With six players remaining in the €2,200 Pot Limit Omaha event on Thursday, Tomas Ribeiro was staring at a stack of just 11 big blinds while Marc Palatzky was in the midst of steamrolling everybody in his path. The last two hours of play changed the entire narrative however and Ribeiro stormed back to win his first WSOP bracelet and €128,314.
An hour after the final table began, a German vs. German confrontation ended up being the cause of the first bustout of the day. Christopher Frank raised to 120,000 from UTG before Palatzky re-raised to 360,000 from the button. Frank responded by moving all in for 810,000. Palatzky called and turned over while Frank showed . The flop was a great one for Palatzky and all Frank could do was watch as the turn and river failed to save him from an eighth place finish.
A half hour later, Palatzky was responsible for yet another elimination. This time it was Leonid Yanovski who found himself all in preflop against Palatzky. Yanovski had against the of Palatzky. The flop gave Palatzky a full house and Yanovski had no choice but to collect his belongings and head to the cashier after the turn and river completed the board.
Palatzky continued to be the enforcer. Another thirty minutes passed and Anson Tsang, who was looking to defend the title he won last year, became the next victim. Down to just three big blinds, Tsang called Palatzky’s raise with and his tournament life was on the line against Palatzky’s . The runout gave Palatzky trip queens and ended Tsang’s hope at a repeat victory with a sixth place finish.
Five-handed play lasted 90 minutes before Palatzky continued sending players to the rail. Palatzky raised to 120,000 from the hijack and Ilyaz Dosikov called from the big blind. After the flop, Dosikov checked and Palatzky bet 90,000. Dosikov then mad it 545,000 to go before Palatzky tank-shoved all in. Dosikov called and turned over for two pair while Palatzky tabled for a pair of aces. The turn kept Dosikov safe but the river gave Palatzky a better two pair and eliminated Dosikov in fifth place.
After busting the first four players from the final table, Palatzky took a back seat on the next elimination. Tobias Peters raised to 160,000 from UTG and Ribeiro made it 480,000. Peters moved all in and Ribeiro called. Peters showed but was behind Ribeiro’s . The board ran out to eliminate Peters in fourth.
Another 50 minutes passed and Palatzky once again got involved in an elmination hand, but unfortuantely it was his own. After seeing his stack drop from 4.2 million to 890,000, Palatzky moved all in after Ribeiro raised from the button. Ribeiro called and tabled which put him behind Palatzky’s . The flop changed nothing, but the turn gave Ribeiro a pair and then river failed to bail out Palatzky and he was sent packing in third place.
Ribeiro had a dominating 5-1 chip lead over Omar Eljach when heads up play began and over the next 40 minutes he went to work accumulating the rest. On the final hand of the night, Ribeiro raised to 300,000, Eljach re-raised to 900,000 and Ribeiro moved all in and Eljach called with his tournament on the line. Eljach showed while Ribeiro tabled . The flop kept Ribeiro in the lead. The turn and river gave Ribeiro a straight to eliminate Eljach and give the Portuguese poker pro his first career bracelet.
Final Table Payouts
- Tomas Ribeiro – €128,314
- Omar Eljach – €79,291
- Marc Palatzky – €54,787
- Tobias Peters – €38,581
- Ilyaz Dosikov – €27,701
- Anson Tsang – €20,285
- Leonid Yanovski – €15,157
- Christopher Frank – €11,561