Oleksandr Shcherbak walked off with the bracelet from the opening event at the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe and an impressive sum of €117K. The first event of the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe featured 561 players taking the prize pool to €538,280. There were 85 places paid after three players busted on the money bubble to share a min-cash worth €1,061 each.

The World Series of Poker is in Europe for the 9th time in its 47 year history.

Some notables who missed the money bus were 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, Chris Ferguson, Kristen Bicknell, Alex Foxen, Kenny Hallaert, and Roberto Romanello.

The 29-year-old Shcherbak began the final day of play with the 12 remaining players.

The heads-up play started with an interesting turn when Shcherbak led with some strong aggressive play but suffered a setback with Viliyan Petleshkov doubling up. Both players had a top pair but Petleshkov held the higher kicker. However, Shcherbak took back the lead and the play came to an end when he held   against Petleshkov’s . Shcherbak turned a set of sevens, to take the match.

Petleshkov earned a hefty pay of €72,747 for finishing second. Shcherbak became the third Ukrainian player to win a gold bracelet and first one to do it on European soil.

Final Table Results (EURO)

1. Oleksandr Shcherbak – €117,708

2. Viliyan Petleshkov – €72,747

3. Sergio Fernandez – €49,929

4. Carlo Savinelli – €34,869

5. Walter Treccarichi – €24,787

6. Peter Bstieler – €17,940

7. Serge Danis – €13,225

8. Ismael Bojang – €9,934

9. Ali Sameeian – €7,605

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