Two more champions took the plaudits as the second week of the World Series of Poker Europe moved into its second week in Rozvadov.
First, it was the turn of German player Siamak Tooran to be crowned the winner in Event #6 of the 2019 WSOPE, the €25,500 Short Deck High Roller tournament.
With a €2,636,250 prize-pool, Tooran had plenty of challengers to overcome as he battled players like Jonathan Depa and Rob Yong to the win. As it happened, those two were the first to bust, with Jonathan Depa-rting when he ran jack-ten into the pocket kings of Netanel Amedi.
Yong, the man behind so many positive changes to partypoker over recent years, made his way out of the door shortly Depa’s exit, before Besim Hot proved unable to handle the heat of the final table atmosphere under the lights.
Amedi, who had managed to pull off a daring bluff against the eventual winner Tooran, busted in fourth place, his jack-ten dominated then defeated by Tooran’s queen-ten, and it would be
Orpen Kisacikoglu who busted in third place to miss out on heads-up when he was unlucky to bust with pocket kings against Thai Ha’s ace-king, an ace on the river sealing Kisacikoglu’s fate.
Heads-up saw Ha take that fortuitous river card into a 2:1 ratio lead, and he might have hoped to disprove his own social media profile, which states that he always finishes second. Sadly for Ha, however, there was to be no laughter from his camp as his self-fulfilling prophecy came true yet again. Having finished second in a WSOP event in the summer back in Las Vegas, the same fate befell him on the Czech/German border at King’s Casino, as Tooran took the victory, overtaking then finishing off his opponent.
Ha was short-stacked in short deck when he moved all-in with ace-seven, and Tooran’s quick call and hold with ace-king ended the event with him taking the bracelet. While €457,964 went the way of the runner-up Ha, Siamak Tooran took home a massive €740,996, as well as the all-important bracelet, of course.
Event #6 – Short Deck High Roller final table results:
|1||Siamak Tooran||€ 740,996|
|2||Thai Ha||€ 457,964|
|3||Orpen Kisacikoglu||€ 323,553|
|4||Netanel Amedi||€ 230,807|
|5||Besim Hot||€ 166,258|
|6||Rob Yong||€ 120,946|
|7||Jonathan Depa||€ 88,861|
Tsoukernik defeats Ivey to win $100,000 Short Deck title
It may not have been a bracelet event, but Leon Tsoukernik won’t care a dime as he beat Phil Ivey heads-up to claim a huge €2,755,000 top prize in the €100,000-entry Short Deck Super High Roller event in Rozvadov.
With just 29 entries, the event was reserved for the true elite players, and that was reflected in the four men who cashed. Cary Katz, who has enjoyed such a profitable 2019, made the money yet again in a high roller tournament, while Paul Phua again proved his nous in the variant much-beloved in his hone country of Malaysia.
Tsoukernik and Ivey were fairly even, but a series of hands went the way of the King’s Casino impresario, and he had quadruple Ivey’s chips when the final hand played out. Tsoukernik had top set, and left Ivey needing a miracle from the flop. Runner-runner didn’t happen for the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, and the tournament belonged to the house. Ivey, who cashed for €826,500, will hope that the headlines he’s made for his poker in time replace those surrounding his ongoing legal battles.
Short Deck Super High Roller final table results:
|1st||Leon Tsoukernik||Czech Republic||€ 1,102,000|
|2nd||Phil Ivey||United States||€ 826,500|
|3rd||Paul Phua||Malaysia||€ 551,000|
|4th||Cary Katz||United States||€ 275,500|