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Europe's biggest poker arena in the King's Casino in Rozvadov is currently playing host to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe and recently crowned another big winner in Czech Republic`s Matous Skorepa.
Yes, THE COLLOSUS event is finally in the books after ten starting days with one player standing above the rest among the massive field of 4,115 runners. It was Matous Skorepa who defeated Florian Fuchs heads-up to claim his maiden WSOP bracelet and took home the first-place payout of €270,015. Skorepa is now the third Czech bracelet winner this series.
Skorepa who owns a restaurant later said, “I just played it like it's a bounty for me.” On his plans for the rest of the series, Skorepa clarified that he won’t be in playing, “Actually, I don't think so because I need to go to work tomorrow. I run a restaurant and don't have a waitress, if somebody want to work at my restaurant … and I need to be there.”
Indian challengers were once again the frontrunners in the event but all remaining players hit the rails on Day 2 with Devesh Thapar making the deepest run finishing 66th to pocket €3,361 (~₹2,53,042). Simon Mint (68th for €3,361), Sacheen Ramchandani (70th for €3,361), Harsh Shori (180th for €1,625) and Rahul Marwaha (204th for €1,625) were others who managed to cash.
Other notables who made the money were Lukasz Wasek (14th Place – €14,404), Ognjen Sekularac (49th Place – €4,886), Kenny Hallaert (62nd Place – €4,035), Hossein Ensan (76th Place – €2,824), Alex Foxen (83rd Place – €2,393), Marcel Luske (104th Place – €1,777), John Racener (128th Place – €1,777), Mike Leah (165th Place – €1,625), Max Pescatori (166th Place – €1,625), Kristen Bicknell (195th Place – €1,625), Kevin MacPhee (231st Place – €1,500) and Barny Boatman (233rd Place – €1,500).
Final Day Recap
After a long Day 2 on Wednesday (November 1), only 12 players survived and returned to play down to a champion the following day.
In spite of two six-handed tables and plenty of short stacks around, it took time for the first elimination that eventually came with the bustout of Philipp Lutkemeier, thanks to Ivaylo Sivinov.
Ruben Garcia Blancas also became a victim of Sivinov exiting next in 11th place.
The nine-handed final table bubble came on Sebastien Lucina who shoved with ace-king and lost out to eventual champion Matous Skorepa.
Final Table Recap
France`s Gaetan Cauchy was the first to fall and was railed in just the fifth hand after he shoved with ace-eight only to get called by Skorepa’s pocket nines. Skorepa made a full house on the board to send Cauchy packing in ninth place.
Austria’s Nebojsa Ankucic who hadstarted the final table with just four big blinds was the next one out along with Germany’s Pascal Pflock. In a double elimination hand, Pflock shoved with and Ankucic also moved all in with . Jonathan Khalifa made it a three-way showdown with a call holding . Khalifa completed a straight on the board to take down the pot eliminating both Ankucic (eighth place) and Pflock (seventh place) from the event.
The two Czech players Roman Motovsky and Roman Motovsky then faced off with Motovsky announcing all-in with king-jack suited and Skorepa called off with ace-queen off suit and won the pot to end Motovsky’s run in sixth place.
Greece`s Makarios Avramidis was the only player on the finale table with a WSOP bracelet and eventually fell in fifth place after running his ace-six into the pocket aces of Jonathan Khalifa.
Ivaylo Sivinov’s roller coaster run ended in fourth place, courtesy Skorepa and that setup the three-handed game.
Jonathan Khalifa was looking strong until he took a big flip with pocket nines against Skorepa’s ace-ten. The latter rivered a pair of ten’s to knock out Khalifa setting up the heads-up battle against Austria’s Florian Fuchs in the process.
Skorepa had acommanding chip lead starting off and crippled the Austrian further within the first few hands. The last hand of the event saw Skorepa announcing all-in with and promptly came the call from Fuchs who tabled . The final board of the event brought the and just like that the Czech Republic native claimed his first gold bracelet.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Matous Skorepa – €270,015
2. Florian Fuchs – €166,855
3. Jonathan Khalifa – €123,241
4. Ivaylo Sivinov – €91,711
5. Makarios Avramidis – €68,771
6. Roman Motovsky – €51,968
7. Pascal Pflock – €39,576
8. Nebojsa Ankucic – €30,376
9. Gaetan Cauchy – €23,499
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