Dzmitry Urbanovich eliminated four of his final seven opponents to win the European Poker Tour Malta High Roller event for €572,300 ($608,940 US) Friday in St. Julian’s, Malta.
Connor Drinan finished runner-up and earned €397,800 for the second biggest cash of his career.
The eight-handed final table took just under six hours to wrap up. Ubranovich, who came in to the day third in chips behind Dani Stern and leader Drinan, got to work early. He first eliminated Martin Finger in eighth place and then 45 minutes later sent Sam Greenwood packing in seventh.
Drinan then picked up his first elimination of the final table, busting Piotr Franczak in sixth place. Daniel Dvoress then eliminated Dani Stern in fifth spot. On the very next hand Nick Petrangelo was eliminated by Drinan leaving just three players contending for the title.
Three-handed play was more of a showcase for Urbanovich and Drinan as Dvoress wasn’t able to make anything happen with his short stack. He eventually found the exit thanks to Urbanovich.
When heads-up play began Drinan held 2.67 million of the 4.4 million chips in play. The two played heads-up for over 2.5 hours with Drinan holding the lead until one key pot turned everything in favor or Urbanovich.
Urbanovich limp-called his button after Drinan raised to 90,000 and the dealer spread a A9 6 flop. Drinan fired 75,000 only to have Urbanovich raise to 180,000. Drinan called and both players checked the J turn. After the 8 turn Drinan bet 225,000. Urbanovich took his time before raising to 545,000. Drinan called only to muck his hand after Urbanovich turn over T 7 for a straight.
It took another 90 minutes for Urbanovich to eliminate Drinan. Drinan was all-in preflop with 9 9 against the T T of Urbanovich. The board ran out 6 5 5 Q 9 to give Urbanovich a rivered flush and the title.
This marks the first time in European Poker Tour that they’ve been to Malta. Action continues throughout the week with the EPT Main Event getting underway on Sunday.
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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