Vojtech Ruzicka Wins partypoker LIVE Dusk Till Dawn High Roller

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Vojtech Ruzicka captured the partypokerLive High Roller event at the Dusk Till Dawn. (PokerListings photo)

Long before he made the World Series of Poker Main Event final table and the exclusive fraternity of November Nine members, Vojtech Ruzicka was a respected player and more than accomplished professional. Ruzicka added another great result to his poker resume today by winning the £10,300 High Roller at the Dusk Till Dawn as part of the partypokerLive series that is ongoing in Nottingham, England.

Ruzicka defeated a tough final table filled with World Poker Tour champions and did so after starting the final table near the top in chips as he outlasted a phenomenal 110 player field.

The nine-handed final table had its first casualty in the opening level of play and it was Ruzicka handing out the elimination ticket. Jason Wheeler opened for 125,000 from the hijack and Ruzicka jammed for 3,400,000 out of the small blind. Daniel Merrilees called all in for 578,000 in the big blind and Wheeler got out of the way. Merrilees was ahead with QhQd against the TcTs of Ruzicka heading to the flop. The Ks6h4d flop was clean for Merrilees but the Td turn gave Ruzicka a set. Merrilees failed to catch up on the river and exited the stage.

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45 minutes later, 2016 Bay 101 Champion Stefan Schillhabel was all in for five big blinds with KdQd against the As9c of Bartlomiej Machon. The board ran all low cards and Schillhabel finished in eighth place.

Machon notched another bustout shortly after eliminating Schillhabel. Laszlo Bujtas moved all in for 693,000 from early position with KcJd and found himself in trouble against the AsJs of Machon. The 9c5d3hTsJc board did little for Bujtas and he took home seventh place.

There was yet another elimination in a relatively short time span with Wheeler the next player on the chopping block. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Wheeler shoved for 1,252,000 from the small blind and was called by Machon in the big blind. Wheeler was live with JcTh but would need help against the Ac7h of Machon. No card above a nine hit the flop, turn or river and Machon took down his third straight opponent.

Ruzicka gave Machon a breather and eliminated Joao Simao in fifth place to wrap up the first day of the final table. Simao got his last 522,000 in the middle from the big blind with Ah2s against the AcJd of Ruzicka. After coming from behind the first time he took down a final table opponent, Ruzicka held with the better hand to make the final table four-handed.

When play resumed, it over an hour for the first player to leave the live stream stage with Chris Backhouse the unlucky competitor. Satellite qualifier Chris Backhouse moved all in for 1,015,000 from the small blind and Machon called out of the big blind. Backhouse and his QhJs were behind the Kh3h of Machon and the 8h6c3d flop did Backhouse no good. The 8d turn kept Machon ahead and the 4h was the final nail in Backhouse’s coffin.

Tom Hall advanced to the podium stage of the event but would have to settle with the bronze medal. Ruzicka raised on the button and Hall moved all in for 1,825,000 with As2d. Ruzicka called with 7d7s and managed to hold through the Jd6c5s8d8h board to bring the tournament down to heads up play.
Once Hall was on his way to the payout cage, Ruzicka and Machon made an ICM deal that left £50,000 to play for along with the trophy. Ruzicka locked up £234,210 while Machon guaranteed himself £220,790. The players also agreed to shorten the levels to 20 minutes as they got ready to play out the rest of the event.

The match went back and forth for many levels before Ruzicka locked up the title over the course of two hands.

With the blinds at 200,000/400,000, Ruzicka was all in for 3,290,000 with Ah6s against the QcQh of Machon. The Ad7h5h flop was exactly was Ruzicka was looking for as he paired his ace to take the lead. Machon failed to catch up on the last two community cards and was down to just over 10 big blinds.

Machon was all in for those final chips a few hands later with As7d against the Ks4c of Ruzicka. As he did throughout the final table, Ruzicka found the right card when he needed it and hit the Kc on the flop to take the lead. Despite picking up the 7c on the turn, Machon improved no further and finished in second place.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Vojtech Ruzicka – £284,210*
  2. Bartlomiej Machon – £220,790*
  3. Tom Hall – £142,000
  4. Chris Backhouse- £110,000
  5. Joao Simao – £85,000
  6. Jason Wheeler – £65,000
  7. Laszlo Bujtas – £50,000
  8. Stefan Schillhabel – £40,000
  9. Daniel Merrilees – £30,000

*reflects heads up deal