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WSOPE 2019: Renat Bohdanov Wins Event #1: €350 Opener NLHE For €53,654

Renat Bohdanov Wins WSOPE €350 Opener NLHE
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis October 17, 2019
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The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) is back at Europe’s biggest casino – King’s Resort, Rozvadoz in the Czech Republic, and the 15-event long series has already awarded its first bracelet to Ukraine’s Renat Bohdanov (cover image).

Bohdanov won the series-opener Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold’em to claim his career-first live title, along with a personal-best score of €53,654. The event attracted a massive field of 1,011 entries across two starting flights, generating a prize pool worth €302,541.

Bohdanov had entered the final table with the third largest stack and went on to eliminate Rafi Elharar, Michal Kral, Samuel Mika, Mykhailo Hryhoriev, Eyal Bensimhon and eventual runner-up Norbert Mosonyi, en route the podium finish that fetched him €53,654 – which included a WSOPE Main Event ticket worth €10,350!

Talking about his victory in the post-event interview, Bohdanov said, “I’m not realizing it yet that I just won a bracelet. I think I’m really going to be happy. It’s a good feeling.”

“I played in Ukraine for maybe three or four years on small local events, mainly tournaments. But I really wanted to become a better player and come to King’s Casino as well to have the opportunity to play higher tournaments with more players.”

“I’ve been here five times already and I really like the poker room,” he added.

With the top 152 places assured payouts, several notable names finished in the money, including two Indian challengers. Co-founder of The Indian Poker Series (TIPS) Manish Goenka has made a second home for himself at the King’s Resort. He picked up €688 (~₹54,420) for a 66th place finish, while Sagar Patnaik posted his first-ever live cash by finishing 142nd for €465 (~₹36,781).

Manish Goenka & Sagar Patnaik
Manish Goenka & Sagar Patnaik

Other well-known ITM finishers featured the likes of Ismael Bojang (14th for €2,363), Yan Li (58th for €783), Allen Kessler (62nd for €783), Erik Cajelais (76th for €615) and Timur Margolin (144th for €465).

Presently, Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha, Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em and Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em are underway.

Aditya Singh (36th for €1,075 – ₹85,032) and Nitin Jain (38th for €1,075 – ₹85,032) both cashed in the €550 PLO, meanwhile, Tarun Goyal (120,000) bagged one of the top stacks on Day 1B of the €1,350 Mini Main Event.

With Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold’em slated to commence on October 25, we can hope to see more Indian players joining the action in the lead up to the finale.


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Eyal Bensimhon – 7,860,000

2. Norbert Mosonyi – 5,100,000

3. Renat Bohdanov – 3,980,000

4. Ricardas Vymeris – 2,950,000

5. Samuel Mika – 2,800,000

6. Mykhailo Hryhoriev – 2,600,000

7. Michal Kral – 2,500,000

8. Rafi Elharar – 1,780,000

9. Jeff Lisandro – 380,000

WSOPE Event 1: €350 Opener No Limit Hold’em Final Table


Final Table Recap

Lithuania’s Ricardas Vymeris was the first player to leave the nine-handed final table when his were defeated by Michal Kral’s that completed a Broadway straight on the board .

Towards the end of level 21, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro‘s were cracked by Samuel Mika’s that spiked a set of queens on the turn.

Jeff Lisandro
Jeff Lisandro

Finishing in seventh place was Rafi Elharar when his ran into Renat Bohdanov’s . The runout gave both players a flopped pair of sevens, but Bohdanov’s king-high kicker won him the pot, sending Elharar to the rail.

Six-handed play continued for another level before Michal Kral was dismissed in sixth place. He jammed from UTG for 1.2 Million, and Bohdanov re-shoved from the cutoff, comfortably covering the former.

Michal Kral

Renat Bohdanov

The board kept Kral hanging on a flush draw as Bohdanov took down the pot with his flopped top pair.

By the end of level 34, Samuel Mika pitted his pocket sevens against Bohdanov’s pocket fours. The community cards saw Bohdanov river a straight, knocking Mika out in fifth place.

Soon after that, Mykhailo Hryhoriev, who was left with only 25,000, managed to double up thrice to get back in the race. But his luck eventually ran out when he shoved all-in with from the cutoff and Bodhanov re-raised from the small blind to 800,000 holding , forcing Norbert Mosonyi to fold his big blind. On the rundown , Bohdanov clipped a pair of kings, eliminating Hryhoriev in fourth place.

Mykhailo Hryhoriev
Mykhailo Hryhoriev

Less than 10 minutes later, Eyal Bensimhon fell victim to Bohdanov when the former’s were bested by Bohdanov’s which flopped a pair of aces.

The heads-up between Renat Bohdanov (17,905,000) and Norbert Mosonyi (12,425,000) began with Ukrainian enjoying a slight edge over the latter. The chip lead did change hands a few times, but in the end, it was Bohdanov who prevailed.

Norbert Mosonyi
Norbert Mosonyi

On the final hand, Mosonyi raised to 1.5 Million, and Bohdanov moved all-in. Mosonyi tanked for a while before deciding to call and turned over . Bohdanov tabled . The board brought , and Bohdanov hit three-of-a-kind aces on the turn to clinch the title, along with a top prize of €53,654, which included a WSOPE Main Event ticket worth €10,350!

Renat Bohdanov
Renat Bohdanov

Final Table Results (EURO)

1. Renat Bohdanov – €53,654*

2. Norbert Mosonyi – €33,112*

3. Eyal Bensimhon – €23,386

4. Mykhailo Hryhoriev – €16,736

5. Samuel Mika – €12,138

6. Michal Kral – €8,923

7. Rafi Elharar – €6,651

8. Jeff Lisandro – €5,026

9. Ricardas Vymeris – €3,853

*includes WSOPE Main Event ticket worth €10,350

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