Kisacikoglu Denies PokerStars' Grafton in WSOPE £50K Diamond High Roller (€748,106)

Orpen Kisacikoglu

The World Series of Poker Europe at King's Resort, Rozvadov is starting to come to a close following another weekend of gold bracelet action. The $50,000 Diamond High Roller and €2,000 8-Game Mix wrapped up while the WSOPE €10,300 Main Event reached its midway point.

Orpen Kisacikoglu was the player to triumph in the high roller and took home the €748,106 up top after denying PokerStars ambassador Sam Grafton in heads-up play.

45 entries stumped up the €50K buy-in to generate the €2,116,125 prize pool, which also saw the likes of Shaun Deeb, Nick Petrangelo and Timothy Adams walk away with a return on their investment.

Event #11: $50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)
1Orpen KisacikogluTurkey€748,106
2Sam GraftonUnited Kingdom€462,363
3Shaun DeebUnited States€313,919
4Nick PetrangeloUnited States€220,045
5Timothy AdamsCanada€159,413
6Daniel PidunGermany€119,492
7Daniel DvoressCanada€92,787

Final Table Recap

The final day of Event #11: $50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller saw 28 players return to the felt and the field was quickly whittled to its final nine players. Daniel Negreanu, Johan Guilbert and Ole Schemion were just some of the notable names to fall before the final table was determined.

Of those to make the final table, just seven of the nine made the paid places. Deeb ousted Jorryt Van Hoof after his pocket queens remained best against the European's ace-king.

Deeb then eliminated Paul Phua on the stone bubble after picking up another premium hand. Phua committed his stack with a pair of nines but ran into the American's pocket kings, who went onto the final table as the chip leader.

Daniel Dvoress went home with the €92,787 min-cash after his inferior ace was unable to improve against Kisacokoglu's better ace-high.

Daniel Pidun bowed out in sixth place following a cooler against Timothy Adams. Both players flopped trip jacks and all their chips went into the middle on the river. Adam's queen kicker proved the difference maker and bettered Pidun's jack-ten.

Adams then followed Pidun out of the door after a blind versus blind battle against Kisacikoglu. The eventual winner moved all in with king-eight from the small blind and Adams called off his short stack from the big blind with pocket fives. Kisacikoglu paired his king on the river to set up four-handed play.

Deeb then secured another final table casualty. His seven-five leapfrogged the ace-seven held by Petrangelo. A five appeared on the flop Petrangelo found no help on the turn or river.

Deeb, who was hunting for his sixth WSOP bracelet, got into a raising war with Kisacikoglu which resulted in the duo being all-in preflop. Deeb had pocket jacks but was a huge underdog as Kisacikoglu woke up with pocket kings and the latter held out to set up heads-up play with a commanding chip lead.

Grafton, who triumphed in the $200K Coin Rivet Invitational for $5.5 million in September, entered the final table in the danger zone and had managed to ladder up to second place.

However, there would be no comeback for the Brit as Kisacikoglu closed out the tournament in quick fashion. Kisacikoglu jammed as the big stack with king-queen and Grafton put in the last of his chips with king-jack.

Grafton paired his undercard on the flop but Kisacikoglu went runner-runner to make a king-high straight to seal out the win.

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Thomer Pidun Scoops 8-Game Mix Bracelet

Thomer Pidun
Thomer Pidun

Germany's Thomer Pidun also become a WSOP bracelet winner over the weekend after reigning supreme in Event #10: €2,000 8-Game Mix. Pidun collected the €49,245 first-place prize and his first piece of WSOP hardware.

The 102-entry field created the €179,265 prize pool which saw the top 16 players make the money.

The aforementioned Deeb picked up the €3,190 min-cash while players like Anson Tsang and Yuval Bronshtein racked up another WSOP cash.

Event #10: €2,000 8-Game Mix Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (in EUR)
1Thomas PidunGermany€49,245
2Oleksii KovalchukUkraine€30,430
3Philipp KriegerGermany€21,311
4Julien SitbonFrance€15,299
5Dario AliotoItaly€11,266
6Nacho BarberoArgentina€8,516
7Allen KesslerUnited States€6,612

2022 WSOPE Gold Bracelet Winners

€350 NLH Opener2,454Fabio Peluso€95,670€734,359
€550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max566Helmut Phung€55,132€268,850
€1,350 Mini Main Event1,431Ilija Savevski€245,319€1,631,340
€2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha221Anson Tsang€95,461€388,407
€550 NLH Colossus2,982Lubos Laska€170,568€1,416,450
€5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha223Roman Verenko€247,288€1,006,287
€1,650 NLH 6-Max413Max Kruse€134,152€588,525
€25,000 NLH Platinum High Roller67Paul Phua€482,433€1,565,790
€2,200 Short Deck91Emil Bise€49,521€172,900
€2,000 8-Game Mix102Thomer Pidun€49,245€179,265
€50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller45Orpen Kisacikoglu€748,106€2,116,125
€10,350 Main Event----
€1,650 PLO/NLH Mixed----
€1,100 NLH Bounty Hunter----
€1,000 NLH Turbo Freezeout----
  • Kisacikoglu picked up his first WSOP bracelet after overcoming a star-studded final table.

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Calum has been a part of the PokerNews team since September 2021 after working in the UK energy sector. He played his first hand of poker in 2017 and immediately fell in love with the game. Calum's proudest poker achievement is winning the only tournament he has ever played in Las Vegas, the prestigious $60 Flamingo evening event.

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