Fifteen Bracelets Awarded at the WSOP Europe at King's Resort

2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE)

The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOP) at King's Resort, located on the German border in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, is a wrap. The festival was once a huge success, with fifteen gold bracelets awarded.

It only fitted that Europe's most prestigious poker tournament festival was once again held at King's Resort, who will once again be home to the WSOPE next year.

The €23,000,000 in guarantees was smashed with 7,050 entrants showing up for the 15 bracelet events to generate combined prize pools of €29,241,920. The fifteen bracelet winners alone took home €8,799,415 in prizes on top of the coveted gold bracelets.

Here is a look at some of the highlights of the 2019 WSOP Europe:

Alexandros Kolonias Wins the Main Event

The highlight of the WSOPE was easily Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em on Oct. 25-31. The event surpassed its advertised €5,000,000 guarantee attracting 541 entrants to generate a €5,139,500 prize pool. This represented seven more players than the 2018 version of the WSOPE Main Event won by Jack Sinclair for €1,122,239.

Alexandros Kolonias Wins the 2019 WSOPE Main Event
Alexandros Kolonias Wins the 2019 WSOPE Main Event

Greece's Alexandros Kolonias won his first WSOP bracelet in style by shipping the event for a huge top prize of €1,133,678. He not only etched his name in the WSOP history books, but by increasing his career live poker earnings to $3,729,554, he supplanted country-mate Georgios Sotiropoulos for the top spot on The Hendon Mob All Time Money List.

More WSOPE Highlights

While Kolonias was the star of the show, two other players won bigger prizes during the WSOPE. Taiwan's James Chen won the biggest prize of the festival after finishing on top of a small field of 30 entrants in Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em to win the €2,844,215 prize.

Malaysia's Chin Wei Lim was perhaps the bigger story. Lim not only finished in second place in Event #4 for €1,757,857 but won a bigger prize and his first gold bracelet after navigated through a field of 72 entrants to ship Event #12: €100,000 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em for €2,172,104.

Meanwhile, Australia's Kahle Burns, who never previously found WSOP gold, won two gold bracelets in less than a week. Burns first bested a field of 83 entrants to win Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em for €596,833 before a few days later coming out on top of a field of 179 entrants to win Event #13: €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em for €101,834.

Two of the events attracted more than 1,000 entrants. The festival began with Ukraine's Renat Bohdanov outlasting a field of 1,011 entrants to win Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em for €53,654 and a WSOPE Main Event ticket. France's Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier then won the largest attended event after besting a huge field of 2,738 entrants to win Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em for €190,375.

Other players winning bracelets included Dash Dudley, Vangelis Kaimakamis, Espen Sandvik, Siamak Tooran, Tomas Fara, Asi Moshe, Besim Hot, and Tomas Ribeiro.

2019 World Series of Poker Bracelet Winners

EventEntrantsPrize PoolWinnerPrizePrize (USD)
Event #1: €350 Opener No-Limit Hold'em1,011€302,541Renat Bohdanov€53,654$59,392
Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha476€226,100Dash Dudley€51,600$57,410
Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em766€873,240Vangelis Kaimakamis€167,056$184,218
Event #4: €250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em30€7,125,000James Chen€2,844,215$3,157,079
Event #5: €2,500 8-Game Mix71€250,000Espen Sandvik€75,426$84,058
Event #6: €25,500 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em111€2,636,250Siamak Tooran€740,996$822,506
Event #7: €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em377€200,000Tomas Fara€59,904$66,918
Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em83€1,971,250Kahle Burns€596,883$644,410
Event #9: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix279€397,575Asi Moshe€97,465$108,186
Event #10: €25,500 Mixed Games Championship45€1,068,750Besim Hot€385,911$428,361
Event #11: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha271€520,049Tomas Ribeiro€128,314$142,516
Event #12: €100,000 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em72€6,840,000Chin Wei Lim€2,172,104$2,395,244
Event #13: €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em179€391,115Kahle Burns€101,834$112,835
Event #14: €10,350 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em541€5,139,500Alexandros Kolonias€1,133,678$1,258,383
Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em2,738€1,300,550Bertrand Grospellier€190,375$213,220
 7,050€29,241,920 €8,799,415$9,734,736

Daniel Negreanu Wins WSOP Player of the Year

Robert Campbell left Las Vegas this summer as the leader of the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard with 2018 WSOP Player of the Year Shaun Deeb and 2004 and 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu close on his tail.

Deeb closed the gap after two events but wasn't able to grab the lead. Negreanu passed both Campbell and Deeb on the leaderboard ten events into the schedule to take the lead on the leaderboard, but it was a sweat until the very end.

It came down to a race between Deeb and Negreanu deep into the final event of the schedule, Event #15: €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em. Deeb battled through the 2,738-entrant field to make the final day in third place with eleven players remaining. He needed a fifth-place finish to become the first player to win the award in back-to-back years. Deeb ran into some early struggles before he was the first player out on the final day to secure the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year award to KidPoker.

Negreanu not only became the first player to win the WSOP Player of the Year award three times but also became the first to win the prestigious award without winning a gold bracelet during the year.

What's Up in November at King's Resort

The nonstop poker action at King's Resort continues in November. Not only will there be cash games around the clock but many poker festivals for players to battle for glory and big bucks.

The next big event is the Italian Poker Sport €250 Main Event featuring a healthy €551,750 guarantee on Nov. 6-11. The tournament features eight opening flights on Nov. 6-10, followed by two more days of poker action until a winner is crowned on Nov. 11.

A few days later, the France Poker Festival €300 Main Event heads to King's Resort with a €300,000 guarantee on Nov. 14-17. This event boasts six opening flights followed by one final day of play.

King's German Poker Days returns to King's Resort with two significant events including the King's German Poker Days €115 Warm-Up with a €100,000 guarantee on Nov. 17-20 followed by the King's German Poker Days €175 Main Event with a €300,000 guarantee on Nov. 21-24.

Closing out the month will be The Hendon Mob €220 Championship featuring a €200,000 guarantee on Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

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