Alexandros Kolonias Takes Down WSOP Europe Main Event

Alexandros Kolonias won the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (King's Photo/WSOP)

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event wrapped up on Thursday with Alexandros Kolonias picking up the first live win of his career and €1,133,678.

Two players eliminated on Wednesday, leaving just six coming back to the felt on Thursday to play down to a winner. Those six played for just over two hours before one was finally sent packing. Down to just 10 big blinds, Rifat Palevic moved all in with Kh2d when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at QcQd. The TdTs3s6c6d run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place.

It took another 2.5 hours before the next player busted. From the cutoff, Anh Do raised to 1,800,000 and Claas Segebrecht called from the button. After the AdJh9d flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed Kh9h but he was behind Segebrecht’s KcKd. The turn was the Ts and the river was the 3h and Do was done in fifth place.

Dario Sammartino became the fourth player to make the final table of the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP Europe Main Event in the same year but he wasn’t able to improve his runner-up finish from Las Vegas. Sammartino moved all in from the small blind for 3,000,000 with AhKh after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over JhTc. The Jc9d3c flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the 7h turn and 2s river failed to improve his hand.

Three-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Anthony Zinno clashed with Kolonias and wound up on the rail. Kolonias made it 1,300,000 from the button with JdTh before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with Ad9c. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the QhJc6s flop. Neither the 8c turn or Kc river were able to save Zinno and he was eliminated in third place.

Despite being eliminated in third, Zinno can still win WSOP Player of the Year. A Main Event win would have meant Zinno needed a min-cash in the Colossus but he’ll now need to finish top two and hope Shaun Deeb or Daniel Negreanu fail to pick up any more points if he hopes to win POY.

Heads-up play began with Segebrecht holding a 2-1 chip lead but over less than 30 minutes of play, Kolosias took over the chip lead. On the final hand of the tournament, Kolosias, who held 55% of the chips in play at the time, raised to 1,200,000 from the small blind with AsKs before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with 3c3d. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out KcQd2sJs5s to give him the first major live title of his career.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Alexandros Kolonios – €1,133,678
  2. Claas Segebrecht – €700,639
  3. Anthony Zinno – €485,291
  4. Dario Sammartino – €341,702
  5. Anh Do – €244,653
  6. Rifat Palevic – €178,171
  7. Julien Martini – €132,017
  8. Jakob Madsen – €99,555