German Martin Finger wins EPT Prague for 720,000 euros

The final champion for the 2011 calendar year on the European Poker Tour has been determined, with Martin Finger outdueling David Boyaciyan to take home the crown at the Golden Prague Poker Room in the Hilton Prague Hotel, the Czech Republic.

Germany has scored yet another major poker victory tonight with PokerStars qualifier Martin Finger taking down the €5,3000 EPT Prague Main Event for €720,000. He joins a growing roster of German speakers who have walked away with EPT trophies this season – Ronny Kaiser (from Switzerland) won the season’s first event in Tallinn, Martin Schleich won EPT Barcelona and Benny Spindler won EPT London.

As well as the title and cash prize, Finger, 21, from Frankenberg in East Germany, also received a stunning bracelet from EPT Season 8 Official Bracelet Sponsor Shamballa Jewels worth more than €10,000.

Finger`s victory came after a grueling four-hour heads-up battle against Dutch banker David Boyacin. Boyaciyan, 32, is a recreational player who took the poker world by storm last month when he won the Amsterdam Master Classics for €382,200. His runner-up finish here in Prague has netted him another €535,000.

Among the 722 players from 50 countries who competed at EPT Prague were German Team PokerStars Pro and world champion Pius Heinz, and fellow Team Pro – and WSOP runner-up – Martin Staszko from the Czech Republic. But it was Irish Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth who came closest to making the final, finishing 14th for €27,000. His teammate, Juan Manuel Pastor from Spain, came 30th for €17,000 while EPT6 San Remo champion Liv Boeree finished 83rd for €9,000.

As well as Finger, 151 other players won their seat in the EPT Prague Main Event on PokerStars. A total of 722 players from 50 countries competed overall, creating a €3,501,700 prize pool.
As well as the Main Event, there were also 20 well-attended side events. Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez’s boyfriend Bryn Kenney won the EPT Prague €2k side event, WCOOP champion Thomas Pedersen from Denmark won the €3k Heads-Up for €20,950, Svetlana Lebedeva won the €330 Ladies Event and EPT Copenhagen champion Anton Wigg won the €5k NL Turbo event for €72,000. At the time of writing, American John Andress and EPT Dortmund champion Mike McDonald from Canada were fighting it out for the €10k High Roller title.

Ukrainian Denys Drobyna won Skrill’s Last Longer contest at Prague having outlasted more than 100 players who took part. He finished fifth in the Main Event for €160,000 - with his €5,300 buy-in credited back into his Skrill account. Skrill, the Official Payment Provider Sponsor for EPT Season 8, has been running Last Longer contests at all this season’s EPTs.
Final table result:

1. Martin Finger (Germany), €720,000
2. David Boyaciyan (Holland), €535,000
3. Nicolas Levi (France), €270,000
4. Guillem Usero (Spain), €205,000
5. Denys Drobyna (Ukraine), €160,000
6. Ari Engel (United States), €125,000
7. Andreas Wiese (Germany), €90,000
8. Mads Wissing (Denmark), €66,700

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