The Microgaming Poker Network’s (MPN) first trip to Bratislava is now behind us. Following four days of multiple tournaments, Alex Hendriks was crowned the victory of the Main Event, pocketing $33,148. From here, MPN travels to Bulgaria for a $184,000 (€150,000) Main Event at the Platinum Casino in Sunny Beach. That tournament is scheduled for July 5-8.
The final table of the main event proved to be a truly international competition, with eight countries represented. Hendriks took first place after reaching a three-way agreement with Jussi Mattila and Daniel Camus. The Dutch player also won entry into the MPN tournament in Bulgaria.
In final table action, UK poker pro Andy Hills was the first to hit the rail. He exited in ninth place with just a mere $3,763. Following Hills was another UK pro, Colin Guthrie. Guthrie had opened in third place when the final table was set, but never found his cards and left in eighth place with $4,911.
Danish poker player Johannes Park would be the next to go. After successfully winning several all-in hands, his luck finally ran out and he was sent packing in seventh for $6,629. Germany’s Sebastian Rebhan and Jiri Noga out of the Czech Republic would be the next on the chopping block, finishing in sixth and fifth place, respectively. The youngest player to participate at the final table was 20-year-old Slovakian player Dominik Desset, who was eliminated in fourth for $16,206.
After the final three decided to chop, play continued with Camus finally following in third place for $29,588. Just one hand later, Hendriks eliminated Mattila the Fin, who took home $25,659. It was a first for Hendriks, who has been on the poker tournament scene for the past five years.
The MPN Poker Tour (MPNPT) is led by the MPN and backed by online casino software supplier Microgaming. The company Microgaming has been behind some well-known tournaments, such as the Monte Carlo Millions and the World Sit ‘n’ Go Masters, which was previously known as the European Championships of Single Table Tournaments. The MPNPT has its roots in London, England, where it held its first tournament at the Aspers in May of 2014.