The final day of the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has fallen upon us and there are just six players remaining with a shot at glory. In just a matter of hours, a new champion will be crowned in Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event, taking with them the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and over €1.2 million.
Among the final six players is a couple of recognizable names from former WSOP Main Events held in Las Vegas. Ryan Riess made his claim to fame when he captured the title in 2013 and took home over $8.3 million in the process. While he admits he played some of his worst poker on Day 5, he still managed to increase his stack and now here he is with 10,615,000 chips. "I made the wrong decision on the river ten times in a row." If Riess can turn things around and make some correct decisions today, his opponents are in for a tough day.
Another familiar face from the greatest spectacle in all of poker is Jack Sinclair. The British poker pro made the final table of the Main Event in 2017 but bowed out in eighth place for $1.2 million. Sinclair has already improved on that result but ultimately has only one goal in mind...win! Sinclair is still looking for his first WSOP bracelet and taking down the Main Event in Europe sounds like no better place to do it. He comes into the final day with 8,585,000 chips, good enough for fourth place.
Now the two big stacks belong to Laszlo Bujtas and Milos Skrbic who both went about their business in different ways. Bujtas held the chip lead after Day 4 as well and played many small pots yesterday. He did eventually eliminate Koray Aldemir in the last hand of the night to vault him into first place and he's hoping to carry that momentum forward. Bujtas will enter the day with 14,040,000 chips to top the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Skrbic was hovering around the middle of the pack for the better part of the tournament until he scooped a large pot from Riess. Skrbic flopped a full house and Riess turned a smaller one as the two players collided in a monster pot to send Skrbic up the leaderboard. The Serbian brings 12,720,000 chips with him to the final day.
The two short stacks belong to Krasimir Yankov and Ihor Yerofieiev but don't count them out just yet. Both players have been hanging out around the bottom of the pack at the end of each day, but managed to survive thus far. However, there will be no surviving today, as a winner will be crowned and these two will have their work cut out for them. Yankov will start the day with 3,995,000 chips while Yerofieiev will sit down with 3,170,000 chips.
The action is slated to begin at 3:00 PM local time inside King's Resort at the feature table. The live stream will start 30 minutes later with a delay and the hole cards will be available. You can check out the action over at Twitch on the King's Poker Room page. There will be around 40:00 remaining in level 29 with the blinds at 80,000/160,000 with a 160,000 big blind ante. The levels will be 90-minutes in length with a 15-minute break after each level. With the average stack over 50 big blinds, there should be a lot of poker to be played, and there's no telling when this might end.
Stay tuned to the PokerNews live reporting coverage as we bring you all of the live updates on a 30-minute delay until a winner is crowned.
Serbian Milos Skrbic recently recorded his biggest cash ever in a tournament in Las Vegas. Now, less than four months later Skrbic has already surpassed that and could move as high as third on the Serbian all-time money list - he currently sits ninth - just behind Ognjen Sekularac who also cashed in this event.
"Yesterday during the first level I was insanely card dead," he told PokerNews. "Later on, in my opinion, I had pretty easy decisions. No big swings, no major spots; everything seemed smooth and that's pretty much it.
"The last five days I've been very confident, and every day I've at least doubled my stack. I'm very confident and it's been going pretty well so far."
Arguably the biggest name at this final table, Ryan Riess has been playing poker professional for 11 years and is best-known for winning the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,361,570.
Riess bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 3, and said that he was enjoying a different kind of buzz here at King's Resort in Rozvadov compared to the hustle and bustle of the Rio in Las Vegas.
Riess sits in second spot in the Michigan all-time money list behind another WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada, but could overtake him if he finishes at least second in this event. However, there's no doubt that Riess will be eyeing up the gold bracelet and becoming only the second man to win both WSOP and WSOPE Main Events after Phil Hellmuth (1989 & 2012).
Chip leader Laszlo Bujtas is the youngest player at the final table at just 25. Going by the name of 'omaha4rollz' online, Bujtas has been playing poker for ten years and said he enjoyed a swingy day yesterday to hold onto the chip lead he started the day with to lead the WSOPE Main Event with just six players left.
This is made all the more remarkable by the fact that at the end of Day 1a, there was only one player with fewer chips than him!
"I played good overall," he said. "I just got really, really lucky in the end."
That luck saw him bust the last two players and lock up the chip lead. This time last year he finished 58th in the WSOPE Main Event, but a win today would vault him into the top ten of the Hungarian all-time money list, a list of players which includes 2012 WSOP Main Event final tablist Andras Koroknai and bracelet-winner Valdemar Kwaysser.
At the end of play yesterday, Krasimir Yankov said that he was happy with how he played, despite getting in some "bad spots."
Yankov has already cashed three times at the 2018 WSOPE in Rozvadov, after two in Las Vegas including a deep run in the Main Event there, where he finished 64th for $108,745. Yankov is the first Bulgarian to make a WSOP Main Event final table in Vegas or in Europe and comes into the 2018 WSOPE final day as the second-shortest stack.
"I'm playing tight," he told PokerNews. "But maybe everyone knows that now, so maybe I can change something!"
No stranger to WSOP Main Event final tables, 27-year-old Jack Sinclair finished eighth in the 2017 Main Event for $1,200,000 and said that yesterday improving on that mark played a big part in his play.
"It feels pretty good fading that eighth place," he said after play had finished for the night. "There was that big bubble factor for me. The ninth place bubble factor as well, because I love being in a final table photo!"
As one of the middle stacks, Sinclair is aware of the precarious situation he finds himself in at the final table.
"A medium stack is that one that you have to play the most cautiously, so I was playing pretty honestly so far. I've been pretty tight, but able to make a few hands and win some big pots!"
Sinclair could become the second British player to win the WSOPE Main Event after James Bord in 2010, and also the first to win the WSOPE Main Event after final tabling - but not winning - the Vegas Main Event.
The shortest player going into the 2018 WSOPE Main Event is coincidentally the oldest, but 34-year-old Ihor Yerofieiev is "looking forward to the bracelet" after doubling up at the final table with queens against the eights of Ryan riess.
"I was very lucky," he told PokerNews through an interpreter, "It was great that three guys busted, and I doubled up in a good situation."
Yarofieiev is the second Ukrainian to make a WSOPE Main Event final table after Sergii Baranov finished runner-up in 2012 to Phil Hellmuth, taking home €623,592. One year earlier, Anton Makiievskyi finished eighth in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for $1,010,015. A relative unknown, Yarofieiev could eclipse both results with a win today, but he'll have to do it from the toughest position at the table - the short stack.
Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
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