The WSOP Circuit in Rozvadov stretched across nearly three weeks. There were 30 events, 14 WSOP Circuit Rings awarded, multiple guarantees smashed, hundreds of thousands of euros won, and deserving champions crowned. At the end of it all, the one man left standing was Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Amar Begovic, who won the Main Event title for an incredible €220,000 after three tough days of competition.
A total of 796 entrants, including 106 re-entries, put up the €1,650 required for a seat in the Main Event at the majestic King’s Casino on the Czech-German border. Begovic took the title after beating Timur Margolin of Israel in a tough heads-up battle. Margolin won €135,000 while Paraschos Stavridis of Greece finished third for €97,000. Among the notables who finished in the money were Bertrand ‘Elky’ Grospellier, Pierre Neuville, and Martin Kabrhel, who ended up fourth.
In the prestigious €5,300 buy-in Event 21: Ring Event- High Roller, 41 entries battled it out in the biggest buy-in event of the series. Bertrand Grospellier finished fourth for €22,883, but it was Pavel Binar who took home the title and the ring for a massive €72,058 after beating Van Tiep Nguyen heads-up.
LADIES, SENIORS, 6-MAX AND MINI
A number of unique tournaments took place at WSOP Circuit Rozvadov, including a mini-version of the Main Event, a seniors event, and a ladies event, all of which proved very popular. In the €220 buy-in Event 24: Ring Event- Ladies Event, 24 women and 4 re-entries took to the felt to battle it out for a WSOP Circuit Ring, and it was the Czech Republic’s Irina Batorevich who took the title for €2,660 after beating Anna Yamshchikova heads-up.
Jorg Piesert was crowned champion of Event 10: Ring Event- Senior Event (50+) for €4,746. A total of 74 players took to the felt to test themselves against fellow seniors in the €250 buy-in tournament.
The €850 buy-in Event 15: Ring Event- Mini Event saw 63 entrants take to the felt. Jakob Miegel beat Eyal Bensimhon heads-up to take the Ring and €14,610 top prize.
In Event 26: Ring Event- No Limit Hold’em 6-Max, Bartel Kars of the Netherlands topped a field of 92 entries to take home a WSOP Circuit Ring and €14,421.
NLH RING WINNERS
WSOP Circuit Rings are very prestigious prizes, so the competition for them in Rozvadov was as fierce as you would expect. There was plenty of NLH jewellery on offer, and the very first Ring was taken by Jan Cerny of the Czech Republic in the €300,000 guaranteed Event 1: Ring Event- Opening 2018. The three-day event had a buy-in of €299 and attracted a massive 984 entries across four opening flights. Cerny won €53,942 in addition to the WSOP Circuit bling, beating Sweden’s Massoud Assaf into second, with Assaf banking €33,032 for his runner-up finish.
Event 9: Ring Event- Monster Stack was a three-day €550 buy-in tournament with a €200,000 guarantee that pulled in 452 players and 72 re-entries. The eventual champion was Langar Oghabian of the Netherlands, who earned €48,279 and, of course, a WSOP Circuit Ring for his victory. Roberto Gatto finished second for €30,615.
Event 18: Ring Event- Bounty Hunter had a buy-in of €660 and it was Germany’s Valentin Schuler who emerged victorious for €14,101 and some snazzy new jewellery after outlasting a field of 148 entries and picking up a fair few bounties along the way. Vladyslav Kovalenko was second.
Slovakia’s Stanislav Koleno earned €14,092 and a WSOP Circuit Ring for taking down Event 20: Ring Event- No Limit Hold’em Freezeout. A total of 144 players ponied up the €440 required to enter. Koleno beat Oleksandr Zhyrnov heads-up.
NON NLH RING WINNERS
The WSOP Circuit always has room for poker variants that aren’t No Limit Hold’em and it was the same in Rozvadov, with four Rings awarded in non-NLH tournaments. Andrej Bogdanov of Germany took the crown in Event 23: Ring Event- Mixed NLH/PLO for €10,474 after beating Raz Alon heads-up. The event attracted 70 entrants.
Torsten Schuler took the Ring in Event 12: Ring Event- Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo after outlasting a field of 88 players and 23 re-entries. Schuler took home €7,561 for his victory.
Event 16: Ring Event- Limit Seven Card Stud saw 39 entrants put up €330 and it was Marek Blasko who emerged victorious for €4,445 and a WSOP Circuit Ring.
In the €2,000 buy-in Event 19: Ring Event- PLO High Roller 8-Max there were 64 entries and it was Greece’s Koliofotis Georgios who came out on top for €35,431 after beating Doshi Paresh heads-up.
PLENTY OF PLO FUN
Pot Limit Omaha tournaments are always great fun and the PLO non-ring events at WSOP Circuit Rozvadov were no different. There were 54 entries in the €360 buy-in Event 14: Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max, with Florian Sarnow coming out on top. He won €4,300 after making a three-handed deal that saw Oleh Mikus and Patrick Schuhl pick up €3,987 and €3,986 respectively.
In Event 28: Pot Limit Omaha, 59 players put up the €350 required for a seat at the felt and it was Teunis Kooij from the Netherlands who emerged victorious, winning €5,598 after making a two-way deal with a player nicknamed LocalHero, who got €4,715.
Event 8: Pot Limit Omaha attracted 25 entries and it was Zarathustra who won his second event of the series, taking down the €330 buy-in event for €2,125 after making a four-handed deal.
Event 6: Pot Limit Omaha cost €165 to enter, and 43 players chose to make the investment. The winner was Nebojsa Ankukic of Austria, who picked up €2,000 after making a heads-up deal with runner-up Yauhen Burlo, who won €1,829.
CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN KING’S EVENTS
King’s regular events formed part of the WSOP Circuit Rozvadov schedule, and the tournaments were contested with even more excitement than normal. In Event 5: King’s Hold’em Adventure, 217 entrants ponied up the €115 buy-in before Zarathustra emerged victorious, earning €2,952 after making a deal.
In the €115 buy-in Event 11: King’s Big Friday it was Jonathan Dartevelle who took the trophy after an even four-way chop of the tournament saw Dartevelle, David De Graeve, Adalbert Kurila and Dejan Govedic all win €3,063.
A total of 211 entrants took to the felt in the €115 buy-in Event 13: King’s Hold’em Adventure and it was Jan Gompers who took the lion’s share of the €20,045 prizepool, winning €2,927 after making a five-handed deal.
Event 25: King’s Local Championship was won by Walter Strohmeier for €5,552. The German outlasted a field of 205 players and 59 re-entries to take down the €115 buy-in event.
A big field of 419 entrants paid €115 to buy-in to Event 27: King’s Hold’em Adventure and it was German Otto Guter who took it down for €6,578 after making a three-handed deal.
NLH FOR STARTERS
Earlier in the festival, there were plenty of non-ring no-limit tournaments to whet player’s appetites before the ring events got under way. In Event 2: No Limit Hold’em Turbo, 25 players entered the €115 buy-in tournament and it was Bastalot from the UK who finished €1,037 richer after making a heads-up deal.
Event 3: No Limit Hold’em attracted 199 entrants, and it was German player Gunther Schachtner who came out on top for €4,000 in the €115 buy-in event after making a three-way deal.
The €220 buy-in Event 5: Deep Stack Open was a two-day event with three opening flights, boasting an incredible €100,000 guarantee. It attracted 296 players and 132 re-entries. Eyal Bensimhon of Switzerland was the victor, earning €16,580 after a three-way deal with Marek Blasko and RuhrPott-Asi, who took home €11,500 and €11,000 respectively.
Event 7: No Limit Hold’em was won by Alexander Hagn for €1,378. The German outlasted a field of 84 players to take down the €115 buy-in event after making a six-way deal.
OTHER NON-RING TOURNAMENTS
There were three other non-ring tournaments held as part of the WSOP Circuit Rozvadov. Event 17: No Limit Hold’em Turbo was a €330 buy-in event that garnered 77 entries, with Erik Rozhynskyi of Ukraine taking it down for €6,585.
Event 29: NLH Turbo Bounty cost €220 to enter, including €100 for the bounty. Maciej Rogacki beat out a field of 194 entries to win €3,600.
The €115 buy-in Event 30: Farewell was the appropriately named final tournament of the three-week series, and it attracted 66 players and 24 re-entries. EL PATRON took it down for €1,946 after making a three-way deal.
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