Pratik Ghatge is the champion of the Unibet Open, and this happens to be his first ever Main Even championship. A popular high-stakes poker player from London, Pratik Ghatge had to defeat Tomasz Kozub of Poland before he could claim this title.

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Speaking about his poker success, Ghatge later said that it is all because of patience, adding that he had never won a Main Event title before although he had won a number of side events. After receiving his first prize of £85,050 on Sunday at Aspers Casino, Stratford, he remarked, “Good things come to those who wait.”

One cannot say for sure if patience is worth cultivating for a poker player thirsty for tournament success, but one can definitely say that it worked wonders in case of Ghatge, especially considering the fact that nobody would have thought he would win the title on Saturday. He beat back Gavin Eley and Roberto Scrinzi to enter the Unibet Open Main Event final table as the holder of the third largest stack of chips. Paul Valkenburg, poker player from Netherlands, had the largest stack with 1,360,000 chips.

The other players at the final table were Tomasz Kozub of Poland, Marc Inizan of France, Piotr Jaworski of Poland, Gavin Eley of UK, Pyry Kekalainen of Finland, Sander Hart of Netherlands, and Dariusz Charski of Poland.

Marc Inizan eliminated Sander Hart in the ninth place and Darius Charski in the eighth place and collected more than 1.2 million chips. Pratik Ghatge eliminated Pyry Kekalainen in the seventh position and Marc Inizan in the sixth position, after which he became the chip leader of the final table play. The next players to leave the table were Piotr Jaworksi, Gavin Eley, and PaulValkenburg. Ultimately, it was just Ghatge playing against Kozub of Poland for the championship title. The heads-up match between the two poker players lasted for over an hour till finally Ghatge turned out to have a superior hand and won the championship title.

The Unibet Poker Open was held during the first week of the London Poker Festival. Another highlight of the London Poker Festival is the British Poker Awards, which will be given away to deserving poker personalities at a glittering awards ceremony on board the HMS President. The English Poker Open with a buy in of £2,000 will be held at Fox Club, Shaftesbury Avenue and the GUKPT London Main Event will begin at the Vic, Edgware Road.

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