Dmitri Holdeew See-Saws Victory in Eureka Prague Main Event

Dmitri Holdeew won the Eureka Prague Main Event for €226,400 yesterday after a see-saw heads-up against Ami Barer which saw the lead change hands multiple times

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Dmitri Holdeew See-Saws Victory in Eureka Prague Main EventDmitri Holdeew won the Eureka Prague Main Event for €226,400 yesterday after a see-saw heads-up against Ami Barer which saw the lead change hands multiple times

There was a fascinating conclusion to the PokerStars-sponsored Eureka Prague Main Event yesterday, as the chip lead changed hands multiple times during the final eight-handed table. Ultimately, German poker player Dmitri Holdeew emerged as the winner of the tournament, but it was not a result anybody could have forecast when the players took their seats for the climax of the tournament.

Going into the final day, PokerStars qualifier Ami “Uhhmee” Barer had a commanding chip advantage over Stephen Chidwick and Dmitri Holdeew, with PokerStars Team Pro Marcin Horecki also still a live contender for the Eureka Main Event title. With thirteen minutes remain in Level 27 (blinds 30,000/60,000 – ante 5,000), both Johannes Tiefenbrunner and Milan Simko were the short stacks, but Simko in particular had shown incredible resilience to stay in the tournament.

# Eureka Prague Final Table Chips
1 Ami Barer 7,280,000
2 Stephen Chidwick 4,955,000
3 Dmitri Holdeew 4,720,000
4 Jaroslav Peter 3,995,000
5 Mark Dalimore 2,170,000
6 Marcin Horecki 1,340,000
7 Johannes Tiefenbrunner 935,000
8 Milan Simko 695,000

Simko Off to Cracking Start – Tiefenbrunner and Horecki First to Leave

During the first orbit of the button, Johannes Tiefenbrunner had seen his chip stack dwindle to a dangerously low 650,000 chips, and he had become the shortest-stack player. Consequently, when he called Milan Simko´s A Q shove with pocket Sevens, Tiefenbrunner was the player at risk. The Q on the flop paired Simko´s hand, and Tiefenbrunner was the first player to depart the Eureka Prague final table.

In contrast, Marcin Horecki´s chip stack had remained fairly constant despite the PokerStars Team pro hardly being involved in any of the action during the first hour. As the Level 29 started, and the blinds increased to 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000), Horecki became more active, and that was ultimately to prove his downfall in seventh place – shoving with A♠ 9 and failing to find the Ace he needed to improve past Mark Dalimore´s 9♣ 9.

Simko and Dalimore Bust – Holdeew into the Lead

Milan Simko´s charmed life seemed to go on forever but he can consider himself unlucky to have bust from the Eureka Prague when he did. A chopped pot against Ami Barer A J♠ -v- A J (with three spades on the board) could have been better for the Czech player, but a double-up against Dmitri Holdeew (J 10 > 2♠ 2♣) gave him a little more breathing room.

Ultimately the increasing blinds caught up with Simko, and he was forced to shove from out of position with A♠ 10. Dmitri Holdeew made the call with 9 9♠, and Holdeew´s pair held to eliminate Simko in sixth. Mark Dalimore´s exit from the Eureka Prague final table was much more straightforward. Dalimore shoved pre-flop for 4 million chips with King-Queen and was snap-called by Dmitri Holdeew, who had been dealt Aces. The Aces held and Holdeew was catapulted into the chip lead with more than 10 million chips.

Peter Out in Fourth – Barer Leads, Holdeew Leads, Chidwick Leads

Ami Barer recovered the chip lead in the next significant pot without even being involved in the hand. Dmitri Holdeew (10 8♣) set Stephen Chidwick (Q 8) all-in after the flop of 3 7 8 and Chidwick doubled-up to more than 7 million chips when his top kicker kept him alive in the tournament .

Dmitri Holdeew moved back up to the top of the chip counts with the elimination of Jaroslav Peter 8♣ 8 > A♠ 4♠, but by the beginning of Level 32 (blinds 100,000/200,000 – ante 20,000) Stephen Chidwick had taken over at the top of the leaderboard after forcing Ami Barer out of a 4 million chip pot.

Then Holdeew Leads, Barer Leads, Holdeew Leads into Heads-Up

The chip lead in the Eureka Prague Main Event continued to see-saw throughout three-handed play, until Dmitri Holdeew won consecutive hands against Stephen Chidwick (forced Chidwick out of the pot on the River) and Ami Barer K♠ 7♠ > 4♠ 4♣ to chip up to 12.6 million. Barer battled back, and took the lead when rivering a Full House with Q♣ 10 to snatch back the chip lead again.

However, it was Dmitri Holdeew who was to take a 14 million -v- 11.4 million chip advantage into the heads-up against Ami Barer after he Turned a set of Sevens to bust Stephen Chidwick (K 10♣) in third place. The heads-up was to last almost two and a half hours, during which time the chip lead would change many times again.

Fascinating Climax to Eureka Prague Main Event sees Holdeew Victorious

The heads-up climax to the Eureka Prague Main Event mostly saw plenty of hands seeing flops, but only small pots being contested. The exception to this generalisation was when Ami Barer shot into the lead with an 8♣ 8 > 4♠ 4 double-up, which temporarily gave him a 6.5 million chip advantage. A succession of small pots in favour of Dmitri Holdeew saw him level up the chip stacks and even take a narrow lead when his J♣ 4♣ flopped Trip Jacks.

Barer battled back; and the chip lead see-sawed for more than an hour until a dynamite hand sealed the destiny of the Eureka Prague Main Event.

With blinds now at 150,000/300,000 (ante 40,000) and Dmitri Holdeew having a 16 million -v- 9 million chip advantage over Ami Barer, Holdeew min-raised from the button and Barer made the call. Following the flop of 10 3 7♣, Barer checked, Holdeew made a continuation bet of 475,000 and, again, Barer called his bet.

Then, following the 9 on the Turn, Barer again checked to Holdeew. Holdeew fired out 1.5 million chips and Barer responded by announcing he was all-in. After a count, Holdeew made the call and the cards were on their backs.

  • Dmitri Holdeew 10♠ 9 for two pairs
  • Ami Barer K 4 for a flush draw

The K was dealt on the River and, although it made Ami Barer a pair, it was not enough prevent Dmitri Holdeew winning the hand and the Eureka Prague Main Event.

Eureka Prague Main Event Result

# Eureka Prague Main Event Result Prize
1 Dmitry Holdeew € 226,400.00
2 Ami Barer € 131,400.00
3 Stephen Chidwick € 92,500.00
4 Jaroslav Peter € 68,800.00
5 Mark Dalimore € 53,500.00
6 Milan Simko € 39,800.00
7 Marcin Horecki € 30,500.00
8 Johannes Tiefenbrunner € 21,700.00