How Canada Did at WSOP Europe in 2017
The European edition of the World Series of Poker recently wrapped up at its new location of King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
The 12-event series ran over the course of several weeks, starting October 19 with the €1,100 Monster Stack. With 561 entries and a prize pool of €538,280, no Canadians made a deep run at the first bracelet of the series. Instead, the win went to Oleksandr Shcherbak for €117,708.
That was followed by the €550 pot-limit Omaha event with 523 entries creating a prize pool of €250,909. Canada’s Kristen Bicknell was eliminated just shy of the final table, taking €2,914 for 12th place. German Andreas Klatt won the gold for €56,400.
The pace went up for the €1,100 super-turbo bounty event. Martin Kabrhel from the host nation of Czech Republic won the bracelet and €53,557 in the 325-entry-strong field. Mike Leah made it as far as 10th place before falling for €2,554.
Event #4 was a $1,100 six-max tournament that received 240 entries and paid out €345,420 in prizes. The lion’s share of those prizes went to Frenchman Theodore McQuilkin for €88,043. Canadian Erik Cajelais collected 13th-place money of €3,977.
That was followed the WSOP’s famous The Colossus with a low buy-in of €550 and a huge guarantee of €2,000,000. With 4,115 entries, the finally tally came to €2,078,075. The winner was Matouš Skořepa from Czech Republic, winning €270,015. The deepest Canadian finish was by Jeff Cormier in 74th for €2,824.
The €2,200 pot-limit Omaha bracelet was up for grabs next, taken home by Czech Republic’s own Lukas Zaskodny for €93,677. Three Canadians were still in the hunt with 20 players left, but then they fell in quick succession. Mike Leah took 20th, Erik Cajelais finished 18th, and the last Canadian was Alexander Livingston in 17th. They each earned €3,594.
Another pot-limit Omaha came next, but in the hi-lo variant. Ninety-two players paid the €1,650 price of admission, and Chris Back did the best by the Canadian contingent, taking 11th for €2,764. The winner was the infamous American Chris Ferguson, winning another bracelet and €39,289.
The Little One for One Drop received 868 entries at €1,100 each, putting up €866,654 in prizes. From the Netherlands, Albert Hoekendijk found the win, pocketing €170,764. Michael Bailey from Canada took 28th for €3,989 — the best result from our nation.
The price went way up for the €25,000 High Roller, and 113 entries put up €2,651,545 in prizes. Scot Niall Farrell was the winner of this one, collecting €745,287. Timothy Adams was the only Canadian to cash, earning €38,060 for 16th place.
Even more expensive was the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop. The 132 entries surpassed the €10,000,000 guarantee, creating a €12,980,000 prize pool. Germany’s Dominik Nitsche was the winner, cashing in for €3,487,463. Unfortunately, no Canadians cashed this event.
The marquee event of the series was the €10,300 Main Event, which was next up on the schedule. With 529 entries, the total purse came to €5,025,500, beating the guarantee by more than €1,000,000. The big winner was Marti Roca de Torres from Spain, earning €1,115,207. The top Canadian finish was another deep run by Kristen Bicknell, collecting €31,337 for 18th place.
There was one more WSOPE event — the €25,000 Super High Roller — though it was not a bracelet event. The 21 entries in the one-day tournament created a prize pool of €492,765, won by American Dan Shak for €210,112.
Congratulations to all of the Canadians who represented well at WSOP Europe.