Siamak Tooran Beats Thai Ha to Win WSOP Europe €25K Short Deck Event

Siamak Tooran beat Thai Ha heads-up for the first WSOP bracelet of his career in the €25K Short Deck event at WSOP Europe. (King's Casino photo)

Take a quick look at Siamak Tooran’s Hendon Mob profile and you quickly come to understand that King’s Casino in Rozvadov is basically his home field. The German poker pro has 19 career cashes and 13 of them have come at King’s.

None of them will likely ever compare to what he pulled off on Sunday. Tooran made his way through 110-other entries in the World Series of Poker Europe €25K Short Deck Event to win €740,996 and the first WSOP bracelet of his career. His previous best live score was for just €56,104.

The final day of play started with seven players still alive and it wasn’t until Jonathan Depa was eliminated in seventh place that the group had reached the official final table.

Action folded to Rob Yong and he moved all in and was quickly called by Tooran. Yong showed KhQc while Tooran had AcKd. The board ran out AsQhJd9sJs to give Tooran a better two pair and eliminate Yong in sixth.

Just 90 minutes later another all-in preflop battle resulted in another bustout. Orpen Kisacikoglu entered the pot for the 500,000 ante and Besim Hot moved all in for 9,800,000. Kisacikoglu considered his options and called and tabled KhJs while Hot showed AcQs. The KdJd8h flop gave Kisacikoglu top two pair and left Hot drawing to a straight. The 7c turn was no help and Kisacikoglu filled up with the Kc river to send Hot out in fifth place.

Four-handed play went on for another hour before Tooran found himself another victim. Netanel Amedi moved all in for 14,500,000 from the button and Tooran called from the hijack. Amedi showed JcTs while Tooran had QhTd. The Js7s6sQdAd runout gave Amedi hope but quickly took it away to give Tooran the pot and eliminate Amedi in fourth.

Kisacikoglu started the day with the chip lead, but was unable to turn that into a bracelet on Sunday. Ha raised to 5,400,000 before Kisacikoglu moved all in for 32,000,000 and Ha called. Kisacikoglu flipped over KdKs while Ha had AhKh The ThTs9c flop kept Kisacikoglu in control as did the 9d turn. The As river however gave Ha a better two pair and ended Kisacikoglu’s run in third.

Despite not being responsible for any of Sunday’s bustouts, Thai Ha began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead but it didn’t take too long for Tooran to change his fortune. After seeing himself down to 39% of the chips in play, Ha moved all in for 43,900,000 holding Ac7s and Tooran called with AhKc. The Qh9s6s flop improved Ha’s hand to include a straight draw. The Ks turn gave Tooran top pair but also added a flush draw for Ha. The 7c river improved Ha but wasn’t enough to be at Tooran and the Pennsylvania poker pro was eliminated in second place. Ha also finished runner-up in the $10,000 Short Deck event in June at the 2019 WSOP.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Siamak Tooran – €740,996
  2. Thai Ha – €457,964
  3. Orpen Kisacikoglu – €323,553
  4. Netanel Amedi – €230,807
  5. Besim Hot – €166,258
  6. Rob Yong – €120,946