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WSOPE 2021: Kosovo’s Edmond Jahjaga Tops 2,478-Entry Field in Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold’em COLOSSUS to Win Career-First Bracelet & €147,775

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis November 30, 2021
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Edmond Jahjaga (cover image) from Pristina (Kosova) outlasted a massive 2,478-entry field in the 2021 WSOPE Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold’em to win his career-first bracelet and €147,775 in prize money! The 43-year-old Jahjaga is a business owner who started playing poker roughly five years ago. He considers himself a recreational player and is on his second trip to King’s Resort after a brief spell in 2020.

Talking about his victory in the post-tournament interview, Jahjaga said, “It means a lot to me. I don’t know how to describe it because it comes so unexpected. The whole experience feels like a movie, and it just happened.”

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Czech Republic has been a cause for concern these last few days. So much so that the upcoming 2021 EPT Prague, which was slated to run from December 8 to 20 at the King’s Resort, has now been postponed to next year. The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) has decided to stick to its schedule, albeit with few additional regulations.

One such regulation was to cap the turnouts in larger events at 1,000 entrants per day with the option to add extra sessions if necessary. The regulation was enforced in Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold’em COLOSSUS that had already run three of its six starting flights. The COLOSSUS ended up registering 2,478 entries, posting a €1,177,050 prize pool.

The tournament paid out the top 308 finishers, and the notables among them were former bracelet winners Martin Kabrhel (22nd for €4,673), Matous Skorepa (156th for €1,246), and Jerry Odeen (222nd for €1,120).

With the elimination of Merijn van Rooij in 10th place for €10,747, the nine-handed final table was formed.

Merijn van Rooij
Merijn van Rooij

 

Final Table Chip Counts

1. Riadh Farhat – 12,950,000

2. Matteo Calzoni – 12,350,000

3. Edmond Jahjaga – 8,775,000

4. Andrea Ricci – 8,325,000

5. Zlatin Penev – 6,450,000

6. Roman Krahula – 4,650,000

7. Fotios Ntamaris – 4,375,000

8. Gabriele Re – 2,650,000

9. Aurelio Reggi – 1,325,000

2021 WSOPE Event #5 €550 NLH COLOSSUS Final Table
2021 WSOPE Event #5 €550 NLH COLOSSUS Final Table

 

Final Table Recap

Less than 30 minutes after the start of the final table, the first elimination took place, with Gabriele Re departing in ninth place.

Gabriele Re
Gabriele Re

 

Fotios Ntamaris (8th) and Aurelio Reggi (7th) fell in quick successions towards the end of Level 36.

Just after the start of Level 37, it was Zlatin Penev’s turn to hit the rail in sixth place.

Zlatin Penev
Zlatin Penev

 

Roman Krahula was eliminated in fifth place at the hands of Andrea Ricci.

Roman Krahula
Roman Krahula

 

Four-handed play continued for over an hour before Andrea Ricci was knocked out by Riadh Farhat in fourth place.

Andrea Ricci
Andrea Ricci

 

Matteo Calzoni’s third-place elimination got the heads-up play started. His were bested by Edmond Jahjaga’s on the runout .

Matteo Calzoni
Matteo Calzoni

 

Edmond Jahjaga (48,800,000) held a commanding lead over Riadh Farhat (13,100,000) and wrapped up the heads match in about 12 minutes!

Riadh Farhat
Riadh Farhat

 

On the final hand, Farhat raised from the button, and Jahjaga jammed from the big blind. Farhat snap-called with his remaining 13.10 Million.

Riadh Farhat

Edmond Jahjaga

The board ran and Jahjaga’s turned two-pair ended Farhat’s bracelet hopes in second-place.

Edmond Jahjaga
Edmond Jahjaga

 

Final Table Results (EURO)

1. Edmond Jahjaga – €147,775

2. Riadh Farhat – €91,318

3. Matteo Calzoni – €67,596

4. Andrea Ricci – €50,506

5. Roman Krahula – €38,095

6. Zlatin Penev – €29,008

7. Aurelio Reggi – €22,302

8. Fotios Ntamaris – €17,314

9. Gabriele Re – €13,574

 

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerNews

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