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2015 World Series of Poker Europe

Friday, October 16, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015

Event #8: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo (Re-Entry)

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  • Buy-in: €1,100
  • Prizepool: €546,000
  • Entries: 546
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, October 18, 2015 9:09 PM Local Time

The second and final day of the World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 Turbo (Event #8) saw 46 players return to the tables at the Spielbank Berlin and Byron Kaverman was leading the field. Kaverman made it to the final table, but ultimately it was Georgios Sotiropoulos who emerged victorious after a very brief heads up encounter with Frenchman Paul Tedeschi. Greece had no WSOP bracelet winners until eight days ago, and that number suddenly became three with the victory of Sotiropoulos.

The action started fast and furious with ten eliminations in the first 15 minutes. Among them was 2015 POY leader Mike Gorodinsky, who busted in the same hand as Jeff Gross after running with    into the    of Tedeschi - Gross had   . Many further notables fell before the first break such as Mike Leah, Guillaume Darcourt, Mixed Event champion Alex Komaromi, Mohsin Charania, Faraz Jaka, Vladimir Troyanovskiy, and 2015 WSOP bracelet winner Vasili Firsau.

John Racener started the last two tables with a bang by making quads aces and sending Knut Ekvardt and Balazs Somodi to the rail in the same hand. David "ODB" Baker, Jeff Madsen and Dominik Nitsche also missed out on the spotlight of the feature table. The official nine-handed final table was set with the elimination of Alexander Lakhov in tenth place and Asher Conniff as well as start-of-the-day leader Kaverman followed in quick succession.

Brian Hastings had to settle for seventh place after losing a big pot to Benjamin Zamani. He doubled up once and then busted with    against the    of Rafal Tomczak in a preflop all in, the board ran out      . Hastings secured important points for the 2015 POY race though and moved into second place behind Gorodinsky.

John Racener fell in sixth place after putting his short stack at risk with   . Tedeschi called with    and paired up on the flop     flop, neither the   turn nor the   river changed anything whatsoever. Down to five players, Tomczak was dominating the action at the table but then lost a massive pot to Tedeschi after defending his big blind. Tedeschi fired all streets of the board       and received a full double up with    for a set of fives. Tomczak called with jack-nine for top pair after the flop. The hopes of the first golden bracelet for Poland were all but destroyed and Tomczak departed soon after with    against the    of Sotiropoulos.

A failed bluff by Tedeschi at the start of level 28 gave Sotiropoulos more ammunition and he used it right away to put Andre Lommel and Benjamin Zamani at risk in a three-way all in. Lommel was the shortest stack and at risk with   , Zamani showed the   . Sotiropoulos'    flopped a gutshot and flush draw on     and got there as   turn and   river completed the board.

Sotiropoulos started heads-up with a 2-1 lead over Tedeschi and it lasted all but a few hands. The Greek three-bet shoved with    and Tedeschi called off with   . Sotiropoulos paired his queen on the     flop and improved to two pair with the   turn. The river was not a ten, but the   and that officially ended Event #8 with yet another victory for Greece. Sotiropoulos takes home €112,133 for his efforts and already confirmed that he will be back at the tables tomorrow for Day 1b of the €10,450 Main Event.

Official Final Table Results - Turbo Event #8

1st place: Georgios Sotiropoulos (Greece) - €112,133
2nd place: Paul Tedeschi (France) - €69,361
3rd place: Benjamin Zamani (USA) - €50,719
4th place: Andre Lommel (Luxembourg) - €37,636
5th place: Rafal Tomczak (Poland) - €28,318
6th place: John Racener (USA) - €21,600
7th place: Brian Hastings (USA) - €16,703
8th place: Byron Kaverman (USA) - €13,094
9th place: Asher Conniff (USA) - €10,402

Sunday, October 18, 2015 8:18 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi raises to 110,000 and Georgios Sotiropoulos moves all in. Tedeschi gives it some thought and then calls for around 1,150,000 chips.


Sotiropoulos pairs his queen on the     flop and improves to two pair with the   turn. Only a ten can help Tedeschi, but the   river ends his run in second place for a payday of €69,361.

Sotiropoulos wins the third bracelet for Greece in about one week, and before this year's WSOP Europe there had been none!

Sunday, October 18, 2015 8:10 PM Local Time

In a three-way all-in situation, Andre Lommel is at risk for 160,000 and Benjamin Zamani for 445,000. Georgios Sotiropoulos calls to put both opponents on the verge of elimination.


The flop     gives Sotiropoulos a ton of outs, then the   on the turn is a complete blank. The dealer then burns and turns the   river and suddenly the field is reduced from four to two.

Andre Lommel - Eliminated in 4th place (€37,636)
Benjamin Zamani - Eliminated in 3rd place (€50,719)

Sunday, October 18, 2015 8:04 PM Local Time

Georgios Sotiropoulos raises to 100,000 from under the gun and Paul Tedeschi calls from the big blind. On the     flop, Tedeschi checks and Sotiropoulos bets 80,000. Tedeschi calls and then bets the   flop for 105,000. Sotiropoulos calls and Tedeschi then bets the   river for 165,000. Sotiropoulos has a difficult decision to make and eventually calls after a lot of consideration.


Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:58 PM Local Time

Benjamin Zamani moves all in from under the gun in the first hand back from break. He loses most of the profit in the next hand though, as Georgios Sotiropoulos moves all in from the small blind to grab Zamani's big blind. The next hand, Zamani shoves from the small blind and takes the big blind of Andre Lommel.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:54 PM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 25,000/50,000
Ante: 5,000
Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:34 PM Local Time

The T1,000 chips are getting removed from the tournament and the players are heading into a 20 minute break.

Seat 1: -- empty --
Seat 2: Paul Tedeschi (France) - 1,415,000
Seat 3: -- empty --
Seat 4: Georgios Sotiropoulos (Greece) - 700,000
Seat 5: -- empty --
Seat 6: -- empty --
Seat 7: Benjamin Zamani (USA) - 355,000
Seat 8: Andre Lommel (Luxembourg) - 260,000
Seat 9: -- empty --

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:31 PM Local Time

Georgios Sotiropoulos limps from under the gun and Paul Tedeschi checks his option in the big blind. On the     flop, both players check and Tedeschi also checks the   on the turn. Sotiropoulos bets 60,000 and takes down the pot.

In the next hand, Tedeschi limps in from the small blind and Sotiropoulos checks. On the     flop, Tedeschi bets 40,000 and Sotiropoulos folds.

Andre Lommel moves all in the next hand to claim the blinds and antes. Tedeschi does the same the next hand by moving all in from under the gun.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:22 PM Local Time

In the cutoff, Georgios Sotiropoulos moves all in and Rafal Tomczak calls for less to put himself at risk.


The     flop leaves Tomczak drawing to running outs only in order to stay in the tournament. It is all over on the   turn and Tomczak taps the table and shakes hands with his opponent. The   river is just a formality and Tomczak exits in fifth place for €28,318.

Georgios Sotiropoulos - 600,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:20 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi raises to 80,000 and Benjamin Zamani moves all in for 250,000. Tedeschi calls.


The board runs out       and Zamani doubles to 13 big blinds

Paul Tedeschi - 1,320,000
Benjamin Zamani - 530,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:15 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi raises to 80,000 from the button and Rafal Tomczak calls in the big blind. On the     flop, Tomczak checks and Tedeschi continues for 85,000. Tomczak calls and checks again on the   turn. Tedeschi bets 175,000. Tomczak calls and checks for a third time on the   river. Tedeschi moves all in for 427,000 and Tomczak calls, then mucks instantly when he gets shown    for a flopped set of fives.

Paul Tedeschi - 1,570,000
Rafal Tomczak - 210,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:05 PM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 5,000
Sunday, October 18, 2015 7:04 PM Local Time

Georgios Sotiropoulos limps from under the gun and Paul Tedeschi checks the big blind. On the     flop, Tedeschi checks and Sotiropoulos bets 50,000. Tedeschi check-raises to 145,000 and Sotiropoulos calls. On the   turn, Tedeschi moves all in and Sotiropoulos folds.

Paul Tedeschi - 790,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos - 340,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:56 PM Local Time

Rafal Tomczak opens to 65,000 from under the gun and Georgios Sotiropoulos calls in the big blind. On the     flop, Sotiropoulos checks, Tomczak bets 65,000 and takes down the pot.

Rafal Tomczak - 990,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos - 370,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:52 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi moves all in for 276,000 from early position and Benjamin Zamani calls in the big blind for half his stack.


Both players make a set when the flop comes    . The   turn and the   river change nothing, and Tedeschi wins with his set of jacks.

Paul Tedeschi - 600,000
Benjamin Zamani - 270,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:44 PM Local Time

Georgios Sotiropoulos limps the small blind and Rafal Tomczak checks from one seat over. On the     flop, Sotiropoulos bets 36,000 and Tomczak calls. On the   turn Sotiropolous bets 84,000, and again Tomczak calls. The   river then completes the board and Sotiropoulos checks. Tomczak bets 165,000 and Sotiropoulos goes into the tank.

Benjamin Zamani calls the clock on Sotiropoulos and the latter folds.

Rafal Tomczak - 890,000
Georgios Sotiropoulos - 440,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:39 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi receives a walk in the first hand of the new level. Then in the next hand, he moves all in for 231,000 from the small blind. Georgios Sotiropoulos considers a call but eventually folds. Within three hands and no showdown, Tedeschi has doubled up his stack.

Paul Tedeschi - 300,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:35 PM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 5,000
Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:34 PM Local Time

Georgios Sotiropoulos attacks the big blind of Benjamin Zamani and raises to 48,000. His opponent calls and then check-raises all in to Sotiropolous's continuation bet of 48,000 on the flop. Sotiropoulos quickly folds.

In the next hand, Paul Tedeschi moves all in for 145,000 from under the gun and everyone folds.

Paul Tedeschi - 200,000

Sunday, October 18, 2015 6:32 PM Local Time

Paul Tedeschi moves all in for around 500,000 chips from the button and Georgios Sotiropoulos calls all in for 348,000 from the small blind.


The       board provides no help to Tedeschi, and he falls back to just over six big blinds.

Georgios Sotiropoulos - 740,000
Paul Tedeschi - 150,000