By most measures, Patrick Serda won the European Poker Tour (EPT) €10,300 High Roller that concluded this week in Prague. But the infamous William Kassouf was the player who posed for the winner photo and is the official first-place finisher.
In the last-ever EPT, Winnipeg’s Patrick Serda found himself heads-up for the win after the elimination of Tue Ullerup Hansen in third place. Before Serda and William Kassouf could play a single hand, they went into deal talks and shook hands on a prize pool chop and never played another hand of poker.
With a four-to-one chip lead over Kassouf, Serda was in good shape to demand the largest portion of the prize pool, but Kassouf wasn’t ready to give up hope on claiming the win and the trophy, all on his birthday, no less. The two players worked out the specifics of the deal for 20 minutes before the clock was called and they shook hands on a deal once the one-minute countdown put the pressure on to make a decision.
Despite having the chip advantage by a long shot, Serda gave up the title and the trophy in exchange for even more of the prize money. He pocketed €719,000 without having to play any heads-up poker and Kassouf posed with the trophy on his birthday before collecting the significantly smaller prize of €532,500.
With the exchange rate to Canadian dollars, Serda earned just over $1 million. This is his best live tournament result by far, though he’s not a stranger to playing among the elite and winning. The ‘Pegger plays on PokerStars as “prepstyle71” and won a $2,100 World Championship of Online Poker event this year for US$202,931. His one other six-figure result was in a $2,100 Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament back in 2013 where he finished third for US$102,802.