2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online

Event Info

Buy-in €550
Prize Pool €1,177,050
Players 2478

Level Info

Level 38
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 600,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 10
Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS
Day 3 Completed

Edmond Jahjaga Wins First WSOP Europe Bracelet in Event #5: €550 NLH COLOSSUS for €147,775

ajlamers • Level 38: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Edmond Jahjaga
Edmond Jahjaga

Another World Series of Poker Europe gold bracelet has been awarded as Edmond Jahjaga has captured his first-ever title in Event #5: €550 No-Limit Hold'em COLOSSUS. Jahjaga steam-rolled his way to a victory and €147,775 after defeating 2,478 players including a very brief heads-up match with Riadh Farhat.

The 43-year-old from Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, is a business owner and started playing poker roughly five years ago, and is now a new WSOP Europe champion. He considers himself a recreational player and headed to King's Resort for the second time after a brief spell here back in 2020. Jahjaga can often be found playing live cash games and only takes part in tournaments a handful of times throughout the year.

"It means a lot to me. I don't know how to describe it because it comes so unexpected. The whole experience feels like a movie and it just happened." You could tell just how much winning a tournament like this meant to Jahjaga, even for someone who just plays the game as a hobby.

He also mentioned that he got very lucky on Day 1 when he found himself all in with an overpair against his opponent's set. Jahjaga managed to hit a bigger full house on the river which kept his tournament life alive. "I also got lucky on Day 2 but that's part of the game. You have to get lucky at times to win tournaments and fortune was on my side."

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Edmond JahjagaKosovo€147,775
2Riadh FarhatFrance€91,318
3Matteo CalzoniItaly€67,596
4Andrea RicciItaly€50,506
5Roman KrahulaCzech Republic€38,095
6Zlatin PenevBulgaria€29,008
7Aurelio ReggiItaly€22,302
8Fotios NtamarisGreece€17,314
9Gabriele ReItaly€13,574

Final Day Action

There were 10 players who returned to their seats for 10 a.m. at King's Resort and it only took a mere 14 minutes until Merijn can Rooij was sent to the rail in 10th place thanks to the pocket nines of Jahjaga. After that, the remaining nine players took a 90-minute break, awaiting the live stream to begin at 12 p.m. Once the action got underway, there were a few short stacks that needed to navigate their way through the pay jumps.

Unfortunately for Gabriele Re, he was the first casualty on just the second hand at the feature table. He was quickly followed by Fotios Ntamaris and Aurelio Reggi who also entered the day as short stacks. With six players left, Jahjaga took a stranglehold on the chip lead when Zlatin Penev shipped into his pocket kings, leaving just five players remaining.

Roman Krahula was the next shortest stack and his patience finally came to an end. He picked up an ace in the big blind but Andrea Ricci was waiting with his pocket nines to snap him off. Krahula was unable to improve and he headed for the payout desk in fifth place.

The final four players all made it to the first break at the final table but when they returned it became a blood bath. Matteo Calzoni started with a double up through Ricci, which left Ricci on the short stack. Just a couple of hands later, Ricci fell to a two-outer from Farhat and was ousted in fourth place.

Andrea Ricci (WSOP circuit ring winner) finished in fourth place
Andrea Ricci (WSOP circuit ring winner) finished in fourth place

Once three-handed play began, Calzoni attempted to take a couple of shots at Jahjaga's chip lead but failed time and time again when Jahjaga always had the best hand. His last straw came when he shoved all in with jack-ten suited but Jahjaga once again woke up with ace-king. Calzoni couldn't connect with the board and bowed out in third place, leaving Jahjaga with a big chip lead versus Farhat.

The heads-up battle didn't last long as Farhat raised it up on the button with king-queen in the very first hand. Jahjaga shoved all in from the big blind with ace-nine and Farhat called off his stack. The board ran out clean for Jahjaga and he quickly ended the match on the very first hand. Farhat was forced to settle for a runner-up finish but still claimed his largest ever tournament score.

That wraps up the coverage for this event, but the PokerNews live reporting team will be here to bring you the live updates throughout the rest of the WSOP Europe from King's Resort.

Tags: Andrea RicciAurelio ReggiEdmond JahjagaFotios NtamarisGabriele ReMatteo CalzoniRiadh FarhatRoman KrahulaZlatin Penev

Riadh Farhat Eliminated in 2nd Place (€91,318)

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Riadh Farhat
Riadh Farhat

Riadh Farhat raised it up on the button and Edmond Jahjaga announced all in from the big blind. Farhat quickly called off his stack of 13,100,000 and the cards were on their backs in the first hand of heads-up action.

Riadh Farhat: {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Edmond Jahjaga: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The flop came {4-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Jahjaga's ace-high remained in the lead. The turn brought the {a-Hearts} and Jahjaga picked up two pair, leaving Farhat drawing dead to the {5-Diamonds} on the river. Just like that, in an instance the match was over on the first hand and Farhat was eliminated in second place.

Edmond Jahjaga KV
Edmond Jahjaga
KV 62,000,000 13,200,000
Riadh Farhat FR
Riadh Farhat
FR Busted

Tags: Edmond JahjagaRiadh Farhat

Matteo Calzoni Eliminated in 3rd Place (€67,596)

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Matteo Calzoni
Matteo Calzoni

Matteo Calzoni was the shortest stack at the table with around 15 big blinds and pushed all in for 9,900,000 on the button. Edmond Jahjaga called from the small blind and the cards were on their backs.

Matteo Calzoni: {j-Spades}{10-Spades}
Edmond Jahjaga: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}

The flop came {q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades} to give Calzoni a straight draw to go with his two live cards. The {7-Hearts} on the turn paired the board and the {9-Clubs} on the river also paired the board. Calzoni was unable to connect and was eliminated in third place.

The stage is now being set for the heads-up match and they will take a quick 5-minute break.

Edmond Jahjaga KV
Edmond Jahjaga
KV 48,800,000 16,100,000
Riadh Farhat FR
Riadh Farhat
FR 13,100,000 -1,200,000
Matteo Calzoni IT
Matteo Calzoni
IT Busted

Tags: Edmond JahjagaMatteo Calzoni

Jahjaga Wins Two with the Worst Hand

ajlamers • Level 38: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Edmond Jahjaga opened to 1,400,000 on the button with {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts} and Matteo Calzoni defended from the big blind with {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. The flop came {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and Calzoni check-folded to a bet of 1,400,000 from Jahjaga.

A couple of hands later, Jahjaga raised to 1,400,000 in the small blind with {8-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Riadh Farhat just called in the big blind with {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. The flop fell {j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Hearts} and Jahjaga led out with a bet of 1,800,000. Farhat laid down the best hand and Jahjaga raked in another pot.

Edmond Jahjaga KV
Edmond Jahjaga
KV 32,700,000 4,900,000
Riadh Farhat FR
Riadh Farhat
FR 14,300,000 -3,500,000
Matteo Calzoni IT
Matteo Calzoni
IT 13,400,000 700,000

Andrea Ricci Eliminated in 4th Place (€50,506)

ajlamers • Level 38: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Andrea Ricci
Andrea Ricci

Andrea Ricci pushed all in for 8,300,000 on the button and Riadh Farhat asked for a count from the small blind. Farhat thought for a moment and then also shoved all in.

Andrea Ricci: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Riadh Farhat: {a-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

The flop of {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}{6-Clubs} gave both players a pair but Ricci held the better one with the kings. However, the {6-Spades} on the turn gave Farhat trip sixes and Ricci was left drawing to two outs. The {4-Spades} on the river was not one of them and Ricci was sent packing in fourth place.

Riadh Farhat FR
Riadh Farhat
FR 17,800,000 6,150,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it Busted

Tags: Andrea RicciRiadh Farhat

Calzoni Doubles Through Ricci

ajlamers • Level 38: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Matteo Calzoni shoved all in for 5,900,000 on the button and Andrea Ricci asked for a count from the big blind. Ricci made the call and the cards were tabled.

Matteo Calzoni: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Andrea Ricci: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}

The flop came {q-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} which left Calzoni in the lead with the better ace-high. The {9-Hearts} on the turn and the {3-Clubs} on the river gave Calzoni a double up and left Ricci on the short stack.

Matteo Calzoni IT
Matteo Calzoni
IT 12,700,000 7,175,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 10,500,000 -6,375,000

Tags: Matteo CalzoniAndrea Ricci

Level:
38
Blinds:
300,000/600,000
Ante:
600,000

Break Time

ajlamers • Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

The remaining four players are heading on a 15-minute break.

Edmond Jahjaga KV
Edmond Jahjaga
KV 27,800,000 3,500,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 16,875,000 -1,525,000
Riadh Farhat FR
Riadh Farhat
FR 11,650,000 2,550,000
Matteo Calzoni IT
Matteo Calzoni
IT 5,525,000 -3,875,000

Ricci Goes for Three Small Bets

ajlamers • Level 37: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

Andrea Ricci made it 1,250,000 in the cutoff with {k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} and Edmond Jahjaga defended from the big blind with {k-Hearts}{3-Hearts}. The flop came {j-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and Jahjaga check-called a bet from Ricci.

The turn was the {k-Spades} and Jahjaga checked again. Ricci made another small bet of 1,400,000 and Jahjaga stuck around to see the {10-Diamonds} on the river.

Jahjaga checked for the third time and Ricci went with another bet of 1,400,000. Jahjaga quickly called and Ricci collected the pot with a pair of kings and the better kicker.

Edmond Jahjaga KV
Edmond Jahjaga
KV 24,300,000 -3,500,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 18,400,000 3,775,000

Tags: Andrea RicciEdmond Jahjaga