Here’s a little bit more about the last six players at the EPT Prague Main Event, from March 2022. Compiled by Jan Kores.
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Seat 1: Gab Yong Kim, 41, Seoul, South Korea – 9.565 million
Prague has treated Gab Yong Kim exceptionally well. The 41-year-old from Seoul is the oldest player on the EPT Main Event final table, a feat that he’d already come close to achieving in 2019. Back then, Kim fell in ninth place and settled for €74,770, but that was only one result from a successful festival. Kim went on to win a €2,200 deep stack event for €92,560. He will now beat that score again at this event as he becomes the first South Korean to make an EPT final. Already sitting in the top 10 of his country’s money list, Kim could go second if he wins today. He is also one half of Korean’s power poker couple: his girlfriend Vivian Im is is ranked in the top 15 in the country too.
Seat 2: Andrea Cortellazzi, 28, Regoledo, Italy – 7.93 million
Andrea Cortellazzi is a European Poker Tour regular who has now bettered his previous highest finish: a 12th-place spot in the then then-record-breaking 1,785-player EPT Barcelona field of 2019. That was worth €81,700, and the Italian has recorded another handful of Main Event scores, from Malta and Prague, in 2015, and one more in Barcelona, in 2014. He also thrived at the PokerStars-sponsored Italian Poker Tour, with a fifth place in the IPT Nova Gorica 2014 Main Event standing out among his cashes (€17,500). Cortellazzi lives in Regoledo, near to the Swiss border in Lombardy, and plays regularly in Campione. It was there that Cortellazzi turned €550 into €48,200 in a WSOP Circuit event in 2017. While Cortellazzi’s main focus will be on the EPT final table, he will also have thoughts for the Champions League round of 16 match between his beloved Juventus, who are playing Villarreal at the same time.
Seat 3: Armin Rezaei, 25, Leibnitz, Austria – 3.765 million
Poker runs in the Rezaei family, with Armin and his older brother Daniel both poker pros. At 25, Armin is the youngest player at the EPT Prague final table, and has the chance to catch Daniel on the all-time money list, with nearly a million dollars separating them before this event. If Armin catches Daniel, he will also enter the top 10 for Austria. This is his second live tournament six-figure score. The first came in 2018 when he finished second in the Concord Million event in Vienna (€144,740). Rezaei is now guaranteed to beat that prize and pick up the biggest pay check of his career. He will add a significant chunk to his $337,893 winnings reported by the Hendon Mob and break the $500,000-mark at minimum. This marks the second time Rezaei has survived the EPT Main Event bubble; his first in-the-money result came in Barcelona in 2019, where he finished in 43rd place.
Seat 4: Symeon Alexandridis, 37, Athens, Greece – 4.655 million
Symeon Alexandridis describes himself as a semi-pro, but is enjoying a breakout event here in Prague. Most of the 37-year-old from Athens’ previous scores have been in smaller tournaments, including a career-best score of €19,806 at a WSOP Circuit event at King’s Rozvadov. That was for fifth place in a 5-Card PLO event, and Alexandridis says that he enjoys most mixed games, especially Omaha. He is mainly a live player and prefers tournaments, but says he is no stranger to Omaha cash games too. He only occasionally plays online, but says he is a gamer. He mentioned playing Age of Empires among his hobbies.
Seat 5: Demetrio Caminita, 27, Sicily, Italy – 4.72 million
Demetrio Caminita is the only player at the final table who had to cross the sea to make it to Prague: the 27-year-old comes from the Italian island of Sicily. Caminita’s Main Event progress has been near perfect. He bagged an above-average stack after each of the first three days before parking in the middle of the pack with 16 players left. Short-stacked on the final table at one point, Caminita made a few moves to move to a more comfortable position. While this is arguably the biggest stage he’s ever played at, Caminita seems to be ready to roll. He picked up poker nearly a decade ago and made a professional career out of it. “I play the high stakes,” he said, adding that he’s used to competing in the €5,000 and €10,000 buy-in fields. He plays mainly online and, while not playing poker, enjoys cars and going to the gym.
Seat 6: Grzegorz Glowny, 28, Wroclaw, Poland – 5.04 million
Grzegorz Glowny is the last online qualifier left in the EPT Prague Main Event field, having won his seat in Prague for €530 on PokerStars. His ROI is already a staggering 34,202% — and he’s not done yet. Making it to the final marks an incredible achievement, after an especially poor opening day. He bagged only 25,400 after Day 1, less than a starting stack, and sat near the bottom of the standings. However, Glowny hit his stride on Day 2, vaulting into the top 15. Naturally, he has been through a few ups and downs since then. But in the late stages, Glowny has shown excellent composure and precision. It is a breakthrough deep run for the Pole, who has a few years of experience with MTTs under his belt. Apart from playing poker, Glowny listed numerous other hobbies, including watching movies, playing with his dogs, and sport.