Amateur Poker Player Turns €500 into €60,000 and a WSOP Bracelet
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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.
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
|3||Duc Tuan Tran||Vietnam||€25,900|
|8||Roland Israelashvili||United States||€5,750|
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.
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.
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 Opener||3,503||Lukas Pazma||€110,000|
|Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max||719||Omar Eljach||€65,900|
|Event #3: €1,350 Mini Main Event||1,729||Sokratis Linaras||€310,350|
|Event #4: €2,000 Pot Limit Omaha||206||Hokyiu Lee||€91,183|
|Event #5: €550 NLH Colossus||3,436||Ermanno Di Nicola||€200,000|
|Event #6: €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha||202||Wing Po Liu||€230,000|
|Event #7: €1,650 NLH 6-Max||495||Tobias Peters||€143,100|
|Event #8: €25,000 NLH GGMillion€||89||Daniel Dvoress||€600,000|
|Event #9: €1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty||803||Tobias Garp||€92,300|
|Event #10: €2,000 8-Game Mix||97||Dainius Antanaitis||€47,770|
|Event #11: €1,100 NLH Turbo Bounty Hunter||570||Joakim Andersson||€70,000|
|Event #12: €50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller||37||Santhosh Suvarna||€650,000|
|Event #14: €1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Freezeout||182||Bernd Gleissner||€46,700|
|Event #15: €550 NLH Closer||628||Maurice Nass||€60,000|
In this Series
- 1 Check Out the €15M Guaranteed 2023 WSOP Europe Festival Schedule
- 2 Three Must-Play Bracelet Events at the WSOPE
- 3 The Five Biggest Poker Scores of King's Resort Owner Leon Tsoukernik
- 4 WSOPE 2023: Bigger Guarantees and High Stakes Action at King's Resort
- 5 Lukas Pazma Claims First Bracelet of 2023 WSOPE in Event #1: €350 NLH Opener (€110,000)
- 6 WSOP Europe Main Event Champ Omar Eljach Wins Second Bracelet in Rozvadov
- 7 Cash Game Specialist Hokyiu Lee Triumphs in 2023 WSOPE Event #4: €2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (€91,183)
- 8 Sokratis Linaras Triumphs in WSOP Europe Mini Main Event (€ 310,350)
- 9 Third Time's the Charm as Ermanno Di Nicola Catches a Miracle to Win the €550 Colossus
- 10 Wing Po Liu Denies WSOPE Main Event Champ Omar Eljach His Third Bracelet in $5K PLO
- 11 Daniel Dvoress Wins First Live Bracelet and €600,000 in WSOPE Event #8: €25,000 GGMiliion€
- 12 Seasoned Pro Tobias Peters Ends 11-Year WSOP Bracelet Pursuit
- 13 Poker's Ted Lasso? Assistant Soccer Coach Becomes First-Ever WSOP Europe Mystery Bounty Champion (€92,300)
- 14 WSOP Europe €2K 8-Game Bracelet Goes to Lithuania's Dainius “Dainiux” Antanaitis
- 15 Joakim Andersson Sprints His Way to the WSOP Europe €1,100 Turbo Bounty Hunter Bracelet
- 16 Santhosh Suvarna from HCL's PLO Week Wins WSOP Europe €50K Diamond High Roller (€650,000)
- 17 Poker Villain Martin Kabrhel Cracks Kings Twice to Beat Johan "YoH ViraL" Guilbert in $294,920 Pot
- 18 Record-Breaking WSOP Europe Main Event to Award €1,500,000 to the Winner
- 19 2023 WSOPE Hands of the Week PLO Edition: Runner, Runner & a Royal Flush Triple Up
- 20 Bernd Gleissner Captures Maiden Bracelet in WSOP Europe €1K Turbo Freezeout (€46,700)
- 21 Amateur Poker Player Turns €500 into €60,000 and a WSOP Bracelet
- 22 Poker Vlogger Eric Tsai Leads the Final Table of the WSOP Europe Main Event
- 23 The Giant of Rozvadov: Former Pro Basketball Player Max Neugebauer Wins the WSOP Europe Main Event