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The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) that is being hosted at Europe’s biggest poker stage, the King’s Casino in Rozvadov crowned yet another champion yesterday. The €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed played down to its finale, with Austria’s Hanh Tran (cover image) capturing the title and the top prize of €59,625. Hanh defeated Oleg Pavlyuchuk in heads-up play to win the tournament.
Tran won an impressive €59,625 and his second WSOPE gold bracelet of the year. At the 2018 WSOP this summer, he had shipped the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw. “I’m just here for vacation, have fun with my friends, and party!” the easy going Austrian said, though he did admit, “Now, I want a third bracelet. I’m going to play more.”
Team India`s Manish Goenka, who is a King’s Casino regular, had entered the final table and ended his run in sixth place, banking €9,313 (₹7.85 Lakhs). Goenka had entered the tournament on Day 1A and had brought in a stack of 970,000 coming into the final day.
Running alongside was the €1,100 Monster Stack event that kicked off with its first of three starting flights. A total of 148 runners registered to enter, with Quan Zhou (519,500) bagging the largest stack. India`s Bharath Janardhan (126,500) also made the cut for Day 2 with an above-average stack, however, it didn’t go so well for another Indian player, Rakesh Lalwani, who entered the tournament but was eliminated towards the fag end of the day.
With a total of 572 entries making their way into the field through two starting flights, the 2018 WSOPE €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed was stage to some of the most thrilling live action over the past four days. There were a number of poker bigwigs in contention for the top prize and it was a challenging race to the finish line where eventually Hanh Tran emerged victorious.
Tran had taken the second largest stack into the final day with 2,265,000, but suffered major losses to chip down. He entered the heads-up play against Oleg Pavlyuchuk with a five-to-one chip deficit, but clawed back into the lead over the subsequent hands.
“I know if I would double-up, I could beat him. I’m experienced with being the underdog: in Vegas, I was a huge underdog too.,” Tran said, talking about his heads-up match with Pavlyuchuk.
Indian pro Manish Goenka had entered the final table with a stack of 970,000 and he, made an early exit from the event after his top two pair was cracked by Tran’s better two pair. Goenka finished in sixth place, pocketing €9,313 (₹7,85,687) for his efforts.
Notables who scored in the event include, Michael Soyza (22nd for €1,676), Dutch Boyd (26th for €1,418), Chris Ferguson (27th for €1,418), Shaun Deeb (38th for €1,224), Jeff Madsen (60th for €896) and Cord Garcia (69th for €859).
Earlier, Day 2 saw the action begin with 46 contenders, and the field whittled down to the final eight as the play concluded. Tarek Sleiman held the largest stack, of 2,265,000 coming into the eight-handed final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Tarek Sleiman – 2,265,000
2. Hanh Tran – 2,265,000
3. Sebastian Obermeier – 2,000,000
4. Oleg Pavlyuchuk – 1,750,000
5. Michael Magalashvili – 1,090,000
6. Manish Goenka – 970,000
7. Romain Lewis – 725,000
8. Florian Sarnow – 375,000
Final Table Recap
The first player to leave the final table was Germany’s Florian Sarnow ,who was busted by Oleg Pavlyuchuk in a hand that began with Romain Lewis limping in on the button with . Sarnow came along with a call from the small blind with . Pavlyuchuk who held decided to check. The flop came and Sarnow checked to Pavlyuchuk who tossed in a bet. Lewis folded, leaving only Sarnow and Pavlyuchuk in the hand. Sarnow then pushed the remainder of his stack ~165,000 and Pavlyuchuk called off. The cards were tabled. While Sarnow had flopped a pair of threes, the on the turn gave him another pair, but he was still trailing Pavlyuchuk’s set of jacks. The on the river eliminated Sarnow in eighth place.
Israel’s Michael Magalashvili was eliminated in a hand when he opened for 210 with and Sebastian Obermeier 3-bet to 600,000 with . Action folded back to Magalashvili who pushed in the rest of his chips for 335,000. The flop fell bringing Magalashvili a pair of fives and several outs but the turn improved Obermeier`s hand to a set of kings and the was a blank for Magalashvili, who left for the rail in seventh place.
Indian challenger Manish Goenka’s bracelet dream was cut short as he lost most if his chips in two hands. He then entered a 3-way pot with Hanh Tran and Tarek Sleiman Tran raised to 200,000 from under the gun with and found two callers. Goenka called from the small blind with , while Sleiman called from the big blind with . The flop fell and Goenka moved all in for 505,000, holding top two pairs. Sleiman folded, while Tran called. The gave Tran a better two pair and the blanked out for Goenka, who made his way out in sixth place.
Chile’s Tarek Sleiman ran a big blocker bluff but got into trouble against Pavlyuchuk’s nut straight. After the failed blocker play, the short-stacked Sleimen folded one more hand before facing his elimination in a hand where he moved all in for just 30,000 with . Lewis called with and Pavlyuchuk moved in with Xx. Both Lewis and Pavlyuchuck checked the rundown all the way to the river where Lewis bet 80,000 and Pavlyuchuk folded. Lewis raked in the pot eliminating Sleiman in fifth place.
Next to go was Germany’s Sebastian Obermeier who raised the pot from the small blind and Lewis 3-bet all in from the big blind, prompting Obermeier to make the call. Obermeier tabled against Lewis’ . The board ran out giving Lewis a straight that sent Obermeier’s packing in fourth place.
Despite taking the lead after winning a big pot off Pavlyuchuk, France’s Romain Lewis a massive pot to Pavlyuchuk who went on to dig into Lewis’s stack over the next hand. In a limped pot, 300,000 went in on the flop before Lewis bet 475,000 on the turn and Pavlyuchuk called. On the river, Lewis moved all in for 1,785,000 and Pavlyuchuk made the call. Lewis tabled versus Pavlyuchuk’s , and the latter held a full house, enough to send Lewis to the rail in third place.
The heads-up match between Latvia’s Oleg Pavlyuchuk and Tran lasted only three hands, and the first two saw Tran doubling up through Pavlyuchuk to close in the gap in stacks. It all came to the finish line when Pavlyuchuk moved all-in with under 3 Million on a flop with and Tran made the call with . Tran had paired his six and seven on the flop and the on the turn took him one step closer to victory. The on the river was the final nail in the coffin for Pavlyuchuk, as Tran was declared the champion!
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Hanh Tran – €59,625
2. Oleg Pavlyuchuk – €36,851
3. Romain Lewis – €25,473
4. Sebastian Obermeier – €17,905
5. Tarek Sleiman – €12,802
6. Manish Goenka – €9,313
7. Michael Magalashvili – €6,896
8. Florian Sarnow – €5,198
The €1,100 Monster Stack saw a total of 148 players on its first starting flight. Only 30 among them managed to bag a stack for Day 2, with China’s Quan Zhou (519,500) in the lead.
Macau regular and a cash game player, Zhou kept a low profile through the better part of the day and rose up the rankings after his collision with Eemil Tuominen whom he relegated to the rail to chip up.
Two Indians, Bharat Janardhan (126,500) and Rakesh Lalwani entered the felts on Day 1A. Lalwani’s attempt to survive through to Day 2 failed as he was eliminated close to the day’s conclusion, while Janardhan bagged an over-average stack for Day 2.
Janardhan continued to grow his stack through Level 10. He confronted Dutch Boyd in a hand where Boyd led in for 3,000 from the hijack and Janardhan flat-called on the button. While the blinds folded, a flop of was dealt, and Boyd continued for 4,500, prompting Janardhan to make the call. The appeared on the turn and Boyd fired 9,000, on which Janardhan called again to see the river card open . Boyd opted to check. Janardhan led in a bet of 26,000 and Boyd snap-called. Janardhan tabled his for two pair as Boyd mucked his cards. Janardhan’s stack peaked at 296,000 after the hand and he kept the momentum going till he lost a big pot to Tuominen in Level 12. He did improve by winning a pot off Swiss pro Dinesh Alt, and finally concluded the day with 126,500 in chips.
Shaun Deeb, Florian Sarnow, Maria Lampropulos, Jan Bednar, Dutch Boyd, Michael Soyza, Asi Moshe, Jeff Madsen and Manig Loeser are among the big names who were seen in action but fell out.
Jaroslav Peter (397,000) and Michal Mrakes (389,000) bagged the next biggest stacks for Day 2.
Top 10 Chip Counts At The End of Day 1A
1. Quan Zhou – 519,500
2. Jaroslav Peter – 397,000
3. Michal Mrakes – 389,000
4. Volodymyr Kernytskyi – 378,000
5. Matous Houzvicek – 319,000
6. Roman Svab – 294,000
7. Pete Chen – 244,500
8. Jesper Hansen – 236,500
9. Henrik Brockmann – 225,500
10. Chin Wei Lim – 221,000
Image/Content Courtesy: wsop.com
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