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2022 World Series of Poker Europe

Thursday, November 10, 2022 to Friday, November 11, 2022

WSOPE Event #11: No-Limit Hold'em Diamond High Roller

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  • Buy-in: €50,000
  • Prizepool: €2,116,125
  • Entries: 45
  • Remaining: 0


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Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:15 AM Local Time




Event #11: €50,000 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold’em has come to an end after a Day 2 that lasted a total of 10 hours and saw the 45 entries become one champion.


That one champion was Orpen Kisacikoglu who conquered the field of high rollers to win his first WSOP bracelet and the €748,106 first place prize after using a late final table surge to the chip lead and end with an impressive close out of the tournament.


Kisacikoglu, is a well known high roller regular as he often participates in the biggest buy in tournaments around Europe. This win is the third largest score of his career, just behind a Triton Madrid second-place earlier this year and a PokerStars win here in Rozvadov back in 2019. It also adds to his staggering number of 25 six-figure and above tournament scores.


The €748,106 is just enough to send his total career tournament earnings above the $10 million mark, making him by far the world’s most successful poker player from Turkey.


But despite all the accolades that preceded him this particular win is a bit special because it ended with a bracelet. “ It feels incredibly special. Playing with friends makes things more relaxed at the table but yeah when we got to the final few I was starting to feel anxious about finishing second again (referencing his Triton second place result) “


Kisacokoglu also expanded on what it is like to be amongst friends when he plays the high roller events. “I remember what it was like to be a loner at these events. Trying to go it alone. I really don’t miss those days, “ he said after his win with a little bit of emotion coming through. And made friends he certainly has as many of the players he had just defeated congratulated him on his victory.



 Final Results

1. Orpen Kisacikoglu - €748,106
2. Sam Grafton - €462,363
3. Shaun Deeb - €313,919
4. Nick Petrangelo - €220,045
5. Timothy Adams - €159,413
6. Daniel Pidin - €119,492
7. Daniel Dvoress - €92,787



 Action of the Day


The day began with 22 players with registration still open and a few more jumped in to create the final tally of 45 entries which generated a prizepool of €2,116,125.


The final table would be reached around dinnertime, as two more eliminations would be needed to reach the seven in the money. Jorryt Van Hoof exited first from the final table in ninth place and then the bubble boy became Paul Phua who was unable to parlay his bracelet in the 25K Platinum high roller into a cash in the diamond one.


Daniel Dvoress was the first elimination in the money in seventh place and Daniel Pidun was next in sixth as he was unable to emulate his brother’s bracelet win in the 8-game mix from last night.


Timothy Adams entered the day as chip leader and continued to build from the start of the day as he rode that chip lead into the final table. He had the lead all the way down until five handed before losing a key hand that would ultimately be the catalyst for Kisacikoglu’s victory and one that knocked Adams from his perch down to the short stack where he would last for only a bit longer before busting in fifth place.


Shaun Deeb had a bit of a run during the final table as his string of knocking players out continued as he felled Nick Petrangelo after Petrangelo had been able to manage a short stack from the bubble to a fourth place finish.


Deeb was going for a much-desired sixth WSOP bracelet and for a while it looked as though he was on track for it as he took the chip lead on a few occasions during the final table. However, during three-handed play he would become the victim of a preflop cooler as he ran pocket jacks into the pocket kings of Kisacikoglu to end his bid in third place.


Kisacikoglu would face-off against Sam Grafton heads-up, who laddered his way from a short stack at the start of the final table all the way to the final two. It was a battle between two in-form veteran high stakes players who were both searching for that elusive first WSOP bracelet. But the battle turned out to be a short one as Kisacikoglu would need only a few hands to use his 89 to 24 big blind advantage to deplete Grafton. Culminating when he made a straight on the river on the final hand to end things as the two high roller adversaries and friends embraced after the final card with genuine happiness coming from both players.


That wraps up's coverage of the Diamond High Roller in yet another exciting event here in Rozvadov. Stay tuned for more in the coming days, including from the Main Event. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022 12:01 AM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu wins his first WSOP gold bracelet in the Diamond High Roller

Orpen Kisacikoglu moved all in first to act and after some deliberation, Sam Grafton called off for 9.6 million, putting his tournament life at risk.

Sam Grafton:   
Orpen Kisacikoglu:   

Grafton was well behind and needed some help to find his way back and have a shot at gold. The     flop did just that, giving him top pair. The   turn gave Kisacikoglu some outs to make a straight now. The   river got him there, giving Kisacikoglu the nut straight and eliminating Grafton.

The two exchanged a massive hug in celebration, with Grafton clearly happy for Kisacikoglu's win and grateful for his own deep run.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 45,000,000
Sam Grafton - Eliminated in 2nd place (€462,363)

Sam Grafton is the Diamond High Roller runner-up

A full recap showcasing Orpen Kisacikoglu's maiden gold bracelet victory will be posted later tonight.

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:50 PM Local Time

Both players traded pots back and forth to start heads-up play, with Sam Grafton chipping up a little bit.

In the next hand, Orpen Kisacikoglu limped in with    and Grafton checked back   .

The dealer fanned the     flop and both players checked to the   turn. Grafton checked again and Kisacikoglu bet 700,000. Grafton folded. 

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 34,000,000
Sam Grafton - 11,000,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:46 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 250,000/500,000
Ante: 500,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:44 PM Local Time
Cards are back in the air!
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, November 11, 2022 11:27 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu holds more than a 3.5:1 lead going into heads-up play against Sam Grafton.

Play is paused for a short break before cards go back in the air to determine a winner.

Both players are guaranteed €462,363 with the winner taking home €748,106, a gold WSOP bracelet and a seat into the 2023 Tournament of Champions.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 35,400,000
Sam Grafton - 9,725,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:25 PM Local Time

Sam Grafton raised to 800,000 on the button with    and Shaun Deeb three-bet to 2.5 million from the small blind with   . Orpen Kisacikoglu four-bet to 5 million from the big blind with    and Grafton mucked. 

Deeb used a time chip and then moved all in for 16 million. Kisacikoglu snap-called and Deeb was at risk for his tournament life, needing to improve to stay in the game.

The dealer fanned the     flop and Kisacikoglu was still in the lead with kings. The   turn and   river changed nothing. sending Deeb to the rail in third place.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 35,400,000
Sam Grafton - 9,725,000
Shaun Deeb - Eliminated in 3rd place (€313,919)

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:19 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 1 million from the small blind with    and Sam Grafton defended his big blind with   .

The flop came     and Kisacikoglu checked his top pair. Grafton took a stab for 600,000, Kisacikoglu called and the two players went to the   turn. 

Kisacikoglu checked again and Grafton fired for 1.6 million this time. Kisacikoglu looked back at his cards and called again.

The river completed the board with the   and Kisacikoglu checked again. Grafton sat back in his chair and looked over at Kisacikoglu before deciding to bet 3.5 million, leaving himself 425,000 behind. Kisacikoglu folded and Grafton scooped the pot with ten high. 

Sam Grafton - 11,000,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu - 20,000,000
Shaun Deeb - 13,000,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:10 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb was in the small blind with    and completed, while Orpen Kisacikoglu checked back    from the big blind.

The dealer fanned the     flop and Deeb led out for 450,000. Kisacikoglu wasn't folding second pair and put in chips to call.

The   turn hit the felt and Deeb led for 950,000 this time. Kisacikoglumucked and Deeb raked in the pot. 

Shaun Deeb - 14,000,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu - 24,000,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:03 PM Local Time

Nick Petrangelo moved all in for 2 million with    from the small blind and Shaun Deeb called with    from the big blind.

The flop came     and Deeb paired his five, taking a big lead in the hand. The   turn and   were no help to Petrangelo and he was eliminated in fourth place.

Shaun Deeb - 12,000,000
Nick Petrangelo - Eliminated in 4th place (€220,045)

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:52 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu jammed all in with    from the small blind and Timothy Adams called off his stack of 1.8 million with    from the big blind.

The flop came     and it looked safe for Adams to double through. The turn was the   but the river was the   and Kisacikoglu connected to eliminate the start-of-final table chip leader.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 26,000,000
Timothy Adams - Eliminated in 5th place (€159,413)

Friday, November 11, 2022 10:48 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 200,000/400,000
Ante: 400,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:46 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 600,000 from under the gun with the   . Shaun Deeb defended his big blind with the   

The flop came down    . Kisacikoglu bet 325,000 and Deeb called. Kisacikoglu turned two pair as the   hit. Both players checked.

 The river was the  . Kisacikoglu went big with a bet of 2,300,000 and Deeb snap-folded his small pair.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 19,000,000
Shaun Deeb - 12,000,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 10:33 PM Local Time

Timothy Adams was under the gun with the    and raised to 1,600,000 to commit two-thirds of his stack. Shaun Deeb had the    in the small blind and smooth called.

The flop came    . Deeb bet 1,000,000 to force Adams to commit his remaining 875,000 which he did after some thought.

The turn was the   and the river came the   to give Adams the double up.

Shaun Deeb - 12,000,000
Timothy Adams - 5,500,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 10:29 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 600,000 first to act with    and Shaun Deeb defended his big blind with   .

The dealer fanned the     flop and Deeb checked. Kisacikoglu checkd back and the two players went to the   turn. Both players checked top pair again and checked again through the   river and chopped it up.

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 18,000,000
Shaun Deeb - 15,000,000

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:25 PM Local Time

Orpen Kisacikoglu raised to 675,000 from the cutoff with    and Timothy Adams moved all in for 11 million from the button with   .

Action was back on Kisacikoglu and he was put to a decision for his stack of 7.7 million. Eventually he called.

The dealer ran the board       and Kisacikoglu held to double through. 

Orpen Kisacikoglu - 18,000,000
Timothy Adams - 2,400,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 10:13 PM Local Time

Nick Petrangelo opened to 625,000 from the button with the   . Shaun Deeb woke up with    in the small blind and three-bet to 1,500,000. Orpen Kisacikoglu then four-bet to 3,100,000 with the    from the big blind. Petrangelo quickly departed. 

Deeb thought for a while and weighed his options before moving all in which got a snap fold from Kisacikoglu and Deeb gathered the nice preflop pot.

Shaun Deeb - 14,000,000
Orpen Kisacikoglu - 7,900,000
Nick Petrangelo - 4,400,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 10:10 PM Local Time
Level: 23
Blinds: 150,000/300,000
Ante: 300,000
Friday, November 11, 2022 10:02 PM Local Time

Shaun Deeb raised to 375,000 from the button with the    whiel Timothy Adams defended the big blind with the   .

The flop landed    . Deeb bet 375,000 and Adams called. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   river where they also checked.

Adams showed his winning pair of queens and won the pot to pull away from Deeb a bit.

Timothy Adams - 16,000,000
Sean Deeb - 11,000,000

Friday, November 11, 2022 9:59 PM Local Time


Timothy Adams raised to 550,000 from the hijack with    and Daniel Pidun called with    from the small blind.

The dealer fanned the     flop and Pidun checked. Adams bet 325,000 and Pidun went in for the check-raise to 875,000. Adams called and they went to the   turn. Pidun continued for 1.3 million and Adams called. 

The river was the   and Pidun jammed for 2.5 million. Adams took a brief moment but eventually called.

Timothy Adams - 14,000,000
Daniel Pidun - Eliminated in 6th place (€119,492)

Playtika - Jason Alexander