The final major event of this year’s European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague – the €10,300 High Roller event – already has its crowned winner. The Danish poker player Henrik Hecklen won the event and managed to capture his largest live poker cash in his career so far.
Hecklen’s experience in poker was mainly built behind the computer screen, with him winning millions in online poker tournaments over the years, both playing high-stake cash games and tournaments. Now, the Denmark-based poker player has decided to step into the light and get the best of the live poker world, too. This summer, he took part in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, and now, a few months later, he had another deep run in the EPT Prague Main Event but went bust in 23rd position.
It's all over! @hhecklen has defeated @OleSchemion heads-up to win the #EPTPrague High Roller and €503,700! pic.twitter.com/es28mIWHJc
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This time, however, Henrik Hecklen managed to defeat all of his competitors and put hands on the trophy. The High Roller event from this year’s EPT Prague saw a total of 259 entries (including 64 re-entries), who accounted for an overall prize pool of €2,512,300 (after deductions).
So I just won the 10k€ high roller at #EPTPrague for 503,000€. Pretty sweet. #trophy #anotheroneforteamPM
— Henrik Hecklen (@hhecklen) December 18, 2018
The victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller event brought Hecklen his best live cash so far, estimated to €503,700 ($567,680). It helped him boost his all-time live earnings to $1,953,844.
Henrik Hecklen Overcome 259-Entry Field to Emerge as Winner
Only 39 players out of the total 259 entries got paid, with the bubble burst about two hours left until the end of Day 2. The minimum cash prize that was to be received by the 39 remaining players was estimated to €17,300. The third and final day of the €10,300 High Roller event saw just 18 players return to take their seats.
With only nine of them left, it was Daniel Dvoress who held the chip lead, but things changed quickly and the number of players quickly dropped. Danny Tang, who was another leading contender for the first place was eliminated fourth, and there were only three players left. Finally, just before midnight and following almost 12 hours of play, Hecklen was crowned as the champion of the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller.
Alexandre Reard busts in third, so it's head-up in the €10K High Roller at #EPTPrague.
Ole Schemion (2.62 million) vs Henrik Hecklen (10.33 million)
€503,700 for the winner.
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The final table ranking saw an international presence from all over the world. As mentioned above, the victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller event brought Henrik Hecklen the title and a €503,700 cash portion. With Hecklen occupying the first place, the German poker player Ole Schemion remained on the runner-up position and received €334,900 for his efforts. The French Alexandre Reard remain third, taking home a cash prize of €244,950.
Danny Tang from the UK remained fourth, followed by the Canadian Daniel Dvoress. The sixth place in the ranking was taken by Tomas Paiva, while Jasper Meijer Van Putten, who started the Final Day of the High Roller as a chip leader, remained on the seventh position. Van Putten was considered as one of the favorites for winning the High Roller, especially as being the EPT Prague Main Event winner from 2016. Michael Addamo from Australia got eighth, and Anton Yakuba from Russia followed in the ninth place, forming the final table ranking.