Grzegorz Glowny wins EPT Prague 2022 Main Event

Grzegorz Glowny won the Main Event of the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2022 in Prague on Wednesday, taking home €692,252 in the process. It was his biggest career cash prize and his first major tournament title. In fact, it was only his second record money in a live tournament, the other coming from one of the side events at EPT Prague, where he finished 72nd for €4,790. So pretty good week for him, I would say.

Glowny, who qualified for the tournament via a €530 satellite, started the final table third in chips with 5,040,000. He was behind Gab Yong Kim, who had 9,565,000, and Andrea Cortellazz, who had 7. 930,000.

For a little while Glowny hovered around his same starting stack, chipping away a bit, but then he made a big move to take the lead. He raises to 325,000 preflop with AK diamonds and Kim calls with AJ offsuit. Armin Rezaei pushed for almost 5 million with AQ of hearts. Glowny follows and Kim goes to bed. Neither player received help from the community cards and Rezaei was out in sixth place, while Glowny’s stack shot up to 11.190 million.

Shortly after, Glowny knocked out Demetrio Caminita in fifth place, 5 reds against 8-6 diamonds, to move up to 13.690 million. Later, Kim took over as Glowny’s lead and during a break the remaining four players discussed a deal. Glowny was the only resister, so the action continued. At the time, it seemed like a bad move, as Glowny started losing big pots and saw his stack drop to almost 5 million.

Just before the next break, it climbed back up to 9.300 million, good for second place behind Kim, who had 11.500 million. It was then that the four players agreed on a deal: €622,610 for Kim, €581,456 for Glowny, €579,420 for Cortellazzi and €497,278 for Symeon Alexandridis. They left €110,796 on the table for the winner.

After the deal, it was Cortellazzi who made the moves, suddenly stepping away from the pack, knocking out Kim and building his stack to 20.880 million chips, far more than the other two players combined.

Glowny, meanwhile, was up and down, swinging between second and third place. After slipping just past Alexandridis, both men got all their chips back pre-flop, Glowny with A-8 and Alexandridis with A-9. Glowny hit an 8 on the turn to eliminate his opponent and find himself heads-up against Cortellazzi by around 3 million in chips.

The lead changed hands several times before Glowny scored a gigantic double to go over 30 million in chips and leave Cortellazzi in a sorry state. A few minutes later, Cortellazzi put his last 4 million into the pot pre-flop with 8-4 clubs and Glowny called with KQ of clubs, wiping out Cortellazzi’s chance of a winning straight. Glowny hit a king on the turn to freeze him, making the 4 on the river meaningless and it was all over.

Main Event EPT Prague 2022 – Final Table Results

  1. Grzegorz Glowny – €692,252*
  2. Andrea Cortellazzi – €579,420*
  3. Symeon Alexandridis – €497,278*
  4. Gab Yong Kim – €622,610*
  5. Demetrio Caminita – €245,870
  6. Armin Rezaei – €181,800
    (* indicates the price after a four-way agreement)

Berta D. Wells