While the World Series of Poker Europe gathers pace with many of the Player of the Year challengers arriving in the Czech/German border town of Rozvadov, the WSOP International Circuit Main Event Ring, €205,000 and a WSOP Main Event ticket worth €10,350 was won by Czech player Jakub Oliva.
The third and final day of the WSOP Circuit Main Event at King’s Casino in Rozvadov was a grind for the players who ran deep, with fifteen hours between the first card in the air and the last one laid onto the felt.
By winning this WSOP circuit event, Jakub Oliva has won €205,000, which in itself is a landmark victory, taking him past half a million dollars in live tournament earnings. But it was perhaps the manner of his victory that will please Oliva most. The Czech national busted six of the seven opponents he faced at the final table, and that was a final table including some players of great repute, such as Grzegorz Wyraz and Andrei Makavets.
With a total field of 768 entries, it was the most popular Main Event in King’s Casino history, and 77 players made at least €3,500 as Day 3 kicked off. The eight-handed final table that would see Oliva dominate play also saw two hours of action before Daniel Wendorf cashed for €21,200 for finishing in eight place, as well as earning himself – as every final table player did – a ticket worth €10,350 for the WSOPE Main Event.
Homegrown talent Alois Sprachta departed next, before the experienced Polish player Grzegorz Wyraz busted in sixth place. Israeli player Shay Rozenbaum lost several hands in one orbit to leave himself short, and would bust in an unfortunate manner, dominating Andrei Makavets with king-queen over king-ten. The run-out was not favourable, however, and Rozenbaum was turned out of contention.
Short-handed, two Belarussians went into four-handed play with the possibility of facing each other heads-up. But instead, Aliaksandr Shylko (4th for €68,500) and the aforementioned Makavets (3rd for 288,500) busted in consecutive places to leave the Dutch player Toon Hanot to battle it out with Oliva.
Oliva had led for most of the final table, and would not relinquish his advantage heads-up, ending the contest in just a quarter-hour of action. The end was quick and painless for Hanot, as Oliva was all-in for the win with jack-ten on the turn against jack-eight, with the fates giving him trip tens on the flop.
With the biggest win of his career and an utterly dominant final table performance, Jakub Oliva won the WSOP Circuit event in Rozvadov and marked his card as one to watch for the WSOP Europe Main Event, for which he won a ticket along with all the players who reached the final table.
WSOP International Circuit Main Event Rozvadov final table results:
|1||Jakub Oliva||Czech Republic||€ 205,000*|
|2||Toon Hanot||The Netherlands||€ 123,500*|
|3||Andrei Makavets||Belarus||€ 88,500*|
|4||Aliaksandr Shylko||Belarus||€ 68,500*|
|5||Shay Rozenbaum||Israel||€ 54,000*|
|6||Grzegorz Wyraz||Poland||€ 42,000*|
|7||Alois Sprachta||Czech Republic||€ 31,000*|
|8||Daniel Wendorf||Austria||€ 21,200*|
*as well as a €10,350 ticket for the WSOPE Main Event