Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||300,000 / 600,000|
Players Info - Day 3
Day 3 Completed
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
|5||Roman Krahula||Czech Republic||€38,095|
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.
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.
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.
The flop came and Jahjaga's ace-high remained in the lead. The turn brought the and Jahjaga picked up two pair, leaving Farhat drawing dead to the on the river. Just like that, in an instance the match was over on the first hand and Farhat was eliminated in second place.
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.
The flop came to give Calzoni a straight draw to go with his two live cards. The on the turn paired the board and the 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 opened to 1,400,000 on the button with and Matteo Calzoni defended from the big blind with . The flop came 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 and Riadh Farhat just called in the big blind with . The flop fell and Jahjaga led out with a bet of 1,800,000. Farhat laid down the best hand and Jahjaga raked in another pot.
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.
The flop of gave both players a pair but Ricci held the better one with the kings. However, the on the turn gave Farhat trip sixes and Ricci was left drawing to two outs. The on the river was not one of them and Ricci was sent packing in fourth place.
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.
The flop came which left Calzoni in the lead with the better ace-high. The on the turn and the on the river gave Calzoni a double up and left Ricci on the short stack.
The remaining four players are heading on a 15-minute break.
Andrea Ricci made it 1,250,000 in the cutoff with and Edmond Jahjaga defended from the big blind with . The flop came and Jahjaga check-called a bet from Ricci.
The turn was the and Jahjaga checked again. Ricci made another small bet of 1,400,000 and Jahjaga stuck around to see the 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.