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WSOPE 2021: Ukraine’s Andriy Lyubovetskiy Ships Event #10: €25K Platinum High Roller For €518,430; Joni Jouhkimainen Denied Bracelet 2nd Time

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis December 2, 2021
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‘Always a bridesmaid, never the bride’ seems to be an apt phrase to describe Joni Jouhkimainen’s run at the ongoing 2021 WSOP Europe at King’s Resort in Rozvadov. For a second time at the series, the Finnish player came excruciatingly close to clinching his career-first gold bracelet, only to finish runner-up! His recent near-miss was recorded in Event #10: €25,000 Platinum High Roller, where he lost the heads-up battle to Ukraine’s Andriy Lyubovetskiy (cover image)!

Lyubovetskiy topped a 72-entry field, banking a career-best €518,430 and his first-ever bracelet! The final table comprised notable names like former bracelet winners Martin Kabrhel and Ole Schemion, making the victory all the more impressive for Lyubovetskiy.

His exhilaration on winning the bracelet was quite evident, and he was later quoted saying, “At this moment, I don’t think I’ve realized what’s going on and what’s just happened. But I can tell you that I’ve been pursuing this dream for the whole 12 years that I’ve been playing poker. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go to Vegas because of visa problems, but it’s my second WSOP final table at the WSOP Europe.”

“I think I played my best poker ever. I’m pretty happy and just have no words right now,” he added in the post-match interview!

As for Joni Jouhkimainen, this was his second runner-up finish in the series, after placing second to Maximilian Klostermeier in Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. Jouhkimainen had finished fifth in Event #64: $5,000 Mixed NLHE/PLO at the recently concluded 2021 WSOP in Las Vegas.

With only the top 11 players assured payouts, Matas Cimbolas fell out on the money-bubble in 12th place.

Matas Cimbolas


Andrea Ricci (11th for €43,090) was the first player to finish in the money, followed by Tom Vogelsang (10th for €43,090).

The play was halted on Day 2 following the ninth-place elimination of Fahredin Mustafov (€48,620).

Fahredin Mustafov


Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Martin Kabrhel – 9,180,000
  2. Joni Jouhkimainen – 7,350,000
  3. Jordan Westmorland – 7,145,000
  4. Ole Schemion – 5,230,000
  5. Didier Rabl – 3,020,000
  6. Thomer Pidun – 1,735,000
  7. Tom-Aksel Bedell – 1,445,000
  8. Andriy Lyubovetskiy – 1,210,000


Final Table Recap

Eighteen minutes after the start of the final table, the first elimination took place, with Thomer Pidun falling in ninth place at the hands of Andriy Lyubovetskiy.

Thomer Pidun


The play continued for close to an hour before former bracelet winner Ole Schemion was sent packing by Joni Jouhkimainen in seventh place.

Ole Schemion


Finishing in sixth place was Didier Rabl when his were bested by Lyubovetskiy’s .

Didier Rabl


Down to five-handed play, Jordan Westmorland’s were cracked by Lyubovetskiy’s that rivered a flush, ending Westmorland’s tournament run in fifth place.

Jordan Westmorland


Falling in fourth place was the two-time bracelet winner – also the Day 3 chip leader, Martin Kabrhel. His ran into Lyubovetskiy’s , which bettered to trip Aces on the board .

Martin Kabrhel


On the very next hand, Tom-Aksel Bedell jammed with and Jouhkimainen, who had him covered comfortably, made the call with . The runout brought and Jouhkimainen’s turned two-pair spelled the end of Bedell’s dream run in third place.

Tom-Aksel Bedell


Andriy Lyubovetskiy (22,700,000) held a significant lead over Joni Jouhkimainen (13,300,000) at the start of the heads-up match, and the battle lasted for nearly two hours, during which time the chip lead changed hands a few times. In the end, Jouhkimainen was denied the gold hardware for the second time in this series as Lyubovetskiy walked away with his career-first bracelet.

Joni Jouhkimainen


On the final hand, Jouhkimainen shoved for 4.65 Million, and Lyubovetskiy called.

Joni Jouhkimainen

Andriy Lyubovetskiy

The community cards opened , relegating Jouhkimainen to a runner-up finish.

Andriy Lyubovetskiy
Andriy Lyubovetskiy


Final Table Results (EURO)

  1. Andriy Lyubovetskiy – €518,430
  2. Joni Jouhkimainen – €320,415
  3. Tom-Aksel Bedell – €220,905
  4. Martin Kabrhel – €157,295
  5. Jordan Westmorland – €88,230
  6. Didier Rabl – €69,675
  7. Ole Schemion – €57,095
  8. Thomer Pidun – €48,620


Content & Images Courtesy: WSOP & PokerNews

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