A little over 14 months ago, Jack Sinclair made his way to the World Series of Poker Main Event final table only to finish in eighth place. On Friday, the 27-year-old Brit avoided a similar fate and outlasted one of online poker’s toughest players to win the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event and the first bracelet of his career.
Sinclair beat Laszlo ‘omaha4rollz’ Bujtas heads-up to pick up the title and the €1,122,239 ($1,277,013 US) score. That narrowly edges out his Main Event final table performance, where he earned $1,200,000, for the largest score of his career.
Ihor Yerofieiev started the final table as the shortest stack and lasted just 45 minutes. Yerofieiev moved all in from UTG with and Milos Skrbic called with from his direct right. The flop gave Skrbic two pair and when neither turn and river failed to give Yerofieiev a set of sixes, he was eliminated in sixth.
That hand increased Skrbic’s overall chip lead but that’s where the wheels fell off for the Serbian. He first dropped 4,600,000 to Krasimir Yankov and then doubled up Sinclair in aces versus queens hand. About 20 minutes later, his run at the bracelet was over.
Down to just 3,625,000, Skrbic shoved from the button with and Bujtas called from the big blind with . Skrbic could only watch in horror after the flop gave Bujtas top pair and the turn left him Skrbic drawing dead. After the meaningless completed the board, Skrbic was officially eliminated in fifth.
It was just a few minutes that 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess followed Skrbic to the payout window. Riess limped his button with and Bujtas completed his small blind holding before Yankov raised to 1,000,000 from the big blind with . Riess responded by moving all in for 5,590,000, Bujtas folded and Yankov called. The runout did nothing to keep Riess alive and he was eliminated in fourth place.
It took nearly two hours of three-handed play to get the tournament to heads-up. From the button, Yankov opened to 500,000 with and Sinclair and Bujtas called with and respectively. The flop came to give Yankov bottom set and Sinclair middle set. The blinds checked and Yankov bet 650,000. Sinclair raised to 2,000,000, Bujtas folded and Yankov called. Sinclair then checked the turn and Yankov bet 2,300,000. Sinclair check-raised again, this time all in and Yankov called off the last of his stack. The river completed the board and made Yankov’s third place result official.
Heads-up play began with Sinclair holding small edge over Bujtas but the first 30 minutes of heads-up play saw Bujtas climb to a 2-1 lead. That lead was gone just 30 minutes later and Sinclair never really looked back. After another 90 minutes of play, Sinclair put and end to the tournament and won his first bracelet.
Having had stack down to just eight big blinds, Bujtas moved all in with and Sinclair called with . The flop gave Sinclair second pair and the left Bujtas drawing dead. The meaningless river was the .
Final Table Payouts
- Jack Sinclair – €1,122,239
- Laszlo Bujtas – €693,573
- Krasimir Yankov – €480,028
- Ryan Riess – €337,778
- Milos Skrbic – €241,718
- Ihor Yerofieiev – €175,965