Saturday night fever in the Czech Republic! You really couldn't find a better Saturday night rager than the King's Casino in Rozvadov... a.k.a. RozVegas. Short-handed NL was the focus for the fourth event on the WSOPE calendar. A total of 240 runners took a shot at glory and bling and a small pile of cash for Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed. Yes, 6-max for this spirited short-handed event.
Theodore McQuilkin became the newest member of the bracelet club with a victory while showing off his short-handed prowess. McQ became the first "amateur" to win a bracelet this series, and he also added his name to the growing list of illustrious French players who have slapped a piece of WSOP grandeur and greatness around their wrist.
When the action was paused at the end of Day 2 with seven remaining in Event #4, Jan Bednar from the Czech Republic bagged up the most chips with 1.7M. Among those left in the hunt for the glory… Andrej Desset, Jerry Odeen, Ognjen Sekularac, Theodore McQuilkin, Maksym Shulga, and Petr Setka.
Slovakia's Andrej Desset hit the road in third place, which set up a heads-up battle between France and the Czech Republic. Theodore McQuilkin from Paris had a 2.5 to 1 chip lead over local player Jan Bednar from nearby Prague.
Only took two hands to settle a champion. Talk about a quickie finish for a non-turbo event. Jan Bednar made a final stand with Ace-Queen against McQ's . Although Bednar rivered an Ace, McQ caught running clubs for a four flush. Yikes, McQ rivered the nut-flush when the spiked on the river.
Alas, local hero was dunzo in second place. Theo McQ became the newest bracelet winner. Viva la France!
Notables who went deep in the 6-max event included... Ryan Hughes, Jesus Ferguson, Thorsten Schuler, Erik Cajelais, Vin Moscati, Luis Dono, Mark Ioli, Luigi D'Alterio, Jan Subik, Rony LeFort, Milan Simko and Ran Azor.
In the battle for 2017 WSOP Player of the Year, the two frontrunners both cashed in Event #4. Jesus Ferguson finished a few places higher than Ryan Hughes, to retain his overall lead in POY. Jesus busted in 26th place, while Hughes run ended in 32nd place.
2017 WSOP Europe - Event #4 €1,650 NL 6-Handed
Prize Pool: €345,420
Final Table Results:
1. Theodore McQuilkin (France) €88,043
2. Jan Bednar (Czech Republic) €54,410
3. Andrej Desset (Slovakia) €35,714
4. Jerry Odeen (Sweden) €24,046
5. Petr Šetka (Czech Republic)
6. Maksym Shulga (Ukraine) €11,797
7. Ognjen Sekularac (Serbia) €8,608