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2018 World Series of Poker Europe The Official WSOP Live Updates

Saturday, October 27, 2018 to Friday, November 02, 2018

Event #10: €10,350 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: €10,350
  • Prizepool: €5,073,000
  • Entries: 534
  • Remaining: 0
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11/02/18 01:17:56 PM PDT (about 14 days and 23 hours ago)
Jack Sinclair Wins 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (€1,122,239)

Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair has won the 2018 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event for €1,122,239. He saw off a field of 534 to banish memories of his eighth-place finish in the WSOP Main Event in 2017 and win his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Coming into the day fourth in chips, he doubled through the second biggest stack at the start of the day, Milos Skrbic in the second level. Later, Sinclair eliminated Krasimir Yankov to bring the tournament to a heads-up against start-of-day chip leader, Laszlo Bujtas of Hungary.

Former WSOP Main Event Champion Ryan Riess had a frustrating day and eventually finished fourth for €337,778.

2018 WSOPE Event #10: €10,350 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrize in €Prize in $
1Jack SinclairUnited Kingdom€ 1,122,239$1,279,352
2Laszlo BujtasHungary€ 693,573$790,673
3Krasimir YankovBulgaria€ 480,028$547,232
4Ryan RiessUnited States€ 337,778$385,067
5Milos SkrbicSerbia€ 241,718$275,559
6Ihor YerofieievUkraine€ 175,965$200,600

Heads-Up

It was a dominant heads-up performance from Sinclair, limiting his opponent to two small doubles - for just 12 and 22 big blinds - but each time Sinclair came roaring back to have Bujtas on the ropes.

On his third try, Sinclair got it in ahead and after he flopped a pair, he sealed the deal on the turn to take down the title and his second career seven-figure score.

"It's like being in a dream at the moment," said Sinclair after taking down the tournament. "The whole week has been absolutely insane; just super smooth and not like any other tournament I've ever played. I never really lost a big pot as far as I can remember and just got all the hands when I needed them.

"Every time I felt like things were getting precarious I instantly won a big pot. I'm very happy with how I played and even more happy with how I ran!"

Jack Sinclair & Jack Effel bracelet awarded
Jack Sinclair receives the bracelet from WSOP tournament director Jack Effel

In winning this event, Sinclair becomes only the second UK WSOPE champion after James Bord took down the title in 2010. He also joins Antoine Saout (2009 & 2017) and Ben Lamb (2011 & 2017) as players whose top two career cashes have come at the WSOP Main Event final table.

"I thought about [the 2017 WSOP final table] once at the final table when I had jack-four off-suit against Laszlo. That was a somewhat important hand at the WSOP last year and I got the bluff through this time, which was good.

"But apart from that, I wasn't thinking about it. It was a completely different tournament. Vegas was huge for me but it's in the past now and I don't think about it now. Vegas was my first ever time playing a $10k and the first time in Vegas in general. The whole thing has been so surreal from the start of my poker career until now.

"I'm not used to it really but...I don't wanna get used to it!"

Most poker players have aspirations of winning a major Main Event and winning a WSOP gold bracelet, and Sinclair has now done both in a single tournament.

"I haven't come to terms with it yet. It's just ridiculous but I'm kind of getting used to these ridiculous things happening."

Laszlo Bujtas
Laszlo Bujtas

Runner-up Laszlo Bujtas was left devastated after finishing in second place.

"I'm sad at the moment," he told PokerNews. "Going into heads-up confident but card dead. My opponent played well so congratulations to him. Of course, I'm not 100% happy at the moment but...it happens."

Railed all the way by two-time WSOP bracelet winner Norbert Szecsi, Bujtas ran out of steam heads-up to finish as runner-up to Sinclair, taking home €693,573.

"He helped a lot," said Bujtas, "He's been watching the stream telling me the hands some of the time. He helped me with how to adapt to the opponents and it helped a lot."

WSOP Europe Main Event Final Day
WSOP Europe Main Event Final Day

2018 WSOPE Main Event final day recap

Play got underway with six players left, all guaranteed at least €175,965, and with an average of 55 big blinds, it seemed like a long day's play was in store.

The short stack coming into the day was 34-year-old Ihor Yerofieiev, who didn't have to wait long to pick his spot. In fact, he shoved three times in a row to take down the blinds and antes and chip up by over one million in chips.

However, on the very next hand, he picked up sixes under the gun and shoved once again. He was called by the ace-queen of Milos Skrbic, who flopped two pair to eliminate the Ukrainian.

This put Skrbic in the chip lead but that was about as good as it got for the Serbian. First, Yankov's shove with king-ten bested Skrbic's ace-jack after a king hit the flop. Then in the very next hand, Jack Sinclair opened pocket aces from the button and Skrbic three-bet with queens from the small blind. Sinclair four-bet all in and was called by Skrbic. Aces held to send Skrbic tumbling down the leaderboard.

"I think I made a good decision to go all in there instead of calling," Sinclair told PokerNews. "I think calling would be a common play in that spot. But obviously, the luck was clearly on my side. I had to play pretty tight at the start of the day which I think is the correct strategy in that scenario."

And a short while later, after Skrbic shoved the button for 18 big blinds with king-jack, Bujtas called with ace-queen in the big blind to send Skrbic out; from 80 big blinds to out inside two and a half hours.

Ryan Riess
Ryan Riess

The big story coming into the day was former WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, who entered the day third in chips. However, just like Skrbic, Riess fell to pocket aces, limp-jamming with sevens into Krasimir Yankov, who called and eliminated Riess.

"I'm kind of bummed that I didn't go deeper or win," Riess told PokerNews shortly after his elimination. "But I don't think I made as many mistakes today like I made yesterday, so I'm happy about that.

"I just didn't get good cards. There's not much I could have done [...] maybe fold the last hand because it's against him. I don't know, I'll have to think about it."

With so much action at the table, Riess said he was happy to sit back and be the beneficiary of some pay jumps.

"It's good for me if everyone else is getting it in all the time. It means people are busting and we're laddering, and making more money. I just wish it was me getting the good cards and the action. Maybe next time."

With these eliminations, the average had soared to almost 75 big blinds and an even slower-paced day looked in the offing. Three-handed, it was Bujtas who ran the show, moving up to almost half the chips in play, with Sinclair just behind him.

Krasimir Yankov
Krasimir Yankov

Bringing up the rear was Yankov, but he was not exactly a short stack with in excess of 40 big blinds. But in poker, there are always hands that see two players get it in, and that's exactly what happened. After both Yankov and Sinclair flopped sets, the Brit check-raised on both flop and turn, with the turn bet enough to put the Bulgarian all in, and he called with a second-best hand that sent him to the rail.

Despite this cooler, Yankov said that he still felt "very good" about his performance in the WSOP Europe Main Event.
"You know that every time you cash at a final table and you're not first, you're very disappointed," he said. "But for my first WSOP final table, because it's very good. It's not easy to win when you get to the final table. I'm very happy."

Yesterday, Yankov said that he felt his tight approach would benefit him, but he said that his approach changed, especially after doubling through Skrbic.

"[My double] was the main aim for me today, because I could bust in sixth or fifth and there is a very big difference [between the payouts]. I can't really be disappointed, because I got lucky in other spots and I lost in the final spot. That's the game!"

With the elimination of Yankov, the stacks were level with over 220 big blinds in play.

WSOPE Rozvadov Main Event Finale

"I would rather have played heads-up against Krasimir [Yankov] than Laszlo [Bujtas]," said Sinclair. "But obviously I'm not complaining! Having level stacks heads-up was really important. But losing a pretty big pot at the start of heads-up gave him a lot of momentum and I had to sort of comeback from a deficit anyway.

"I think I played heads-up well. After I lost the big pot at the start, I knew that I was going to have to go for it and not hold back at all."

Jack Sinclair
Jack Sinclair

However, a mistimed bluff picked off by Sinclair meant he opened a sizeable gap over his opponent and the Brit continued to press home his advantage. One of the key pots at the final table came when Sinclair opted to four-bet five-six suited, which he says was based on the situation heads-up.

"I think that was one of the key pots. I wouldn't do that against most people heads-up," said Sinclair. "but I just had decided by this point that I had to go for it and take all the spots that I had."

After the early setback, Sinclair was in control of heads-up throughout, despite his opponent scoring two small doubles through him.

"It certainly felt like [I was in control]; I don't know what he had most of the time. We were both bluffing a lot, but every time he bluffed I had a good bluff catcher so it sort of seemed like I was running him over, but it's entirely possible that it would have been the other way around if we had the opposite cards.

However, a third double for Bujtas was a step too far. On the first hand back from a 15-minute break, Bujtas got his stack in once more, only this time Sinclair was ahead. The Englishman flopped a pair and had his opponent drawing dead by the turn to be crowned the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion.

This wraps up the [b]PokerNews[/b] coverage of one of the most successful WSOPE festivals in history. Congratulations to Jack Sinclair and all the winners from the events over the past three weeks.

11/02/18 01:01:08 PM PDT (about 14 days and 23 hours ago)
Laszlo Bujtas Eliminated in 2nd Place (€693,573)

Laszlo Bujtas

In the first hand after the break, Laszlo Bujtas moved all in for his last 3,200,000. Jack Sinclair looked down at his cards in the big blind and quickly made the call to put Bujtas at risk for his tournament life.

Jack Sinclair:   
Laszlo Bujtas:   

Sinclair finally held the best hand in an all-in situation but Bujtas did have two live cards. That is until the flop of     hit the felt giving Sinclair a pair of queens. The turn brought the   and Bujtas was already drawing dead to the   on the river.

The two players shook hands and it was Bujtas heading to the rail in second place for €693,573.

Jack Sinclair53,125,0003,200,000
Laszlo Bujtas0-3,200,000
11/02/18 12:44:49 PM PDT (about 14 days and 23 hours ago)
What You Didn't See...

11/02/18 12:43:02 PM PDT (about 14 days and 23 hours ago)
Take a Break

Another level has come to an end and the players are taking a 15-minute break. When they return, Laszlo Bujtas will be down to just eight big blinds.

Jack Sinclair49,925,0002,550,000
Laszlo Bujtas3,200,000-2,550,000
11/02/18 12:36:44 PM PDT (about 14 days and 24 hours ago)
Perfect River for Sinclair

Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair limped in on the button with    and Laszlo Bujtas checked his option with   . The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn.

Bujtas led out for 300,000 and Sinclair called. The   on the river gave both players a straight and Bujtas led out for 500,000. Sinclair raised to 1,500,000 and Bujtas paid him off. Sinclair tabled the larger straight and raked in another pot.

Jack Sinclair47,375,0001,750,000
Laszlo Bujtas5,750,000-1,750,000
11/02/18 12:32:47 PM PDT (about 14 days and 24 hours ago)
Bujtas Can't Bluff Sinclair

Laszlo Bujtas

Laszlo Bujtas limped in on the button with    and Jack Sinclair raised to 1,200,000 with   . Bujtas called and the flop came    . Both players checked and the   hit the turn.

Sinclair checked to Bujtas again who bet 800,000 and Sinclair called. The   completed the board and Sinclair checked again. Bujtas bet 2,7000,000 and Sinclair snapped him off with the best hand.

Jack Sinclair45,625,0005,700,000
Laszlo Bujtas7,500,000-5,700,000
11/02/18 12:23:42 PM PDT (about 14 days and 24 hours ago)
Another Double Up for Bujtas

Laszlo Bujtas limped on the button with    and Jack Sinclair moved all in from the big blind with   . Bujtas snap-called for his last 6,800,000 and was in a dominating position.

The flop fell     which was no help to Sinclair who was looking for a five. The   on the turn provided some chop outs but the   on the river secured the double up for Bujtas.

Jack Sinclair39,925,000-5,400,000
Laszlo Bujtas13,200,0005,400,000
11/02/18 12:11:19 PM PDT (about 14 days and 24 hours ago)
The Turn Favors Sinclair

Jack Sinclair raised to 600,000 on the button with    and Laszlo Bujtas defended with    in the big blind. Both players flopped a straight draw on the     flop and Bujtas began with a check. Sinclair continued for 1,000,000 and Bujtas called.

The   on the turn gave Sinclair the best hand and Laszlo checked again. Sinclair tossed in another bet of 1,200,000 and Laszlo threw his cards to the muck.

Jack Sinclair45,325,0001,025,000
Laszlo Bujtas7,800,000-1,300,000
11/02/18 12:07:45 PM PDT (about 14 days and 0 hour ago)
Bujtas Gets Some Back

Jack Sinclair opened to 600,000 with    and Laszlo Bujtas defended his big blind with   

The pair checked a     flop and the turn was the  . Bujtas bet 500,000 and Sinclair called. The river was the   and Bujtas bet 1,500,000. Sinclair folded allowing his opponent to take down the pot.

Jack Sinclair44,300,000-1,175,000
Laszlo Bujtas9,100,0001,450,000
11/02/18 11:57:29 AM PDT (about 14 days and 0 hour ago)
Back and Forth Between the Players

Heads-up

Hand 1

Jack Sinclair raised to 600,000 with    and Laszlo Bujtas defended his big blind with   .

On a     flop Bujtas checked and Sinclair bet 300,000. Bujtas check-raised to 1,000,000 and Sinclair folded.

Hand 2

Bujtas raised to 600,000 with    and Sinclair called with   . The flop came     and Sinclair checked. Bujtas bet 500,000 and Sinclair check-raised to 1,500,000. Bujtas folded.

Hand 3

In a limp pot Sinclair bet 300,000 with    on an     flop. Bujtas called with   . The turn was the   and Bujtas checked.

Sinclair bet 1,700,000 and Bujtas folded.

Jack Sinclair45,475,0000
Laszlo Bujtas7,650,0000
11/02/18 11:48:36 AM PDT (about 14 days and 0 hour ago)
Bujtas Surives Elimination

Laszlo Bujtas

Laszlo Bujtas was down to just 12 big blind and moved all in on the button for 3,675,000. Jack Sinclair asked for a count and thought about it for a minute before eventually making the call to put Bujtas at risk.

Laszlo Bujtas:   
Jack Sinclair:   

Sinclair held two live cards as he was looking to bring an end to the tournament. The flop of     was no help to Sinclair and the   on the turn was crucial. Bujtas made a pair of aces to leave Sinclair drawing dead to the   on the river.

Jack Sinclair45,475,000-4,025,000
Laszlo Bujtas7,650,0003,975,000
11/02/18 11:36:06 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Bujtas Getting Shorter

Jack Sinclair limped in on the button with    and Laszlo Bujtas checked his option with   . The flop came     and Bujtas check-called a bet of 300,000 from Sinclair.

The   on the turn brought another check from Bujtas. Sinclair fired in another bet after picking up a straight draw and Bujtas folded his flush draw.

Jack Sinclair45,250,0005,900,000
Laszlo Bujtas7,900,000-5,900,000
11/02/18 11:20:38 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Sinclair Chipping Away

Laszlo Bujtas opened to 600,000 on the button with    and Jack Sinclair re-raised to 2,200,000 with   . Bujtas called and saw a flop of     with a dominated hand.

Sinclair continued for 1,600,000 and Bujtas sent his cards to the muck. Sinclair scooped another three-bet pot and increased his lead substantially.

Jack Sinclair39,350,0002,000,000
Laszlo Bujtas13,800,000-1,985,000
11/02/18 11:17:41 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Level 32 started
Level: 32 Blinds: 150000/300000 Ante: 300000
11/02/18 11:14:59 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Sinclair Calls Down a Bujtas Bluff

Jack Sinclair

Jack Sinclair opened to 500,000 with    and Laszlo Bujtas defended his big blind with   

The flop came     and Bujtas checked. Sinclair bet 450,000 and Bujtas check-raised to 1,750,000. Sinclair called and the turn was the  .

Bujtas bet 3,200,000 and Sinclair called.

The river was the  . Bujtas was first to act and he spent about a minute thinking before betting 8,300,000. Sinclair called and won a sizeable pot to take a commanding chip lead in this heads-up match.

Jack Sinclair37,350,00012,225,000
Laszlo Bujtas15,785,000-12,215,000
11/02/18 11:09:39 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
All Square Again

Jack Sinclair opened to 500,000 on the button with    and Laszlo Bujtas three-bet to 2,000,000 in the big blind with   . Sinclair took a stand with a four-bet to 5,000,000 and Bujtas called.

The flop fell     and Bujtas checked to Sinclair who bet 2,500,000 rather quickly. Bujtas sent his cards to the muck and Sinclair has nearly leveled the heads-up battle.

Laszlo Bujtas28,000,000-2,395,000
Jack Sinclair25,125,0002,395,000
11/02/18 11:04:24 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Sinclair Bringing it Back

Jack Sinclair raised to 500,000 on the button with    and Laszlo Bujtas defended with   . The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn.

Bujtas checked again and Sinclair tossed in a bet of 450,000. Bujtas called with a smaller pair and the   paired the top card on the river. Bujtas checked for the third time and Sinclair bet 750,000. Bujtas paid him off and Sinclair is bringing the match closer to even again.

Laszlo Bujtas30,395,000-580,000
Jack Sinclair22,730,000580,000
11/02/18 10:58:17 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Sinclair Flops Trips

Laszlo Bujtas raised to 500,000 on the button with    and Jack Sinclair three-bet to 2,400,000 in the big blind with   . Bujtas called and the flop came    .

Sinclair flopped trip sevens and led out for 1,700,000. Bujtas quickly let his hand go and Sinclair dragged in the pot.

Laszlo Bujtas30,975,000-4,550,000
Jack Sinclair22,150,0004,550,000
11/02/18 10:53:15 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Bujtas Takes the Early Lead

Laszlo Bujtas

Laszlo Bujtas raised to 500,000 on the button with    and Jack Sinclair called in the big blind holding   . The flop came     and Sinclair checked to Bujtas who continued for 430,000. Sinclair check-raised to 1,300,000 and Bujtas called.

The   landed on the turn and Sinclair checked again. Bujtas made a straight and fired in a bet of 2,575,000. Sinclair called and the   paired the board on the river. Sinclair checked again and Bujtas counted out a bet of 6,000,000. Sinclair tossed in a single chip to signify a call and Bujtas raked in a massive pot to start off heads-up play.

Laszlo Bujtas35,525,0009,455,000
Jack Sinclair17,600,000-9,450,000
11/02/18 10:45:05 AM PDT (about 14 days and 1 hour ago)
Heads-Up Play Resumes

The players are back in their seats and the action is underway with 30 minutes remaining in level 31.