The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe has crowned a new maiden gold bracelet winner as Romain Le Dantec defeated fellow countryman Sonny Franco in heads-up to come out on top of an 73-entry strong field in Event #13: €10,000 NLH 6-Max. Three French players made the final six and another two took home a portion of the €672,695 prize pool as France celebrated the third victory during the ongoing festival at the King's Resort in Rozvadov.
Predominantly a cash game player, Le Dantec only chose to enter the tournament after making a final table earlier in Event #9: €1,100 NLH Bounty Hunter. He collected a cash prize of €17,905 for his 5th place finish and used the winnings to earn his biggest live poker MTT score of €207,267. By doing so, he denied runner-up Franco more WSOP glory as he narrowly missed out on the first WSOP gold bracelet of his own, having already collected three WSOP Circuit gold rings prior.
Final Table Result Event #13: €10,000 NLH 6-Max
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)|
|1||Romain Le Dantec||France||€207,267|
|4||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||France||€62,574|
"I feel good, very good," Le Dantec told PokerNews after his victory. "It's my dream to win a bracelet so to do it in the €10,000 Six Max is unbelievable." Prior to the breakout win, the biggest recorded live cash for the Frenchman was a victory in a Side Event of the 2019 EPT Barcelona festival for €39,700.
"I love tournaments and I love competition," he said. "It was a very good tournament with a lot of top players from all over the world, so I'm very happy to win that," Le Dantec concluded.
The third Frenchman on the final table was arguably the most well-known of the trio as GGPoker ambassador Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier finished in fourth place for €62,574. He came up short of a WSOP gold bracelet two years after collecting his second hardware at the King's Resort during the 2021 WSOPE.
Only one further country was represented on the six-handed final table as Germany's Jakob Miegel, Sirzat Hissou and Christopher Puetz all failed to overcome the French domination during the business end of the tournament.
The short-lived conclusion lasted fewer than three hours and the very first seat open occurred only a few minutes into the live-streamed cards-up coverage on the PokerGO platform. In a battle of short-stacks, Puetz and Miegel got it in with suited aces and it was Miegel who came out on top thanks to his kicker advantage.
Grospellier then doubled through Hissou, who was shortly thereafter reduced to one big blind after colliding with Miegel. His comeback story included a triple and a double-up in quick succession but the third time was no charm for Hissou, who had to settle for fifth place. Grospellier would follow soon after and Miegel found no momentum during three-handed play, which left Le Dantec and Franco to battle for the gold bracelet.
Ultimately, the flopped top pair of Le Dantec prevailed against a flushdraw and gutshot for Franco to conclude the latest 2021 WSOP Europe gold bracelet event. The PokerNews live reporting team will provide exclusive updates for the remainder of the festival until December 8, 2021.