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  1. For the first time in its history, World Series of Poker Europe will be played at the Spielbank Berlin Casino in Germany from October 8 to 24, meaning the series starts Thursday. Over the span of 16 days, 10 bracelet events will be contested that count toward official WSOP records. The fun begins on Thursday with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event. The start of the tournament on Thursday also marks the first time the event has been contested in two years. When Caesars and WSOP officials rolled out the WSOP Asia/Pacific (WSOP APAC) in 2013, there were concerns that there was too much travel on the books for players to participate in the WSOP in Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia. As a solution, "the powers that be" decided that WSOP APAC would be contested in even-numbered years and WSOPE would be contested in odd-numbered years. The tournament that promises to bring in the largest numbers should be the WSOP's latest innovation, The Okoberfest. This €550 No Limit Hold'em tournament will feature two starting flights on October 9 and two more on October 10. Once again, something like this hasn't been attempted during the WSOPE schedule, so it is tough to estimate how well the event will be received. The €550 buy-in marks the lowest buy-in ever for a WSOPE tournament and will be duplicated with Event #7, a Pot Limit Omaha tournament scheduled for October 15. There are two events on the 10-event schedule that will be taped for broadcast in the United States at a later date. The €10,450 WSOPE Main Event will begin on October 18 and there will be two Day 1s offered. The defending champion of the WSOPE Main Event, reigning European Poker Tour Grand Final champion Adrian Mateos, is expected to be on the grounds of the Spielbank to defend his championship. The defending champion of the 2014 WSOP APAC Main Event, Scott Davies, has not indicated if he will be in attendance. For those who bust out of the Main Event, October 21 will mark the start of the €25,600 High Roller tournament. First contested in 2013, the WSOPE and WSOP APAC High Rollers have never seen a non-Canadian champion. In 2013, Daniel Negreanu, who will not be in attendance at this year's WSOPE, defeated an 80-player field to take home the High Roller bracelet. In 2014, it was Mike goleafsgoeh Leah (pictured) stepping up for the "Great White North" over a 68-player field to win his first WSOP bracelet. For those who can't make it to Berlin for the festivities, the WSOP is going to stream the European proceedings over the internet. Broadcasting via Twitch, the first seven events will feature broadcasts of the final table on a 30-minute delay. The other three tournaments, including the Main Event and High Roller, will be on a five-minute delay, but will not feature hole cards. However, the Main Event and High Roller final tables will not be streamed. These will be the final bracelets awarded for 2015 (plus the Main Event in Las Vegas in November) and, as such, are the last chance for players to earn points towards the WSOP Player of the Year race. Currently, Mike Gorodinsky is at the helm of that battle with 2,157 points, but players such as Brian Stinger885Hastings (1,961), Anthony Zinno (1,942), Paul paulgees81Volpe (1,889), and Shaun shaundeeb Deeb (1,803) all have a shot at catching him. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. [caption width="640"] The King's Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic is going to be hosting the next two WSOP Europe festivals, in 2017 and 2019. (Photo courtesy King's)[/caption] The World Series of Poker announced that the World Series of Poker Europe is returning in the fall 2017, but with a brand new home that has been the host to some of poker's elite over the past few years. After holding the series in England, France, and Germany, the latest installment of the poker festival has a home at the King’s Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic. The WSOP and King’s Casino have reached an agreement that will keep the WSOPE in the Czech Republic for through 2019. In 2014, the WSOP began rotating WSOP Asia-Pacific in even years with WSOPE in the odd years, so King’s Casino will be the host site for the series in 2017 and 2019. The casino is located near the German border and its central location makes it an easy travel destination for many European players. Over the last several years, it has grown into the largest poker room in Europe, with over 150 tables. It is only continue to grow with more tables to be added and a huge expansion in the property before the outset of the tournament series next fall. “I have really bought into Leon’s vision for creating a poker-first destination in Central Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The existing set up already reminds me of the Amazon Room at the Rio and it’s only going to get bigger. When the new hotel and the renovations are complete, and considering the way Leon and staff cater to poker players, this is going to be a very comfortable environment for a large festival such as ours.” Leon Tsoukernik of King’s Casino echoes Stewart’s sentiments of both continued growth and excitement about renovations. “We are honored to be holding such prestigious WSOP bracelet events,” said Tsoukernik. “By the time of the WSOPE next year, people will discover an all-new version of the King’s Casino. Not only are we adding 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space with 40 more poker tables, we are opening an amazing new hotel with 218 rooms. “Last year alone, we brought over 250,000 poker players to Rozadov. Although this is already great for a town of 500, I believe we will be able to double that number as soon as our plans for expansion are completed.” For the two guaranteed years of the WSOPE, the King’s Casino will hold at least 10 bracelet events each series and will have more than $5 million in prizepool guarantees. Along with holding at least 20 bracelet events over two years, the King’s Casino will hold WSOP Circuit stops as well. They are guaranteed a fall and spring stop in 2018 and 2020 and will have a spring stop in 2017, 2019, and 2021. Here is a look at past WSOPE Main Events: 2007: Annette Obrestad beat 362 entrants to win $1,000,000 2008: John Juanda beat 362 entrants to win $868,800 2009: Barry Shulman beat 334 entrants to win $801,603 2010: James Bord beat 346 entrants to win $830,401 2011: Elio Fox beat 593 entrants to win $1,400,000 2012: Phil Hellmuth beat 420 entrants to win $1,058,403 2013: Adrian Mateos beat 375 entrants to win $1,000,000 2015: Kevin MacPhee beat 313 entrants to win $883,000
  3. Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi and World Series of Poker Player of the Year points leader Shaun Deeb battled heads-up for the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Event #6 (€1,650 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em) title with Szecsi denying Deeb of his sixth career bracelet and emerging victorious for his own second career gold bracelet. Szecsi, who has a previous WSOP win back in 2013, defeated the field of 241 players and went on a final table run that included hitting a royal flush on the river to take home the €86,596 first place prize. Szecsi finds himself is in the midst of a career peak. In addition to his victory in Rozvadov, Szecsi recently finished as the runner-up in a €10K High Roller during August's EPT Barcelona for a career-high cash of $731K. Deeb may have been denied his third bracelet of 2018 but with his deep run the former #1-ranked PocketFiver has very likely wrapped up his first WSOP Player of the Year award. Additionally, Deeb takes home €63,731 as the runner-up. Almost two a half hours into the final table, the first player was felted. After an under the gun open in No Limit Hold'em from Julien Sitbon, Van Tiep Nguyen re-shoved his ten big blind stack holding [poker card="5d"][poker card="5s"]. Sitbon asked for a count and ended up making the call with [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came down [poker card="jc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="2h"] putting Sitbon in a comfortable lead in the hand. The turn was the [poker card="td"] and with only two outs left for Nguyen, the river was the [poker card="3d"]. Nguyen finished in eighth place for €7,606. Ten minutes later, while playing PLO, Vittorio Castro found himself all-in and at risk. Szecsi opened on the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"] and Castro, holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"], raised pot. Szecsi re-raised all in and Castro quickly called. The flop fell [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] providing top set for Szecsi and little hope for Castro. The [poker card="qd"] turn opened the door a little, but the [poker card="8h"] river closed it for good and Castro headed for the cashier to collect €9,953 for seventh place. Jaroslav Peter was sitting on fewer than ten big blinds when he made his move during PLO. Netanel Amedi opened from the hijack with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"]. Right behind him Peter re-shoved all-in with [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="5h"]. The flop came [poker card="2h"][poker card="9s"][poker card="kc"] which provided little for Amedi. Fortunes change on the [poker card="8h"] turn which provided Amedi with a set with one card to come. The river was an inconsequential [poker card="2d"], ending Peter’s run in sixth place for €13,334 for his third cash of the series. Only a few hands later another all-in confrontation occurred. Deeb raised from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to be shoved on by Germany’s Samuel Albeck in the small blind and his [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. Albeck had fewer than ten big blinds and Deeb made the call. The flop came [poker card="td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="th"], providing some chop outs for Albeck. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river [poker card="8s"] actually hit Deeb and gave him the pot. Albeck finished in fifth for €18,276 for a new career-high live cash. Despite getting his final ten big blinds in good, Sitbon was the next to fall. After an open from Amedi in PLO, Sitbon three-bet shoved with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ac"][poker card="4c"]. Amedi made the call holding [poker card="jh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="qh"]3s]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="ah"] improved Sitbon’s hand to trips. The [poker card="5d"] hit the turn changing nothing. However, when the [poker card="jc"] came on the river, Amedi improved to a full house ending Sitbon’s tournament run. The Frenchman finished in fourth place for €25,618. Israel’s Amedi nearly brought a fourth 2018 WSOPE bracelet 2018 to the country, however, he would fall just short. Playing NLHE, the key hand for Amedi came when he raised from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Szecsi three-bet shoved from the small blind. With the action back on Amedi, he thought about it and made the call. Szecsi turned over a dominated [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"][poker card="6c"] giving both a straight draw and Szecsi the flush draw as well. The turn was the [poker card="td"] but the river came [poker card="qh"] giving Szecsi a royal flush to take the hand. Amedi was crippled to fewer than three big blinds and he was eliminated on the very next hand in third place for €36,705 leaving the two previous bracelet winners to battle it out for the win. Szecsi held a slight chip over Deeb lead as the pair squared off for heads-up play. After trading the chip lead back and forth an action hand during PLO would deliver Szecsi his second WSOP gold bracelet. Deeb raised the button with [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"][poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Szecsi flatted with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] giving Szecsi top set and Deeb top two pair. Szecsi simply check-called Deeb’s small bet. The turn was the [poker card="4c"], Szecsi checked again and Deeb bet again. This time Szecsi check-raised pot. Deeb thought about it for a moment and re-raised pot committing himself. Szecsi snapped called and Deeb discovered he was drawing dead. The river ended up being the [poker card="2h"] but by then both participants were already out of their seats with Deeb headed to collect his €63,371 for second place. Szecsi takes home €86,596 and his second career gold bracelet. He is now the fourth player in Rozvadov to win their second bracelet during the 2018 WSOPE. Szecsi now sits with over $2.4 million in lifetime career earnings. Final Table Results: 1st: Norbert Szecsi - €86,596 2nd: Shaun Deeb - €63,731 3rd: Netanel Amedi - €36,705 4th: Julien Sitbon - €25,618 5th: Samuel Albeck - €18,276 6th: Jaroslav Peter - €13,334 7th: Vittorio Castro - €9,953 8th: Van Tiep Nguyen - €7,606
  4. The first event on the World Series of Poker Europe schedule featured eight starting flights and 2,992 players. When it was all over, Israel's Tamir Segal stood tall to claim not only his first career WSOP cash but a brand new bracelet to go with it. Segal went to work right away at the final table. Björn Bouwmans raised to 1,200,000 from the cutoff seat with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"] before Segal shoved all in from the button with [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"]. Bouwmans called off the rest of his stack and found a safe [poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4s"] flop. The turn was the [poker card="qc"] though and Bouwmans was eliminated after the [poker card="jc"] river failed to save him. Just about a half hour later, another all-in preflop battle resulted in another elimination. Wojciech Wybreski raised to 1,250,000 from early position with [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Krasimir Yankov called all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ks"][poker card="2c"] to give Wyrebski top pair and bust Yankov in eighth. Flavio Decataldo raised to 2,250,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"] from early position and Segal defended his small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2h"] flop changed nothing and after Segal checked, Decataldo moved all in for 8,850,000 and Segal called instantly. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river was the [poker card="9h"] to eliminate Decataldo and give Segal over half of the chips in play with six players remaining. Segal put those chips to work almost immediately, resulting in yet another elimination. Segal raised to 1,200,00 from under the gun with [poker card="2c"][poker card="2h"] and Francesco Delfoco called all in with [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2s"] flop all but eliminated Delfoco. The [poker card="js"] turn left him with just four outs and the [poker card="qd"] river was not one of them. The next player eliminated was not a victim of Segal's. From the button, Hannes Neurauter moved all in for 2,300,000, Segal called from the small blind and Aksel Ayguen called from the big blind. Segal then checked the [poker card="th"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2s"] flop before Ayguen moved all in. Segal folded and Ayguen tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"] while Nearauter showed [poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="9h"] turn provided extra out for Nearauter, but he failed to connect on his flush draw as the [poker card="6d"] turn hit the river. Ayguen kept the pressure on and found another victim. Ayguen raised to 1,300,000 from the under-the-gun position with [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"] and Dariusz Glinski, down to less than five big blinds, called all in from the button with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"] flop left Glinski with little hope. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Glinski chop outs, but the [poker card="7s"] river sealed his fate and eliminated him in fourth. Despite eliminating Nearauter and Glinski, Ayguen's run ended in third place. After he moved all in from the button for 6,850,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] only to have Segal call from the big blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"][poker card="8c"] flop kept Ayguen in control but the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="jc"] runout gave Segal Broadway to eliminate Ayguen and send the tournament to heads-up play. Starting heads-up play with 80% of the chips in play, Segal needed just 18 minutes to eliminate Wyrebski to pick up his first WSOP bracelet. On the final hand, Wyrebski raised to 3,000,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"] and Segal moved all in over the top with [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. Wyrebski called instantly and then could only watch in horror on the [poker card="kc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="ts"] to give Segal the final pot. Final Table Payouts 1st: Tamir Segal - €203,820 2nd: Wojciech Wyrebski - €125,966 3rd: Aksel Ayguen - €92,385 4th: Dariusz Glinski - €68,331 5th: Hannes Neurauter - €51,854 6th: Francesco Delfoco - €38,349 7th: Flavio Decataldo - €29,104 8th: Krasimir Yankov - €22,281 9th: Björn Bouwmans - €17,209
  5. Asi Moshe is no stranger to the World Series of Poker winner’s circle, and on Tuesday he joined the ranks of two-time WSOP bracelet winners when he captured his second piece of gold in WSOP Europe’s Event #2: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Deepstack. Moshe topped a field of 221 entries to earn the €82,280 top prize. Moshe entered the final table with the chip lead and rode that lead to victory. The Israeli player now has more than $2.15 million in live tournament earnings. Moshe’s first WSOP bracelet came at the 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas, when he topped a field of 2,396 entries in a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament to win $582,321. Final Table Results 1st: Asi Moshe - €82,280 2nd: Robert Schulz - €50,842 3rd: James Bullimore - €33,149 4th: Giuliano Bendinelli - €22,210 5th: Van Tiep Nguyen - €15,303 6th: Viktor Katzenberger - €10,852 Moshe started off the final table winning the first pot and never looked back. He busted Viktor Katzenberger in sixth place and sent Van Tiep Nguyen home in fifth place before James Bullimore stepped in to knock out Giuliano Bendinelli in fourth place. During three-handed play, the three stacks pulled close to even before Moshe stepped on the gas once again to widen the gap. He then knocked out Bullimore in third place with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"] against Bullimore's [poker card="Jc"][poker card="8h"]. Moshe had raised to 140,000 from the small blind with the blinds at 25,000-50,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante. Bullimore called to see the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"] flop and Moshe fired 120,000. Bullimore kicked it up with a raise to 305,000, to which Moshe called to see the [poker card="Qc"] hit the turn. After Moshe checked, Bullimore bet 525,000. Moshe called and the dealer delivered the [poker card="2c"] on the river. Moshe moved all in with his flush and Bullimore found a call with a lesser straight to bust in third. Busting Bullimore gave Moshe around 75% of the chips in play entering heads-up action against Robert Schulz. Schulz tried to fight back, but in the end, Moshe proved too strong an opponent. Schulz did land a couple of double ups, but nothing that could really dent Moshe’s stack as they came after Moshe had cut him down even more. On the final hand, Moshe moved all in from the button with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="4h"]. Schulz called off his last 12 big blinds with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8h"]. The flop, turn, and river came [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Th"] and Schulz was out in second place, earning €50,842.
  6. The World Series of Poker is gearing up for their return to King’s Resort in Rozvadov for the 2019 WSOPE from October 13-November 4. For the third year in a row, Leon Tosukernik’s casino in the Czech Republic will play host to the WSOP’s European series where it’s very likely that the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year winner will be determined. Fifteen Gold Bracelet Events After rolling out an initial slate of 11 gold bracelet events, organizers have recently increased the number of events to 15 due to player feedback. The changes include a pair of tournaments to entice the high-rollers including a €250,000 Super High Roller as well as €25,500 Mixed Game Championship. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. ”Leon and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and see players busy.” 2019 WSOPE Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 10-13 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €350 10-14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A €550 10-14 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €350 10-15 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B €550 10-16 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €1,350 10-16 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €250,000 10-17 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €1,350 10-17 8-Game Mix €2,500 10-18 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €1,350 10-18 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-19 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em €1,100 10-20 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-20 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix €1,650 10-21 Mixed Games Championship €25,500 10-22 Pot-Limit Omaha €2,200 10-23 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €100,000 10-24 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em €2,500 10-25 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €10,300 10-26 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €10,300 10-28 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €550 10-29 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €550 10-30 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I €550 Player Of The Year The increased schedule adds plenty of potential Player of the Year points that could make a big difference in the tight 2019 POY race. On the back of two gold bracelet victories during the summer series, Australian Robert Campbell currently sits atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard however he’s trailed closely behind by a number of top-tier pros, all of whom have declared at some point that they had their sights on taking down the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Right behind Campbell, sitting in second place on the leaderboard, is former #1-ranked PocketFiver and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Deeb is expected to make the trip to King’s Casino as he is looking to make WSOP history by winning the award in back-to-back years. Also looking to make history is Daniel Negreanu, who is sitting in third place. Negreanu has already declared that he will be in Rozvadov in search of a record-extending third POY award. After winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this summer, Dan Zack, who currently sits in fourth place, said his plan at the start of the year was to chase the POY award, however, he has indicated that he does not plan on attending. The 2019 Poker Players Championship winner Phillip Hui is still well within striking distance sitting in fifth place. The recent additions of a Mixed Game Championship to the WSOPE schedule play to the strengths of these five players as all five have proven to excel in mixed games as well as No Limit Hold’em. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,166.24 4 Daniel Zack 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 2,595.54 8 David "ODB" Baker 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 2,443.22 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has never been the same spectacle as it’s summer series counterpart, but since 2007 (with the exception of 2014 & 2016) the WSOPE has crowned its own Main Event champion with all ten of the previous champions earning at least $1 million. When the WSOPE first took place in 2007, online poker phenom Annette Obrestad won the Main Event becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet. She defeated the field of 362 players to take home the £1,000,000 first-place prize, which at the time, converted to over $2 million USD, the largest prize in the event's history. The field size remained static for the first four years of the event until 2011 when entires spiked to 593. That year, Elio Fox defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman for the WSOPE Main Event title and €1,400,000. However, the aftereffect of Black Friday also hit the WSOPE fields and over the next three events, from 2012-2015, fields dipped to an all-time low. In 2015, Kevin MacPhee took home the title in a field of just 313 players. After a break in 2016, the WSOPE returned and began its tenure at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Giving players the option of a single reentry for the Main Event, the entries once again soared over 500. In 2018, the UK’s Jack Sinclair won the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in its 10-year history taking home a career-high prize of €1,122,239. History of WSOPE Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER AMOUNT FIELD SIZE 2007 Annette Obrestad $2,013,733 362 2008 John Juanda $1,580,096 362 2009 Barry Shulman $1,321,534 334 2010 James Bord $1,281,048 346 2011 Elio Fox $1,870,208 593 2012 Phil Hellmuth $1,333,841 420 2013 Adrian Mateos $1,351,661 375 2015 Kevin MacPhee $1,001,576 313 2017 Marti Roca de Torres $1,297,551 529 2018 Jack Sinclair $1,277,012 534
  7. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe kicked off this week at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the first event is in the books. Topping the 1,011-entry field in the €350 Opener No Limit Hold’em was Renat Bohdanov, earning €53,654 and his first career gold bracelet. The win proved to be the largest live tournament score of Bohdanov’s career, as his previous best payout was for €11,350 in the €250 Mini Main Event held earlier in the month during the WSOP International Circuit in Rozvadov. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WSOP Europe Event #1 Results 1st: Renat Bohdanov - €53,654 2nd: Norbert Mosonyi - €33,112 3rd: Eyal Bensimhon - €23,386 4th: Mykhailo Hryhoriev - €16,736 5th: Samuel Mika - €12,138 6th: Michal Kral - €8,923 7th Rafi Elharar - €6,651 8th: Jeff Lisandro - €5,026 9th: Ricardas Vymeris - €3,853 The event created a prize pool of €302,541, with the top 152 finishers reaching the money. Among those to finish in the money were Ismael Bojang (14th - €2,363), Pierre Neuville (24th - €1,538), Erik Cajelais (76th - €615), and top-ranked PA online poker player Thai Ha (146th - €465). Entering Day 3, the final day of play, 10 players remained. Austria’s Eyal Bensimhon had the chip lead to start and it was Marcus Mondel first to bust. He was knocked out by Bensimhon to set the official final table. After Ricardas Vymeris fell in ninth place, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro was eliminated in eighth. Rafi Elharar then went out in seventh, Michal Kral in sixth, and Samuel Mika in fifth. It was Bohdanov who knocked out Mika in what was the biggest of the tournament up until that point. Bohdanov had the [poker cards="4s"][poker cards="4h"] to Mika’s [poker cards="7s"][poker cards="7c"], but he was able to come from behind thanks to the [poker cards="7h"][poker cards="3h"][poker cards="2h"][poker cards="5c"][poker cards="6s"] runout. Four-handed play saw Mykhailo Hryhoriev bust in fourth, also falling at the hands of Bohdanov as Bohdanov increased his chip lead. Shortly thereafter, Bohdanov got even more chips when he knocked out Bensimhon in third place. On Bensimhon’s final hand, he got the last of his chips in with the [poker cards="Kh"][poker cards="3h"] against Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ac"][poker cards="6d"]. The window card was an ace, but it was followed by a king and a three on the [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="3c"] flop to keep Bensimhon alive. The turn was the [poker cards="3c"] and Bensimhon was still in front, but the [poker cards="6h"] on the river gave Bohdanov a better two pair. Bohdanov entered heads-up play with the chip lead and continued to apply pressure to widen the gap. Although the chip lead did change hands during heads-up play, it was ultimately Bohdanov that got the better of his opponent. On the final hand, Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="9s"] held up against the [poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="5d"] for Norbet Mosonyi. The money went in preflop and the final runout was [poker cards="Ah"][poker cards="Ks"][poker cards="Td"][poker cards="As"][poker cards="6s"].
  8. This time last year Vangelis Kaimakamis was lamenting what could have been after he busted a World Series of Poker Europe event just two places shy of the bracelet. On Sunday he had nothing to lament after topping the 766-entry field in the €1,350 Mini Main Event to win his first career bracelet, €167,056, and a seat to the WSOP Europe Main Event. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The eight-handed final table actually began on Saturday before stopping for the night just after the first elimination. Shahar Levi opened to 600,000 from the hijack before Leonid Yanovski moved all in for 3,100,000 from the big blind. Levi called and turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] while Yanovski showed [poker card="as"][poker card="8c"]. The [poker card="7c"][[poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"] flop kept Levi ahead and Yanovski was unable to get any help on the [poker card="ks"] turn or [poker card="7d"] river and he was eliminated in eighth place. Action resumed Sunday with seven players left and it took just over an hour before one of them was sent home. From UTG, Levi raised to 800,000 and Luigi Macaluso moved all in from the button for 4,000,000. Levi called and was ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"] against Macaluso's [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Levi top pair and Macaluso a gutshot straight draw but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="9s"] turn filled it and Macaluso was out in seventh place. Another hour passed before a second player was eliminated and this time Levi wasn't involved. Andrew Bak moved all in from the hijack for 6,500,000 and Jose Rivas called from the big blind. Bak showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] while Rivas turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] flop all but locked up the hand for Rivas. The [poker card="qs"] river made it official as Rivas made a full house to bust Bak in sixth. Levi went back to work and ten minutes had found another victim. After being crippled by Levi on the previous hand, Didier Rabl moved all in from the button for 10 big blinds and was called by Levi in the big blind. Rabl was drawing with [poker card="as"][poker card="4c"] against Levi's [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop gave Levi a set and as the [poker card="9s"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river completed the board, Rabl was out in fifth place. Kaimakamis picked up his first elimination of the day just 15 minutes later. Action folded to him in the small blind and he moved all in. Markus Jordan then called all in from the big blind and tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="2s"]. Kaimakamis was ahead with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The board ran out [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="kh"] to give Kaimakamis a turned set and end Jordan's run with a fourth place result. As if on a schedule, the next elimination came just 15 minutes later. Kaimakamis raised to 1,200,000 from the button, Levi folded the small blind, and Rivas moved all in from the big blind for 11,275,000. Kaimakamis called and showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] while Rivas was racing wiht [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="kd"][5[s][poker card="2s"][poker card="9d"][poker card="qh"] runout brought no relief for Rivas and he was out in third place. Levi began heads-up play with 64% of the chips but over the next 45 minutes, Kaimakamis battled back to eventually eliminate Levi and win his first career WSOP bracelet. On the final hand, Kaimakamis raised from the button to 1,600,000 and Levi re-raised to 8,000,000. Kaimakamis moved all in and Levi called all in. Kaimakamis showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="qd"] and Levi was barely ahead with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"][poker card="9h"] flop gave Kaimakamis the lead and he held it through the [poker card="3c"] turn [poker card="qh"] river to eliminate Levi in second place. All players finishing in the top five also received a WSOPE Main Event ticket worth €10,350 along with their prize money. Final Table Payouts Vangelis Kaimakamis - €167,056 Shahar Levi - €103,216 Jose Rivas - €72,474 Markus Jordan - €51,628 Didier Rabl - €37,321 Andrew Bak - €27,382 Luigi Macaluso - €20,396 Leonid Yanovski - €15,426
  9. 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. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 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 [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"] while Tooran had [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="js"] 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 [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] while Hot showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Kisacikoglu top two pair and left Hot drawing to a straight. The [poker card="7c"] turn was no help and Kisacikoglu filled up with the [poker card="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 [poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] while Tooran had [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="qd"][poker card="ad"] 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 [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"] while Ha had [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] The [poker card="th"][poker card="ts"][poker card="9c"] flop kept Kisacikoglu in control as did the [poker card="9d"] turn. The [poker card="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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="7s"] and Tooran called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"]. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] flop improved Ha's hand to include a straight draw. The [poker card="ks"] turn gave Tooran top pair but also added a flush draw for Ha. The [poker card="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 Siamak Tooran - €740,996 Thai Ha - €457,964 Orpen Kisacikoglu - €323,553 Netanel Amedi - €230,807 Besim Hot - €166,258 Rob Yong - €120,946
  10. 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 [poker card="kh"][poker card="2d"] when action folded to him in the small blind and Anh Do called when he looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] run out offered Palevic no assistance and he was out in sixth place. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 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 [poker card="ad"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop, Do moved all in for 450,000 and Segebrecht called instantly. Do showed [poker card="kh"][poker card="9h"] but he was behind Segebrecht's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. The turn was the [poker card="ts"] and the river was the [poker card="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 [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"] after Segebrecht raised to 1,000,000 from the button. Segebrecht called and turned over [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3c"] flop moved Segebrecht ahead and Sammartino was eliminated in fourth after the [poker card="7h"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="jd"][poker card="th"] before Zinno moved all in from the small blind for 7,650,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. Kolonias called and then moved ahead on the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="6s"] flop. Neither the [poker card="8c"] turn or [poker card="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 [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] before Segebrecht moved all-in for 23,200,000 with [poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"]. Kolosias called and then watched the board run out [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][poker card="2s"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] to give him the first major live title of his career. Final Table Payouts Alexandros Kolonios - €1,133,678 Claas Segebrecht - €700,639 Anthony Zinno - €485,291 Dario Sammartino - €341,702 Anh Do - €244,653 Rifat Palevic - €178,171 Julien Martini - €132,017 Jakob Madsen - €99,555
  11. It was a roller coaster ride for Hong Kong's Anson Tsang at the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe Event #7 (€2,200 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed). In the end, Tsang weathered his setbacks, eliminated three of the final eight players and ramped up the aggression to build a commanding chip lead that would carry him to his first WSOP gold bracelet and the €91,730 first place prize. It didn’t take very long before the first elimination of the day occurred. Final table chip leader Ilya Bulychev opened the pot holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="7d"] only to be three-bet from the small blind by Sweden’s Alexander Norden and his [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"]. Bulychev made the call and the pair saw the flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. First to act, Norden shipped the remainder of this short stack only to be snapped off by Bulychev who flopped the full house. Only an ace would save Norden’s tournament, but the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river was of no use. Norden collected €8,886 for eighth place. Denmark’s Gisle Olsen would only last another ten minutes himself. Tsang opened the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4c"] and Olsen in the big blind three-bet with [poker card="ks"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"]. After Tsang called, the flop came [poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"]. Tsang flopped trips and all the chips made their way into the pot with Olsen at risk. The turn was the [poker card="2h"] and the river was the [poker card="5c"] giving Tsang a full house and the hand. Olsen bowed out in seventh place for €11,469. After two lightning fast eliminations, it took over an hour for the next player to fall. Hokyiu Lee from Hong Kong raised from under the gun with [poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"] only to be three-bet by Bulychev on the button with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Lee made the call and the flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"]. Lee fired first, betting pot putting Bulychev’s overpair to the test. Bulychev stuck in the remainder of his chips and Lee called, barely covering Bulychev. The turn came [poker card="3h"] and the river the [poker card="4h"] leaving Lee unimproved, doubling up Bulychev. Lee had less than a big blind remaining after the hand. His tournament ended the very next hand in sixth place for €15,134. Another hour of action passed before the next all-in confrontation. Jason Gray from the UK opened in early position with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"] and when folded back to Ludvig Sterner’s [poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"] big blind, he made the call. The flop unfolded [poker card="4s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] and Sterner led out. Gray put in a raise, Sterner shipped and Gray quickly called. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave Gray the nut flush and ended the hand, leaving Sterner drawing dead to the [poker card="9d"] river. Sweden’s Sterner headed to the rail €20,405 richer for his fifth place finish. The cash officially puts Sterner over $100,000 in career live earnings. After losing a couple of critical pots, China’s Quan Zhou was crippled and at risk holding [poker card="kd"][poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="2s"] against both Tsang and Gray. After the flop of [poker card="kh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8c"] Tsang bet Gray out of the pot and showed down [poker card="as"][poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"] for top set. The turn came the [poker card="3s"] leaving Zhou without outs and as the [poker card="qs"] hit the river he was headed for the cashier to pick up his €28,100 payday for fourth place. After a short break, the final three got back to business. After an open from Bulychev, Gray three-bet from the small blind. Bulychev shoved his stack. Gray made the call and the cards were on their backs. Gray held the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2d"] while Bulychev turned over the [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"][poker card="js"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] giving Bulychev the nut flush. Gray fell in third place for €39,508. It was his second cash of the 2018 WSOPE. Heads-up play began with both Tsang and Bulychev close in the chip counts, however, within a matter of hands Tsang would extend his chiplead and eventually end the contest. On the final hand, Tsang raised his [poker card="kh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3s"] in position and Bulychev made the call with [poker card="ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"]. The flop came [poker card="6s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] giving Tsang a set and Bulychev a flopped straight. Tsang c-bet and Bulychev check-raised, inviting a shove by Tsang. Bulychev snap called and needed to fade some outs. The turn was the [poker card="ah"] giving Tsang some flush outs. The river brought the [poker card="qh"] delivering Tsang the nut flush and the victory. The Russian Bulychev received €56,684 for his runner up finish. Tsang secured his first WSOP gold bracelet and €91,730 with the win. It was Tsang’s fourth cash of the 2018 WSOPE and propels the pro to over $2.4 million in career recorded cashes. Final Table Results 1st: Anson Tsang - €91,730 2nd: Ilya Bulychev - €56,684 3rd: Jason Gray - €39,508 4th: Quan Zhou - €28,100 5th: Ludvig Sterner - €20,405 6th: Hokyiu Lee - €15,134 7th: Gisle Olsen - €11,469 8th: Alexander Norden - €8,886
  12. As the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe festival winds down in Rozvadov, there are two storylines emerging. The first is the three bracelet wins for Isreali players through the first five events. The second is the players who won a bracelet this summer and have added another one to their collection this week - and that's the one that played out Thursday night. Michael Addamo, who won the $2,620 Marathan No Limit event this summer, beat Germany's Christian Rudolph heads-up to win the €25,500 Super High Roller event for €848,702 ($962,276 US). Addamo started the final table, which included Manig Loeser, Dominik Nitsche, Mikita Badziakouski and Benjamin Pollak, with just 19 big blinds but managed to work his way up and eliminated the final three players standing between himself and his second career bracelet. The first elimination at the final table came after 45 minutes of play in a blind vs blind confrontation. Action folded to Loeser in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 9,300,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"] and Yu called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="ts"] flop gave Yu a pair and kept him in the lead. The [poker card="8h"] turn changed nothing and the [poker card="jd"] river ended Loeser's run with an eighth place finish. Just a few minutes later, James Romero followed Loeser out the door. From the cutoff, Christian Rudolph raised to 1,300,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. Action folded to Romero in the big blind and he moved all in for 7,800,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"]. Rudolph called and watched as the board ran out [poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and eliminate Romero in seventh. Rudolph found another final table victim just about 30 minutes later. From the hijack, Pollak raised to 1,600,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] and Rudolph called from the cutoff with [poker card="9c"][poker card="9h"] and Yu also came along from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="td"]. The [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2d"] flop missed Pollak, but gave Rudolph top set and Yu the nut flush draw. After Pollak checked, Rudolph put out a bet for 2,600,000. Yu raised to 8,500,000, Pollack folded and Rudolph moved all in and Yu called all in. The [poker card="7s"] turn and [poker card="4s"] river were both safe cards for Rudolph and Yu was eliminated in sixth place. Rudolph's path of destruction didn't slow down and ten minutes after Yu was sent packing, Dominik Nitsche joined him. Nitsche raised all in from UTG for 13,00,000 holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Rudolph called from the small blind with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="5h"] leaving Rudolph in front. Nitsche was unable to improve after the [poker card="ks"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river and was eliminated in fifth place. Four-handed play lasted two hours and the next elimination didn't involve Rudolph. After Pollak and Rudolph both folded, Mikita Badziakouski raised to 16,500,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"]. Addamo responded by moving all in with [poker card="ad"][poker card="3s"]and Badziakouski called off the rest of his stack. The [poker card="6d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3d"] flop all but officially ended Badziakouski's run. The [poker card="8h"] turn eliminated any runner-runner hop the Belarussian had. The river was the [poker card="jc"]. The next player sent to the rail was also a victim of Addamo. The Australian called from the button holding [7d[poker card="7s"], Pollak moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"] and Addamo called. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"] to miss Pollak and eliminate him in third spot. Heads up play began with Addamo holding two more big blinds than Rudolph. Rudolph briefly held the chip lead, only to surrender it to Addamo for the final time. One hour later, Addamo put the finishing touches on his second bracelet win of 2018. Rudolph moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"] and Addamo called with [poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"] runout eliminated Rudolph in second place. Final Table Payouts Michael Addamo - €848,702 Christian Rudolph - €524,532 Benjamin Pollak - €370,219 Mikita Badziakouski - €266,767 Dominik Nitsche - €196,328 Winfred Yu - €147,642 James Romero - €113,505 Manig Loeser - €89,253
  13. For the third straight year, the World Series of Poker is setting up shop at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic for their post-summer bracelet series in Europe. For the better part of 23 days, starting on October 13, poker players will be battling in 15 gold bracelet events with a select few making a run at becoming the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. The stakes are high and the rewards will be huge giving the WSOPE nearly everything one could want in a destination poker trip. Except, maybe, one thing. It’s in Rozvadov. Looking for sun and sand? Looking for exciting nightlife? Looking for…a Big Mac? You’re going to have to look outside of Rozvadov. No offense to Rozvadov, or its population of just over 800, but 23 days in a small resort centered village is a long time. No one is questioning the action that takes place at Leon Tsoukernik’s massive European poker room and the 24-hour buffet is likely delicious but after three years, perhaps its time for the WSOP to give players a new destination for their post-summer series bracelet events … maybe not even in Europe. Barcelona, Spain There’s no doubt about it, Barcelona continues to be a hot commodity market in poker. The enthusiasm for poker in Barcelona continues to grow and the World Series of Poker can certainly piggyback off the success shown by PokerStars most recent EPT Barcelona stop where, with the ability to re-enter, their €5,300 Main Event topped out at 1,988 runners. In addition to having plenty of local support for poker, the city has an amazing amount of gifts to offer players who find themselves prematurely on the rail from any given tournament. The seaside city offers top-notch options for dining and day-trips. By all accounts, a poker trip to Barcelona certainly won’t leave players bored. Montreal, Canada When it comes to poker, Montreal has one of the nicest rooms in the world when it comes to the Playground Poker Club. Playground knows how to handle huge events as they routinely host the likes of the World Poker Tour and partypoker, so they would know how to make poker players feel right at home when battling for a bracelet. With 75 poker tables on the floor, Playground likely has the capacity to serve all of the WSOP’s needs. Outside of the card room, Montreal is a world-class city. A destination for foodies, Montreal competes with the best cities in the world when it comes to culinary experiences. Additionally, the city’s architecture and sights, like the view from Mont-Royal, is what keeps tourists returning to the Canadian city time and time again. Macau Macau’s poker credentials are already legendary. Some of the top names in the game of poker seemingly have evaporated from the U.S. scene to get their grind on in the biggest games in the world - many of which take place in the “Las Vegas of Asia.” The thirst for poker is there and should the WSOP wish to plant a flag in the high roller game, perhaps a post-summer series in Macau is a good place to start. The WSOP recently added a €250,000 buy-in Super High Roller to their schedule in Rozvadov with the hopes of luring the nosebleed players into making the trip. By many accounts, the appetite for those stakes already exist in Macau. Plus, a high profile WSOP series could help expand poker in Macau, where admittedly there may not currently be enough active tables to host an event like a Mini Main Event. It could also pull back the curtain a little bit on the mystery of Macau poker and give fans a glimpse into it’s growing scene. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Brazil has it all: beaches, nightlife and a rabid fanbase for the game of poker. Just take a look at the PocketFives Total PLB rankings - Brazil blasts every other country out of the water nearly doubling the total of the next closest country, the UK. Brazilian’s love their poker and they have produced some of the best players in the world including bracelet winners Andre Akkari and former #1-ranked PocketFiver Yuri Dzivielevski. As a city, Rio is considered one of the most beautiful in the world surrounded by both the massive mountains and the golden sand beaches. It’s close to nature on every front and allows for tourists to be encompassed by beauty wherever they go. It’s been called a ‘laid-back’ city with a beach vibe, something that poker players who don’t particularly like adhering to a schedule can easily embrace. While it may be hard to find the same amount of space as the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, one thing for sure is that at this Rio the food is going to be better than the standard fare in the poker kitchen. Hollywood, Florida, USA Perhaps you think we’re reaching here, as Hollywood, Florida is not only not an exotic city it’s not even outside of the U.S. Here’s the idea: push back the timeline on the additional bracelet events to January and have a WSOP Winter Series. Florida may not have everything you are looking for in terms of classic architecture, world-class restaurants and bucket-list sights but in January the weather is amazing. That alone could get players hopping flights to The Sunshine State if for no other reason than to escape their own winter conditions. Plus, the Seminole Hard Rock has plenty of space for players to grind with an even larger expanded second bracelet series. The Florida poker scene is noted for being a vibrant, enthusiastic community for tournament players and it seems like a slam dunk for secondary WSOP bracelet success.
  14. James Chen returned to the final table of the World Series of Poker Europe €250K Super High Roller with the shortest stack among the seven remaining players on Friday while Dominik Nitsche stood alone atop the chip counts. Over 6.5 hours of play, Chen overcame his short stack to go on to win his first career bracelet and a €2.8 million score while Nitsche suffered through an almost unimaginable turn of events. Nitsche, who won the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop event at WSOP Europe 2017, couldn't have had more go wrong for him just after cards were in the air. Christoph Vogelsang and Chen each doubled through the German poker pro in the opening hands of play and then an hour later, Nitsche became the first player to hit the rail. Down to just under 15 big blinds, Nitsche moved all in from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] and Chin Wei Lim looked down at [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] on the button moved all in over the top. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2d"] flop left Nitsche drawing to one of four jacks for Broadway. The [poker card="2h"] turn gave Lim a full house and Nitsche was out one spot before the bubble. The river was the [poker card="6d"]. Tony G considers poker his hobby, but for a brief time on Friday, he was the Table Captain of this event and he seemed to enjoy throwing Ryan Riess overboard on the bubble. Riess moved all in from the cutoff with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jc"] and G moved all in behind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="th"] and despite picking up a sweat along the way, Riess was eliminated in sixth place leaving the remaining five players all in the money. G continued to run things and 45 minutes after busting Riess, he found another victim. From the hijack, G raised to 3,500,000 and Cary Katz called from the big blind. After the [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9h"] flop, Katz moved all in for 5,300,000 and G called. Katz showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"] for top pair with a straight draw which put him ahead of Katz's [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"]. Neither the [poker card="7c"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river improved either player's hand and Katz was eliminated in fifth place. G's time as the Table Captain was relatively short-lived though. Just 40 minutes after busting Katz, G tangled with Chen and ended up walking the plank. Chen raised to 3,200,000 from the cutoff and G called from the big blind. After the [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"] flop, G checked and allowed Chen to bet 3,000,000. G check-raised all in for 27,900,000 before Chen called. G showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="9c"] for an open-ended straight draw while Chen showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"] for top two pair. The [poker card="8h"] turn was no help for G and neither was the [poker card="kc"] river, sending him home in fourth place. Three-handed play lasted just 45 minutes before Lim sent another player to the rail. Lim raised to 6,000,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"] and Vogelsang called all in with [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] flop moved Lim ahead and Vogelsang was unable to find help on the [poker card="8h"] turn or [poker card="8c"] river and was out in third place. Heads-up play began with Chen holding 63% of the chips in play and over the course of two hours, Lim only briefly held the chip lead before Chen was able to close the deal on his first career WSOP bracelet. Chen moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="4d"] and Lim called all for his last eight big blinds with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"] flop gave Lim hope of winning the pot outright. The [poker card="3d"] turn was a safe one for Lim but the [poker card="4c"] river gave Chen two pair and eliminated Lim in second place to give Chen a bracelet and a €2,844,215 score. Final Table Payouts James Chen - €2,844,215 Chin Wei Lim - €1,757,857 Christoph Vogelsang - €1,185,161 Tony G - €799,045 Cary Katz - €538,722
  15. Kahle Burns started Day 3 of the World Series of Poker Europe €25,500 Platinum High Roller as the chip leader and then held off a surging Sam Trickett to win the first bracelet of his career and nearly €600,000. Three players, Alex Foxen, Abdelhakim Zoufri, and Trickett each started the day with less than 15 big blinds and just 20 minutes after the final six players reconvened, one of them was left with zero. Foxen shoved from UTG for 5,950,000 with [poker card="as"][[poker card="jd"] and Trickett called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="jh"] to eliminate Foxen in sixth place and given Trickett nearly a full double-up. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] After starting the day with the shortest stack, Trickett continued to find spots to move up and just 20 minutes later sent another player home early. Working with less than 12 big blinds, Timothy Adams moved all in for 7,075,000 from middle position with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and Trickett called from the big blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"]. Adams got some extra outs after the [poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop, but the [poker card="js"] turn and [poker card="th"] river were no help and the Canadian bracelet winner was eliminated in fifth. Trickett's run good continued and a three-way all in 30 minutes later sent one player home and provided Trickett with a triple up. Action folded to Burns on the button and he moved all in with [poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"]. Zoufri called all in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="th"] before Trickett looked down at [poker card="kh"][poker card="ks"] in the bid blind and also called all in. Trickett stayed in control through the [poker card="js"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] flop, improved on the [poker card="kc"] turn and dodged Zoufri's gutshot straight draw after the [poker card="2h"] river. Zoufri was out in fourth and Trickett soared past Burns for the first time. Reigning WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan had been relatively quiet while the Sam Trickett Show was on display. Ensan eventually found himself in a hand with Burns that saw his run at a second bracelet end. Ensan raised to 2,000,000 from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qs"] before Burns moved all in from the small blind for 27,775,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="td"]. Trickett folded his big blind and Ensan called with his tournament life on the line. Neither player's hand improved through the [poker card="8c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"] runout and Ensan was eliminated. Heads-up play began with Burns holding a 3-2 chip lead but Trickett won enough on the first two hands of play to take a small lead. That's when Trickett's run good came to an abrupt end, however. After Burns called from the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"], Trickett made it 5,000,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"]. Burns made it 12,500,000 to go before Trickett moved all in for 42,000,000. Burns called and then watched the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"] board leave Trickett on fumes. Trickett was eliminated on the next hand when his [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"] wasn't able to beat Burns' [poker card="ks"][poker card="4d"] in an all-in pre-flop battle. This marks the third time that Trickett has finished runner-up in a WSOP bracelet event. In 2010, he finished one spot behind Jason DeWitt in a $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event and he famously finished runner-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the inaugural Big One for One Drop in 2012. Burns's previous best finish in a bracelet event came earlier this summer when he finished second in the $10,000 Six Max NLHE event. Final Table Payouts Kahle Burns - €596,883 Sam Trickett - €368,889 Hossein Ensan - €251,837 Abdelhakim Zoufri - €177,062 Timothy Adams - €128,326 Alex Foxen - €95,962 Anton Morgenstern - €74,117 Robert Campbell - €59,189
  16. There were 56 players still alive in the €1,650 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Event when World Series of Poker Europe action resumed on Tuesday afternoon in Rozvadov. Asi Moshe, having won a WSOP bracelet earlier this summer in Las Vegas, was one of them but after dominating the final table he joined Dash Dudley as the second player to win a bracelet one both sides of the Atlantic Ocean this year. Chris Ferguson busted on the final table bubble and Quan Zhou quickly followed him to the payouts desk and it had nothing to do with wanting some answers about what really happened at Full Tilt Poker. Playing PLO, Harout Ghazarian raised to 90,000 from the cutoff and Zhou defended his big blind. After the [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] flop, Zhou fired his last 100,000 into the pot and Ghazarian called. Zhou showed [poker card="as"][poker card="td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"] which put him behind Ghazarian's [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="qh"] turn and [poker card="jh"] river improved both players to a straight, but Ghazarian's king-high straight was best and Zhou was out in eighth place. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Thirty minutes later a battle of the blinds sent another player packing. Again playing Omaha, Dragos Trofimov raised to 120,000 from the small blind and Kristoffer Rasmussen called from the big. After the [poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2h"] flop, Trofimov fired 180,000 and Rasmussen called again. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and Trofimov moved all in for 460,000 and Rasmussen called. Trofimov turned up [poker card="ad"][poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"] and Rasmussen showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"]. The [poker card="9d"] river was no help for Trofimov and he was eliminated in seventh. Moshe finally picked up a final table elimination in a hand of hold'em against Canadian Erik Cajelais. Moshe raised from the cutoff and down to just 300,000 - six big blinds - Cajelais moved all in. Moshe called and found himself ahead with [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"] against Cajelais' [poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"] flop gave Cajelais hope and he remained safe through the [poker card="4h"] turn. The [poker card="as"] river however gave Moshe top pair and ended Cajelais' run in sixth. Another 45 minutes passed before Moshe found himself collecting the stack of another player. Moshe raised to 180,000 from the button and Jakob Madsen moved all in for 420,000 from the small blind. Moshe called and shows [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"] while Madsen tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Madsen bottom pair while Moshe picked up a flush draw. The [poker card="kh"] turn moved Moshe ahead with top pair and he picked up two pair after the [poker card="8h"] river to officially eliminate Madsen in fifth. Moshe only had to wait 15 more minutes for another chance to further dwindle the field. William Chattaway moved all in for 320,000 from the cutoff and Moshe moved all from the small blind to force Ghazarian to fold the big blind. Chattaway was racing with [poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] against Moshe's [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"][poker card="jd"][poker card="5c"] to give Moshe a flush and give Chattaway a career-best WSOP score thanks to a fourth place finish. Ghazarian wasn't able to hold Moshe off, however. After almost two hours of three-handed play, Ghazarian and Moshe clashed in a PLO hand that got the tournament to heads-up. Ghazarian called from the button before Rasmussen folded the small blind. Moshe raised to 420,000 from the big blind before Ghazarian re-raised only to have Moshe move all in. Ghazarian called and showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="jd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8h"] and Moshe tabled [poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="9s"][poker card="jh"] board gave Moshe a flush and busted Ghazarian in third. Moshe's run left him with 86% of the chips in play and it took him just two more hands to finish off Rasmussen and claim his fourth career bracelet and second of 2019. Moshe moved all in and Rasmussen called. Moshe's [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"] was behind the [poker card="qh"][poker card="js"] of Rasmussen and the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"][poker card="8c"] flop gave Rasmussen top pair but the [poker card="9s"] turn completed Moshe's straight draw and after the [poker card="6d"] river completed the board, Rasmussen was out in second place. Moshe's first bracelet came in 2014 in a $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event. His second bracelet came last Fall in Rozvadov when he won the €1,650 No Limit Hold'em Six-Handed Deepstack event. This summer he won the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty event for his third career bracelet. Final Table Payouts Asi Moshe - €97,465 Kristoffer Rasmussen - €60,230 Harout Ghazarian - €41,754 William Chattaway - €29,480 Jakob Madsen - €21,206 Erik Cajelais - €15,548 Dragos Trofimov - €11,622 Quan Zhou - €8,861
  17. History was on the line Wednesday as 15-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth found himself battling heads-up for a record-extending 16th WSOP title in the 2019 WSOP Europe €25,500 Mixed Games Championship. However, it was not meant to be for Hellmuth on this day as he ran into the heater of Switzerland’s Besim Hot, who defeated Hellmuth in heads-up play and took home the €385,911 first-place prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. Besim finished Day 2 of the tournament with a massive chip lead and never found himself in very much trouble throughout the final table despite being up against some of poker’s toughest competition. As one might expect, the final table of the €25,500 Mixed Games Championship was loaded with some of poker's elite mixed game talent, including WSOP Player of the Year contender Daniel Negreanu, 2019 PSPC runner-up Julien Martini and 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston. It took over two hours into the final table for the first player to fall. During a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round, Alex Livingston lost a big hand to Daniel Negreanu where Negreanu hit a high hand of two pair holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8c"] and showing [poker card="4s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="qh"][poker card="ad"]. The very next hand Livingston found himself all in and facing elimination against Hot who hit a ten-high straight on sixth street while Livingston made a set of aces. Seventh street didn’t improve Livingston’s hand and he bowed out in seventh place, taking home €38,389. Negreanu’s stack took a big hit in the Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better round and he found himself clinging to a short stack as the game changed to Razz. In Negreanu’s final hand of the tournament, he was at odds with Hellmuth, who was battling for the chip lead. Negreanu took the betting lead early in the hand but was raised all-in on fifth street where Negreanu committed the last of his chips. When the card were turned up Negreanu held [poker card="ax"][poker card="9x"]/[poker card="7x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="9x"] to Hellmuth’s [poker card="8x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="5x"][poker card="jx"][poker card="3x"]. Sixth street was the killer for Negreanu who double paired his board when he picked up a [poker card="7x"] and Hellmuth grabbed an [poker card="ax"]. Negreanu was drawing dead and exited in sixth place for €54,287. However, his deep run in this pivotal tournament provided him enough points to take over the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year race for the time being. In a Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better round partypoker ambassador Dzmitry Urbanovich mixed it up with France’s Julien Martini. Urbanovich completed holding a [poker card="9x"] and Martini made the call showing a [poker card="kx"]. Urbanovich led out on fourth and fifth street, and as Martini continued to call, his stack was starting to dwindle. Urbanovich bet again on sixth, Martini continued to call and on the seventh card, Urbanovich put Martini all-in. Martini, with less than one big blind behind, was forced to call showing down [poker card="2h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="tc"]/[poker card="kh"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="7s"] for a pair of deuces and a missed low draw. Urbanovich showed down two pair with his [poker card="qc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3d"]/[poker card="9c"][poker card="3h"][poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] hand, taking down a healthy pot and sending Martini to the rail in fifth place for €77,502. With four players left, during a No Limit Hold’em round, Benny Glaser found himself super short stacked. He put in a raise holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"] but left himself a single chip behind. Urbanovich made the call with [poker card="9d"]9c] on the button and Hellmuth called from the big blind. The flop fell [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"][poker card="5h"] and Glaser tossed in his final chip. Urbanovich isolated with a raise and Hellmuth's cards hit the muck. Glaser needed help to remain in the tournament. The [poker card="qc"] hit the turn and as the [poker card="ad"] fell on the river, Glaser said his goodbyes to the table and headed to the cashier to pick up his €111,689 for his fourth-place finish. Despite picking up the knockout, Urbanovich was still looking up at both Hellmuth and Hot on the leaderboard. After losing a couple of big hands, one in O8 and another in Razz, Urbanovich was sitting on under ten big blinds. During the same Razz round that he lost a huge hand to Hellmuth, he found himself all-in, again facing Hellmuth. Urbanovich was drawing live to seventh street hoping to improve on his [poker card="6x"][poker card="2x"]/[poker card="kx"][poker card="7x"][poker card="qx"][poker card="4x"] hand versus Hellmuth’s [poker card="7x"][poker card="4x"]/[poker card="2x"][poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"]. But on the final card, Urbanovich picked up a [poker card="6x"], pairing his six leaving him dead to Hellmuth’s hand. Urbanovich busted in third place for €162,463. It was a familiar sight for World Series of Poker fans as Phil Hellmuth prepared to battle in hopes of extending his WSOP record and claim his 16th bracelet. However, Besim Hot was running like his namesake as the duo sat down to close out the tournament. From the onset, Hot continually chipped up as Hellmuth found himself losing hand after hand, no matter what game was being played. The final hand of the tournament was played in PLO as Hot raised on the button holding [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] and Hellmuth defended with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"] and Hellmuth checked to Hot who slid out a bet. Hellmuth check-raised and Hot shipped. Hellmuth made the call, putting himself at risk, but holding the best hand. The turn was the [poker card="jc"], improving Hot a full house and leaving Hellmuth drawing to one of the final three aces. The river was the [poker card="4c"] which secured the hand and the tournament for Hot as Hellmuth fell just short of bracelet number 16, finishing as the runner-up for €238,509. In only his third ever WSOP cash, Besim Hot is the winner of the 2019 WSOPE €25,500 Mixed Games Championship for a career-high cash of €385,911 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. €25,500 Mixed Games Championship Final Table Payouts 1. Besim Hot - €385,911 2. Phil Hellmuth - €238,509 3. Dmitry Urbanovich - €162,463 4. Benny Glaser - €111,689 5. Julien Martini - €77,502 6. Daniel Negreanu - €54,287 7. Alex Livingston - €38,389
  18. One week ago, Chin Wei Lim pulled a James van Alstyne after busting the €250,000 Platinum High Roller event at World Series of Poker Europe. As soon as the final card hit, giving James Chen the victory, Lim left quickly. On Friday, once the final table of the $100,000 Diamond High Roller finished, the 26-year-old had no choice but to stick around. He had to pose for the winner photos. Lim beat a final table that included Ole Schemion, Matthias Eibinger, Christoph Vogelsang, Anatoly Filatov, and Phil Ivey before beating Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up to capture the first bracelet of his career. This is also the first live win of Lim's career following four runner-up finishes. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] One hand. That's all Ivey got to play at the final table on Friday. The 10-time WSOP bracelet started with the shortest stack and decided to go for it on the very first hand of play. Ivey moved all in for 2,375,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="5c"] from the hijack and Vogelsang called from the small blind with [poker card="6d"][poker card="6c"]. The board ran out [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="2d"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"] to eliminate Ivey in eighth place. Danny Tang, who won his first WSOP bracelet earlier this summer when he beat 122 players to win the $50,000 Final Fifty event, started the day with just 16 big blinds and didn't last much longer than Ivey. After Eibinger raised to 690,000 from UTG with [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"], Tang shoved for 3,300,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kc"] and Eibinger called. Tang couldn't win the race as the [poker card="qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="8h"] runout kept Eibinger in front and eliminated Tang in seventh. Down to fewer than nine big blinds, Schemion decided to make a stand and wound up having to walk away from the table. Action folded to Filatov on the button and he made it 625,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ks"]. Schemion moved all in for 2,620,000 from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9h"] and Filatov called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="3s"] flop changed nothing but the [poker card="th"] turn increased Schemion's outs. The [poker card="ah"] river was not one of them as it completed Broadway for Filatov and eliminated Schemion in sixth place. Five-handed play went on for 3.5 hours before Eibinger and Vogelsang battled in a huge pot that eventually lead to one of them leaving. Vogelsang ended up all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] which put him behind Eibinger's [poker card="qc"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="qh"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="7h"] to give Vogelsang a flush and leave Eibinger with just eight big blinds. One hand later Eibinger was all in with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8c"] against Lim's [poker card="qs"][poker card="6d"] and couldn't find any help to stay alive and was sent home in fifth. Despite winning the huge hand against Eibinger, Vogelsang was next in the line to become one of Lim's victims. Jean-Noel Thorel raised to 1,600,000 from the button with [k][j], Vogelsang moved all in from the small blind for 12,900,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3s"] and Lim called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"], forcing Thorel to fold. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="qh"] to eliminate Vogelsang in fourth place and give Lim the lead with three players remaining. It took nearly an hour to get to heads-up play. Lim folded his button and Filatov moved all in for 12,500,000 with [poker card="ah"][poker card="3d"] and Thorel called with [poker card="kh"][poker card="th"]. The [c][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] flop moved Thorel ahead with a pair of kings and when the [poker card="jh"] turn or [poker card="5c"] river didn't improve Filatov, he was eliminated in third place. That pot gave Thorel a four big blind lead heading into heads up play with Lim. It took just 30 minutes for Lim to battle back and capture his first career bracelet. Lim raised to 2,400,000 with [poker card="8s"][poker card="4c"] and Thorel defended his big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9c"]. After the [poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"] flop, Thorel checked, Lim bet 4,000,000 and Thorel called. The turn was the [poker card="3c"] and Thorel checked again. Lim bet 6,800,000 and Thorel called. The river was the [poker card="4s"] and Thorel checked again. Lim bet 19,000,000 and Thorel instantly moved all in for 45,000,000. Lim called and tabled his full house to bust Thorel and earn his first career bracelet and a career-best score of €2,172,104. Final Table Payouts Chin Wei Lim - €2,172,104 Jean-Noel Thorel - €1,342,459 Anatoly Filatov - €907,301 Christoph Vogelsang - €633,336 Matthias Eibinger - €457,107 Ole Schemion - €341,510 Danny Tang - €264,440 Phil Ivey - €212,504
  19. Plans for this year's World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) have just been announced. The event is slated to play out from October 8 to 24 at the Spielbank Berlin casino in Berlin, Germany. This year's series will be the eighth edition of the tournament and will feature 10 bracelet events along with cash games, satellites, and a variety of other tournaments. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Since 2011, organizers have held the event in France, twice in Cannes and once in Enghien-les-Bains. This year, they make the move to Germany, a country which WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart calls "truly a hotbed for poker talent." "As home country to our reigning Player of the Year and 2011 World Champion, we look forward to discovering new names ready to perform on poker's biggest stage," he said in a press release. "Berlin became a logical choice city for WSOP Europe given its proximity to all of Europe, the experienced management team at Spielbank, and the gap of time since a major poker tournament has come to the city. We believe this truly will be the best organized and contested WSOP Europe ever." Other changes include the addition of two new bracelet events, a €550 buy-in "Oktoberfest" No Limit Hold'em event and a €550 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. The series will kick off on October 8 with a €2,200 Six-Handed No Limit Hold'em event and culminate in the €10,450 Main Event on the 18th, followed by a €25,600 High Roller No Limit Hold'em tournament on the 21st. Also included on the schedule are several nontraditional events like a Monster Stack tournament, an eight-handed PLO event, a Turbo No Limit Hold'em event, and a Mixed event. The two final events will be broadcast in the US and globally by ESPNand through Sport1in Germany. Preliminary events will be available through live streams on the web. "We look forward to this new edition of the WSOP Europe for the first time in Germany and specifically our property in central Berlin at the Spielbank Berlin," said Spielbank Berlin Director of Operations Marcel Langner. "It's a great honor to host this event. We are sure all visitors will have a great time in Berlin (pictured). We will offer cash game and tournament play as well as the Oktoberfest special to welcome our guests from all over the world." Spielbank is no stranger to large poker tournaments and plans to designate two full floors and 90 tables for cash game and tournament play. The casino is not connected to a hotel, but players can make reservations in one of the 25 hotels within a half-mile of the venue. In 2013, it was decided that WSOP Europe and WSOP Asia-Pacific would alternate yearly. Adrian Mateos was crowned victorious in the most recent WSOPE Main Event and took home a €1 million first place prize. That same year, Daniel Negreanu was awarded the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year before winning the High Roller event later that week. Other previous WSOPE Main Event winners include big-name players like Annette Annette_15 Obrestad, Phil Hellmuth, and John Juanda. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  20. It’s another bracelet for Israel at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe as Timur Margolin bested the 666 runners in Event #5 (€1,100 NLHE Monster Stack) for €134,407 and his second career WSOP gold bracelet. The victory for Margolin may have seemed improbable at the beginning of the final table. With only ten players left, Margolin was ninth in chips. However, after winning his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas earlier in 2018 (Event #43: $2,500 NLHE), Margolin used his experience to ladder through the competition and eventually accumulate a chip lead to large for to overcome. The first of the final nine to fall was Italy’s Mario Llapi. After an early position raise by Germany’s Henrik Brockmann, Llapi shoved a little over 20 big blinds holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. Brockmann snap called with his [poker card="ah"][poker card="ad"] and Llapi was at risk. The flop came [poker card="kc"][poker card="qd"][5h[ giving Llapi four outs to the straight. The turn peeled off [poker card="8s"] and [poker card="7h"] completed the board providing no help for the Italian. Llapi collected €8,920 for ninth place. Roughly an hour and a half later another all-in confrontation claimed the tournament of Amar Begovic. Severely short, Begovic shipped his last three big blinds under the gun with [poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"]. Brockmann flat called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="th"]. Both of the blinds decided to get involved as well. Michal Mrakes called from the small blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"] and 2018 WSOPE bracelet-winner Mykhailo Gutyi also committed chips with [poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"] from the big blind. The action checked through to the turn as board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="jh"]. On the [poker card="td"] river, Mrakes made a small bet called by Brockmann, both with full houses. However, the man who started all the action, Begovic, finished the hand in last place and headed for the cashier to collect his €11,656 eighth place payday. Tamas Szunyoghy moved all in on the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="ts"] and was quickly called by Raul Villarroel in the small blind who held [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] keeping Villarroel’s ace-high in the lead. The [poker card="5h"] turn offered no extra outs to Szunyoghy, who saw his tournament come to an end as the [poker card="jc"] completed the board.Szunyoghy fell in seventh place for €15,502. Twenty minutes later, Gutyi’s quest for a second World Series of Poker Europe bracelet came to an end. Sebastian Ulrich raised in the hijack with [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"] and Gutyi made the call with [poker card="kh"][poker card="jd"] in the big blind. The flop provided the action when it came [poker card="jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7s"]. Gutyi made the first move, open shoving his remaining ten big blinds. After a count, Ulrich called with his two-way straight draw. The turn brought the [poker card="qc"] completing the straight for Ulrich and putting Gutyi in bad shape and looking for three outs for a chop. The river was the [poker card="2d"] and Ukraine’s Gutyi added another €20,974 to his earnings for sixth place. Mrakes made his final stand fifteen minutes later and Margolin began a run of eliminations that would take him to the end. After Margolin min-raised under the gun with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"], Mrakes three-bet shoved with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"] for roughly 15 big blinds. Folded back to Margolin, after some thought made the call. The flop offered some counterfeit outs for Mrakes as it came [poker card="kh"][poker card="kd"][poker card="7d"]. The [poker card="4h"] turn was of no use to Mrakes and the [poker card="6s"] river sealed his fate. Mrakes finished in fifth for €28,863 for his fourth cash of the 2018 WSOPE. The next two eliminations happened quite quickly. After busting Mrakes, Margolin began to amass a healthy chip lead. He opened under the gun with [poker card="Ac"][poker card="qs"] and Brockmann made an all-in move with his final ten big blinds with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"]. Folded back to Margolin, he made the quick call. The board rank out [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="9s"] sending the German home in fourth place for €40,388. Ten minutes later the chip leader was at it again. In a limped pot, blind versus blind, Margolin held [poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"] on a [poker card="qs"][poker card="qc"]9h] flop. Ulrich with [poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"] in the big blind floated. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] giving Margolin the full house and the action checked through. The [poker card="ac"] came on the river and Margolin put out a small bet which prompted a bluff shove from Ulrich. Margolin with plenty of chips and a full house made the call eliminating Ulrich, who collected a healthy €57,447 for third place. Heads up play between Margolin and Villarroel began with Villarroel at a 10-1 deficit. And even though he received an early double-up, Villarroel could not overcome the odds this time. Margolin shoved the button with [poker card="jd"][poker card="9c"] and Villarroel snapped his remaining 10 big blinds with [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] was safe for Villarroel. But when the [poker card="9d"] dropped on the turn, only two outs in the deck would save him. The [poker card="8h"] river was the last card of the tournament as Villarroel received €83,042 for far-and-away his largest recorded cash. Timur Margolin takes home €134,407 for the victory and is the third 2018 WSOPE bracelet winner from Israel. He is also the third winner of the series to earn his second career bracelet in Rozvadov. Final Table Results 1st: Timur Margolin - €134,407 2nd: Raul Villaroel - €83.042 3rd: Sebastian Ulrich - €57,447 4th: Henrik Brockmann - €40,388 5th: Michal Mrakes - €28,863 6th: Mykhailo Gutyi - €20,863 7th: Tamas Szunyoghy - €15,502 8th: Amar Begovic - €11,656 9th: Mario Llapi - €8,920
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