Ship it to Sweden! It's been a wild World Series of Poker Europe series for Omar Eljach at the swanky King's Casino in RozVegas. He almost won a bracelet in WSOP Europe Event #6 €5,000 PLO when he settled on a runner-up finish against Roman Verenko from the Ukraine. The Swede banked €152,827 for his PLO prowess but was itching for the bling. He kicked off the 2022 WSOP Europe at the King's Casino in Rozvadov with a cash in Event #3 Mini Main Event with a 65th place finish, but he saved all his run good for the Main Event.
The WSOP Europe Main Event was also known as Event #12 on the schedule. The €10,300 buy-in marquee tournament and anchor event attracted 763 total entrants. The prize pool was nearly €7.25 million with the top 115 places getting a cut of the juicy pie.
The Main Event final table of nine included Jonathan Pastore from France, American pro Shaun Deeb, Vladas Tamasauskas from Lithuiana, Paul Covaciu from Romania, Armin Rezaei from Austria, Barny Boatman from Hendon Mob fame, French pro Alexandre Reard, Canadian pro Timothy Adams, and Sweden's Omar Eljach. Patrik Zidek bubbled the final table in tenth place and missed a chance to be the lone Czech player among the final nine.
Adams, the lone player representing Canada at the final table, was the first player to bust in ninth place. Adams still banked seven figures for a little more than a cool million.
Alexandre Reard bid adieu in eighth place, which paid out €138,702.
Barny Boatman, the only Brit at the final table, hit the bricks in seventh place. The old-school pro from Hendon Mob fame banked €180,867 for his deep run.
Austria's Armin Rezaei got picked off in sixth place, but managed to snag nearly €240K for a couple of days of work. Romania's Paul Covaciu banked €321,838 for his epic run.
Lithuania missed out on winning the Main Event when Vladas Tamasauskas busted in fourth place, which paid out €438,978.
With three to go, Eljach took out Deeb with against Ace-Jack. Eljach caught a piece of the flop with bottom pair. The pair of treys held up and Eljach dragged the pot. Deeb missed out on his chance to win billions in Powerball back in the USA, but he was able to secure a third-place finish for €607,531.
It was a battle of Sweden versus France for the Main Event title. Eljach held a slight lead with 43M to Jonathan Pastore's 33M.
Pastore earned €852,949 for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?
Eljach banked €1,380,129 for the Main Event victory and slapped a shiny new piece of bling on his wrist.
Notable players and familiar faces who went deep in the WSOP Europe Main Event included.... Gab Yong Kim, Michael Huber, Han Kuo, Enrico Zondag, Vlad Darie, Sebastian Langrock, Quoc Nguyen, Simone Andrian, Tobias Peters, Nacho Barbero, Safwane Anwar Bahri, Punnat Punsri, Jessica Teisl, Johan Guilbert, Julien Martini, Stefan Huber, Pierre Fromage, Jack Sinclair, Jelle Mene, Mike Leah, Skipp Van Den Assem, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Alexandru Papazian, Yuval Bronshtein, Giuseppe Zarbo, Alexandros Kolonias, Roland Israelashvili, and Sebastian Gaehl.
2022 WSOP Europe Main Event
Prize Pool: €7,248,500
Final Table Results:
1. Omar Eljach (Sweden) €1,380,129
2. Jonathan Pastore (France) €852,949
3. Shaun Deeb (USA) €607,531
4. Vladas Tamasauskas (Lithuania) €438,978
5. Paul Covaciu (Romania) €321,838
6. Armin Rezaei (Austria) €239,466
7. Barny Boatman (UK) €180,867
8. Alexandre Reard (France) €138,702
9. Timothy Adams (Canada) €108,024