Friday December 15, 2023 at 5:51 pm

Germany's Stanislav Zegal won a seat to the $5,000 buy-in 2023 WSOP Paradise Main Event via GGPoker. Zegal parlayed his online satellite win into a sick $2 million score. Zegal outlasted 3,010 players to win his first bracelet and the Main Event, and he held off a final table that included American pro Matt Glantz.

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Stanislav Zegal - 2023 WSOP Paradise Main Event Champion (Pic by @WSOP)

The inaugural World Series of Poker Paradise has been winding down at the Atlantis Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This past week had lots of impressive action including Hall of Famer Eri Seidel's historic victory in the Super High Roller. Seidel won bracelet #10 and thrust him into a special club with the likes of Johnny Chan, Phil Ivey, and Doyle Brunson. Meanwhile, the marquee event -- the WSOP Paradise Main Event -- played down to a champion and we have another first-time bracelet winner.

The 2023 WSOP Paradise Main Event had a $5,000 buy-in, which attracted 3,010 runners and a prize pool that exceeded $15 million. The top 447 places paid out of the juicy prize pool, with the final two places securing seven-figure paydays.

Daniel Neilson from Australia bagged the chip lead heading into the final table with a big stack worth 37.4M. German online qualifier Stanislav Zegal amassed a stack worth 28M, which was tied with Brazil's Gabriel Schroeder heading into the final day of action. Portugal's Rui Sousa also had a decent-sized stack with 20M, but he was fourth in chips and ahead of Michael Sklenicka from the Czech Republic with 16M and American pro Matt Glantz with 15M. The UK's Montgomery McQuade was the shorty at the final table with 4.9M.

Matt Glantz channeled the power of "Team Lucky" early on and sent McQuade home in seventh place. McQuade took Carte Roi de cœurCarte 10 de carreau into battle against Glantz's Carte 4 de trèfleCarte 4 de pique, but Glantz flopped a set of fours which held up. McQuade, the lone Brit at the final table, headed home with a $300K score.

Gabe Schroeder made a final stand with Carte Roi de trèfleCarte 6 de trèfle against Mike Sklenicka's Carte As de cœurCarte 7 de cœur. Sklenicka flopped Aces up, and turned a full house, and that's all she wrote for the Brazilian. Schroeder earned $400K for sixth place.

Rui Sousa tried to bully the blinds and got caught up in a back-alley ambush withCarte Dame de piqueCarte 9 de trèfle against Sklenicka's Carte As de trèfleCarte Dame de cœur. Sousa flopped a sterilized open-ended straight draw, but Sklenicka led with Ace-high and a Broadway gutshot draw. The turn or river did not held Sousa, and he was knocked out in fifth place which paid out $510K. Sklenicka chipped up to 61.8M with that clutch hand.

Glantz made a final stand with Carte Roi de trèfleCarte Dame de trèfle against Neilson's Carte As de piqueCarte Dame de carreau. The board was all low cards and neither player improved. Neilson dragged the pot with his Ace-high, and Glantz hit the rail in fourth place, which paid out $685K.

A short-stacked Daniel Neilson was picked off in third place when he met his fate when he failed to make a gutshot straight against Sklenicka's flopped two pair. Australia's Neilson put up a smashing fight, but his epic run ended in third place which paid out $900K.

The bling and the cash came down to a heads-up joust between Germany and the Czech Republic. Zegal led with 94.1M versus Sklenicka's 32.5M.

On the final hand, Zegal sniffed out a bluff to win the tournament. The board was Carte 10 de carreauCarte 4 de cœurCarte 2 de cœurCarte Dame de piqueCarte 5 de trèfle. Zegal checked, Sklenicka bluff-shoved with Carte 7 de piqueCarte 3 de pique, and Zegal called with just a pair of fours and Carte Valet de cœurCarte 4 de carreau. Heck of a call.

Sklenicka banked $1.2 million for a runner-up finish. Not too shabby, eh?

Stanislav Zegal won his first bracelet and got to fondle $2,000,000 in cash for his victory in the inaugural WSOP Paradise Main Event.

Among the players who went deep and cashed in the WSOP Paradise Main Event...Mikita Badziakouski, Christian Rudolph, Kevin Martin, Tim Adams, Bryce Yockey, Barry Hutter, David Peters, Justin Saliba, Mustapha Kanit, Sam Greenwood, Daniel Weinman, Adrian Mateos, Byron Kaverman, Daniel Negreanu, Davidi Kitai, Espen Joerstad, Joao Simao, Maria Ho, Shawn Buchanan, Damian Salas, Chino Rheem, Sorel Mizzi, Dong Meng, Vince Mooscati, Yu Zhu, Erick Lindgren, Mike Watson, Benjamin Pollak, Christian Harder, David Williams, Dylan Linde, Minh Nguyen, Pete Carini, Scott Bohlman, Bryn Kenney, Sam Soverel, Stefan Jedlicka, Niko Koop, Kyle Julius, Joshua Arieh, Frank Funaro, David Miscikowski, Anatoly Filatov, Anthony Zinno, Fedor Holz, Will Foxen, Chris Brewer, Dinesh Alt, Koichi Chiba, Ricardo Silva, James Collopy, Ben Yu, Jesse Lonis, Sergi Reixach, Ivan Deyra, and Thomas Muehloecker.

2023 WSOP Paradise Main Event

Buy-in: $5,000

Entrants: 3,010

Prize Pool: $15,050,000

Payouts: 447

 

Final Table Results:

1. Stanislav Zegal (Germany) $2,000,000

2. Michael Sklenicka (Czech Republic) $1,200,000

3. Daniel Neilson (Australia) $900,000

4. Matt Glantz (USA) $685,000

5. Rui Sousa (Portugal) $510,000

6. Gabriel Schroeder (Brazil) $400,000

7. Montgomery McQuade (UK) $300,000

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