After more than fifteen grueling hours on Day 3 of the WSOP International Circuit Main Event King’s Resort Rozvadov, the spectacular gold WSOP Circuit Ring will stay in the Czech Republic for another six months at least. After Martin Kabrhel wasn’t successful in defending his title, Jakub Oliva has ensured that the title will stay in Czech hands as he defeated Otto Honan heads-up for €205,000, the entry into the Global Casino Championship, and the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Ticket worth €10,350.
As a matter of fact, Oliva finished in third place here in Europe’s biggest poker arena when he fell to Kabrhel for his biggest live tournament cash in his poker career. But with this win, he has easily surpassed that result and increased his total live earnings to over the $500,000-mark according to The Hendon Mob. Similar to Kabrhel’s performance on the final table, he eliminated six of his seven opponents. Oliva took out four players on the final table to showcase his poker skills.
Other notable players on the final table included Grzegorz Wyraz who probably had the most experience of them all and Andrei Makavets who won the WSOPC Mini Main Event almost two weeks ago for €120,850 and a WSOPE Main Event Ticket.
Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in EUR)||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Jakub Oliva||Czech Republic||€ 205,000*||$226,060|
|2||Otto Honan||Belgium||€ 123,500*||$136,187|
|3||Andrei Makavets||Belarus||€ 88,500*||$97,592|
|4||Aliaksandr Shylko||Belarus||€ 68,500*||$75,537|
|5||Shay Rozenbaum||Israel||€ 54,000*||$59,547|
|6||Grzegorz Wyraz||Poland||€ 42,000*||$46,315|
|7||Alois Sprachta||Czech Republic||€ 31,000*||$34,185|
|8||Daniel Wendorf||Austria||€ 21,200*||$23,378|
* plus a WSOPE Main Event Ticket worth €10,350
The first two starting days of the Main Event attracted 619 entries, together with the 55 online partypoker entries, this tallied up to 674 entries. Another 94 entries were added on Day 2 to come to a field of 768 which means this was the biggest Main Event ever in the history of the King’s Resort as a host of the WSOPC. Seventy-seven players would be making it into the money, six of them came through the online path, all guaranteed €3,500 at the start of Day 3.
Start of the day
As usual, after a bubble has burst, in this case at the end of Day 2, a steady stream of eliminations will come in as the short stacks get their chips in, sometimes good, sometimes bad. This event was no exception as the first three levels of the day weren’t kind to 33 players. Jonas Lauck was one of the online players and the first to bust when he ran his tens into the aces of Eddie Cronholm who had actually burst the bubble the previous night and was also responsible for the very first elimination on Day 1a. Tomas Sisak was the first player to pick up a pay jump after only twenty minutes had been played.
2018 WSOPC Main Event Rozvadov champion, Amar Begovic and the runner-up in that event, Timur Margolin both busted in the second level of the day. Jaroslav Peter won the Seven Card Stud Limit Circuit Ring last week but couldn’t add a second one to his collection. Lukas Zaskodny won a big event here a few months ago but was stopped from claiming another one.
Ten minutes before the dinner break, the field would already be reduced to the final three tables. And if you thought the action was hot and heavy already, those ten minutes after the redraw were tumultuous. Four players busted, Oliva doubled through Cronholm and Alois Sprachta stayed alive when he was at risk against Daniel Wendorf.
After the Dinner Break
With everyone refreshed after the dinner break, the action did not let up. In less than two hours, the field was reduced to the final two tables. Oliva, Aliaksandr Shylko, and Shay Rozenbaum started as the top three stacks and they would also be the most active players to put the most pressure on the rest.
Anatoly Filatov honored his sponsor and made Day 3 by playing online but saw his deep run end in sixteenth place when his pocket eights failed to win against the ace-king of Honan. Kahle Burns fell victim to Rozenbaum in twelfth place when he held ace-jack and got no help of the board against Rozenbaum’s kings. Jaroslaw Kosmaty also played online to make Day 3 but finished in eleventh place and missed out on the WSOPE Main Event Ticket which was part of the prize for finishing in the top ten.
A few minutes later, Zhong Chen put his last chips in and didn’t win. It was time to combine the two tables into one for the final table but before this could happen, Dennis Wilke had been eliminated by Rozenbaum.
The Final Table
The eight-handed final table started with Oliva and Rozenbaum as the clear chip leaders and also the most aggressive players. It would take two hours before Wendorf would be leaving the stage in eighth place. Honan found a big double-up against Wyraz when he held kings. Wyraz had shoved with jacks after a raise of Makavets and Honan was the only one to make the call to catapult him into the chip lead. Wyraz couldn’t recover after having been left short. Rozenbaum had been bleeding chips, doubling players up left and right and finally got his last chips in with king-queen. He was ahead against the king-ten of Makavets but the turn wasn’t kind to him as he was eliminated in fifth place.
An hour later Shylko was to be sent away when he shoved with ace-eight and was looked up by Olive with ace-jack. Oliva had a commanding chip lead and wouldn’t let that go anymore. Makavets was taken out by Honan when his shove with nine-seven was challenged. Honan had the higher kicker with ace-six and those held throughout the runout of the board. Heads-up lasts less than 15 minutes, Honan held jack-eight in the final and. Oliva had the superior hand with jack-ten and flopped trips which held when the chips in on the turn. Honan had flopped a gutshot straight draw and turned two pair but bricked the river to end the long day.
This concludes the PokerNews coverage of the Fall Edition of the WSOP International Circuit here in the beautiful King’s Resort but keep following the updates as the World Series of Poker Europe kicks into high gear!