Slovenian PartyPoker Qualifier Tomaž Kogovšek won the WPT National 2012 at the Montesino Vienna after defeating local hero Thomas Mühlöcker in Heads-Up. He started the Final Table as Chipleader and also remained the one with the most = all Chips whereas Mühlöcker started a nice Comeback as one of the short stacks at the start of the last eight to reach three handed play almost even stacked. Let’s take a look at the action:
From early position, Chipleader Tomaž Kogovšek minraised to 40k at Blinds 10,000-20,000 / Ante 3,000 and Blaz Svara three-bet to 150k from the Button with A♥ K♠. In the Big Blind, Thomas Mühlöcker looked down on J♥ J♣ and reraised all-in for over 600k to enforce the fold of Kogovšek with Pocket Eights. Svara made the call and we had a Coinflip. The Board 6♦ 7♠ 7♣ 10♥ 8♥ would have delivered the Full House for the Chipleader from Slovenia, but since he mucked preflop the Chips go to the local hero.
David Taborsky opened the action in Seat 1 with a min-raise to 48k at Blinds 12,000-24,000 / Ante 4,000 and Robert Heidorn pushed all-in with A♦ 5♣ and 428k. He was snap called by the Czech and it was no good news as the German needed help to improve versus A♠ K♦. The Board 6♥ 8♠ 10♣ 10♠ 2♥ brought some hope for a split pot on the Turn but the ultimate blank showed up on the River to reduce our remaining field to six.
First Shai Zurr doubled up with A-T against Pocket Queens as the door card was an Ace already, but soon after he would be at risk again. Peter Kamaras opened the action for 48k and Thomas Mühlöcker made the call before the player from Israel once again pushed all-in, this time for 424k with A♥ J♥. The initial raiser got out of the way with A♣ 9♠ and already stolen an out from Zurr as the Austrian tabled J♠ J♣. The Board 8♦ 4♦ 7♦ 9♥ 2♦ brought four diamonds, but neither of the opponents had one and thus the Jacks held up to send Shai Zurr to the rail in 6th place for 12,160€.
At Blinds 15,000-30,000 / Ante 5,000, Peter Kamaras was able to double up twice and already staked close to 700k in front of him again. He opened the action with a raise to 60k from UTG and Predrag Kecojevic went all-in for 295,000 Chips. The action folded to the Big Blind David Taborsky went over the top for 1.7 Million to finally force the Hungarian to fold after several minutes. Showdown:
Taborsky: K♦ K♥
Kecojevic: A♠ 9♥
The Flop J♣ A♥ 8♦ would have delivered the set of Jacks for Kamaras, but the Turn K♣ put an end to the outcome of this hand before the 10♦ completed the Board on the River. Predrag Kecojevic has been eliminated in 5th place and takes home 15,210€ for his efforts and we are now four handed.
After a raise to 80k by Tomaž Kogovšek, the table short stack Peter Kamaras went all-in and was called by the young Slovenian Online Qualifier. Showdown:
Kamaras: A♥ 6♠
Tomaž: 7♦ 7♠
The Hungarian survived many difficult situations before but this time the Board 9♥ 2♣ 10♦ Q♥ J♠ put an end to his run and he hit the rail in 4th place for 20,260€.
After the three contenders exchanged chips left and right without any major movements, the scenario was kinda stuck and everyone was waiting for that one final blow. At Blinds 25,000-50,000 / Ante 5,000 Tomaž Kogovšek min-raised to 100k and saw the raise to 250k by David Taborsky to 250k. The Slovenian Online Qualifier went all-in for 1,825,000 Chips and had his opponent covered by only 50k Chips, the Czech elected to call and we were off for a race:
Taborsky: 7♣ 7♠
Kogovšek: A♦ 9♦
The Board 6♣ A♥ 3♣ 3♥ 2♥ smiled on the Online Qualifier and he will be entering Heads-Up with a lead of 3.6 Mio versus 2 Mio, we chatted briefly with Thomas Mühlöcker and he won’t agree to a deal any play it out. David Taborsky receives a payday of 27,370€ for his efforts and there will be a short break now to re-assemble the table for Heads-Up play.
In the final hand, Tomaž Kogovšek had his opponent down to 4.9 Mio vs 895,000 Chips when the money went in preflop:
Kogovšek: A♥ 8♦
Mühlöcker: A♣ K♥
The Flop 10♦ Q♠8♠ was like a shock for the Austrian, who needed to catch up with the better hand preflop in order to stay alive. The Turn A♦ gave more outs, but the River 6♥ blanked and the PartyPoker Online Qualifier was confirmed as the Champion here in the Montesino Vienna. We’ll get you a recap tomorrow and head to Croatia for the Mega Poker Series now, below you can find the official result for today’s Final Table:
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