Amateur Poker Player Turns €500 into €60,000 and a WSOP Bracelet

Maurice Nass

The penultimate gold bracelet of the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe has been awarded at King's Resort in Rozvadov. After almost 11 hours of play, Maurice Nass earned his first live tournament victory defeating Traian Stanciu heads up to take down the top prize of €60,000 in Event #15: €550 NLH Closer. The win came after a gruelling three-handed battle that saw both finalists hold the short stack and double multiple times, before settling the tournament in the late hours of the night.

Nass conquered a field of 628 entries over the opening two flights, taking the largest piece of the €298,300 prize pool. He becomes the second straight bracelet winner from Germany, following Bernd Gleissner’s triumph in Event #14: €1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Freezeout.

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Winner’s Reaction

Amazingly, this was Nass' only appearance at the WSOP Europe, and the amateur player made the most if his one shot. “I had no time because I have a job, no time to play other tournaments" Nass told PokerNews after his victory. "I decided to play The Closer because I’m very good in closer tournaments. That’s why I stayed here to play this tournament, with one bullet, and I won!”

As he reflected on the win, his thoughts were very clear on what the title means. “It’s very amazing to win a tournament but it changes nothing in my life, and that’s a good thing" Nass explained. "I’m not a professional poker player, I have a job. It means very much to win a trophy like this, I always wanted a bracelet. I was sure I would someday win a bracelet, now it’s earlier than I thought, but I’m very, very happy”.

Event #15: €550 NLH Closer Final Table Results

1Maurice NassGermany€60,000
2Traian StanciuRomania€36,600
3Duc Tuan TranVietnam€25,900
4Sefora PopRomania€18,600
5Anthony MahautFrance€13,600
6Bogdan TilicaRomania€10,050
7Theodoor WoolschotNetherlands€7,550
8Roland IsraelashviliUnited States€5,750
Final Table
Final Table

Day 2 Action

The final 61 players to find a bag returned to action, having already locked up €1,070. The day began at a furious pace, as the first four half-hour levels of play saw 35 players hit the rail. Among the notables to bow out early was Barny Boatman, who hit the rail as the second elimination of the day (60th - €1,070). He was soon joined on the sidelines by fellow WSOP bracelet winners Ilija Savevski (50th - €1,200) and Jared Strauss (48th - €1,200).

One of the more prominent patterns of the day was players struggling against ace-queen. This was especially true of Johan De Clercq (17th - €2,275) who was sent out with ace-king to get the field down to two tables

Other notable names to see their run cut short included Vlad Darie (14th - €2,275) and Emil Bise (13th - €2,800). Andrei Spataru was knocked out in tenth place for €3,500, and his elimination left the unofficial final table of nine.

Final Table Action

After posing for photos, the field was cut down by one more. Andrzej Jedryczka was propelled to a big stack early in the day with a double knockout, but was the first to fall at the unofficial final table after running into Duc Tuan Tran’s pocket aces to finish in ninth for €4,474.

Roland Israelashvili earned his fifth cash of the series with a third final table appearance, but was unable to build any more momentum and fell in eighth. Next to hit the rail was Theodoor Woolschot, who made a move with pocket eights but could not match Tran’s jacks to finish in seventh place.

Another trio of deep runs came to an end in the span of the next 15 minutes. Bogdan Tilica lost his short stack to finish sixth, followed by Anthony Mahaut in fifth and Sefora Pop just missing the podium with a fourth-place result.

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Three-Handed Play

After the flurry of knockouts, the final three combatants settled in for what would be a four-hour grind. Nass entered three-handed play as the shortest stack, but doubled twice quickly to vault back into contention.

Unbelievably, that was followed by Stanciu doubling his short stack four times in a row, all through Nass. Meanwhile, Day 1b chip leader Tran seemed in control for most of the final table until a string of back-to-back hands sealed his fate. Tran lost a big pot to Stanciu for the lead, and was knocked out on the next hand against Nass.

Traian Stanciu & Maurice Nass
Traian Stanciu & Maurice Nass

From there, Nass took a big early lead in heads up play only to see Stanciu double from ten big blinds when both players made a full house. Nass was able to grind the chips back, eventually taking down the title with just over 30 big blinds left in play.

“I really don’t know what to say, it’s so amazing" said Nass after the win. "I started the day quite short, I got a roller coaster, and after all I think when we were three left, I was sure that I will win this tournament." Despite the ups and downs over the course of three-handed play, his mindset was proven right. Now Hass can proudly call himself a WSOP bracelet winner.

2023 WSOP Europe Winnner

Event #1: €350 NLH Opener3,503Lukas Pazma€110,000
Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max719Omar Eljach€65,900
Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event1,729Sokratis Linaras€310,350
Event #4: €2,000 Pot Limit Omaha206Hokyiu Lee€91,183
Event #5: €550 NLH Colossus3,436Ermanno Di Nicola€200,000
Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha202Wing Po Liu€230,000
Event #7: €1,650 NLH 6-Max495Tobias Peters€143,100
Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€89Daniel Dvoress€600,000
Event #9: €1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty803Tobias Garp€92,300
Event #10: €2,000 8-Game Mix97Dainius Antanaitis€47,770
Event #11: €1,100 NLH Turbo Bounty Hunter570Joakim Andersson€70,000
Event #12: €50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller37Santhosh Suvarna€650,000
Event #14: €1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Freezeout182Bernd Gleissner€46,700
Event #15: €550 NLH Closer628Maurice Nass€60,000
  • Nass picked up the penultimate bracelet of the 2023 WSOP Europe after topping the 628-entry field.

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