Jack Sinclair and Czech super star Martin Kabrhel among the biggest winners at this year’s WSOPE
The 2018 edition of the World Series of Poker Europe is now in the books. The popular poker event has found a permanent residence at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and took place from October 9 through November 2, offering a month full of quality poker action and hefty monetary prizes alongside shiny WSOP gold bracelets, the most coveted poker trophy there is.
This year, the WSOPE festival featured ten gold bracelet tournaments that offered more than €13 million in guaranteed prize money. As many as 876 players were awarded payouts from those ten events. Some of those lucky players were prominent poker pros, while the others were less familiar to the global poker scene, but they all showed great poker skill and poured great effort into running deep into the tough fields of the latest WSOPE.
And here are the winningest players at this year’s edition of the popular tournament poker festival.
Englishman Jack Sinclair Wins the Main Event
Sinclair is a player with quite some experience on the felt. But his latest accomplishment is his best so far. The player topped a stacked €10,350 Main Event for a first-place prize of €1,122,239 and his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet.
Sinclair emerged as the victor from a field of 534 entries, slightly up from last year’s 529-strong field. The event started off with a guaranteed prize pool of €5 million, but that guarantee was eventually surpassed and the final prize pool amounted to €5,034,000. The money was split into payouts for the top 81 finishers.
Hungary’s Laszlo Bujtas was the Main Event champ’s heads-up opponent. The player took home €693,573 for his runner-up finish. Bulgaria’s Krasimir Yankov rounded out the podium, receiving a cash prize of €480,028.
Czech Republic’s Martin Kabrhel Takes Down the Super High Roller
Kabrhel added another hefty payout to his constantly lengthening list of accomplishments. The player was the last man standing in the €100,000 buy-in Super High Roller to collect his second gold bracelet from the WSOP Europe series and his career’s best live cash of €2,624,340.
The WSOP Europe Super High Roller was utter success. The event featured a €5-million guaranteed prize pool but its field of 95 seasoned high rollers totally smashed the guarantee. A prize pool of €9.025 million was eventually generated and the top 15 players were treated to a share of the money.
The likes of Steffen Sontheimer, Steve O’Dwyer, and David Peters were among those to scoop a payout from the tournament. And all three of them are boasting impressive poker portfolios, to say the least. It was in fact Peters whom Kabrhel had to defeat heads-up. The US poker pro eventually collected €1,621,960 from the major tournament.
It is also interesting to note that Kabrhel almost won another €100,000 high roller at King’s Casino only a couple of days after his triumph. The player finished runner-up to Malaysia’s Seng Leow in the non-gold bracelet €100,000 Leon’s High Roller for €773,457 in prize money.
Michael Addamo Triumphs in €25,500 High Roller
Australia’s Michael Addamo was the star of the WSOPE €25,500 High Roller. The player beat a field of 133 for a cash prize of €848,702 and his second WSOP gold bracelet. He claimed his first piece of WSOP jewelry this past summer when he was crowned the victor of the $2,620 Marathon event.
The €25,500 High Roller at King’s Casino featured a guaranteed prize pool of €1 million. However, the guarantee was more than tripled to be split among the top 20 finishers. Christian Rudolph from Germany took home the second-place prize of €524,532, while France’s Benjamin Pollak rounded out the podium for a cash prize of €370,219.
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