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One for the Amateurs! Tsoukernik Clips Carrel for €50k SHR Crown

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To call Leon Tsoukernik an "amateur" poker player is a bit of a misnomer.

The owner of the biggest poker room in Europe has certainly played his fair share of big poker hands - and at stakes that would make most of us blanche.

But he's not a "pro" poker player by definition, though. And had yet to stake a claim to any kind of live tournament prowess with just one previous live cash in 2011 on his resume.

Until today in Prague, that is.

Thrilling Back & Forth Between Pro & Am

37 other high-stakes poker players entered the €50,000 Super High Roller at EPT Prague this weekend but it ended up being the Leon Tsoukernik-Charlie Carrel show for much of it.

Carrel busted Tsoukernik on Day 1 but the owner of the King's Casino in Rozvadov of course had the funds to buy back in, and did.

While the impressive young pro - on a year-long heater more or less that has seen him pocket around $1.5m in earnings in 2016 - dominated the early stages of the tournament, Tsoukernik found his legs late.

He finished Day 2 of the event with the chip lead and hit the final table with Carrel, Juha Helppi, Paul Newey, Julian Thomas and Viacheslav Buldygin with a similar advantage.


No Flinching

Tsoukernik then stared down some bigs moments at the table with Carrel to show he belonged. After getting pushed off a flush with a big bluff by Carrel earlier, Tsoukernik regained his momentum when he rivered a straight with 2-7 and Carrel paid him off after an 8-minute tank.

With a huge chip lead heads-up he finished Carrel off pretty quickly although he needed a bit of luck with KJ to beat Carrel's AK.

In his winner's interview Tsoukernik said he was definitely thankful to win such a prestigious event but he also had a message for pros who take amateur player lightly:

"They should respect us when we play, and don't call us fish."

Read the full report of the final table here. Final-table results below:

EPT13 Prague Super High Roller

Dates: December 11-13, 2016
Buy-in: €48,500 + €1500
Entries: 49 (39 unique players; 10 re-entries)
Total prize pool: €2,352,735

1 Leon Tsoukernik Czech Republic €741,100
2 Charlie Carrel United Kingdom €535,250
3 Juha Helppi Finland €341,150
4 Viacheslav Buldygin Russia €258,800
5 Paul Newey United Kingdom €200,000
6 Julian Thomas Germany €152,915
7 Anthony Zinno United States €123,520