Uri "JimyT" Reichenstein powered through the end-game of this tournament, knocking out every player on the final table to secure the win worth $166,860. He had to make it through 1,571 runners to get to the end, but it earned him the lion's share of the $1,193,960 prize pool.
Reichenstein is no stranger to big scores. He has almost $2.8 million in live earnings, including nearly $1 million for 2nd place in the EPT Main Event in Barcelona in 2016. This $166,860 score ranks higher than any of his live first place finishes. In fact, this win will rank third on his earnings list if inserted into the Hendon Mob list, with second place going to another 2nd in Barcelona worth almost $900,000 in the 2019 EPT High Roller. His next biggest live score is $125,000 for second in a $2,200 event at Merit Poker Western Tournament 2, Kyrenia in 2016.
The Final Table
|1||Uri "JimyT" Reichenstein||Israel||$166,860|
|2||Patrick "chrisbenoit" Brooks||United Kingdom||$120,642|
|3||Matas "NoWeyyy" Cikinas||Lithuania||$87,227|
|5||Justin "LappyPoker" Lapka||United States||$45,598|
|6||Jeffrey "jumping gn" Reardon||Canada||$32,969|
|7||Markku "ExVang" Koplimaa||Estonia||$23,837|
The Day's Action
Action got underway at 2 p.m. eastern time, and the field grew steadily through the late registration period. They hit the guarantee during Level 13, and topped out at 1,571 entries by the time registration closed. That put $1,193,960 into the prize pool, to be divided between the top 224 players.
It took about an hour to play down to the bubble, where Hungarian online poker legend Andras Nemeth bubbled the event. The pace stayed fast once the bubble burst, and they were down to under 50 left within 90 minutes of getting into the money. Along the way, GGPoker GGSquad Member Kevin Martin made a bit of a run, coolering Gonzalo Almeida with a turn house against turned trips for more than a million.
Martin was in the top five for a while, but ultimately went to church with ace-king and couldn't get there against nines to end his day in 32nd place for $5,255. Reichenstein started to turn it on as they headed toward the final table. He got it down to nine when he got there with queens, hitting a set on the turn against aces and tens, for a double knock-out and a huge lead.
He then busted Alexander "Resolute77" Kuzmin with a wheel to set up the final table, and over the next hour, eliminated every player who made that final seven with him. When the final table started, he had more than three times as many chips as Markku "ExVang" Koplimaa in second, nearly as much as the rest of the table combined.
Reichenstein's stack was never in danger. While he didn't win every hand, his stack stayed in the stratosphere compared to the rest of the table, and he picked his spots to eliminate each player in turn.
By the time it got down to three-handed, Reichenstein had three times as many chips as the other two players combined, and while they played three-handed for a bit as the short stacks traded doubles a few times, once Reichenstein got Matas "NoWeyyy" Cikinas in third, he won the game the very next hand eliminating Patrick "chrisbenoit" Brooks in second place.