October 19th, 2019 | Updated on June 25th, 2022
The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe began in Czechia earlier this month. Across 15 events, there is a guaranteed prize money pot of more than €22,000,000, as well as the coveted WSOP Bracelets for each winner.
Thousands of players from around the world have travelled to the small town of Rozvadov, as well many spectators. All who are eager to place individual wagers on players that will immerse victorious this year.
With the tournament well under-way, four winners of a coveted WSOP Bracelet have already emerged. If you haven’t made your way to the WSOPE this year and you’re at home taking part in some online gambling, be sure to practise your Poker skills. You might want to take part in next year’s spectacle.
1. €350 Opener No-Limit Hold’em
An enormous field of 1,011 players began their quest to be at the first final table in this year’s first event. By 2pm there were only 10 players left, but it only took a few minutes for Marcus Mondel to lose his last few chips and make way for the other nine finalists.
In 8th place was Jeff Lisandro from Australia. The player walked away with a prize total of €5,026 but for him, it would have been a huge upset, as he was set to win his seventh bracelet in the event.
Another shock exit was from Rafi Elharar who only a few months ago, finished in third place in the Big 50 live Poker tournament to win $534,574. He exited the opening event in 7th place.
Another player disappointed in his finish will be Eyal Bensimhon, even though he finished in third place. The Austrian has yet again missed out on a coveted WSOP Bracelet, failing to add to his WSOP Circuit Ring.
Winning an extraordinary prize amount of €53,654 and a WSOPE Main Event ticket worth over €10,000 is Renat Bohdanov. The Ukrainian held up in the decisive all-in as his ace-nine defeated Norbert Mosonyi’s king-five. It’s now the seventh WSOP Bracelet for Ukraine.
2. €550 Pot-Limit Omaha
The second event field of the WSOPE 2019 was much smaller than the first with 476 players entering. Six players returned for the final table where for four of them, a win would be their first WSOP Bracelet.
Oshri Lahmani was the first player to leave the table, but it was somewhat expected as he came in with the smallest stack. But, he did manage to walk away with a reasonable prize pot of €7,850.
Leaving with the most regret from this event could be Ming Juen Teoh. After moving all-in with a top pair, Christopher Back managed to push him out of the competition when he hit back with a flush draw on the river.
In the end, it was Dash Dudley from the United States that cashed in with a prize total of €51,600 and of course, his coveted bracelet. With his second bracelet in hand, Dudley explained how “This is one of the toughest final tables that I played.” He continued: “There wasn’t any soft spot at the final table. Everyone was really experienced.”
There are plenty more events to go, including the €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold’em which starts on 25th October. With all eyes watching for the next winners of a WSOP Bracelet, Poker players from all over the globe will have plenty more opportunities to get their hands on some cash, and one of those iconic bracelets.