Kenny Smaron Takes High-Roller

Kenny Smaron Takes High-Roller

Friday, 18 December 2015

American poker player Kenny Smaron has secured the largest cash prize of his live tournament career after taking down the €10,300 ($11,136) buy-in high-roller event at the Prague stop of the European Poker Tour (EPT) tournament series.

More usually found at the online hyper turbo sit-and-go tables, Smaron topped a field of 315 runners that included a high-class final table featuring the likes of Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Cates inside the Hilton Prague Hotel to claim the €595,500 ($643,760) prize.

Costa Rica-based Smaron started heads-up play against Jaroslaw Sikora holding a hefty chip advantage and it didn't take him long to seal victory. The short-stacked Pole took a stand with K-J before being looked up by his opponent, who was holding A-6. An A-6 on the flop was good enough to give the American the hand and along with a massive pre-Christmas bonus.

EPT Prague High-Roller Results:

1 Kenny Smaron (USA) - €595,500

2 Jaroslaw Sikora (Poland) - €378,280

3 Felix Bleiker (Switzerland) - €283,550

4 Ihar Soika (Belarus) - €229,470

5 Iliodoros Kamatakis (Greece) - €180,890

6 Daniel Cates (USA) - €138,110

7 Rocco Palumbo (Italy) - €101,440

8 Vanessa Selbst (USA) - €74,550

Image courtesy of Tomas Stacha @ PokerStars

Tags: European Poker Tour, EPT, Prague, Kenneth Smaron, Jaroslaw Sikora, Felix Bleiker, Ihar Soika, Iliodoros Kamatakis, Daniel Cates, Rocco Palumbo, Vanessa Selbst, Hilton Prague Hotel