Let’s hear it for Miha Travnik who won it all at the WPT Slovenia, after emerging as winner from a field of 141 players over four days, and collected the €102,700 ($144,399) first place prize.
Travnik, you should know (at the age of 20) became his country’s first ever player to win a major live poker tournament.
The WPT Slovenia took place in the town of Portoroz, a picture-postcard coastal resort with just 2,849 residens.
However, despite becoming a local hero after winning the tournament, the young man seemed overawed by the attention and after shunning all interviews called his mother to collect him.
He played the game in an aggressive style throughout the tournament.
By the time the final table of six had been reached, Travnik was battling it out against three Italians, a Swede and a Romanian.
Eventually, after seven hours of play Travnik (1.204m) would go heads-up against Italian player Vincenzo Natale (3.15m)
However, Travnik soon went behind by a massive 10 to 1 as the Italian rode roughshod all over him, before he managed to mount an amazing comeback.
Travnik took a big lead after drawing level before then being 4-bet into while holding J-J to Natale’s 9d-8d. Soon after the final hand of the competition came with Natale all-in preflop holding K-8 to Travnik’s A J.
With the board then falling J-7-5-2-10 Natale collected $99,481 for his runner-up finish, while the top prize, plus a $25,500 ticket to the 2012 WPT Championship in Las Vegas went to the young Travnik.