He topped a field of 41 players and defeated Ivan Leow in a tense and gruelling five-hour heads-up at the Merit Hotel & Casino in Cyprus.The former professional handball player is known as “limitless” online. Having started out playing freerolls in 2014, Malinowski has worked his way up the cash game stakes before transitioning to High Roller tournaments.
From the Triton Super High Roller Series to the European Poker Tour, Malinowski has been a regular in some of the biggest Super High Roller tournaments, but was without a tournament victory until now.
He now has that, along with a coveted Super High Roller Bowl ring.
The tension was palpable as the pair entered heads-up with Leow in the lead. However, Malinowski battled back and it was him in the chip lead for large portions of the contest.
The pair bantered back and forth, revealing their hole cards after certain hands and speculating as to whether the opponent bluffed them.
“You play very good,” Malinowski said to his opponent as the heads-up match approached five hours, shortly after Leow folded to Malinowski’s shove – the first of the heads-up match.
With the blinds getting steadily higher, there was always going to be a pivotal moment. And so it proved with Leow shoving ace-four into the ace-king of Malinowski for the Pole to double, with Malinowski sending Leow to the rail shortly afterwards.
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