Entering the finale at 4th place in the stacks, United Kingdom’s Jack Sinclair started the day with a bang. He managed to double up his stack at the beginning itself and went on to win the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1,122,239 and won his first WSOP gold bracelet.
He managed to eliminate Krasimir Yankov from Bulgaria to enter into the heads-up game with previous day’s chip count leader, Laszlo Bujtas of Hungary.
Poker industry’s big-name Ryan Reiss, former WSOP Main Event Champion had a rough journey and finished his game securing the 4th position for €337,778.
2018 WSOPE Event #10: ME Final Table Results
|Position||Player||Country||Prize in €||Prize in $|
|1||Jack Sinclair||United Kingdom||€ 1,122,239||$1,279,352|
|2||Laszlo Bujtas||Hungary||€ 693,573||$790,673|
|3||Krasimir Yankov||Bulgaria||€ 480,028||$547,232|
|4||Ryan Riess||United States||€ 337,778||$385,067|
|5||Milos Skrbic||Serbia||€ 241,718||$275,559|
|6||Ihor Yerofieiev||Ukraine||€ 175,965||$200,600|
Sinclair’s candid reaction on his victory
Sinclair maintained a dominant heads-up play from the beginning which let his opponent limit to two small doubles- for only 12 and 22 big blinds. For Sinclair, the victory is “like being in a dream”. He said that the week proved to be “insane” and unlike his previous experiences, this tournament rolled out smoothly. Throughout the game, he did not lose any big pots and had all the hands he needed. He further added that “I’m very happy with how I played and even more happy with how I ran.”
This winning has put Sinclair on the list of being the second UK WSOPE champion after James Bord who took down the title in 2010. Apart from them, Antoine Saout (2009 & 2017) and Ben Lamb (2011 & 2017) were the UK-based players who achieved this feat.
Sinclair adds that he is not used to such huge wins. For a moment he did remember the time at 2017 WSOP Final table at Vegas, playing against Laszlo but it eventually faded.
Not all players win a major Main Event title and WSOP gold bracelet and Sinclair managed to do that in a single tournament. He says that he is not used to such career-defining wins but is slowly “getting used to these ridiculous things happening”.
Mixed reaction from Bujtas
Runner-up Laszlo Bujtas seemed shattered after absorbing the fact that he could not win.
He exclaimed that he is “sad at the moment”. Railed by the owner of two WSOP bracelets, Norbert Szecsi, Bujtas did all but lost in a heads-up play, card dead.
Run-down of the Final Day
The first one to hit the rails was Ihor Yerofieiev, busted by Milos Skrbic with a two pair. This made Skrbic attain the chip lead but this gaiety ended soon when his ace-jack went against Sinclair’s pocket aces. A few hands later, Skrbic decided to shove in with king-jack and Bujtas called with ace-queen deciding Skrbic’s fate in the game.
One of the highlights of the day was former WSOP Main Event champion, Ryan Reiss where he fell short against Krasimir Yankov’s pocket aces with his sevens.
With these simultaneous eliminations, the game averaged to 75 big blinds, making the game slower as it already was. It was Bujtas who put all the excitement in the three-handed game, playing with almost half the chips in the game.
Unlike many others, Yankov was glad that he made it to the final table. However, with his elimination, the stacks were leveled with over 220 big blinds in play.
WSOPE Finale Recap
Sinclair said that he would’ve rather played a heads-up with Yankov instead of Bujtas, but losing a big pot at the beginning introduced a crucial twist and he had to “sort of comeback from the deficit”.
This setback was proven to be a tiny hurdle by Sinclair as after this, he played well and remained dominant throughout the game. He said that both of us were bluffing a lot. Towards the end, Sinclair flopped a pair and Bujtas could not receive anything in his favour in the turn and Sinclair was announced to be the winner of World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Champion.