The Montesino Casino was witness to a record-breaking poker event as the inaugural World Poker Tour (WPT) Vienna came to town last week and concluded over the weekend after seeing 555 players take their seats.
The participation set a record for a a European WPT event and forced the organization of two opening days. The buy-in was a hefty €3,500 (around $5,000). The event also made history by being host tournament to the first WPT final table to feature live streaming with hole cards on a 30 minute delay.
Dmitry Gromov from Russia went into the final table as chip leader. Known for winning the $5,000 Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza Main Event last July, Gromov’s demolition skills did not wait long in the wings as he sent local boy Markus Jenisch to the rail with a set of 9s. Jenisch filed his biggest win to date with over €36,000 for 8th place, his best result to date had been a €6,000-cash in the Greek Poker Tour stop also in Vienna, in September of last year.
Gromov went on to end Alessio Isaia’s entertaining appearance at the final table – dressing as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of Vienna’s most famous residents. Isaia is still in the running for a shot at the Bluff Player Of The Year title, with a WPT final table position doing him no harm.
Fellow Russian Maxim Kolosov began to help himself to his countryman’s chips when it started to appear that Gromov was unbeatable – he had amassed well over half the chips remaining in play. Kolosov removed the Romanian Valentin Stroiescu and left the door open for Gromov to set the heads-up by saying goodnight to both Italian Full Tilt Poker pro Mario Adinolfi and Dane Simon Ravnsbaek.
In amazingly stark contrast to the marathon heads-up drawn out to eight-hours long at the WPT Venice, the Vienna equivalent lasted only a few hands. Kelosov, eager to strike an early double-up, left himself vulnerable, moving in against the A10 of Gromov with only 88 and having to sit through an even weaker board.
Gromov took the hand, the first WPT Vienna title, a seat worth $25,000 at the WPT World Championship in May and a healthy wad of €447,840 ($631,000) back to his bank manager. Kolosov had to be content with €241,180 but couldn’t match his partner, Natalya Nikitina’s, achievement of becoming a European WPT winner in Europe.
The next stop on the WPT is in Bratislava, Slovakia for their €2,500 Main Event at the Golden Vegas casino fromn 30th March 30 through 3rd April. The WPT hits U.S. Shores again on 9th April to set up camp at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
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