The ultimate card of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOP) was played Friday evening where Jack Sinclair developed some tentative business. Past one year, Sinclair reached the final table of the greatest World poker tournament of the year, the WSOP Main Game in Las Vegas. He finished the game better than over 7,000 of his competitors but ultimately was defeated placing him in the eighth position. Fifteen months next, Sinclair again made it to the high-profile final table, which was held in WSOP Europe Main Event in Rozvadov, Czechia. And this time, he was successful in defeating others. The victory lead him to earn his first WSOP gold bracelet €1,122,239.
Few dates before, when the Main Event was about to end, it seemed like Sinclair might fall out against Ryan Riess, who claims to be the 2013 WSOP world champion. Riess achieved atop the chip counts after day three and got the fourth position out of the remaining 12 players after Day four. Proceeding this win, he then confirmed his entry to the final day in third place among the six surviving players. However, he got hammered again in fourth place (€337,778). If Riess won the event, he would have become the second player in records to win both the WSOP Main Event and the WSOP-E Main Event. He could have enjoyed elite company, as the other is hall-of-famer Phil Hellmuth.
The ongoing WSOP Europe was in its tenth-year cycle, and the second is going to take place in King’s Casino in Rozvadov. One of the greatest winners from this year’s WSOP-E is Shaun Deeb. He sealed his place in WSOP archives by acquiring Player-of-the-Year honor.
By the time first few events of the 2018 WSOP Europe was covered, there was one definite bent – the well-known triumph of Israeli professional players. Memorizing the reminiscent of the of Greece’s powerhouse performance display in 2015, Israeli’s have won three of the opening five competitions. On the other hand, Segal deserved his first WSOP bracelet and €203,820. The following day, Asi Moshe got his bracelet by winning the €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Deepstack tournament for €82,280. This was his second career bracelet.
This is the third back-to-back WSOP Europe- World Poker Tour, where one country commanded the initial phase. The previous year, the hometown Czech professional players won three bracelets, in six of the opening events. Moreover, 2015 saw the first three Greek champions in the past WSOP- World Poker Tour.
There were two more players who were successful to earn their second career bracelets. They were Norbert Szecsi who acquired Event #6: €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE for an amount of €86,956. Szecsi won the very first bracelet of his life in 2013. Since then he was having several close finishes, which includes two runner-ups, and has finally joined the club of versatile bracelet winners of WSOP.
Conclusion: WSOP is one of the biggest events for Poker players all over the world. The interesting part was watching Israeli players come out as winners which shocked everyone in 2018. Let us hope to see some new players winning bracelets in the upcoming WSOP 2019.