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Hossein Ensan Wins 2017 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov Main Event (€184,812)

Hossein Ensan Wins 2017 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov Main Event (€184,812) 0001

The last World Series of Poker Circuit ring has been awarded at the King's Casino in Rozvadov and it was EPT12 Prague Main Event champion Hossein Ensan that defeated Jan Timo Jobmann in heads-up to claim his first WSOP Circuit ring in the €1,650 Main Event after a dominating performance on the final day.

“I am happy to be here. That was four days with great players and it was tough. But now I am just very happy,” Ensan said when he was presented the WSOP Circuit ring by WSOP tournament director Jack Effel. The fifty-three-year-old Ensan, who was born in Iran, already has $2.1 million in cashes, all on European soil, and considers poker as an enjoyable hobby. After knocking out six of his seven opponents on the final table, Ensan claimed further €184,812 to his poker resume.

Jobmann added a second place to his astonishing performances during the festival including finishes on all three podium spots after a victory in the €600+66 No Limit Hold'em 6-Max Event and a third place in the €420 Bounty Hunter tournament.

The 28-year-old more than doubled his career cashes with a payday of €116,444, was gracious in defeat and smiled while he shook hands with Ensan. “We both got the ticket now, so I'll see you in the USA. Just let me know and we do something together, let's rock that tournament and get heads-up again." Both qualified for the World Series of Poker Circuit Casino Championship in 2018 as part of the WSOP Circuit ranking.

€1,650 Main Event Final Results

PlaceWinnerCountryPayout
1Hossein EnsanGermany€184,812
2Jan Timo JobmannGermany€116,444
3Rifat GegicGermany€83,407
4Davit OkropiridzeGeorgia€65,691
5Pavel StolarCzech Republic€51,615
6Viktor KovachevBulgaria€40,315
7Michael MagalashviliIsrael€30,356
8Viliyan PetleshkovBulgaria€21,163

Final Day Action

The day started with two all in showdowns in the first half an hour. Viliyan Petleshkov doubled with pocket nines against fellow Bulgarian Viktor Kovachev. Pavel Stolar, who started as one of the big stacks, then lost a big portion of his stack when his pocket aces ended up second best to the flopped set of sevens of Rifat Gegic.

Viliyan Petleshkov became the first casualty of the final table. The High Roller regular from Bulgaria, who already won a WSOP Circuit ring here at King's Casino in 2016, got his stack in via three-bet jam with ace-queen. Hossein Ensan looked him up with the ace-king and a queen on the flop was followed by a king on the turn to reduce the field to the last seven hopefuls.

Michael Magalashvili recorded a new career-best score of €30,356 for finishing 7th. Two years ago when the WSOP Circuit stopped in Rozvadov for the first time, Magalashvili finished 18th in this very event. The player from Israel with Georgian roots got it in with ace-eight and Hossein Ensan looked him up with ace-queen. Magalashvili found no help until the queen-high river and was sent to the rail.

By then, Ensan was dominating at the top of the chip counts and also sent the third player in a row to the payout desk. Day 2 chip leader Viktor Kovachev got it in with ace-nine suited and Ensan looked him up with king-jack suited. The king-high flop gave Ensan top pair, and he dodged the flush draw of Kovachev to reduce the field to the last five.

The very next hand, Pavel Stolar was all in and at risk with the ace-four. Jan Timo Jobmann called with pocket sevens and suddenly there were just four players remaining, three Germans and Davit Okropiridze from Georgia.

After scoring a double through Jobmann, it was Davit Okropiridze who had to settle for 4th place. He flopped top two pair with queen-jack and Hossein Ensan put him at risk with ace-deuce suited for a gutshot and the nut flush draw. Another heart appeared right away on the turn and the river was a blank. Okropiridze only had $2,049 in cashes prior to the tournament and skyrocketed into the top 10 of the all-time money list of his home country as a result.

Three-handed play only lasted half an hour and it was Rifat Gegic who made a move with ace-high and a gutshot in a three-way hand. Hossein Ensan called with king-queen for top pair and the river was a blank to give Ensan an overwhelming lead for heads-up. The duel for the title only lasted two hands and Jan Timo Jobmann got it in with queen-three suited for a flush draw on a ten-high flop. Ensan had seven-eight of diamonds for the same flush draw, spiked a straight draw on the turn and rivered an off suit eight to emerge victorious.

Hossein Ensan and friends
Hossein Ensan and Friends

The event drew a total of 672 entries and the top 71 spots took home a portion of the prize pool. Among those to cash were Dorde Jovanovic (70th, for €3,639), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (69th, for €3,639), 2015 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov champion Mateusz Dziewonski (62nd, for €3,639), Georgios Zisimopoulos (58th, for €3,639), 14-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (56th, for €3,639), Sander van Wesemael (38th, for €4,788), Jaroslaw Sikora (30th, for €5,554), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Brandon Cantu (14th, for €10,342) and Carlo Savinelli (12th, for €11,874).

There is just a short break while the non-stop action in Rozvadov continues, and the start of the World Series of Poker Europe is only two days away. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there to provide updates of all bracelet events, so make sure to tune back in regularly.

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