Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:22 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 11 hours ago)
It was an incredible Day 4 of action here at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at the King's Casino and Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, as 42 hopefuls came into the day dreaming of the €1,380,129 top prize, the illustrious gold bracelet and the title of WSOP Europe Main Event champion.
At the end of a long day, only eight will play tomorrow on the televised final table, with play to kick off 2 p.m. local time with the official stream on a one-hour delay, with live reporting from start to finish.
When the players bagged and the chips were officially counted, it was Omar Eljach (pictured) that tops the final table leaderboard as he heads into the final day with an incredible 19,480,000 after dominating the side table for the later parts of the day. Not far behind is fan favorite and five-time WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb (pictured), who crushed the TV table and heads into the fifth and final day of play with 16,580,000.
Here's how the final table stacks up:
1st: Omar Eljach - 19,480,000
2nd: Shaun Deeb - 16,580,000
3rd: Jonathan Pastore - 9,925,000
4th: Paul Covaciu - 9,125,000
5th: Barny Boatman - 7,730,000
6th: Vladas Tamasauskas - 5,950,000
7th: Alexandre Reard - 5,300,000
8th: Armin Rezaei - 2,205,000
The eight remaining players have all locked up an unbelievable payday of €138,702.
Final Table Payouts
1st - €1,380,129
2nd - €852,949
3rd - €607,531
4th - €438,978
5th - €321,838
6th - €239,466
7th - €180,867
8th - €138,702
Action of the Day
The day began with 42 players remaining from the record-setting field of 763 entries, all of whom were already in the money having locked up €29,562, with most of the €7,248,500 still to play for.
Notably, husband-and-wife duo Gab Yong Kim and Youngshin Im were both going strong into Day 4. Unfortunately for the two, it wouldn't be a fairytale meeting at the final table as they finished in 11th and 35th place for €85,461 and €33,820, respectively.
Tobias Peters was the first player eliminated on the day and was followed by fellow notables Simone Andrian (39th, €33,820), Tom-Aksel Bedell (34th, €33,820), Boris Kolev (26th, €39,368), Danut Chisu (25th, €39,368), and Saar Wilf (14th, €56,124). Familiar face Timothy Adams (9th, €108,024) was the last player to get knocked out after reaching the unofficial final table.
Onur Unsal found himself on the ropes very early on in the day but hit runner-runner jacks to make quads and stay in the tournament despite only having a 3.5% chance of survival on the flop. Within the next two orbits, Unsal was able to find himself a fortunate river two more times. He would ride this momentum all the way to a very respectable 12th finish and made €68,698 for his efforts.
Patrik Zidek also could have been eliminated during the beginning stages of Day 4 but found a three outer on the river with ace-ten against the pocket queens of Boris Kolev to score a huge early double-up. He then eliminated Ioannis Chaitas in 22nd place, finding a two-outer on the turn. It wasn't all luck for Zidek as he made fantastic bluffs at the right time and went on to finish in 10th place for a cool €85,461.
Barny Boatman is a name many know who's made the last eight after being one of the chip leaders throughout the first half of the day. During the unofficial final table, Boatman was all in with pocket tens against the ace-queen of Timothy Adams. Despite Adams landing an ace on the flop, Boatman would find a two-outer on the river to double up to nearly eight million while Adams was left with dust. The Canadian wouldn't be able to recover and finished in ninth while Boatman goes into Wednesday with a fifth-place stack.
Despite a number of fantastic storylines, it was the aforementioned Deeb and Eljach who stole the show all day at the King's Casino and Resort. Deeb's skills were on full display throughout the day, captivating the audience watching from around the world as he dominated the TV table. In fact, with about 12 players remaining in the tournament, Deeb had just about as many chips in his stack as the rest of the table did combined. A combination of methodical big-stack play plus picking up late-stage premium hands has the Troy, New York native in second place heading into the final day.
However, Eljach leads the final eight having also led the way at the two-table redraw. Eljach was able to gain separation from the group slowly chipping up from 10 million to 14 million before winning a pair of major hands against Paul Covaciu, who comes into the final day in fourth place. On the side table, Eljach was able to bluff Covaciu off trip jacks in a huge three-way pot shortly before rivering a full house against the Romanian to take his stack to a peak of about 21,500,000.
The final eight players will begin play at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, playing 90-minute levels until a champion is crowned. Play will continue on with Level 29 at 100,000/200,000 blinds with a 200,000 ante. There will be a 15-minute break at the end of each level, with a dinner break to be taken at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
The official livestream is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on a one-hour delay.
A link to the seat draw, with chip counts included, can be found in REPORTS.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:17 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Omar Eljach raised to 400,000 from early position with and Timothy Adams raised to 600,000 with from the hijack, leaving 10,000 behind. Eljach called and went to turn his hand over but he was stopped because Adams still had chips behind.
The two player went to the flop and Adams was all in for his last few chips, getting a call from Eljach.
Eljach paired his five, meaning Adams needed to hit his ace or running cards to survive. The turn and river changed nothing and Adams was eliminated.
Omar Eljach - 19,480,000
Timothy Adams - Eliminated in 9th place (€108,024)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:11 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Timothy Adams raised to 400,000 with from the cutoff and Barny Boatman three-bet to 1.1 million with from the big blind. Adams moved all in for 4.4 million and Boatman called for 3.8 million.
It was a coin flip for Boatman's tournament life, and he needed to hold in order to remain in the tournament and move on to Day 5.
The flop came and Adams out-flopped Boatman after pairing his ace. The turn was the but the was just what Boatman needed to survive, leaving Adams with just a few big blinds.
Barny Boatman - 7,800,000
Timothy Adams - 610,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 2:05 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Alexandre Reard raised to 400,000 from early position with and Omar Eljach three-bet to 1 million from late position with . Paul Covaciu peeled a premium with and four-bet jammed all in for 7.2 million.
Reard and Eljach folded.
Paul Covaciu - 9,100,000
Alexandre Reard - 5,700,000
Omar Eljach - 15,000,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:56 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
The final nine players are back and playing until one more person is eliminated, after which time they will bag chips for Day 5 tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:50 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
After dominating the TV table, Shaun Deeb comes into the unofficial final table with an incredible 94 big blinds. Omar Eljach took over the side table and comes into play with 78 big blinds. Their closest rival is Jonathan Pastore, who has 55 big blinds.
Seat 1: Barny Boatman - 3,965,000 (20bbs)
Seat 2: Alexandre Reard - 6,100,000 (31bbs)
Seat 3: Vladas Tamasauskas - 5,950,000 (30bbs)
Seat 4: Omar Eljach - 15,680,000 (78bbs)
Seat 5: Shaun Deeb - 18,870,000 (94bbs)
Seat 6: Paul Covaciu - 7,725,000 (39bbs)
Seat 7: Timothy Adams - 4,875,000 (24bbs)
Seat 8: Jonathan Pastore - 10,925,000 (55bbs)
Seat 9: Armin Rezaei - 2,705,000 (14bbs)
Here's a look at what the final nine players are playing for:
Final Table Payouts
1st place: €1,380,129
2nd place: €852,949
3rd place: €607,531
4th place: €438,978
5th place: €321,838
6th place: €239,466
7th place: €180,867
8th place: €138,702
9th place: €108,024
WSOP Main Event Results
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:35 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
The nine remaining players are now on break and will be moved to the TV stage. Day 4 play will be complete when they reach eight players.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:32 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Omar Eljach raised to 400,000 from the cutoff. Alexandre Reard moved all in except for a few small chips behind from the button. Eljach raised to force Reard to put the rest in. Reard waited as there was another all in developing on the feature table. He waited until the 10th place elimination was confirmed to make the call.
Reard had the lead with the against the of Eljach. The flop came down . The turn was the and the river came the to secure a double for Reard.
Alexandre Reard - 4,030,000
Omar Eljach - 19,900,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:31 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Patrik Zidek moved all in for 705,000 from the cutoff with and Shaun Deeb called from the small blind with .
Zidek was the player at risk but was ahead for the time being. He needed to hold or he would be the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event final table bubble boy.
The dealer put out the flop and Deeb flopped the nuts with Broadway. Zidek paired his king, but the turn left him drawing dead to the river, sending him to the rail on the final table bubble.
Shaun Deeb - 15,930,000
Patrik Zidek - Eliminated in 10th place (€85,461)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:18 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 12 hours ago)
Shaun Deeb raised to 330,000 from under the gun with the . Gab Yong Kim three-bet jammed from the button for 990,000 with the and Deeb called.
Kim was at risk as the flop came . The turn ended things as the came off and the river was the as the field was cut down by one more.
Shaun Deeb - 16,200,000
Gab Yong Kim - Eliminated in 11th Place (€85,461)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:13 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Paul Covaciu opened to 325,000 in the cutoff and Armin Rezaei shoved over the top. Covaciu let out a big sigh and then called off for 3,780,000 total.
Covaciu was well ahead and the flop improved him to top set but gave Rezaei a straight drw.
The and completed the board, improving Covaciu to a full house and giving him a huge double up.
Paul Covaciu - 7,800,000
Armin Rezaei - 2,200,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:10 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Action was joined on the flop as it read . From under the gun, Omar Eljach bet 200,000 and Paul Covaciu called in the big blind.
The turn was the . Eljach bet 700,000. Covaciu raised to 1,500,000 and Eljach tossed in the call to stir the pot more.
The river was the to double pair the board. Covaciu led out for a down-sized bet of 650,000. It was Eljach's turn to raise as he shot it up to 2,700,000. Covaciu thought for about 30 seconds before he called.
Eljach tabled the [qd[ much to the chagrin of Covaciu who angrily tossed his chips in his hands and muttered under his breath as a large section of his stack joined the ranks of Eljach's monster one.
Omar Eljach - 21,200,000
Paul Covaciu - 3,700,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 1:07 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Gab Yong Kim limped from the small blind with the . From the big blind, Vladas Tamasauskas three-bet to 500,000 with the , Kim four-bet jammed for about 3,400,000 and Tamasauskas called.
The board ran out and Kim was left with just 300,000.
Vladas Tamasauskas - 6,400,000
Gab Yong Kim - 300,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:53 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Barney Boatman opened to 325,000 from the button and was called by Paul Covaciu in the small blind and Omar Eljach in the big blind.
The flop came and action checked around. On the turn, Covaciu put out a bet of 350,000 and was called by both Eljach and Boatman.
On the river, Covaciu barreled for a second time, this time for 1,100,000. Eljach thought for some time before raising to 3,700,000. Boatman went into the tank before eventually making the laydown. Covaciu, who had been weighing his decision while Boatman was thinking, was visibly and audibly upset and flashed the before making the fold.
Eljach then emphatically slammed down for the successful bluff with top pair and soared up over 17 million.
Omar Eljach - 17,350,000
Paul Covaciu - 7,500,000
Barney Boatman - 4,200,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:42 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Paul Covaciu raised on the button and Alexandre Reard defended the big blind. The flop came . Covaciu bet 250,000 and Reard called.
The turn was the . Covacoi bet 650,000 and Reard called once again. The river came the . Covaciu fired again, this time for 1,500,000 and this time Reard decided to fold.
Omar Eljach raised on the button and Alexandre Reard called in the small blind. The flop came . Eljach bet 350,000, Reard called. The turn was the . Eljach bet 900,000 and Reard folded to lose a few more chips.
Reard raised to 325,000 from the button. Jonathan Pastore three-bet to 1,075,000 from the big blind and Reard called.
The flop came . Pastore led for 600,000, Reard called. The turn was the , Reard called a 1,000,000 lead from Pastore.
The river was the . Pastore jammed all in and Reard snap-folded as he his string of rough hands extended to three consecutive.
Alexandre Reard - 4,250,000
Omar Eljach - 17,350,000
Jonathan Pastore - 10,900,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Armin Rezaei opened to 325,000 from the cutoff and was called by Jonathan Pastore on the button and Barny Boatman in the small blind.
The flop came and Rezaei would continue for 300,000. Pastore made the call.
They would go check-check on the turn but the river had Rezaei bet 600,000. Pastore looked unsure about what to do before eventually laying it down.
Armin Rezaei - 8,500,000
Jonathan Pastore - 5,500,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:20 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 13 hours ago)
Hand 1: Barny Boatman opened to 325,000 from the hijack and Omar Eljach three-bet to 900,000 from the cutoff. Alexandre Reard then four-bet to 1,650,000 from the button and was able to get Boatman and Eljach to fold.
Hand 2: The very next hand, Paul Covaciu opened to 325,000 from under the gun and Alexandre Reard three-bet to 975,000. Covaciu would lay it down.
Alexandre Reard - 8,200,000
Paul Covaciu - 7,600,000
Omar Eljach - 14,000,000
Barny Boatman - 7,800,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:16 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 14 hours ago)
Paul Covaciu raised from the cutoff to 325,000 and Omar Eljach three-bet on the button to 1,000,000. Covaciu called.
The flop came . Eljach continued for 1,000,000 and Covaciu folded after thinking about it for a while.
Omar Eljach - 16,900,000
Paul Covaciu - 6,700,000
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:14 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 14 hours ago)
Onur Unsal raised to 440,000 from under the gun with , leaving 5,000 behind. Patrik Zidek called with .
The flop came and Zidek bet 100,000. Unsal stood up, clearly looking at the other table and eventually called. Unsal was facing an uphill battle but had some hope with backdoors.
The turn was the and Unsal picked up a flush draw, but the river was the and he was eliminated.
Patrik Zidek - 1,800,000
Onur Unsal - Eliminated in 12th Place (€68,698)
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:05 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 14 hours ago)
Gab Yong Kim raised to 1.3 million from under the gun with , leaving 110,000 behind. Vladas Tamasauskas was in the hijack with and he decided to just call.
The dealer fanned the flop and Kim jammed for 110,000 with his set. Tamasauskas called. Kim was at risk but had a big lead in the hand. The turn brought an opportunity to chop but the river was the and Kim held.
Gab Yong Kim - 2,700,000
Vladas Tamasauskas - 2,500,000