And then there were seven in RozVegas. The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe at the King's Casino pulled off one of the last remaining live events in Europe while many countries are shutting down event spaces due to COVID health and safety protocols. PokerStars postponed the EPT Prague, a very popular stop on the European Poker Tour, until March 2022 due to the Czech Republic's health mandate, but the World Series of Poker was able to finish out the series. That meant the Main Event and final bracelet events would get to play down to a final table and champion.
Well, the 2021 WSOP Europe is almost complete with the marquee Main Event Championship attracting a record-setting 688 runners for the €10,350 buy-in anchor tournament. The Main Event prize pool topped €6.5M with only 104 places getting a cut of the juicy prize pool. First place would win the coveted Main Event bracelet plus €1,276,712. The top 3 would bag at least a half-million and the top eight won at least a six-figure score.
The official final table of nine included Alexander Tkatschew, Josef Gulas, Johan Guilbert, Athanasios Kidas, Thomas Denie, Stanislav Koleno, Aleksandar Trajkovski, Ilija Savevski, and Brian Kamphorst. Yossi Dayan bubbled the final table in tenth place.
Brian Kamphorst from the Netherlands busted first at the final table in ninth place, which paid out €97,260. Macedonia's Ilija Savevski hit the bricks in eighth place, which paid out €125,052.
With seven remaining, Josef Gulas leads the final table with a big stack worth over 20.2M. The two other hefty stacks included Germany's Alexander Tkatschew with 17.4M, followed by Johan Guilbert from France with 13M. The middle stacks included Greece's Athanasios Kidas (6M) and Thomas Denie (5.5M from the Netherlands). The two short stacks were Stanislav Koleno (3.4M) from Slovakia and Aleksandar Trajkovski (3.2M) from Macedonia.
Notable players who went deep and cashed in the Main Event included... Guillaume Diaz, Arthur Conan, Jan Bednar, Axel Hallay, Bernd Werner, Bernd Gleissner, Davide Suriano, Pete Chen, Ole Schemion, Vojtech Ruzicka, Jan-PeterJactmann, Andrea Ricci, Dzmitry Urbanovich, Petr Svoboda, Dalibor Dula, Alexandros Kolonias, Simone Andrian, Anh Do, Dominik Panka, Roland Israelashvili, Leonardo Mancuso, Ian Bradley, Robert McAdam, Pat Clarke, Tony Tran, Vincent De Neve, Nicolas Bokowski, Zhao Feng, Simon Burns, Tobias Peters, and Or Hadad.
2021 WSOP Europe Main Event
Prize Pool: €6,536,000
1 Josef Gulas (Czech Republic) 20,200,000
2 Alexander Tkatschew (Germany) 17,375,000
3 Johan Guilbert (France) 13,025,000
4 Athanasios Kidas (Greece) 6,025,000
5 Thomas Denie (Netherlands) 5,500,000
6 Stanislav Koleno (Slovakia) 3,400,000
7 Aleksandar Trajkovski(Macedonia) 3,250,000
Final Table Payouts and Results:
8 Ilija Savevski (Macedonia) €125,052
9 Brian Kamphorst (Netherlands) €97,260