Germany’s Hannes Jeschka has taken down the 2022 Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party (MPP) Main Event in North Cyprus, pocketing a lifetime best $542,000 top prize after a three-way deal...
There were 1032 entries to the $5300 buy-in Main Event at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel, producing a total prizepool of $4,747,200 and requiring three starting flights and three further days of battle to separate the winners from the losers.
The last of the latter was none other than Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, the loveable Lithuanian loudmouth tweeting out his bubble boy status...
...though he would bounce back immediately to bag the $10k title just a couple of days later.
By the time the 4th day of play and the final table came around, Jeschka had a middling stack, while Russia’s Arsenii Karmatckii and England’s Steven Warburton were among the most experienced at such a high level.
Manuel Fritz fell in 7th spot to queens after which the Turkish duo of Korkmaz and Hadioglu hit the rail, followed by Birmingham-based Cypriot, Yiannis Liperis, in 4th spot.
Down to just three, a deal was struck that saw chip leader Warburton taking $534,000, Karmatckii $471,000, and Jeschka $442,000, with $100k set aside for the champion.
It was the Englishman who would bust in 3rd, however, Jeschka cracking his aces with a runner-runner two pair and Karmatckii finishing him off with a bigger kicker.
Heads-up lasted only three hands, a pre-flop raising war bringing the inevitable conclusion...
Jeschka: A♦ J♣
Karmatckii: A♠ Q♠
Flop: 6♣ 7♥ 2♦
“It’s really hard to put into words. It’s a lot of emotions. It’s been really tough for me the past eight months or so poker-wise,” said an excited and emotional Jeschka after his victory.
“This is just amazing. This is my biggest final table,” he added. “It’s my biggest win ever. And it’s a prestigious tournament. Just amazing. It’s just incredible. I don’t really know how to feel. I’m really looking forward to taking the winner’s picture with my friends.”