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The first winner at the ongoing World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) currently underway at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has been crowned. Besting a massive field of 2,991 entries, Israel’s Tamir Segal (cover image) took down the €550 COLOSSUS No-Limit Hold’em and walked away with a gold bracelet along €203,820 payday.
Segal defeated Polish player Wojciech Wyrebski, who had entered the final day as chip leader, in the heads-up play to win the title. While this is not the first live tournament win for Segal who has previously won two titles at the 2016 Wynn Casino Recurring Tournaments, this is by far his biggest score ever and with this win his all time live cashes now stand at $245,169.
The tournament easily crushed its €1 Million guarantee with the prize pool touching €1,435,412. While there were eight starting flights, more than half the entries at the event came in through the final two flights.
A total of 296 players returned to the felts on Day 2 with only 10 among them remaining for the final table action by the end of play.
Indian challengers Shravan Chhabria and Rakesh Lalwani were both seen in action at the event. While Chhabria’s run ended short of the money on Day 1G after he was eliminated by Daniel Boros, Lalwani managed to advance to Day 2 where he finished 188th for €2,227 (â‚¹1,90,419). Lalwani’s previous 23rd place finish on Day 1D for €802 (~â‚¹68,541) helped him rake in a total €3,019 (~â‚¹2,58,139) at the event.
Klaus Schiefer (11th for €13,410), Day 2 chip leader Nico Mussini (12th for €13,410), Netanel Amedi (13th for €11,566), Jan Bednar (16th for €8,365), Sebastian Kos (17th for €8,365), Pawel Skrzypczak (33rd for €5,412), Michael Mandl (46th for 3,635), Indian-origin Sanjay Sahijwani (135th for €1,515) and six-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (150th for €1,515) were among the big names who fell short of the final table.
Final Day Chip Counts
1. Wojciech Wyrebski – 11,875,000
2. Hannes Neurauter – 11,825,000
3. Dariusz Glinski – 9,350,000
4. Krasimir Yankov – 8,625,000
5. Tamir Segal – 8,500,000
6. Bjorn Bouwmans – 5,850,000
7. Nelio Gatta – 5,000,000
8. Francesco Delfoco – 4,850,000
9. Aksel Ayguen – 4,725,000
10. Flavio Decataldo – 4,625,000
Final Table Recap
Action on the final day was fast paced and the finale was reached within just the first four hours of play. While the final table was to be live streamed, hole cards were not shown until only the final eight players were remaining,
Prior to that, the field saw its first elimination when Nelio Gatta moved all-in for 12 big blinds with ace-jack suited but ran into Segal’s pocket fives. The flop came ten-five-ten and Segal hit his full house. Gatta got up and both players shook hands even before the completed the board. Gatta was eliminated in 10th place.
Bjorn Bouwmans was sent packing to the rail next, in a hand where he raised to 1,200,000 from the cutoff and Segal moved all in on the button with the bigger stack. Bouwmans called, exclaiming, “I want to win!Call!” He tabled against Segal’s and stayed ahead through the flop. However, Segal took the lead after pairing his queen on the turn. Bouwmans now needed a king to stay in the running but the on the river quashed his hopes, and he exited in ninth place.
Next up, Krasimir Yankov was eliminated in eighth place in a hand where he clashed with Wybreski, who led out for 1,250,000 from the early position and action folded to Yankov in the cutoff. Yankov decided to move all in for 4,900,000 holding and action folded back to Wyrevski who made the call with . While the flop was a blank for Yankov, he picked up a straight draw on the turn but the on the river blanked out and Wybreski collected the pot, sending Yankov to the rail.
Flavio Decataldo’s tournament run ended in seventh place after he slid in a raise of 2,250,000 from early position and was called by Segal from the small blind. On the flop, Segal checked, while Decataldo moved all in for 8,850,000, prompting Segal to snap-call. Decataldo’s were looking good to win until Segal flipped over his . The rundown turn and was a mere formality as Segal scooped the pot eliminating Decataldo in the process.
Segal then knocked out Francesco Delfoco from the final table in sixth place. His 1,200,000 raise from under the gun was called by Delfoco who pushed in his last 725,000 from the button. Segal tabled against Delfoco’s . The flop came and Segal hit a set of deuces while the rest of the board with the turn and the river didn’t favor Delfoco.
Hannes Neurauter was bounced out in fifth place after his all in move from the button for 2,300,000 was called by small blind Segal and Aksel Ayguen in the big blind. The flop fell and Segal check-folded to Ayguen’s all in move. Neurauter turned over against Ayguen’s and picked up a flush draw on the turn, but the on the river was a blank and Neurauter left for the rail.
One hand later, Dariusz Glinski was shown the door by Ayguen, who led out from under the gun with and Glinski moved all in from the button with . Action folded back to Ayguen who called. The rundown brought a winning two-pair for Ayguen, while Glinski was eliminated in fourth place.
Despite railing two players on the final table, Aksel Ayguen couldn’t stay in action much longer. After losing several pots, Ayguen became short-stacked and was eventually eliminated when he moved all in on the button for 6,850,000 and was called off by Segal. Ayguen was clearly in the lead with against Segal’s and the kept him ahead. However, the on the turn gave Segal a straight draw and the on the river completed his straight, busting Ayguen in third place.
The heads-up play between Wojciech Wyrebski and Segal didn’t last long and soon the final hand was dealt. Wyrebski open-raised for 3 Million from the button with and Segal moved all in with . Wyrebski retaliated with a snap-call and was the player at risk. As the rail watched with anticipation, both players got up to see the board run out. The flop came and Segal paired his king, while the on the turn meant that ace was the only out left for Wyrebski. However the river card came the and Wyrebski was relegated to a runner-up finish, while Segal won the tournament.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Tamir Segal – €203,820
2. Wojciech Wyrebski – €125,966
3. Aksel Ayguen – €92,385
4. Dariusz Glinski – €68,331
5. Hannes Neurauter – €51,854
6. Francesco Delfoco – €38,349
7. Flavio Decataldo – €29,104
8. Krasimir Yankov – €22,281
9. Bjorn Bouwmans – €17,209
10. Nelio Gatta – €13,410
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