Monday, November 4, 2019 9:31 PM Local Time
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Wins Second Bracelet in Event #15 Colossus (€190,375)
The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe has crowned the final champion of the festival at the King's Resort in Rozvadov as Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier defeated Avraham Dayan in heads-up to claim the top prize of €190,375 along with his second career bracelet.
Throughout nine starting days, the €550 buy-in attracted a field of 2,738 entries to create a prize pool of €1,300,550 and the vast majority of that was paid out to the 313 players that advanced to Day 2. But only 11 of them returned to their seats on the final day to determine the 15th and final WSOP bracelet winner in the third edition of the WSOPE in Rozvadov.
Dayan had the chance to follow into the footsteps of fellow countryman Tamir Segal, who came out on top of a field of 2,992 entries one year ago to claim his maiden gold bracelet. His runner-up finish came with a payday of €117,630 and there were no previous recorded live cashes for the player from Israel prior to the tournament.
Formerly one of the top-ranked players in StarCraft and WarCraft III, Grospellier has since taken over the top spot on the French all-time money list in poker with more than $14 million in cashes and becomes the second Frenchman to win a second bracelet.
"It means a lot because it is so hard to get one. The first one I got after fix or six years of playing the World Series but that was eight years ago. It's also special because it comes in such a huge field where it is much harder to win. If there are 2,700 entries in the field you have to be lucky at some point to win. Of course you also have to play well but it is such a rare opportunity. I was two cards away from busting in fifth and now I am first," a delighted Grospellier said in his interview after the victory.
Unlike some other top pros, Grospellier only entered three times and had one min-cash where he busted in the last hand of the respective Day 1 and secured his spot for Day 2 on the last day. The Frenchman now lives in Prague and the King's Resort has become his home casino where he takes part in most big festivals.
"I am so happy that you won, that really makes my day," King's owner Leon Tsoukernik congratulated Grospellier when all was done and dusted. Grospellier will be attending Tsoukernik's birthday party in Prague in the upcoming days and after that, a trip to Paris for the League of Legends World Final is planned followed by the Caribbean Poker Party on the Bahamas.
While he is not actively competing in gaming anymore, Grospellier still follows the scene and was also wearing a Team Liquid shirt during the final table.
The final day also featured Shaun Deeb, who came up short in his bid to become the first player to win back-to-back WSOP Player of the Year titles. Other notables such as Pasquale Braco, Mick Heder and Marian Kubis claimed five-figure scores but bowed out before the duel for the title got underway.
Results Final Day Event #15 €550 Colossus
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)||Prize (in USD)|
|11||Shaun Deeb||United States||€12,453||$13,947|
Shaun Deeb's POY hopes vanish in the first 15 minutes
The big story line heading into the final day of the festival in Europe's biggest poker arena was the highly-anticipated battle for the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year title and Shaun Deeb entered the final day third in chips, needing at least a fifth-place finish to pull ahead of Daniel Negreanu.
"I was a huge underdog throughout the whole series and today was the first day I was a legit favorite, and it fucked with my head," Deeb said during his commentary stint on the final table.
He had taken a short break to get fresh air after going from hero to zero in the first 15 minutes of play and furthermore mentioned that he didn't want to fold his way to fifth place to secure the Player of the Year title.
However, Deeb's aggression backfired in three hands on the outer table as he first doubled Alessandro Pelozzi blind versus blind, lost some more chips and then check-jammed into the flopped straight of Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.
"We started five-handed and you have to take some risks, the variance is always high in those spots," Grospellier said when asked about the decisive hand against Deeb.
"He limps the small blind and I have jack-eight suited in the big blind. It is an easy check-back especially when you consider the stack sizes. I don't think he traps that much but there is no point in raising and playing a big pot against him."
Grospellier flopped the second nut straight and that's when things got interesting already as Deeb bet and called the raise of the Frenchman.
"That was pretty much a dream. Now he leads and I make it 800k. I could slow play but I think it is the best flop not to. The turn is an off suit ten and pretty irrelevant, I don't think he has queens or nines. He can have nine-ten or queen-ten, I guess, but he is probably just raising those most of the time."
Grospellier bet the turn big and Deeb eventually got his stack in.
"He tanks for a while and shoves for like 2.3 million more so I have to snap because it is super-committed. I was surprised he turned over jack-nine actually, it is a really high variance play. The river was a blank and I won a huge pot."
Down to six players in quick succession
The final table was set with the elimination of Deeb but only nine players would take a seat as Pasquale Braco lost a flip with ace-king against the pocket queens of Dieter Becker. Braco's countrymen Francesco Candelari and Alessandro Pelozzi were the next two casualties and Sergii Karpov vanished soon after to reduce the field to the final six hopefuls.
Candelari was left short after a move against eventual runner-up Avraham Dayan and sent the remainder of his chips over to Dayan minutes later when his king-queen suited were dominated by ace-queen. Dayan also claimed the stack of Pezzoli when he held up with kings against nines and Marian Kubis turned the nut flush with ace-queen suited against the ace-eight of Karpov to leave half a dozen hopefuls in contention.
One lucky double sets ElkY on track to victory
While the all-in showdowns kept coming there was only one elimination in the next two hours and it was Christoph Peper that fell with ace-ten against the ace-king of Mick Heder. By then, Grospellier was short-stacked and needed a lucky double against Dieter Becker to get back into contention.
"It was quite tough because I lost a lot of pots early, the blinds go up pretty quick and it is not forgiving. I shoved jack-ten for eight blinds and the small blind had ace-king. I won that hand and after that I won ace-king against king-jack of the same guy."
While low variance play was the initial plan of Grospellier, things didn't quite pan out as expected.
"Some of the guys were sizing their raises quite big and it was tough to play against them. They have a lot of chips and are not afraid to get it in. Once I won the two all-ins it put me into the lead and I had a good run after that and I am really happy with the result."
Becker went from chip leader to fifth place finisher after his clashes with Grospellier and not even 15 minutes later the heads-up duel was already set. Mick Heder got it in with ace-nine against the ace-eight suited of "ElkY" and an eight hit the flop to leave the Dane empty-handed. Moments later, Marian Kubis called the shove of Grospellier with ace-six and found no help against ace-jack.
The duel for the coveted gold bracelet took just over half an hour and was interrupted by a scheduled break. Dayan was unable to close the gap and called a four-bet shove in the final hand with ace-ten suited to get shown pocket tens. An additional gutshot on the turn brought more hope for the rail from Israel but it was Grospellier that had reason to celebrate after a blank on the river.
That wraps up the PokerNews live updates from the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe from King's Resort and the international poker circuit remains in full swing at the end of the year with many more exciting tournaments to come.
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:23 PM Local Time
Avraham Dayan Eliminated in 2nd Place (€117,630)
Bertrand Grospellier raised to 2,000,000 on the button and Avraham Dayan three-bet to 6,000,000 in the big blind. Grospellier four-bet shoved all in and Dayan snapped it off for his last 27,000,000 chips.
The flop came and Grospellier was still in a commanding lead with his pair of tens. The on the turn gave Dayan a straight draw to go with his one overcard but the paired the board on the river. Grospellier's pocket tens held on to eliminate Dayan in second place.
|Bertrand Grospellier||68,000,000||28,000,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||0||-28,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:15 PM Local Time
Dayan Gets Frisky in the Big Blind
Bertrand Grospellier raised it up to 2,000,000 on the button with and Avraham Dayan three-bet to 6,500,000 in the big blind with . Grospellier made the call and the dealer fanned the flop of .
Dayan just shoved all in for around 14,000,000 and Grospellier was forced to send the best hand into the muck.
|Bertrand Grospellier||40,000,000||-10,000,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||28,000,000||10,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:08 PM Local Time
Grospellier Opens a Lead
Bertrand Grospellier raised to 2,000,000 on the button with and Avraham Dayan called from the big blind with . The flop came and Dayan checked to Grospellier who bet 2,000,000. Dayan check-raised to 5,000,000 and Grospellier called.
The turn was the and Dayan tossed in a bet of 4,500,000. Grospellier shoved all in with his two pair, putting Dayan to the test for his remaining 18,000,000 chips. Dayan let his hand go and Grospellier extended his lead.
|Bertrand Grospellier||50,000,000||12,500,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||18,000,000||-12,500,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:02 PM Local Time
Level 40 started
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:40 PM Local Time
The level has reached its end and a color up is needed. The players are taking another 20-minute break in the action.
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:40 PM Local Time
Tight Play Thus Far
Avraham Dayan limped in on the button with and Bertrand Grospellier raised to 2,500,000 in the big blind with . Dayan just folded his suited cards and Grospellier took the pot.
A couple of hands later, Grospellier was the one to limp the button with and Dayan raised to 2,500,000 with . Grospellier decided to not peel a flop with an ace in his hand and Dayan was awarded the pot.
|Bertrand Grospellier||37,500,000||500,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||30,500,000||-500,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:27 PM Local Time
First Pot Goes to Dayan
Bertrand Grospellier opened to 1,600,000 on the button with and Avraham Dayan called with in the big blind. The flop came and Dayan check-called a bet of 1,500,000 from Grospellier.
The turn was the and Dayan counted out a bet of 4,000,000 after making the best hand. Grospellier thought for a brief moment but let his hand go to the muck.
|Bertrand Grospellier||37,000,000||-5,025,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||31,000,000||5,150,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:24 PM Local Time
Cards Back in the Air
Avraham Dayan and Bertrand Grospellier are back in their seats with some 14 minutes remaining at blinds of 400,000-800,000 with a big blind ante of 800,000. At the end of the level is a scheduled 15-minute break to race off some smaller denominations.
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:00 PM Local Time
The final two players are taking nearly a 20-minute break before the action resumes to prepare for heads-up action.
|Bertrand Grospellier||42,025,000||25,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||25,850,000||-150,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:59 PM Local Time
Marian Kubis Eliminated in 3rd Place (€86,172)
Down to just 6.4 million and in the big blind, Marian Kubis faced the shove of Bertrand Grospellier in the small blind and made the call.
The board came and the kicker played to eliminate Kubis in third place for €86,172.
|Bertrand Grospellier||42,000,000||4,000,000 |
|Marian Kubis||0||-13,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:57 PM Local Time
Mick Heder Eliminated in 4th Place (€63,670)
Bertrand Grospellier raised to 1,600,000 in the cutoff and Mick Heder shoved all in for 7,400,000 on the button. The blinds folded and Grospellier asked for a rough count before making the call.
Heder was in a dominating position but the flop of vaulted Grospellier to the lead with a pair of eights. The paired the board on the turn and the completed the board. Grospellier scooped the pot and Heder was ousted in fourth place.
|Bertrand Grospellier||38,000,000||12,000,000 |
|Mick Heder||0||-12,500,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:49 PM Local Time
Dieter Becker Eliminated in 5th Place (€47,452)
Marian Kubis was all in from under the gun with and the action folded around to Dieter Becker in the big blind who had just one blind left in front of him. Becker was all in for 830,000 with and would require some help.
The flop of gave Kubas a pair of aces and a commanding lead. The on the turn left Becker drawing dead to the on the river, leaving just four players remaining.
|Marian Kubis||13,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Dieter Becker||0||-800,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:46 PM Local Time
Becker Left With Crumbs
Dieter Becker open-shoved first to act with the for 12 million and Bertrand Grospellier in the small blind moved all in for slightly less with the .
The board came and ace-king high was enough to let Grospellier double and leave Becker with very few chips behind.
|Bertrand Grospellier||26,000,000||14,000,000 |
|Dieter Becker||800,000||-15,200,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:34 PM Local Time
Level 39 started
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:29 PM Local Time
Grospellier Makes the Right Call
Bertrand Grospellier opened to 1,200,000 with from under the gun and Avraham Dayan defended from the big blind with . The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn.
Dayan led out for 1,800,000 and Grospellier stuck around to see the on the river. Dayan fired out another bet of 2,500,000 and Grospellier flicked in a chip to call. Dayan's two pair was not enough to beat Grospellier's nines and deuces.
|Avraham Dayan||19,000,000||200,000 |
|Bertrand Grospellier||19,000,000||8,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:24 PM Local Time
Up and Down for Dayan
Marian Kubis made it 1,400,000 on the button with and Avraham Dayan just called in the small blind with . The two players went to a flop of and they both checked to the on the turn.
Dayan led out for 2,400,000 and Kubis elected to just lay down the same hand.
On the next hand, Dayan picked up on the button and raised to 1,900,000. Mick Heder shoved all in for 5,800,000 in the big blind with and Dayan quickly called.
The flop of left Heder in the lead with his pocket sevens. The paired the board on the turn and the on the river secured the double up for Heder.
|Avraham Dayan||20,500,000||200,000 |
|Mick Heder||12,500,000||5,300,000 |
|Marian Kubis||12,000,000||-3,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:16 PM Local Time
Dayan Chips Up Against Kubis
Marian Kubis opened to 1,300,000 with the on the button and was called by Bertrand Grospellier in the big blind with . They checked the flop and a bet by Grospellier on the turn won the pot uncontested.
Kubis then raised to 1,400,000 with [Qh9d| in the cutoff and Avraham Dayan called on the button with .On a flop of , Kubis bet 1,600,000 and Dahan came along
|Avraham Dayan||20,300,000||-1,000,000 |
|Marian Kubis||15,000,000||-1,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:06 PM Local Time
Dayan's Turn to Double Up
Dieter Becker limped in on the button with and Marian Kubis ripped all in from the small blind. Avraham Dayan instantly called from the big blind for his stack of 10,500,000. Becker quickly folded and the two hands were face up.
The flop came and both rails started chanting for different cards. The on the turn gave Dayan a full house, making the on the river insignificant for Kubis.
|Avraham Dayan||21,300,000||13,000,000 |
|Marian Kubis||16,000,000||-7,000,000 |
Monday, November 4, 2019 7:03 PM Local Time
Grospellier Doubles Through Becker
Avraham Dayan raised to 2,000,000 in the cutoff with the and won the blinds and big blind ante, bumping his stack up to 8,300,000.
Bertrand Grospellier then jammed for 5,100,000 in the cutoff and
On a board of , Grospellier turned and rivered a ten to double up with a full house.
|Dieter Becker||16,000,000||-9,000,000 |
|Bertrand Grospellier||11,000,000||3,400,000 |
|Avraham Dayan||8,300,000||0 |