The €1,100 Main Event of the inaugural PokerStars Festival Rozvadov concluded with an 18-hour final day that saw local player Petr Svoboda best a heavy-packed field of 1,123 entries to win a first-place prize of €124,346.
Day 3 of the tournament was played on Monday. Play started with 37 contenders left, so it was clear that it would take quite some time before a winner was announced. However, no one could have suggested that action would extend to 7 am on the next day.
First eliminations occurred shortly after cards were thrown in the air on Monday at King’s Casino Rozvadov. Action slowed down a bit after the initial round of busts. The eight-handed final table was reached at around 11:30 pm or precisely 11 hours after the beginning of the final day. The eight finalists were led by Michael Rohde from Germany. Svoboda was the short stack at the time, but this did not discourage the player who ended up with the title after a fierce final table battle that lasted almost eight hours.
He gained pace until he took hold of the biggest chunk of all chips at the table. The final four decided to strike a deal that saw Svoboda collect €114,346, Stanislav Koleno from Slovakia take €87,444, Michal Lubas from Poland scoop €86,000, and Michael Rohde get €78,966. The winner was to add €10,000 to his payout and the runner-up was to collect the additional amount of €5,000. The four finalists were also left with the trophy to contend for.
Lubas was the other player to reach heads-up aside from Svoboda. The two remaining hopefuls clashed in the early hours of Tuesday to determine the champion of the first-ever PokerStars Festival to be hosted by King’s Casino. A final all-in confrontation occurred at around 7 am to see Lubas bust in second place, collecting a final payout of €91,000.
The Main Event of the first PokerStars Festival Rozvadov enjoyed great international interest, attracting a total of 1,123 entries from around Europe and the rest of the world. Of those, 215 left with a payout, min-cash starting from €511.
Svoboda has cashed in several other events prior to his recent triumph at King’s Casino, but none of his previous in-the-money finishes could compare to that one. Including his Main Event cash, the Czech’s live tournament winnings now amount to $144,317.