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2022 World Series of Poker Europe

Monday, November 07, 2022 to Tuesday, November 08, 2022

WSOPE Event #7: No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: €1,650
  • Prizepool: €588,525
  • Entries: 413
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 7:27 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 17 hours ago)

 
Max Kruse, winner of Event #7: €1,650 NLH Six-Max

Event #7: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max was extended for an unexpected third day of play but it was well worth it for professional footballer Max Kruse. The German athlete and poker player won his first ever gold World Series of Poker Europe bracelet, €134,152, a seat into the WSOP Europe Main Event and a seat into the 2023 Tournament of Champions.

“I’m overwhelmed. It’s the greatest feeling to have finally won a WSOP bracelet. I’ve wanted to win for 10 years and, of course, it makes me proud," said the newly-crowned champion. 

There were a total of 413 entries in this event, making up a prize pool of €588,525 paying out 62 players when all was said and done. Kruse took home the bulk of the prize pool, but the rest of it was shared among some tough competition. Kruse battled with the likes of WSOP Circuit champion Dorian Melchers who finished as runner-up for €87,059 and was one mere card away from locking up his first piece of gold jewelry. 

Kruse is a professional football player from Germany and has been playing poker for a long time. He's currently injured but poker has certainly filled his time and has paid off significantly, even though the two sports are vastly different. "I think this ranks pretty high. This is a completely different thing. I’ve been training for soccer my whole life and normally I play (poker) just for fun so it’s nice to know that I’m not that bad. Hopefully, it won’t be the last one (bracelet).” 

Now that Kruse has won a ticket to the WSOP Europe Main Event his next goal is to go deep in that, and maybe win a bracelet in Vegas one day. "I can only play as a hobby right now because of my (soccer) career but we’ll see after my career if I continue playing more poker.”

When asked what he is going to do to celebrate his win, Kruse responded, "My friends aren’t here and my wife is away so I’m going to hop right into the 8-game mix.”



Event #7: €1,650 NLH Six-Max Final Table

Familiar crushers that went deep in this event but fell shy of the coveted WSOP bracelet included Farid Jattin (3rd place), Nacho Barbero (6th), Stefan Huber (17th), defending champion Simone Andrian (32nd), Roland Israelashvili (54th), Felipe Ramos (60th) and Tobias Peters (61st).

 Six-Max Final Table Results:

Place Winner Country Prize (EUR)
1 Max Kruse Germany €134,152
2 Dorian Melchers France €87,059
3 Farid Jattin Colombia €63,874
4 Leonid Yanovski Isreal €38,010
5 Orhan Sen Germany €27,482
6 Nacho Barbero Argentina €20,236

 

Final Day Action:

With just five players remaining in the six-max event, play was still quite deep to start the day. Orhan Sen immediately found a double-up to begin the action after starting the day with around seven big blinds. Unfortunately for him he couldn't keep the momentum going and busted not too long after, getting in ace-seven against the ace-eight of Melchers and getting a low-board run out.

Four-handed play carried on for a while, and chips were passed around a lot on the WSOP Europe Main Event seat bubble. The top three finishers would lock up a ticket so play tightened up significantly. 

Jattin started on a roller coaster ride and was short but then found a double with queen-jack suited against Melchers' pocket tens. This gave him the chips he needed to apply pressure, as he does best, but stacks started to even out.

Leonid Yanovski was short for a while as well, but managed to chip up and doubled with pocket eights against the sevens of Jattin. It looked like the Israeli pro was going to ride the momentum and give himself a fighting chance, but he couldn't get much going after the double-up. Yanovski's final hand saw him call Kruse's small-blind jam with ace-eight in the big blind but the German footballer out-flopped him and he was eliminated in 4th place.

The final three were guaranteed a seat into the WSOP Europe Main Event and the focus was now fully on winning some WSOP gold. After some raise-folds and uncontested shoves, Jattin jammed king-nine suited from the button and was finally looked up by Melchers with ace-eight. Melchers flopped him dead and Jattin would have to settle for 3rd place.


Max Kruse and Dorian Melchers during heads-up play

Heads-Up Play:

Melchers came in to heads-up play with a two-to-one chip lead but Kruse wasn't backing down and got paid with trip queens to bring the two close to even. This didn't stop the Frenchman because Melchers got right back to work and brought himself back to a two-to-one chip lead and began to pull away after scooping several pots in a row. 

Both players traded blows back and forth before Kruse took a slight lead after defending his big blind with king five. He flopped top pair and got paid on both the flop and river, vaulting himself into the lead for the first time during heads-up play.

Not too long after the break, the two heavy-hitters would play their final hand of the tournament. Kruse opened with deuces and Melchers jammed for almost 25 big blinds. Kruse deliberated and eventually decided to flick in the call. Melchers held ace-queen and it was a coin flip for the title. Melchers was the player at risk and drilled a queen on the turn to take a commanding lead.

The river was a gut-wrenching deuce though, and Kruse hit a two-outer on the river to seal the deal and win his first WSOP title. 

"The two-outer is a little bit lucky in the end but the hand was a coin flip. It’s nice to have come from a three-to-one deficit heads-up," said Kruse.

Event #7:  €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max Results
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:57 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

 
Max Kruse wins first WSOP bracelet

Max Kruse opened to 700,000 and Dorian Melchers shoved for 7,275,000. Kruse deliberated for a couple of minutes, asking for a count and asked if he was covering before finally making the call.

Dorian Melchers:   
Max Kruse:   

It was a flip to practically decide the title as over 14.5 million of the 16.5 million chips in play were in the middle with Melchers being the player at risk.

The     flop was kind to Kruse but the   turn put Melchers way out in front, much to the delight of the onlooking French crowd.

Unbelievably, the   arrived on the river, which caused Kruse to roar in excitement, leaving Melchers stunned as he shook hands and walked away from the final table.

Max Kruse - Wins Event #7: €1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max (€134,152 + €10,350 Main Event ticket)
Dorian Melchers - Eliminated in 2nd Place (€87,059 + €10,350 Main Event ticket)


Dorian Melchers eliminated in 2nd place

 A full recap showcasing Max Kruse's victory will be posted later tonight.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:48 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)
Level: 35
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:35 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

Players are now on a 15-minute break.

Max Kruse - 8,400,000
Dorian Melchers - 8,150,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:33 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

After Max Kruse took a couple of small pots, Dorian Melchers opened to 500,000 and Kruse defended his big blind, leaving 6,000,000 behind.

The flop came     and Melchers continued for 250,000. Kruse called.

On the   turn, both players would be content with a check.

The river brought the   and Kruse tossed out a bet of 950,000. Melchers deliberated for about a minute before making the call.

Kruse turned over    for top pair and the win.

Max Kruse - 8,450,000
Dorian Melchers - 8,050,000

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:21 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

Max Kruse completed from the small blind and Dorian Melchers raised to 750,000. Kruse called and the two players went to the     flop. Melchers continued for 350,000 and Kruse called.

The turn was the   and Melchers opted to check this time. Kruse reached into his stack and put out a bet of 850,000. Melchers thought for a moment and then moved all in, putting Kruse to the test for his remaining stack of 4,790,000.

Kruse went deep into the tank for well over five minutes, visibly torn by the situation. Eventually he folded.

Dorian Melchers - 11,860,000
Max Kruse - 4,790,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:16 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

After Max Kruse chipped up over a couple of hands, Dorian Melchers opened to 500,000 and Max Kruse defended his big blind.

The flop came     and Melchers continued for 250,000. Kruse called.

Both players would check the   turn and the   river. Kruse flipped over    to win the pot.

Max Kruse - 6,500,000
Dorian Melchers - 10,000,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:13 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

Dorian Melchers opened to 500,000 and Max Kruse defended his big blind.

The players would check down the       board and Melchers produced    to win the pot.

Dorian Melchers - 12,800,000
Max Kruse - 3,700,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 6:12 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 18 hours ago)

Max Kruse opened to 600,000 and Dorian Melchers defended his big blind.

The flop came     and both players would tap the table.

The turn brought the   and Melchers put out a bet of 1,500,000. Kruse would consider before making the fold.

Dorian Melchers - 12,300,000
Max Kruse - 4,200,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:58 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

Max Kruse raised to 450,000 and Dorian Melchers called. The dealer fanned the     monotone flop and Melchers checked. Kruse bet 450,000 and Melchers called.

The   turn hit the felt and Melchers took the initiative this time and made it 750,000 to go. Kruse thought for a moment and then released his hand.

Dorian Melchers - 10,900,000
Max Kruse - 5,600,000

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:54 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)
Level: 34
Blinds: 125,000/250,000
Ante: 250,000
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:51 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

Dorian Melchers called from the small blind and Max Kruse checked his option.

The flop came     and Melchers put out a bet of 200,000. Kruse called.

Both players would tap the table on the   turn but on the   river, Kruse put out a bet of 500,000. Melchers would take his time before finding a call.

Kruse turned over    for trip queens and the win.

Max Kruse - 7,200,000
Dorian Melchers - 9,300,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:40 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

With 1,100,000 in the middle on a       board, Max Kruse folded after Dorian Melchers put out a bet of 950,000.

The next hand, Kruse opened the action to 450,000 and Melchers defended.

The flop came     and Kruse put out a bet of 450,000. Melchers raised to 1,125,000 and put Kruse into a two-minute tank before he moved all in. Melchers would quickly surrender his cards.

Max Kruse - 6,500,000
Dorian Melchers - 10,000,000

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:30 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)
Dorian Melchers and Max Kruse are now on a break with 17:56 remaining in Level 33.
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:28 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

After several rounds of shove-folds, Farid Jattin shoved for 3,635,000 from the button. Dorian Melchers, in the big blind, asked for a count and considered for about a minute before making the call.

Farid Jattin:   
Dorian Melchers:   

Melchers was barely ahead but the flop came     and Jattin was drawing dead and eliminated in third place.

The   and   completed the board.

Dorian Melchers - 11,025,000
Farid Jattin - Eliminated in 3rd Place (€53,874) + €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event Ticket
Max Kruse - 5,285,000

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:16 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

Dorian Melchers completed from the small blind and Farid Jattin checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was     and Melchers led out for 200,000. Jattin had other plans though and raised to 525,000. Melchers called and the two players went to the   turn. 

Melchers checked and after about two minutes of deliberation Jattin checked back. The river completed the board with the   and both players checked. Melchers confidently tabled    and Jattin mucked.

Dorian Melchers - 5,900,000
Farid Jattin - 4,700,000
Max Kruse - 6,000,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:09 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 19 hours ago)

Max Kruse opened for 330,000 from the button and Dorian Melchers defended the big blind (dead small).

The flop came     and Kruse continued for 355,000. Melchers made the call.

Both players would check the   turn but on the   river, Melchers fired out for 1,500,000. Kruse wouldn't need too long before making the fold.

Dorian Melchers - 5,050,000
Max Kruse - 6,275,000
Farid Jattin - 5,100,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:07 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 20 hours ago)
Level: 33
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:04 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 20 hours ago)

Max Kruse shoved from the small blind and Leonid Yanovski called for 2,345,000.

Max Kruse:   
Leonid Yanovski:   

Yanovski was set to double up as he was dominating but the flop came     to put Kruse ahead. Yanovski stood up and began to pack his things.

The turn brought the   and suddenly there were outs to a chop.

The river was the   and Yanovski had to settle for fourth place while the remaining three players all earned a ladder of over €15,000 in addition to a €10,350 ticket to Day 1a of the WSOP Europe Main Event.

Max Kruse - 6,850,000
Farid Jattin - 5,100,000
Dorian Melchers - 4,350,000

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 5:00 PM Local Time (about 16 days and 20 hours ago)

Action has slowed a little bit with four still remaining, and with the €10,350 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event seat bubble currently in play.

Here's a look at how the final four stack up right now:

Farid Jattin - 5,050,000
Dorian Melchers - 4,500,000
Max Kruse - 4,350,000
Leonid Yanovski - 2,605,000

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