Vladimir Bozinovic is the latest addition to the Champions Club after he won the World Poker Tour Baden Main Event. Bozinovic picked up a bankroll-boosting $271,258 for this victory, which includes a seat to the $25,000 WPT World Championship in May.
The last PartyPoker qualifier in the field, Grzegorz Wyraz, was the first player eliminated from the six-handed final table. The action folded to Wyraz in the hijack and he moved all in for 465,000 chips (blinds 20,000/40,000/5,000a). Oswin Ziegelbecker called in the big blind to put Wyraz at risk.
Ziegelbecker turned over and he was way in front of the of Wyraz. The board ran out and Wyraz became the sixth place finisher.
Next to head to the cashier’s desk was our very own “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier. The PartyPoker sponsored pro was looking to become only the third person in the history of the WPT to win three main events, but it just was not meant to be.
Rettenmaier Will Have to Wait For Third WPT Title
Rettenmaier’s final had saw the action pass around to Finland’s Kimmo Kurko on the button and he opened for a standard raise of 80,000. Rettenmaier three-bet all-in from the small blind and Kurko quickly called. Rettenmaier turned over and was dominated by the of Kurko. The board threatened to split the pot, but Kurko won the hand with his ace-kicker. Another superb run from Rettenmaier.
Despite helping himself to Rettenmaier’s chips, Kurko was the next player to lose his stack. Kurko opened from the button and then almost instantly called when Bozinovic moved all in from the big blind. Kurko’s was in good shape against the preflop but Bozinovic took the lead on a flop. Bozinovic’s hand stayed best when the turn and river were the and respectively and Kurko, who was the chip leader at the end of Day 1A, crashed out of the Main Event.
Check the poker history books and you will discover Ziegelbecker finished in third place. Once again it was Bozinovic who claimed a scalp, despite getting his chips in badly. A button raise from Bozinovic was three-bet all-in by Ziegelbecker. Bozinovic called and showed but Ziegebecker turned over and was odds on to double up. Both players paired their ace on the flop, but Ziegelbecker was still ahead. The turn changed that completely because it was the , improving Bozinovic to two pair. The river completed the board and busted out Ziegelbecker.
Going into the heads-up battle, Paul Berende and Bozinovic were almost level in chips, but as you have already read, Bozinovic was running hotter than the sun and that would all change. The turning point in the one-on-one encounter saw the chips go in preflop, Berende holding and Bozinovic . The flop kept Berende in front, although Bozinovic picked up an open ended straight draw. The turn didn’t help either player, but the on the river filled Bozinovic’s straight and catapulted him into a 6,300,000 to 1,300,000 chip lead.
It was all over soon after when Bozinovic raised from the button and then called when Berende shoved on him. Berende revealed the but Bozinovivc had him dominated with the The board saw Boinovic’s nine-kicker come into play and it was enough to resign Berende to a runner-up finish in the WPT Baden Main Event.
WPT Baden Main Event Final Table Result
1st Vladimir Bozinovic – $271,258
2nd Paul Berende – $172,685
3rd Oswin Ziegelbecker – $111,587
4th Kimmo Kurko – $81,034
5th Marvin Rettenmaier – $59,496
6th Grzegorz Wyraz – $47,820
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