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The sixth event at the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE), i.e. €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE pulled in a total of 241 entries, amassing a prize pool of €343,425, making it the biggest Mixed Game tournament ever held as part of a World Series of Poker Europe festival. Following three days of intense play, Hungary’s Norbert Szecsi (cover image) emerged as the champion and claimed his second WSOP gold bracelet along with €86,956 in prize money.
Ranked third on the Hungary All Time Money List, Szecsi’s maiden bracelet win came in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2013. His current total live earnings after this win now stand at $2,420,084.
Representing Team India at the event were Bharath Janardhan and Rakesh Lalwani. While Lalwani failed to progress to Day 2, Janardhan continued his scoring streak from the €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter where he finished 10th for €2,958 (₹2.49 Lakhs) and went on to post another score in the €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE finishing 29th for €2,564 (₹2.16 Lakhs).
Janardhan came into Day 2 with a stack of 72,000 and was seated alongside poker greats like Chris Ferguson, Anthony Zinno and Romain Lewis. He lost a big chunk of his stack early on and ultimately hit the rail.
WSOP Player of the Year leader Shaun Deeb was undoubtedly a closely watched pro at the event and he was going strong in his bid to win his fifth gold bracelet. He did come as close as one can get but narrowly missed out with a runner-up finish for €63,731 adding more points to his WSOP POY tally.
Following Richard Toth‘s (9th for €5,954) elimination towards the end of Day 2, the eight-handed final table was formed, with Netanel Amedi (1,882,000) commanding the chip lead.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Netanel Amedi – 1,882,000
2. Norbert Szecsi – 1,792,000
3. Shaun Deeb – 1,247,000
4. Vittorio Castro – 697,000
5. Van Tiep Nguyen – 546,000
6. Julien Sitbon – 423,000
7. Samuel Albeck – 379,000
8. Jaroslav Peter – 271,000
Final Table Recap
Van Tiep Nguyen became the first casualty on the eight-player final table. In a hand of No-Limit Hold’em, Julien Sitbon raised to 50,000 from under-the-gun with and Nguyen shoved for 231,000 from the small blind holding . After Jaroslav Peter folded his big blind, Sitbon called Nguyen’s all-in. The flop brought and Sitbon improved to a pair of jacks to take the lead. The turn and river did nothing to help Nguyen who had to exit the event in eighth place.
10 minutes later, Norbert Szecsi opened for 60,000 from the button and Vittorio Castro raised the pot to 192,000 from the big blind. Szecsi moved all-in with and Castro called with . Szecsi clipped a set of aces on the flop of . The and completed the board but failed to improve Castro’s hand, resulting in his seventh-place elimination.
Next to depart was Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Peter. Netanel Amedi opened to 76,000 from the hijack and Peter countered with a 3-bet all-in for 272,000. Amedi called and both players tabled their cards.
The flop fell and Peter’s pair of aces kept him in the lead. But the turn put Amedi in the front with three-of-a-kind eights. The on the river gave Amedi a full house ending Peter’s run in sixth place.
German pro Samuel Albeck‘s stack had been steadily declining and he was ultimately railed in fifth place by Shaun Deeb. The multiple WSOP bracelet winner Deeb raised to 65,000 from the button and Albeck shoved for 178,000 from small blind. Deeb asked for a count and then called. Albeck held against Deeb’s . The board fanned out and Deeb rivered two pairs of tens and eights, while Albeck went on to collect the fifth place prize money.
Finishing in fourth place was Julien Sitbon when Amedi raised to 75,000 on the button and Sitbon 3-bet jammed from the big blind for 230,000. Amedi called with against Sitbon’s . The board read . While Sitbon flopped three-of-a-kind aces, Amedi rivered a full house and sent Sitbon to the rail.
Down to three-handed play, Szecsi raised to 115,000 from the button with , Deeb called from small blind with and Netanel Amedi moved all-in from the big blind holding . Szecsi and Deeb checked through the on the flop to see the land on the turn. Deeb, thereafter, check-folded to Szecsi’s bet. Amedi needed a queen, eight or seven to stay alive but the on the river, instead sealed his fate in third place.
The heads-up play between Norbert Szecsi (4,200,000) and Shaun Deeb (3,030,000) lasted for approximately 20 minutes. On the final hand of the event, Deeb raised to 100,000 from the button with and Szecsi snap-called holding . The flop came , Deeb continued with a bet of 100,000 and Szecsi check-called the bet to see the turn . Szecsi checked again. Deeb bet 275,000, Szecsi raised the pot, Deeb glanced at his cards and decided to pot as well, prompting Szecsi to snap-call. on the river completed the board. Deeb had flopped a pair of aces but Szecsi overpowered him with three-of-a-kind aces and won his second WSOP bracelet, along with the top prize of € 86,596.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Norbert Szecsi – €86,596
2. Shaun Deeb – €63,731
3. Netanel Amedi – €36,705
4. Julien Sitbon – €25,618
5. Samuel Albeck – €18,276
6. Jaroslav Peter – €13,334
7. Vittorio Castro – €9,953
8. Van Tiep Nguyen – €7,606
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