Final at the Poker Stars Festival
The final of the main event of the first Poker Stars festival started at Kings Casino. It was only in today’s early morning hours that the tournament was ended almost uninterruptedly in the game and the Czech Petr Svoboda was crowned as the winner. After the tournament, with 1123 participants, already set, a record for the still very young Poker Stars festivals yesterday was the final at the Kings Casino and a victory prize of nearly 150,000 was played.
Among other things, Bertrand Grospellier aka ElkY and the winner of the Poker Stars-Festival London, Rehman Kassam were still in the race. Both were clearly ahead of the finals. Kassam got it already on place 34 and ElkY had to take place on place 23 his hat.
It was only after midnight and after nearly twelve hours of game, until the final table was fixed. Despite the advanced hour, it took almost two hours for the first player to leave. At 6:00 o’clock in the morning, there were still five players in the tournament and despite the far advanced hour the negotiations failed. Only after Cenk Oguz came out to fifth place, the remaining four players agreed on a deal.
Afterwards it was comparatively fixed. The last German player, Michael Rohde was fourth, Stanislav Koleno finished third and after a few hands in the heads-up the Czech Petr Svoboda won the tournament against Michal Lubas with T8> A6 thanks to an 8 on the flop.
A structural time problem
At the time, the last hand was given there were over 65 big blinds at the table and most live tournaments ended with 50 to 100 big blinds at the table. That this tournament was so late was a structural problem and could have been clear to the organizers in advance. It is hoped that the structure for the next festival tournaments will be adjusted somewhat or that another day will be added. The winner Petr Svoboda should not care, he took over 124,000 and can by far the best result of his previous poker career to celebrate.