WSOPE: Vangelis Kaimakamis triumphs the Event#3 Mini Main Event
King’s Casino is hosting the most prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe, and ever since its commencement, various events have lined-up, each tying gold bracelets to the worthy winners. Yet another International champion, Vangelis Kaimakamis, took home his first-ever WSOP gold, adding 5th bracelet to his home country, Greece after defeating Shahar Levi in heads-up in the Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event.
The entire tournament saw a massive number of 766 entries, each chipping in €1,350 buy-in. As the event progressed, 7 survived and each was guaranteed at least €20,396. Kaimakamis entered the final table with shortest stacks but quickly managed to get back in action. The chip leader from Day 2, Levi was sailing in the same boat as the former. After some intense action between the remaining 6, it was Andrew Bak who missed out on one of the 5 tickets. The field was eventually reduced to the final two hopefuls.
Levi held a chip lead throughout the final table but ultimately settled for second place, while Kaimakamis celebrated the victory carrying a whopping €1,67,056 to his home country. The winner sits at 25th position in Greece’s All-Time money list with a total live earning over 429k. This victory added another spotlight to his career-best live cash.
Few of the other notable bracelet winners ending their journey on Day 2 include 6-time bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro (14th, €7,335), the recent WSOP Opener winner Renat Bohdanov (16th, €5,913) and Sebastian Lagrock (20th, €4,846), 6 -times bracelet winner Chris Ferguson (70, €2,115). India duo representing their home country include Nitin Jain (12th, €9,248) followed by Day 1B chip leader Pulkit Goyal (46th, €2,956).
Top 9 final payouts
- Vangelis Kaimakamis - €1,67,056 (~INR 1.32 Crore)
- Shahar Levi - €1,03,216
- Jose Rivas - €72,474
- Markus Jordan - €51,628
- Didier Rabl - €37,321
- Andrew Bak - €27,382
- Luigi Macaluso - €20,396
- Leonid Yanovski - €15,426
- Gerardo Giammugnani - €11,850
Event #8 €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
With a buy-in of €25,500, the Platinum High Roller NLH gathered a total number of 54 players. As the event progressed, the field ultimately narrowed down to the remaining 30 players to resume Day 2. Amassing the largest stack of the day was Phil Ivey bagging an impressive 3,895,500 chips followed by Timothy Adams with 3,650,000 chips. Nevertheless, the event was lit by several notable players including the recent WSOP Event #4 Super High Roller champion James Chen bagging 3,500,000 chips, 3-times bracelet winner Adrian Mateos with 2,095,000 chips, 2019 WSOP High Roller champion Danny Tang with 1,670,000 chips, 6-times bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu bagging 1,145,000 chips and so on.
Day 1 top 10 chip counts
- Phil Ivey - 3,895,000
- Timothy Adams - 3,650,000
- James Chen - 3,500,000
- Thomer Pidun - 3,040,000
- Anson Tsang - 2,770,000
- Jean-Noel Thorel - 2,660,000
- Pavel Binar - 2,655,000
- Johannes Becker - 2,360,000
- Manig Loeser - 2,340,000
- Laszlo Bujtas - 2,160,000
Event #9: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix
The event pulled 279 entries, each player playing €1,650 to create a prize pool of €4,18,500. As the event progressed, a total of 42 players will be in money receiving minimum cash of €23,922 but all eyes are stuck €97,365. Leading the final 56 was Shahaf Nacson bagging 436,000 chips followed by sole Indian contender Ankit Ahuja (picture below) with 376,000 chips.
Day 1 top 10 chip counts
- Shahaf Nacson - 436,000
- Ankit Ahuja - 376,500
- Harout Ghazarian - 365,000
- Paul Hendee - 340,000
- Quan Zhou - 327,000
- Asi Moshe - 291,500
- Jeff Lisandro - 287,000
- Oleg Pavlyuchuk - 286,000
- William Chattaway - 268,000
- Alexandre Viard - 250,000
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