The 2021 WSOP Europe returned to the felt with poker players from all over Europe and beyond flocking to the King's Casino in Rozvadov for a shot at boatloads of Euros and a chance to win a coveted WSOP bracelet. In the first week, five bracelets were awarded with players from five different countries stepping into the limelight.
2021 WSOP Europe Event #1 €350 Opener attracted 1,789 runners and a prize pool worth €535K. The top 269 places paid out and the final three agreed on a chop. Italy's Antonello Ferraiuolo emerged as the champion and banked €77,570. He became the first Italian to win a live WSOP bracelet event since Max Pescatori shipped multiple bracelets back in 2015. Israel's Levent Efe busted in second place, which paid out €47,939.
2021 WSOP Europe Event #2 €550 PLO attracted 623 runners and a prize pool worth €295,925. The top 62 places paid out. Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Martin Kabrhel advanced to the final table, but busted in eight place. Holland's Tobias Peters took sixth place, while Hungarian pro Richard Toth hit the bricks in fourth place. Singapore's Zhao Feng was the runner-up and busted in second place, while Bjorn Verbakel from the Netherlands was the last player standing. Verbakel won the bracelet and €59,250.
2021 WSOP Europe Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event attracted 1,397 entrants and a prize pool worth nearly €1.6 million. The top 211 places paid out. British pro Jack Sinclair was seeking another bracelet win, but he was knocked out in fifth place. Romania and Switzerland jousted heads-up for the bracelet in the Mini Main Event. Marius Gicovanu settled on second place, which paid out €154,611. Switzerland's Emil Bise earned a first-place payday worth €250,175.
WSOP Europe Event #4 €2,000 PLO attracted 241 runners and only the top 37 places paid out of the €423,557 prize pool. A pair of players from Slovakia were heads-up for the bling. Alan Sabo was picked off in second place, while Samuel Stranak was the last one standing. Stranak won €101,764 and his first bracelet for winning the Mini Main Event.
WSOP Europe Event #7 €5,000 PLO attracted 184 runners and a prize pool worth €830,300. Only the top 28 places paid out. Notables who went deep included Dario Alioto, who busted in 16th place. Bjorn Verbakel bubbled in ninth place and missed out on the final table and a shot at winning his second bracelet this series.
The final table of Event #7 €5,000 PLO included Maximilian Klostermeier, Joni Jouhkimainen, Ermanno Di Nicola, Armando D'Avanzo, Nikola Minkov, Jaroslav Peter, Vasil Medarov, and Veselin Karakitukov.
The 5K PLO bracelet came down to a heads-up battle between Germany and Finland. Finnish pro Joni Jouhkimainen was seeking his first bracelet, while Germany's Klostermeier chased a second bracelet. He won one in Las Vegas at the Rio back in 2019 when he shipped $1,500 PLO Bounty for a $177K score.
When the dust settled, Jouhkimainen hit the rail in second place, which paid out €126,091. Not too shabby, eh? Klostermeier banked €204,010 for first place, plus the bracelet. He now has now won bracelets at the WSOP and WSOP Europe.
2021 WSOP Europe Bracelet Winners
- Event #1 €350 Opener: Antonello Ferraiuolo €77,570
- Event #2 €550 PLO: Bjorn Verbakel €59,250
- Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event: Emil Bise €250,175
- Event #4 €2,000 PLO: Samuel Stranak €101,764
- Event #7 €5,000 PLO: Maximilian Klostermeier €204,010