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Czech Republic's King's Casino in Rozvadov is currently playing host to WSOP Europe and the series has already witnessed encouraging numbers with the turnouts expected to further expand in anticipation of the headline events that are set to unfold in the next few days.
A huge Indian contingent is clocking their flier miles with over 15 challengers expected to be in attendance at the series including Anujkumar Kodam, Sumit Sapra, Devesh Thapar, Sonu Singh, Simon Mint, Sacheen Ramchandani, Gaurav Gupta, Jayant Yewale, Srikant Kasa and Rahul Marwaha.
Adda52 pro Kunal Patni was seen in action at the recently concluded WSOP Circuit series in Rozvadov and he even cashed in the Crazy Eights event at WSOPE, but as per the latest updates, he is back in India and wont be playing the Main Event.
Coming to the recently concluded events, the series has now crowned three first-time WSOP bracelet winners. While Oleksandr Shcherbak took down the series opener €1,100 NLHE MONSTER STACK, Andreas Klatt won the €550 Pot Limit Omaha for €56,400 and Martin Kabrhel shipped the Turbo Bounty event for €53,557.
€550 Pot Limit Omaha
The Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Hold'em attracted a total 523 entrants and outlasting them all was Andreas Klatt who clinched his first WSOP gold bracelet along with €56,400 in prize money. Klatt defeated fellow German Nico Ehlers in the heads-up battle to win the bracelet.
Klatt who is predominantly a hold'em tournament but also indulges in Omaha often, said that it was "unbelievable" to win a bracelet. He said, "I would say it's like a dream of every poker player to win a bracelet," said Klatt following his victory. "These days money is sometimes more important, but a bracelet is still a bracelet. My goal at this year's WSOPE is to win as much money as possible, but it's always nice to win a tournament!"
Coming back on the final day were 31 survivors, and the day had a brutal start for the start-of-day chip leader Fahredin Mustafov as he fell early on.
Another notable who seemed to be at the top of the game was two-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell but surprisingly he too was sent packing in a double elimination.
India’s Sumit Sapra who was another player in attendance, was going strong until he was relegated to the rails after he came out on the wrong side of a huge hand. He posted on social media – “Busted, lost CL pot, AA with nut FD against KK on 932 flop, 2 hearts and 1 club, we had AA69, hearts and diamonds, turn 2c, river 8c, opponent makes runner runner flush clubs.”
By the time the official eight-handed final table was formed, the players had become relatively short.
Final Table Recap
It didn’t take long before Vasile Stancu and Michal Maryska hit the rail, going out at the hands of Nico Ehlers and Georgios Zisimopoulos respectively and just like that the elimination spree began on the final table.
Next up was the elimination of Krzysztof Magott in sixth place who was followed by Sergio Fernandez in fifth place.
The two Germans – Klatt and Ehler who were sitting with big stacks started applying pressure on their two Greek opponents – (Georgios Zisimopoulos and Theodoros Aidonopoulos). Sure enough, one of Greek players i.e. Theodoros Aidonopolis succumbed to the pressure with Ehler collecting his chips.
Georgios Zisimopoulos was one of the most experienced on the final table and was making his 15th WSOP cash, however, his first in Europe. He exited next in third place to set the heads-up battle in motion.
The average was only 23 big blinds and as expected, it all ended soon with Klatt turning a straight to win the bracelet after Ehlers failed to catch his flush draw.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Andreas Klatt – €56,400
2. Nico Ehlers – €34,860
3. Georgios Zisimopoulos – €23,979
4. Theodoros Aidonopoulos – €16,809
5. Sergio Fernandez – €11,985
6. Krysztof Magott – €8,700
7. Michal Maryska – €6,433
8. Vasile Stancu – €4,847
Turbo Bounty Event
The third gold bracelet event of the series i.e. WSOPE €1,100 no-limit hold’em super turbo bounty event attracted 325 entries and in the end, it was Czech poker pro Martin Kabrhel who came out on top. Kabrhel clinched his first WSOP bracelet along with the €53,557 top prize.
Kabrhel is a veteran when it comes to success at King’s Casino as he has earlier won two WSOP Circuit rings in Rozvadov, which is only a two-hour drive from his hometown of Prague.
The event featured an energetic-paced structure that narrowed the field of 325 down to a champion in just 15 hours of play.
As expected the event drew some of the biggest names of the poker world and those who managed to cash included John Racener (6th – $8,903), Mike Leah (10th – $2,988), 14-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (11th – $2,988), Felipe Ramos (23rd – $1,729), Brandon Cantu (24th – $1,729), Roberto Romanello (30th – $1,523), Kristen Bicknell (32nd – $1,523) and Chris Ferguson (36th – $1,523).
When the play reached heads-up mode, it was down to Martin Kabrhel and Philipp Caranica and what a grueling 90-minute session it was.
Finally, Kabrhel managed to get a dominating 2-1 chip lead and ended it all. He shoved with and Caranica called at the risk of his tournament life with . Kabrhel hit a runner-runner straight with the board spreading out to win his first career bracelet!
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Martin Kabrhel – €53,557
2. Philipp Nikolaus Caranica – €33,094
3. Salvatore Camarda – €22,159
4. Liran Twito – €15,168
5. Yves Kupfermunz – €10,620
6. John Raymond Racener – €7,609
7. Bernd Gleissner – €5,582
8. Georgios Koliofotis – €4,195
9. Viktor Kovachev – €3,232
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