After a rollercoaster final day of action in Rozvadov, it was the Greek player Alexandros Kolonias who was the last man standing as he won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1,133,678 and the fabled WSOP bracelet.
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Seeing out the tournament, Kolonias overtook the final table chipleader, Anthony Zinno to deny his more experienced adversary a third bracelet, while Dario Sammartino again fell just short of a Main Event victory after reaching both this and the WSOP Main Event final table in Vegas in the summer.
With the final day starting with just six players in action, the first player to leave the party was Swedish player and former WSOP bracelet winner Rifat Palevic. He made a play blind-on-blind with king-deuce, but Anh Do held pocket queens in the big blind and that was that for Palevic.
Do didn’t see his new chips bolster his stack for long, and in unlucky circumstances. Things had looked rosy for Do when his ace-jack spiked Anthony Zinno’s pocket kings, and Do had the best of it when all-in against WSOP Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino. But although Do’s queens were way ahead of Sammartino’s pocket jacks, the fates weren’t with him and the Italian was able to find a miracle to survive.
With Kolonias sealing victory on that blank river, he became the seventh player from Greece to win a WSOP bracelet, but the only one to bank a seven-figure score in the process. With the final nine players representing nine different countries, a truly multicultural celebration of poker saw a Greek hero prove that the Germans don’t always win, with Claas Segebrecht falling one place short in his bid to emulate his countryman Hossein Ensan.
Here are the final table results.
WSOP Europe Main Event Final Table Results:
|3rd||Anthony Zinno||United States||€485,291|
|5th||Anh Do||Czech Republic||€244,653|
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