2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event
Days:
123

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $3,400,609
Players 3823

Level Info

Level 43
Blinds 2,000,000 / 4,000,000
Ante 4,000,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 5
Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event
Day 3 Completed

"It Feels Amazing": Georgios Sotiropoulos Joins Elite Group With Third WSOP Bracelet in Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event

dsalituro • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Georgios Sotiropoulos
Georgios Sotiropoulos

It’s every poker player’s dream to win a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Few have done it. Even fewer have two. But it’s truly a select group that has done it three times.

Georgios Sotiropoulos of Greece is now part of that poker pantheon after winning his third bracelet in 2021 WSOP Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event. Sotiropoulos outlasted a starting field of 3,821 entries to take home $432,575.

“It feels amazing. So many players in the tournament, 3,000 or so. So many hours played. And in the end, the result was what I wanted,” Sotiropoulos said.

Sotiropoulos is now a double-bracelet winner in 2021, also winning the Flip & Go Online on GGPoker in August. His first bracelet came at the 2015 WSOP Europe in a €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo event. He has established himself as one of the top no-limit hold’em players, but that reputation doesn’t really mean much to him.

“I don’t really think about that,” Sotiropoulos said. “But it’s an amazing achievement. I really love the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas, the tournaments, the people here. Everything excites me. Makes me come again and again, playing more and winning more. Feeling grateful.”

2021 WSOP Mini Main Event Final Table Resuts

PositionNameContryPrize
1Georgios SotiropoulosGreece$432,575
2Wataru MiyashitaJapan$267,328
3Jordan MeltzerUnited States$202,695
4James PattersonUnited States$154,720
5James RubinskiUnited States$118,898
6Matthew JewettUnited States$91,991
7David TuthillUnited States$71,661
8James MorganUnited Staes$56,208
9Erkut YilmazUnited States$44,394

Final Table Action

Sotiropoulos came into Day 3 with a chip lead of 105,550,000, more than 60 million ahead of second place with five players remaining. It was Wataru Miyashita who made quick work to bring about heads-up play, eliminating James Rubinski on the second hand of the day with ace-queen. He then flopped a set of eights to take out James Patterson in fourth place before eliminating Jordan Meltzer in third with Big Slick that made top pair on the river.

Sotiropoulos and Miyashita began heads-up play with identical chip stacks. Sotiropoulos pulled ahead when he called a 15 million preflop three-bet from Miyashita. Sotiropoulos also called bets of 8.5 million on the flop and 12 million on the turn with the board showing {2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{7-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. Both players checked the {k-Clubs} river, and Sotiropoulos won with {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts} for two pair, queens and sevens, as Miyashita flashed pocket fours.

The end came in a limped pot when Sotiropoulos and Miyashita saw the turn on a board of {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Sotiropoulos check-raised a 9 million bet from Miyashita to 26 million and called when Miyashita shoved for 78.3 million. Miyashita had trip queens, but Sotiropoulos had made a flush with {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. The river came the {5-Clubs}, and Sotiropoulos was a three-time bracelet winner.

Sotiropoulos dedicated the win to his namesake grandfather and to his friends who cheered him on from the rail. He plans to play the rest of the WSOP and maybe even the WSOP Europe in Rozvadov to try to win bracelet No. 4.

“I just want to keep playing, keep grinding,” he said. He’s now part of an elite company, but Sotiropoulos isn’t content to stop there.

Congratulations to Georgios Sotiropoulos, the 2021 WSOP Event #65: $1,000 Mini Main Event champion!

Tags: Georgios SotiropoulosJames PattersonJames RubinskiJordan MeltzerWataru Miyashita

Wataru Miyashita Eliminated in 2nd Place ($267,328)

AnthonyThompson • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Wataru Miyashita
Wataru Miyashita

Wataru Miyashita limped in and Georgios Sotiropoulos checked his option bringing about the {q-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} flop.

Sotiropoulos check-called the 4.5 million bet from Miyashita and the {q-Diamonds} paired the board on the turn.

The action saw Sotiropoulos check-raise to 26 million after Miyashita fired out 9 million and Miyashita three-bet jammed for 78.3 million

Sotiropoulos snap-called and the two players tabled their hands.

Wataru Miyashita: {q-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Georgios Sotiropoulos: {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

The turn gave Miyashita trip queens while also giving Sotiropoulos the diamond flush and the {5-Clubs} river was no help to Miyashita as it eliminated him in second place for $267,328.

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 229,380,000 91,380,000
Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP Busted

Tags: Georgios SotiropoulosWataru Miyashita

Miyashita Shoves

dsalituro • Level 43: 2,000,000-4,000,000, 4,000,000 ante
Wataru Miyashita
Wataru Miyashita

Wataru Miyashita raised to 9,000,000 and Georgios Sotiropoulos came along from the big blind. The flop came {2-Spades}{q-Hearts}{8-Spades}, and Miyashita bet another 5,500,000.

Sotiropoulos called to see the {6-Spades} turn. He checked, then folded when Miyashita announced he was all in.

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 138,000,000 -12,000,000
Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP 91,400,000 12,000,000

Tags: Georgios SotiropoulosWataru Miyashita

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Level:
43
Blinds:
2,000,000/4,000,000
Ante:
4,000,000

Players On Break

dsalituro • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Level 42 has come to an end and Georgios Sotiropoulos and Wataru Miyashita are headed off on a 15-minute break.

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 150,000,000 -5,380,000
Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP 79,400,000 5,400,000

Sotiropoulos Climbs Back to the Top

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Georgios Sotiropoulos raised to 7.2 million and then called the 15 million three-bet from Wataru Miyashita.

The {2-Hearts}{q-Spades}{7-Clubs} flop saw Miyashita continue for 8.5 million and Sotiropoulos called bringing the {q-Hearts} turn.

Miyashita fired out 12 million and Sotiropoulos called once again to see the {k-Clubs} complete the board on the river.

Both players checked and Miyashita rolled over {4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} but it was no good as Sotiropoulos showed {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} to win the pot.

Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 155,380,000 50,380,000
Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP 74,000,000 -50,400,000

Tags: Wataru MiyashitaGeorgios Sotiropoulos

Chop It Up

dsalituro • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Georgios Sotiropoulos called a 6,500,000 raise from Wataru Miyashita before the flop. Both players checked through to the river on a board of {a-Spades}{5-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{q-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

Sotiropoulos led out for 8,000,000 and Miyashita quickly called. Sotiropoulos showed {k-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a rivered pair of kings, but Miyashita showed the same pair with {k-Spades}{7-Hearts} to chop the pot.

Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP 124,400,000 -15,980,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 105,000,000 16,000,000

Tags: Georgios SotiropoulosWataru Miyashita

Miyashita Racking Chips

AnthonyThompson • Level 42: 1,500,000-3,000,000, 3,000,000 ante

Georgios Sotiropoulos raised to 7.2 million and Wataru Miyashita defended to see a {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{9-Spades} flop.

Miyashita check-called the 5.8 million continuation bet from Sotiropoulos and then did the same for 9 million after the {q-Spades} paired the board on the turn.

After the {9-Hearts} double paired the board on the river, Miyashita fired out an uncontested 11 million bet to win the pot.

Wataru Miyashita JP
Wataru Miyashita
JP 140,380,000 15,380,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos gr
Georgios Sotiropoulos
gr 89,000,000 -15,300,000

Tags: Georgios SotiropoulosWataru Miyashita