Canadians Go Deep in WSOP-E High Rollers
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) went international last month, with the annual series of tournaments in Europe. The 2018 version of WSOP-E ran from October 9th through November 5th at King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic.
The series this year featured a 10 event schedule. Action got underway with the €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold'em, an event with a whopping eight day 1 starting flights for players to qualify. A total of 2,992 entries were recorded by the end of the eighth day 1, crushing the €1,000,000 guarantee with a final prize pool of €1,435,412.
It took 3 days to whittle that massive field down to a winner. It was Israeli player Tamir Segal who took down the first bracelet of the European swing. He took down Wojciech Wyrebski from Poland to notch his first big score of €203,820 while the Pole grabbed €125,966 for his second place finish.
The second event of the series was €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Deepstack. Playing out over three days, it was another Israeli, Asi Moshe, who captured the top prize of €82,280. Moshe battled through the field of 221 players and took down Austrian Robert Schultz (€50,842) heads up.
Next up for players was the€550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. Austrian player Hanh Tran outlasted 572 entries to take down the three day event for €59,625 and capture his second gold bracelet of 2018. Tran took down Event #29: $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw during the summer version of the WSOP, and added his second bracelet of the year after beating Latvian Oleg Pavlyuchuk (€36,851) heads up.
A total of 387 players showed up for Event #4: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo Bounty Hunter. When the dust settled at the end of the day, Mykhailo Gutyi from the Ukraine had all the chips, and €61,000 more in his bankroll. Event #5: €1,100 Monster Stack drew a monstrous 666 entries with Israeli Timur Margolin scoring the win and €134,407 in prizes as well as his second bracelet of 2018.
Event #6: €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE saw 241 entries for a three day event, and Hungary's Norbert Szecsi took down the bracelet and €86,956 after a heads up battle with American and four-time bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (€63,731). Next it was time for more Omaha, with Event #7: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed. A total of 187 entries ended up with Hong Kong's Anson Tsang winning his first bracelet and adding €91,730 to his nearly $2.5 million in lifetime live earnings.
The high rollers swung into action with Event #8: €25,500 Super Highroller Series 25K. A total of 133 entries combined for a prize pool of €3,158,750, and Scarborough, Ontario's Winfred Yu grabbed a piece of that with a sixth place finish that added €147,642 to his lifetime earnings of well over $3.5 million. Burlington's Timothy Adams just barely missed the final table, but still scored €71,821 for tenth place. The win went to Australian player Michael Addamo for €848,702.
Event #9: €100,000 King's Super High Roller upped the ante for the most well-heeled players in Rozvadov. This time, Burlington's Adams managed one spot better, finishing ninth for €216,908, bringing his lifetime earnings over $10 million. The win went to local Czech player Martin Kabrhel and was worth €2,624,340.
The final event of the series was Event #10: €10,350 MAIN EVENT. With 534 entries, the total prize ended up at a whopping €5,073,000. The top Canadian result in this one was Toronto's Sean McNulty who managed 16th place for the biggest score of his career, €38,187. Play came down to heads up between Hungary's Laszlo Bujtas and Jack Sinclair from the United Kingdom, with Sinclair prevailing for the top prize of €1,122,239.
The end of the WSOP-E brings the 2018 WSOP season to an end. With over €20 million in prizes awarded in Rozvadov, it was a fitting end to the season.