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Alexandros Kolonias Wins 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event
Alexandros Kolonias is the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion. The Greek pro was the last man standing from 541 entrants and locked up €1,133,678 plus his first WSOP bracelet.
The final day began with only six players hunting for the title and Anthony Zinno attracting the most attention. Zinno already had two WSOP bracelets and was the chip leader going into the six-handed final table. He extended his lead by the first break in the action and a third bracelet looked likely.
Sweden’s Rifat Palevic was the first player eliminated, his sixth-place finish securing a €178,171 prize. Palevic was short stacked and open-shoved for 10.5 big blinds with king-deuce. Anh Do called from the big blind with pocket queens and stayed ahead throughout the hand. The €178,171 won by Pavelic is his largest-ever score.
Do was still short stacked but doubled through both Zinno and Dario Sammartino. His luck ran out in a clash with German star Claas Segebrecht. Do raised six-times the big blind to 1,800,000 with king-nine and Segebrecht called with pock kings. An ace-jack-nine flop saw Do jammed his last 450,000 into the middle and Segebrecht called. Both the turn and river were blanks and Do busted.
The Czech businessman walked away with €244,653 after winning his seat in this event for free. Do won a €10,300 WSOPE Main Event seat for finishing eighth in a €230 buy-in event earlier in the year.
Kolonias Laddering Up
Zinno was now the shortest stack and ramped up the aggression to rectify his situation. He managed to double through Sammartino with king-ten versus ace-jack to leave Sammartino with crumbs. Sammartino was now on life support and busted in fourth-place despite doubling once.
The Italian’s last hand saw Segebrecht open to 1,000,000 from the button and call when Sammartino three-bet all-in for 3,000,000. Segebrecht’s jack-ten needed some help to beat his opponent’s ace-king. That help arrived in the form of a jack on the flop. Sammartino could not find an ace or king and fell in fourth-place for €341,702.
Earlier this summer, Sammertino finished second in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for $6 million. It is only a matter of time before the talented Italian finally wins a bracelet. He now has more than $14.5 million in live tournament winnings and is number one in Italy.
Kolonias and Zinno Low on Chips
Kolonias and Zinno were the shortest stacks although neither were dangerously short. Greek pro Kolonias was guaranteed his third-largest prize, but he had his eye on the bracelet.
The bracelet came one step closer when Zinno busted in third place at the hands of Kolonias. A raise from the button to 1,300,000 by Kolonias was met with a jam from Zinno. Kolonias called the 7,650,000 shove and showed jack-ten, which faced off against ace-nine. A jack on the flop put the ball firmly in Kolonias’ court. Zinno needed an ace but the turn and river failed to produce one and he headed to the cashier’s cage.
This left Kolonias with a 31,100,000 to 23,000,000 lead over Segebrecht. It did not take long to press home that advantage.
At the 300,000/600,000/600,000a level, Kolonias opened to 1,200,000 with ace-king. Segebrecht three-bet shoved for 23,200,000 with pocket threes and Kolonias called. A king-queen-deuce flop left Segebrecht drawing to two outs. The jack turn gave Segebrecht outs to a chop, but the river completed a flush for Kolonias.
Segebrecht collected €700,639 for his runner-up finish, another career-best. Kolonias got his hands on his first WSOP bracelet and his first seven-figure haul.
2019 WSOP Europe Main Event Final Table Result
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (EUR)||Prize (USD)|
|3||Anthony Zinno||United States||€485,291||$538,673|
|5||Anh Do||Czech Republic||€244,653||$271,565|