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The intense action at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), currently underway at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic continues with Team India coming out all guns blazing.
The €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter attracted a 387-strong entry field and swiftly moved to its finale where Ukraine’s Mykhailo Gutyi (cover image) took down the event and the top prize of €61,299.
Running alongside was the €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed that saw 46 players returning to the felts on Day 2 and played down till only eight players were left standing.
A final table entry and a 10th place finish were the highlights for Team India’s run in these two events. Bharat Janardhan’s run in the €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter saw him narrowly miss a final table berth at 10th place for €2,958 (â‚¹2,49,874), though Manish Goenka (970,000) cruised through to the final table in the €550 PLO where he is placed sixth in chips among the eight finalists on the final day.
A fast-paced 13-hours run at the €1,100 No-Limit Hold ‘em Turbo Bounty Hunter that opened to 387 entries, came to an exciting culmination with Mykhailo Gutyi claiming the title and the top payday of €61,299.
This is the biggest live cash for Gutyi who recently finished runner up in the WSOPC Bounty Hunter Tournament and he now joins the top ranks of fellow Ukranian WSOP bracelet winners like Oleksii Kovalchuk, Eugene Katchalov, Igor Dubinsky, and Oleksandr Shcherbak.
There were two Indian challengers in the mix namely, Bharat Janardhan and Rakesh Lalwani. While Lalwani had a tough day on the felts and failed to cross the money line, Janardhan sailed right through to the unofficial final table but was the first one to fall out at 10th place. He banked €2,958 (â‚¹2,49,874).
The event kicked off with nearly 100 players and since entries were allowed till the beginning of Level 10, the field grew to 328. With re-entries open up to Level 12, the final field expanded to 387, creating a total prize pool of €255,225.
Gutyi sent many players to the rail, earning 16 additional bounties. Manig Loeser ended up as the bubble boy after his pocket jacks ran into the ace-queen of Vangelis Kaimakamis who flopped a queen to take down the pot.
The top 59 players added to their bankrolls, including Jonas Kilian (12th for €2,958), Martin Dietrich (14th for €2,379), Maria Lampropulos (15th for €2,379), Cord Garcia (20th for €1,655), Dutch Boyd (21st for €1,655), Asi Moshe (41st for €1,274) and Jeff Madsen (42nd for €1,274).
Players who hit the rail without scoring include Romain Lewis, Anson Tsang, Carlo Savinelli, Michael Soyza, Narcis-Gabriel Nedelcu, Shaun Deeb, Chris Ferguson, David Urban, among others.
Bharat Janardhan, who had kept up a strong drive through the event and sent Piotr Dominik Wiecek (11th for €2,958) to the rail, ended up bubbling the official final table in a hand against Kaimakamis where Kaimakamis raised to 130,000 from under the gun and Janardhan 3-bet for 655,000 on the button, prompting Kaimakamis to instantly call. Janardhan tabled against Kaimakamis’ . The board ran out bringing no relief for Janardhan whose dream run ended at 10th place.
Final Table Recap
Action was swift on the final table as well. The first player to exit was Luca Marchetti who moved all in for 650,000 and saw Florian Sarnow bet 1,825,000. All the other players folded leaving only Marchetti and Sarnow for the showdown. Marchetti held against Sarnow’s . Marchetti needed to improve if he was to trump Sarnow’s pocket queens and the did give him a gutshot straight draw, but Sarnow kept ahead on the turn and the river, sending Marchetti to the rail in ninth place.
Short stacked Andrey Ivlev saw his tournament run end in a hand where he pushed in his last two big blinds under the gun with and Vangelis Kaimakamis moved all in for 645,000 from the small blind with . The board ran and Kaimakami paired his ten on the flop eliminating Ivlev out in eighth place.
Gutyl scored two knockouts one after the other. First he sent Philipp Zukernik to the rail in seventh place after his improved to two pair on the board defeating Zukernik’s .
In the next hand itself, Gutyl scalped Kale Halstead with his busting Halstead’s by completing a straight flush on the rundown .
Darko Stojanovic was eliminated in fifth place by Kaimakamis who raised it to 260,000 on the button and Stojanovic 3-bet moved all in with 1,260,000 from the big blind. Kaimakamis snap-called tabling against Stojanovic`s .. Stojanovic was trailing and after Kaimakamis hit a set on the flop, the turn and the river were a mere formality.
Angelos Pettas then moved all in for 1,225,000 with on which small blind Sarnow folded his , while Gutyi called all in with from the big blind. The board ran and Pettas was eliminated in fourth place.
Next up, Vangelis Kaimakamis was eliminated in third place when Gutyi moved all-in on the button with 4,215,000 and Kaimakamis called all in for 2,585,000 from the small blind. He tabled against Gutyi’s . The verdict was already out on the turn as the rundown saw Gutyi pairing his queen, ending Kaimakamis’ deep run in the tournament.
The heads-up match between Florian Sarnow and Gutyi was a very short affair and saw Sarnow doubling up in the second hand of the duel, but the very next hand was to witness the finale. Sarnow limped in with the and Gutyi checked his option with . Gutyi flopped a flushed on the rundown and slow played his made hand with a check. Sarnow who had flopped a pair of tens also checked behind to see the turn card open . Gutyi bet 300,000 and Sarnow raised it to 875,000. Gutyi then moved all in and Sarnow tanked for a minute before calling it off for 4,200,000. Gutyi was one card away from victory and it was all over soon as the fell on the river. He clapped his hands and headed to his rail to celebrate, while Sarnow had to settle for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Mykhailo Gutyi – €61,299
2. Florian Sarnow – €37,678
3. Vangelis Kaimakamis – €25,468
4. Angelos Pettas – €17,565
5. Darko Stojanovic – €12,367
6. Kale Halstead – €8,891
7. Philipp Zukernik – €6,531
8. Andrey Ivlev – €4,904
9. Luca Marchetti – €3,765
The €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed registered 572 entries and saw 46 finalists resuming play on Day 2 with eight among them moving through to the final table.
Among these eight finalists is India`s Manish Goenka (970,000). Goenka had carried forward a stack of 98,000 to Day 2 and got a much-needed double up towards the latter part of the day to stay in contention.
Goenka first doubled up through Oleg Pavlyuchuk. In the hand, Goenka 3-bet the pot for 275,000 from the big blind and Pavlyuchuck called after some time. Goenka quickly moved all in after the flop for the last 135,000 and Pavlyuchuk asked for a count before making the call. Goenka tabled against Pavlyuchuk’s . Though Pavlyuchuk had some outs, the turn turned the hand in Goenka’s favor, making the river inconsequential.
Shortly thereafter, Goenka chipped up again in a hand against Tarek Sleiman. Goenka raised the pot to 150,000 from the small blind and Sleiman made a re-raised, following which, Goenka moved all in for 335,000. Goenka tabled against Sleiman’s . Goenka locked up the pot on the flop making the turn and meaningless as he doubled up through Sleiman.
Meanwhile Rakesh Lalwani fired bullets in both the starting flights but couldn’t bag a stack for Day 2 on both days.
Coming into the final day of play, Austria’s Hanh Tran and Chile’s Tarek Sleimen are leading the eight finalists with an equal number of chips, i.e. 2,265,000. Tran who had won his maiden WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple draw at the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas this summer will be looking to add a second bracelet to his name.
Taking a recap of the event’s starting flights, the opening flight saw 230 entries and 21 of them advanced to Day 2, while Day 1B pulled in an additional 342 entries from which 25 players progressed further.
Perhaps the most shocking elimination on Day 2 was that of Shaun Deeb (38th for €1,224) who had entered Day 2 second in chips. Deeb was bounced out in a big pot against Martin Rothaermel when his overpair and second nut flush draw on the flop couldn’t hold up against Rothaermel’s top pair and gutshot.
Many notables including Michael Soyza (22nd for €1,676), Dutch Boyd (26th for €1,418), Chris Ferguson (27th for €1,418), Jeff Madsen (60th for €896) and Cord Garcia (69th for €859) also dropped out well before the final table.
Alongside the joint chipleaders Tran and Sleimen are other notables like Sebastian Obermieier (2,000,000) and Oleg Pavlyuchuk (1,750,000).
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
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