Omar Eljach Wins 2022 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (€1,380,129)

Omar Eljach WSOPE

It was third time's a charm for Sweden's Omar Eljach as he won the 2022 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event, overcoming a field of 763 entries to win €1,380,128.

After twice coming close to winning a maiden bracelet — including a runner-up finish just seven days ago — Eljach defeated France's Jonathan Pastore after a six-hour heads-up match slog.

"There are so many emotions," he said, after his victory. "I feel relief, I feel incredible's an amazing feeling."

2022 WSOPE Main Event Final Table Results

1Omar EljachSweden€ 1,380,128
2Jonathan PastoreFrance€ 852,949
3Shaun DeebUnited States€ 607,531
4Vladas TamasauskasLithuania€ 438,978
5Paul CovaciuRomania€ 321,838
6Armin RezaeiAustria€ 239,466
7Barny BoatmanUnited Kingdom€ 180,867
8Alexandre ReardFrance€ 138,702

Winner's Reaction

Eljach, who came into the final table as chip leader, says he first learned the game with playing home games for pennies with his cousin.

"Then, in my early 20s, I began to give it a shot and play low-stakes cash at the casinos in Stockholm. I’ve just been grinding away step-by-step, playing bigger and bigger, and now we’re here."

The victory more than triples his previous career earnings and sees him soar up to 15th on the Swedish all-time money list ahead of the likes of Robin Ylitalo, Niklas Astedt and Simon Mattsson.

"It was such a draining battle," he said. "I want to do a short vacation and celebrate, but I don't know where yet! It will be nice to see something else after being here for a couple of weeks."

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Final Table Recap

The early stages saw an Armin Rezaei double while Eljach extended his chip lead. Alexandre Reard must have thought he was in line for a double with pocket queens, but ran into the pocket aces of Vladas Tamasauskas to become the first elimination of the final day.

If Reard thought he was going to double, then Barny Boatman definitely did after picking up pocket aces in early position. However, he as out-flopped by Shaun Deeb who made two pair to send the two-time bracelet winner to the rail. This result came 12 years and over 4,000 days since Boatman first cashed a WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing 13th in London back in 2010.

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This elimination saw Deeb take over as chip leader, before Eljach battled back with the elimination of Rezaei in sixth place. He was immediately followed out the door by Paul Covaciu as the average stack continued to increase.

Tamasauskas tried in vain to hang onto the coat tails of the other three players before being eliminated by Pastore, with Deeb starting to pull away at the top of the counts. However, back came Eljach, who found his way to the top of the counts and eliminated the now short-stacked Deeb to take things to heads-up.

Heads-Up Play

First blood went to Pastore who moved into the lead, only for the Frenchman to triple barrel bluff over half of his chips away. A Pastore double saw him stay alive and he would go on to regain the chip lead, only for momentum to swing back and forth between the two players over the course of six gruelling hours.

The final hand saw Pastore four-bet jam with A8 only for Eljach to call with QQ. Pastore did flop an eight, but there was no further help as Eljach was crowned champion, taking home €1,380,129 and a seat at the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

Former WSOPE Main Event Champions

2007362Annette Obrestad£1,000,000Recap
2008362John Juanda£868,800Recap
2009334Barry Shulman£801,603Recap
2010346James Bord£830,401Recap
2011593Elio Fox€ 1,400,000Recap
2012420Phil Hellmuth€ 1,022,376Recap
2013375Adrián Mateos£1,000,000Recap
2015313Kevin MacPhee£883,000Recap
2017529Marti Roca de Torres€ 1,115,207Recap
2018534Jack Sinclair€ 1,122,239Recap
2019541Alexandros Kolonias€ 1,133,678Recap
2021688Josef Gulas Jr€ 1,276,712Recap
2022763Omar Eljach€ 1,380,128Recap
  • Eljach finally picked up his first bracelet in the WSOP Europe Main Event after two prior runner-up finishes

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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