At the European stage, the WSOP had a busy weekend. In this material, we will quickly go over all the bracelet (and not only) events, so get comfortable.
Comeback Phil Ivy
Knowing the history of the legendary old-school player at the Borgata casino, few expect to see him in public. The appearance of Ivy at the WSOPE in Rozvadov was a pleasant surprise for the community – apparently, the owner of King’s casino Leon Zuckernik gave a guarantee that Phil’s winnings would not go into someone else’s pocket. Perhaps that is why the 10-time WSOP champion was in an unusually high spirits.
It’s funny that in the heads-up of the non-bracelet tournament € 100K Short Deck High Roller it was Zuckernik and Ivy who met. And despite the fact that at the beginning of the match Ivy had a seven-fold chip advantage, Leon doubled three times and subsequently won KK> KJ on a flop with a king and a flash draw.
Maybe I should play only short deck? – Zukernik said broadly after the victory
There was no detailed report on the tournament, so we only know the basic facts. There were 29 entrances, including millionaires such as Paul Foix, Carey Katz and Ben Lamb (became the bubble boy). For the victory, Tsukernik received his second seven-figure prize in life.
Prizes € 100K Short Deck High Roller
Leon Zuckernik – € 1,102,000
Phil Ivey – € 826,500
Paul Foix – € 551,000
Carey Katz – € 275,500
This “Katala” has no time to celebrate any drift of more than a million dollars, because he comes to the series to work, and not to rest. This is just about Ivy – right after the victory, he jumped into the € 25,500 Platinum High Roller NLHE bracelet tournament, where he literally pushed the chip leader stack just three levels before the end of the game day. What is called, missed the World Series.
The tournament will continue today and Ivy’s closest chip pursuers will be Timothy Adams and James Chen, who has already won one bracelet in the series. Interesting fact: out of the 30 remaining participants, 13 won the WSOP gold bracelet.
James Chen won Event # 4: € 250,000 Super High Roller NLHE with 30 entrances (8 re-entries). James is a cash game specialist and is not the first time playing the WSOP. This year, he lost the $ 25k Omaha heads-up to Stephen Chidwick, earning a million dollars. And this time he managed to win to become the first player in Taiwan with this title. Prizes amounted to € 2,844,215.
Espen Sandvik won the Event # 5 tournament: € 2500 8-Game Mix, where he personally knocked out all opponents from the final table, including Phil Helmut, who laid eyes on his potential 16th gold bracelet, but flew third. Prizes from Espen Sandvik from Norway totaled € 75,246
Event # 6 Tournament: € 25,500 Short Deck High Roller attracted 111 registrations, which is surprisingly much. The first place was taken by an unknown German Siamak Tooran, for which he received € 740,996. But a much more interesting story is with a runner-up named Thai Ha. The fact is that at this WSOPE the second short-time bracelet event in history was held. The first, as you might guess, took place this summer in Las Vegas and guess who became the runner up there? – Tai Ha! In the summer, his prize money was $ 183,081, now for the second place he takes home € 457,964.
Tomes Fara from the Czech Republic did not believe his luck when he won Event # 7: € 1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter NLHE. The fact is that at the final stage in the top 5 he dropped literally to the one blind, but was able to spin up, and exposed much lower: 44> TT, T6> 88, and so on. Closer to heads-up, he was already a chip leader.