Marius Mikalauskas Wins Record-Breaking Czech Poker Masters
Germany’s Marius Mikalauskas’ name is in the poker history books now after he took down the Czech Poker Masters at King’s Resort Live, topping a field of 6,368-entries in what is the biggest-ever live poker tournament held in mainland Europe.
Czech Poker Masters Final Table Results
|Position||Player||Country||Prize||Prize in $|
|2||Michael Dajc||Czech Republic||€70,350*||$78,770|
*reflects a three-handed deal
An incredible 4,593-unique players and 1,775 reentries created a €605,245 prize pool in this €110 buy-in event. Ten online Day 1s took place at partypoker with an additional twelve live starting flights running at King’s Resort in Rozvadov.
Tsoukernik: "It is fantastic to smash the record for the most number of entries into a tournament in one venue in mainland Europe."
The top 602 finishers received prize money for their efforts, with everyone at the nine-handed final table guaranteed at least €4,200 for their efforts.
Italy’s Patrick Scaramozza was the ninth-place finisher in this record-breaking tournament and banked €4,200. Scaramozza’s last three live poker tournament cashes have come from events at King’s Resort including his largest score of €5,412, his reward for a deep run in the 2018 WSOP Europe Colossus event.
Scaramozza was joined on the rail by Hungary’s Csaba Spak and Germany’s Janoe Budak, the latter collecting €7,800 for his seventh-place finish, his largest live tournament cash by some distance.
The first player to walk away with a five-figure prize was Dominik Renner whose €11,400 prize was also the biggest score of his career. It was a bittersweet result for Renner, however, because his sixth-place finish meant he missed out on winning one of the five 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event seats added to the prize pool by partypoker LIVE and King’s Resort.
Lithuania’s Danas Dambrauskas was the next player eliminated and he banked a WSOP Europe Main Event seat worth €10,600 plus €24,600 in prize money. Dambrauskas has been in hot form during 2019 having won a €300 Spanish Poker Festival Main Event at King’s Resort in late January for €55,451.
Fourth-place and €30,350 in cash went to Romania’s Iulian Chirculeanu and his exit prompted the final three players to strike a deal for the remaining €199,994 in the prize pool. Instead of €100,350 for first, €57,795 for second, and €41,850 for third, they found other numbers to work with.
Minator Alushaj eventually fell in third-place, which netted him a cool €61,072 thanks to the three-handed deal, setting up a heads-up battle between Michael Dajc and Marius Mikalauskas. Dajc busted in second-place and walked away with €70,350, the most of anyone in the tournament, with Mikalauskas bagging himself €68,572, the winner’s trophy, and a place in poker’s history books.
King’s Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik was delighted at the record-breaking turnout for the Czech Poker Masters and he believes his team can run a live event that has 15,000 or more entries!
“It is fantastic to smash the record for the most number of entries into a tournament in one venue in mainland Europe. It is another huge step forward for King’s and is a great start for partypoker.cz. I really think that with the plans we have we can double this number and hit 15,000 entries into one tournament one day! This is just the beginning!”
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