Malaysia's Chin Wei Lim topped a star-studded 50-player field to win the PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €25,000 Single Day High Roller. He defeated Dutchman Jorryt van Hoof heads-up after an entertaining final table that featured High Roller regulars Matthias Eibinger and Timothy Adams.
This victory caps a breakout year for Lim, with nine cashes at PokerStars events this year as well as three separate seven-figure cashes in London and Rozvadov.
With lifetime cashes of $8.4m, Lim sits fifth on the Malaysian all-time money list with $7.7m of that coming in 2019 alone.
PokerStars European Poker Tour Prague €25,000 Single Day High Roller I Final Table Results
|Place||Name||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|1st||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||€378,160||$420,321|
|2nd||Jorryt van Hoof||Netherlands||€273,120||$303,570|
Field of High Rollers
Cards were in the air at 12:30 pm and as expected, the field was full of poker talent out for the latest five-figure buy-in tournament here in Prague.
Early eliminations included Rainer Kempe, George Wolff, Matthias Eibinger and Jean-Noel Thorel, but with unlimited re-entries for the first eight levels, the likes of Eibinger and Thorel weren't away from the table for long.
The elimination of Sergio Aido by Daniel Dvoress saw the Canadian make a runner-runner flush with ace-king against the ace-king of Aido to move close to 400,000 in chips.
Chidwick's Double Hopes Dashed
Sam Greenwood and €50,000 Super High Roller champion Stephen Chidwick also sat on big stacks, but it aws Michael Soyza in the lead as registration came to a close, eliminating Adrian Mateos with ace-king against ace-ten.
Just seven of the 50 players would cash, with a min-cash worth €63,020. That was still a long way off, and by the time dinner break arrived, it was Eibinger atop the counts ahead of Pavel Plesuv and Chidwick.
However, Chidwick's hopes of winning a second tournament in two days were dashed when a series of doubles for his opponent saw him miss out on a seat at the final table, along with Steve O'Dwyer and Michael Soyza.
The first major confrontation of the final table came when Sam Greenwood ran his pocket kings into the aces of Jun Obara. He was left short and would bust less than an orbit later.
There were doubles for Jorryt van Hoof and Yang Wang before Scott Margereson would fall just short of the money. He lost a flip with ace-ten against the pocket fives of Timothy Adams to fall in seventh.
Wang (7th - €63,020) and Plesuv (6th - €78,035) were the first eliminations in the money, at the hands of Eibinger and Obara respectively, before five doubles for four different players held up proceedings five-handed.
Fast Pace Short-Handed
That was until Obara ran ace-six suited into the queens of Chin Wei Lim to bust in fifth for €102,040 and Adams followed him out the door after a blind on blind confrontation with Eibinger to bust in fourth for €132,055.
Eibinger, sporting a Christmas hat for the entirety of the final table, had earlier looked to exert his dominance and wealth of High Roller experience on proceedings, but he would bow out in third for €174,070 when he ran king-eight into the ace-eight of Lim.
This gave Lim a strong lead heads-up that he never looked like losing. Van Hoof failed to gain any foothold in the contest, and despite one all in resulting in a chop when the board ran out a straight, he succumbed on the second occasion to hand victory to the Malaysian.
That concludes our coverage of today's Single Day High Roller. Tomorrow coverage of the EPT Prague Main Event continues, with the second €25,000 Single Day High Roller taking place on 14th December. Join PokerNews for live coverage of that and the rest of the EPT Prague festival!