make sure to follow along as the PokerNews team will provide live updates from all marquee events.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez
Jose Manuel Gonzalez

Tags: Ermanno Di NicolaHilton Hotel PragueJose Manuel GonzalezNicolas VayssieresPedro MarquesRomain LewisThomas Lhomme

Pedro Marques Eliminated in 2nd Place (€288,750)

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Pedro Marques
Pedro Marques

Down to 7,700,000 and on the button, Pedro Marques moved all-in. Jose Manuel Gonzalez glanced over at the tournament info screen, grabbed into his large stack and splashed a pile in for the call.

Pedro Marques: {k-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Jose Manuel Gonzalez: {a-Hearts}{4-Spades}

A small rail gathered in the corner of the main room to watch the action unfold. Neither player connected with the {j-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} flop and {q-Hearts} turn. Marques still had plenty of outs to stave off elimination but also whiffed the {3-Spades} on the river to bow out in second place.

According to the deal both players cut, Marques takes home €288,750 for his efforts. In the meanwhile, an ecstatic Gonzalez loudly celebrated for the entire room to hear. He secured a payday of €343,750 and the EPT winner's trophy.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 34,500,000 7,400,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt Busted

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

Marques Still Under Pressure

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Jose Manuel Gonzalez faced the button shove by Pedro Marques for 8,000,000 and went into the tank. "I got king-high bro," the Spaniard said in table chat and eventually folded.

Marques then gave up the button once, folded to a shove and limp-folded to another all-in by Gonzalez to drop to just over 12 blinds.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 27,100,000 600,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 7,400,000 -600,000

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

Gonzalez Starts Jamming

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Two orbits in a row, Pedro Marques limped the button and Jose Manuel Gonzalez moved all-in from the big blind. The result was the same as Marques opted to fold. He also had to forfeit his big blind and big blind ante once when folding to another shove by the Spaniard.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 26,500,000 2,000,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 8,000,000 -2,000,000

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

Two Barrels Work for Gonzalez

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Jose Manuel Gonzalez opened the action with a button raise to 1,200,000 and Pedro Marques defended the big blind. Following the {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades} flop, Marques check-called a bet worth 1,000,000 and checked again the {a-Diamonds} on the turn.

Gonzalez now carefully cut out a bet of 2,400,000 and that ended the hand right there, as Marques opted to fold.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 24,500,000 3,500,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 10,000,000 -3,500,000

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

The Small Pots Continue

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Following a button raise by Jose Manuel Gonzalez and the call by Pedro Marques in the big blind, the latter check-called a continuation bet on the {q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop. Both then checked down the {7-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river. Marques flipped over the {k-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Gonzalez briefly flashed the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

One hand later, Marques min-raised and folded to a shove.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 21,000,000 -1,500,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 13,500,000 1,500,000

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

The Small Pots Continue

zedmaster84 • Level 37: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Following a button raise by Jose Manuel Gonzalez and the call by Pedro Marques in the big blind, the latter check-called a continuation bet on the {q-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{3-Spades} flop. Both then checked down the {7-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river. Marques flipped over the {k-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Gonzalez briefly flashed the {k-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}.

One hand later, Marques min-raised and folded to a shove.

Jose Manuel Gonzalez es
Jose Manuel Gonzalez
es 21,000,000 -1,500,000
Pedro Marques pt
Pedro Marques
pt 13,500,000 1,500,000

Tags: Jose Manuel GonzalezPedro Marques

Level:
37
Blinds:
300,000/600,000
Ante:
600,000