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After several days of intense action, the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) have finally concluded with the main event seeing a winner emerge from the fray on November 3. Jack Sinclair from England managed to enter the final table and successfully landed the title.
Sinclair Crowns the Field
One name was floated a lot, but Ryan Riess from the United States didn’t make the final cut, finishing fourth and adding €337,778 to his name instead.
That was not an entirely unpleasant development, but the American had hoped for more.
However, his disappointment hardly matched that of the runner-up from Hungary with Laszlo Bujtas visibly regretting his second placement earning him the respectable sum of €693,573.
The competition saw a strong presence from Eastern Europe, with Krasimir Yankov from Bulgaria finishing 3rd and winning €480,028 in the process. Yankov was eliminated by Sinclair.
Meanwhile, Milos Skrbic from Serbia finished fifth for €241,718, and the rear was brought by Thor Yerofieiev from Ukraine. Sinclair played well and that was something recognized by all players who were among the final six to reach the felt.
He did have a fair bit of luck with the cards, too, finally managing to pull off from the rest of the pack after a few high-risk plays. The event generated a huge interest and Sinclair could not have been able to overcome a field of 534 entrants while lacking the qualities.
The WSOP Europe Main Event is heads-up. On a board of Q-7-5-K, Jack Sinclair went all in and Krasimir Yankov called. Sinclair held 7-7 as Yankov hshowed 5-5. A brick on the river and Yankov was out 3rd for €480,028.
Jack Sinclair 27.05m
Laszlo Butjas 26.07m
Players on a break pic.twitter.com/Bcl1QpQzPb
— WSOP (@WSOP) November 2, 2018
The tournament was not cheap either. A place in cost €10,350 buy-in, which in turn helped build the massive prize pool. Meanwhile, there was a number of players who managed to secure small monetary rewards despite their failure to actually reach the final six spots available in the competition.
A Long Overdue Victory
While Riess was touted as a potential winner. The American was a chip leader for a short while, but he just couldn’t make the cut and overcome the other five players. Sinclair, though, has already been close to the title when he competed in the exact same event back in 2017, finishing eight.
The first place doesn’t come alone, though, and Sinclair can now enjoy the WSOP golden bracelet, which was eluded his grasp last year. As to the game itself, Sinclair professed to have been quite nervous about the entire tournament, admitting that there was more than one situation where he thought to have played the wrong cards and preparing to face the consequences.
None of this come to pass, though, with the cards clearly favoring the Englishman who saw himself in not just one tight spot. However, assuming the chip lead, he continued to carry on well throughout the tournament and when he finally faced Bujtas, his opponent did indeed appear to lack the cards to master an appropriate response to the lucky draws Sinclair has amassed.
With this in mind, Bujtas was subjected to fatigue which eventually saw him run out of chips with Sinclair assuming an even more dare-devil stance of play. Though some of the plays lacked backing, Sinclair was right to play the way he did, concluding a successful run at the WSOPE after a number of scheduled events, and becoming an even more prominent name on the international competitive scene.