Israel has taken the poker industry by storm as Timur Margolin becomes the third Israeli to be crowned in this year’s WSOPE. He defeated Raul Villarroel in a heads-up play to bag an impressive €134,407, the top prize for €1,100 Monster Stack NLH.
The Indian cadre made the country proud by winning a number of positions in the series. Contesting for the gold bracelet, Dhawal Lachhwani performed tremendously well and managed to enter the final day but fell short of the stack and secured the 10th position for €6,949 (₹5.87 Lakhs).
Bharath Janardhan also fought hard to enter day 2 of €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE event but got eliminated shortly. Securing 29th position he took home prize money worth €2,564 (₹2.16 Lakhs).
Another happening event in the series was the €2,250 buy-in King’s Trophy Event where India’s deserving player, Madhav Gupta managed to enter Day 2, where Israel’s Dor Mey Tal sits with the biggest stack.
€1,100 Monster Stack NLH- Day 3 Recap
Day 3 started with Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho leading the chip count (4,350,000).
But soon after Luiz Ferreira fell for the 14th position for €5,513, Filho’s father got busted playing against Mario Llapi with a straight against Llapi’s full house.
With much surprise, Filho (13th for €5,513) as well hit the rails playing against Mykhailo Gutyi’s, with an ace- four against Gutyi’s ace-jack.
With Andrei Konopelko (11th for €6,949) and Alexandre Viard (12th for €6,949) leaving the felts simultaneously the table was ready to kick out one player to create the most awaited, final table.
Playing against Sebastian Ulrich, Dhawal Lachhwani lost his chance to enter the final table. Lachhwani held ten-eight against Ulrich’s king-queen, leaving the table at 10th position.
Final Table Recap
Italy’s Mario Llapi became the first one to end his play at the final table. Playing against Henrik Brockmann, Llapi held a straight draw while Brockmann had pocket aces. The board did not work in Llapi’s favour and got eliminated. Next was Amar Begovic whose cards (eight- six) did not help him go ahead in the game.
Many hands later, Tamas Szunyoghy got busted playing against Raul Villarroel. Szunyoghy secured 7th place holding queen-ten against Villarroel’s ace-king.
After the eventual eliminations of Mykhailo Gutyi (6th place), Michal Mrakes (5th place), Henrik Brockmann (4th place) and Sebastian Ulrich (3rd place) the game came down to a heads-up play between Raul Villarroel and Timur Margolin.
The heads-up play ended a few minutes shy of an hour. Villarroel held pocket sevens while Margolin had a jack-nine. With the turn and the river rolling out the game turned in Margolin’s favour and he defeated Villarroel with pocket nines.
Final Table Results (EURO)
- Timur Margolin – €134,407
- Raul Villarroel – €83,042
- Sebastian Ulrich – €57,447
- Henrik Brockmann – €40,388
- Michal Mrakes – €28,863
- Mykhailo Gutyi – €20,974
- Tamas Szunyoghy – €15,502
- Amar Begovic – €11,656
- Mario Llapi- €8,920
WSOPE King’s Trophy Event
The event has a €2,500 buy-in and €1 Million as the prize pool. It had its first flight on Monday with Israel’s Dor Mey Valley leading the stack to enter Day 2.
Indian gem and Baadshah Gaming Co-founder, Madhav Gupta showed his prowess and managed to enter Day 2 but with a very short stack (38,500).
Other known names who survived to contest on Day 2 are Vladimir Geshkenbein (250,000) and Andrei Konopelko (237,000) round out the top three stacks coming into Day 2, while Andrey Ivlev (32,000), Maria Lampropoulus (64,000), Aleksei Ivanov (82,500), Gudmundur Sigurjonsson (126,500), and Luca Marchetti (127,500).
€1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE
India’s representative, Bharath Janardhan who earned a stack of 72,000 on Day 1 playing with Romain Lewis, Julien Sitbon, Chris Ferguson, Anthony Zinno, Majid Ejlal Noubarian and Richard Toth. Eventually, he lost almost half of his stack going down to 40,000. Janardhan left the felts securing 29th position €2,564 (₹2,16,600).
Some other phenomenal players who contested in the event were Yunsheng Sun (10th for €5,954), Jean-Noel Said (11th for €4,777), Day 1 chip leader Laszlo Bujtas (13th for €3,930), Anthony Zinno (15th for €3,319), Roland Israelashvili (18th for €2,878), Chris Ferguson (23rd for €2,878), Chris Back (31st for €2,564) and Siarhei Chudapal (37th for €2,350).
Richard Toth secured 9th place announcing Day 1’s end.
Hungary Norbert Szecsi, USA’s Shaun Deeb and Israel’s Netanel Amedi are all gearing up to have a fierce competition at the final table.
€2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed
Though the game started with a small number of players, the footfall quickly increased meeting the €200,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Day 1 saw Hong Kong’s Anson Tsang leading the leaderboard with the largest stack (931,000). Trailing him in the leaderboard were Ilya Bulychev (748,000) and Quan Zhou (480,000).
Out of the total, 29 players have been assured for payouts. The poker players who will also be contesting at the table are Anton Johansson (205,000), Chris Ferguson (171,000), Anthony Zinno (166,000), Ihar Pliashko (120,000) and Roland Israelashvili (113,000), along with Shaun Deeb (208,000), playing for his fifth WSOP bracelet.