The gambling action continued at the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe at the crossroads of poker at the swanky King's Casino in RozVegas. Two more bracelets were up for grabs on Monday during the home stretch of the European leg of the WSOP. One player from Kosovo fulfilled a lifelong dream while a French pro etched his name onto another piece of hardware. Julien Martini padded his bankroll with another bracelet victory and his second since he went the distance in Las Vegas in 2018 with an Omaha 8 score. He now has bracelet victories in Vegas and RozVegas
The 2021 WSOP Event #5 €550 Colossus finally concluded. It started with 2,478 entrants and a prize pool worth €1,177,050. The top 208 places paid out of the prize pool with most of the cheesecake set aside to the champ. Notables who went deep and cashed in the Euro Colossus included Martin Kabrhel, Dinesh Alt, Matous Skorepa, Jimmy Bord, Pierre Fromage, Jerry Odeen, Jan Bendok, Antonello Ferraiuolo, Cenk Oguz, Tobias Peters, Pete Chen, and Roland Israelashvili. Merijn van Rooij bubbled the final table in tenth place.
The final table included Edmond Jahjaga, Riadh Farhat, Matteo Calzoni, Andrea Ricci, Roman Krahula, Zlatin Penev, Aurelio Reggi, Fotios Ntamaris, and Gabriele Re. Four players from Italy were at the final table of the Colossus, but none of them would win the bling. Matteo Calzoni was the last Italian standing when he busted in third place, which set up the heads-up finale between Kosovo and France. Riadh Farhat could not rally from behind and hit the rail in second place as France fell to Kosovo. Edmond Jahjaga emerged the victory to win his first bracelet and €147,775. Not too shabby, eh?
2021 WSOP Event #8 €2,500 Short Deck attracted 98 runners and a prize pool worth €214K. Only the top 15 places paid out and some of the lucky few included Bleron Maliqi, Yannick Jobin, Marek Blasko, Zhong Chen, Didier Rabl, Israel Bulut, Roland Israelashvili, and Aleksei Voronovich. The final seven included Julien Martini, Philipp Schwab, Emil Bise, Reto Herrmann, Brian Cornell, Christian Stratmeyer, and Nicolas Bokowski.
Switzerland's Emil Bise shipped Event #3 €1,350 Mini Main Event for a €250,175 score the other day. He was within close proximity of winning his second bracelet this week in RozVegas, but his epic run ended in third place. His elimination set up a heads-up joust between Germany and France.
Philipp Schwab and Julien Martini threw down for the Short Deck bracelet but when the dust settled France took out Germany. Schwab busted in second place and narrowly missed the bling. Martini banked €60,009 for the victory and a WSOP Europe bracelet. He now has one for each wrist as he closes in on $5 million in career earnings. He's also currently ranked #10 on the all-time French money list.
2021 WSOP Europe Event #8 Short Deck Hold'em
Prize Pool: €214,130
Final Table Results:
1 Julien Martini (France) €60,009
2 Philipp Schwab (Germany) €37,087
3 Emil Bise (Switzerland) €26,182
4 Reto Herrmann (Switzerland) €18,856
5 Brian Cornell(Germany) €13,858
6 Christian Stratmeyer (Germany) €10,399
7 Nicolas Bokowski (Germany) €7,971