WSOPE Colossus Delays as Mini Main Reaches Final
I’ll admit it. I skipped yesterday’s recap. One reason was the American Thanksgiving holiday, for which I was cooking and spending time with family. The other reason was that Day 6 of the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe was confusing.
The WSOPE Colossus was supposed to offer its first flight on November 24…but it didn’t happen. PokerNews was the only Twitter account – not WSOP or King’s – to say anything about it on November 24. The explanation was brief but noted that the powers-that-be cancelled Day 1A of the Colossus due to “large field sizes combined with staffing issues.”
Later, PokerNews posted the new Colossus schedule at the start of its Colossus live updates. This was the clearest listing of the rescheduled event:
-Day 1B: Thursday, Nov 25 at 11am
-Day 1C: Thursday, Nov 25 at 6pm
-Day 1D: Friday, Nov 26 at 11am
-Day 1E: Friday, Nov 26 at 6pm
-Day 1F: Saturday, Nov 27 at 11am
-Day 1G: Saturday, Nov 27 at 6pm
-Day 2: Sunday, Nov 28 at 2pm
-Day 3: Monday, Nov 29 at 1pm (final day)
At the same time, King’s Casino announced a schedule update. It seems that some of the high-stakes players scheduled to play Events 13 and 15 of the series in December – the €50K and €100K High Rollers – may have troubles getting to Rozvadov. So, new tournaments are taking their places.
-Event 13 on December 2-3: €10K buy-in NLHE 6-Max replaces €50K NLHE Diamond High Roller
-Event 15 on December 6-7: €3K buy-in NLHE Closer replaces €100K NLHE Super High Roller
WSOPE Schedule Update. pic.twitter.com/4YBf6DPx5x
— King's Resort (@PokerroomKings) November 24, 2021
But wait, there’s more!
Christian Zetzsche explained some of the staffing and scheduling issues. The Czech Republic government put new Covid-19 restrictions into effect. This is in response to rising infection rates in various parts of Europe and lockdowns implemented in neighboring countries like Austria and Slovakia. While reports indicate that many of the new cases affect the unvaccinated, the increasing hospitalization rates have been significant enough to be concerning.
All tournaments will go ahead as planned with adjusted earlier starting times and caps in place.
— Christian Zetzsche (@zedmaster84) November 25, 2021
Other than that, everything is fine.
Event 3: €1,350 Mini Main Event
This tournament finally set its prize pool at €1.5M, much more than double the original guarantee. And the total of nearly 1400 entries put it well past the 766 entries of the 2019 WSOP Europe. Day 2 of the tournament thinned the field from 211 players down to just nine for the final table. The internationally diverse group includes previous WSOPE Main Event champion Jack Sinclair, 888poker’s Vivian Saliba, and Day 1B chipleader Marius Gicovanu. But Ciro Perna of Italy starts at the top to play for the win.
|Event 3: Day 2 of 3||€1,350 buy-in||NLHE Mini Main Event (1RE)|
|Registration still open?||no|
|Total prize pool:||€ 1,592,580||(€600K GTD)|
|Minimum payout:||€ 2,056|
|Winner payout:||€ 260,525|
|Chip leader:||Ciro Perna||Ciro Perna = 44.9M chips|
|Players remaining:||9||Marius Gicovanu = 36M|
|Restart:||6pm Friday||Emil Bise = 18.2M|
|Alessandro Picchierri = 10.2M|
|Jack Sinclair = 7.7M|
|Rolf van Brug = 7.4M|
|Vivian Saliba = 7.2M|
|Omid Novin = 6.7M|
|Pablo Finini = 1.6M|
Event 4: €2K PLO
The second of two days brought 44 players into action but only paid 37 of them. Vivian Saliba finished in 29th place for €3,298, and Isabell Gsuck took 17th place for €4,179. Richard Toth just missed the final table by a few spots. The Bulgarians and Slovakians ruled the final table.
Former chipleader Ian Bradley of the UK made it to third place, but the Slovakians went to heads-up. They were close friends, actually, and runner-up Alan Sabo said, “It was an amazing experience. I almost cried when I got heads-up with this guy. And winner Samuel Stranak said something prevailed over strategy regarding a big bluff. “I think it was the gin-tonic we had before the hand.”
|Event 4: Day 2 of 2||€2K buy-in||PLO (Unlimited RE)|
|Total prize pool:||€ 423,557|
|Minimum payout:||€ 3,016|
|Final table results:||1st place:||Samuel Stranak (Slovakia) €101,764|
|2nd place:||Alan Sabo (Slovakia) €62,894|
|3rd place:||Ian Bradley (UK) €44,044|
|4th place:||Vasil Medarov (Bulgaria) €31,484|
|5th place:||Amir Mozaffarian (Germany) €22,982|
|6th place:||Krasimir Yankov (Bulgaria) €17,140|
|7th place:||Stanislav Parkhomenko (Bulgaria) €13,065|
|8th place:||Ermanno Di Nicola (Italy) €10,185|
WSOPE €2k Pot Limit Omaha Winner is 🇸🇰 Samuel Stranak 🇸🇰. Gold Bracelet event #4 attracted 241 entries & produced €423,557 prizepool. pic.twitter.com/qBI6ZP3lOV
— King's Resort (@PokerroomKings) November 25, 2021
Event 5: €550 NLHE Colossus
As mentioned, this tournament skipped Day 1A altogether and started with Day 1B. As it stands now, they will play through Day 1G, with all survivors then reconvening for Day 2 and then a final day. So far, the entry numbers have been good. There is no 2019 comparison, as that WSOPE did not offer a Colossus, but the €1M guarantee is the goal here. If all continues as it started, King’s will have no problem meeting that number.
|Event 4: Day 1C of 9||€550 buy-in||NLHE Colossus (1RE/flight)|
|Total entries (not final):||790||(1B = 427 / 1C = 363)|
|Registration still open?||yes|
|Total prize pool:||TBD||€1M|
|Chip leader:||Marc Meden|
|Players remaining (so far):||82||(1B = 44 / 1C = 38)|
|Day 1D start:||11am Friday|
|Day 1E start:||6pm Friday|
|Day 1F start:||11am Saturday|
|Day 1G start:||6pm Saturday|
|Day 2 restart:||2pm Sunday|
Event 6: €1,650 NLHE/PLO Mix
Registration closed on Day 1 of this mixed game event with 339 entries, distinctly more than the 279 entries of the 2019 WSOPE. And the €483K prize pool exceeded the guarantee by more than double. Of the 76 players remaining, Dario Alioto and Stoyan Madanzhiev were in the top half of the chip counts.
|Event 4: Day 1 of 2||€1,650 buy-in||NLHE/PLO Mix|
|Registration still open?||no|
|Total prize pool:||€ 483,075|
|Minimum payout:||€ 2,723|
|Winner payout:||€ 113,000|
|Chip leader:||Julien Sitbon|
|Day 2 restart:||12pm Friday|