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2022 World Series of Poker Europe

Monday, November 14, 2022 to Monday, November 14, 2022

WSOPE Event #14: No-Limit Hold'em Bounty Hunter

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  • Buy-in: €1,100
  • Prizepool: €283,400
  • Entries: 436
  • Remaining: 0


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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 3:04 AM Local Time


The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe has now seen a champion emerge in Event #14:€300 Bounty Hunter here at King's Resort and Casino. The 436 entry field created a €283,400 prize pool that had the eventual winner set to pull in €62,111 along with a prestigious WSOP bracelet.

The quick structure of the tournament saw play end after just twelve hours, adding Belgium's Karim Maekelberg to the WSOPE winner's column after besting Theo Schmitt heads-up. Maekelberg started playing poker four years ago and has the vast majority of his earnings online, having roughly $11,000 in live cashes before today.

"I started playing four years ago, took things seriously but I mainly played online and just grind everything online. I studied, became better, and now I'm getting into the live scene."

The Belgium native noted that this is just one of his first live events, although his calm, clear, and concise decision making had given off a different impression at his first WSOP final table.

When asked about his ability to play with such a calm manner during his first live victory he had a simple answer. "I have confidence in my game, know what I'm doing and I've put a lot of hours into the game so I'm pretty confident," and that cool collective confidence shined through right up until the last hand.


 Final Table Results 

1.  Karim Maekelberg - €62,111 
2.  Theo Schmitt - €38,375
3.  Brian Cornell - €26,542
4.  Rolando Camardese - €18,715
5.  Dinesh Alt - €13,458
6.  Aaron Duczak - €9,873
7.  Antonino Calabro - €7,393
8.  Hossein Ensan - €5,653
9.  Balakrishna Patur - €4,415


Action of the Day

The first turbo event of the series saw 436 entries accumulated during the 12 levels of late registration which created a prize pool of €283,400. A total of 66 were set to score at least a min-cash and when the bubble approached, none other than Martin Kabrhel was the executioner. Luca Maerki was one of the top stacks at the time but an ill-timed shove with air dubbed him as the bubble boy. Maerki shoved a king-high board for heaps, only for Kabrhel to snap with top set. Along with bubbling, he also received some classic motivational words from Kabrhel on his way out of the tournament.

Once the money had hit an onslaught of eliminations was soon to follow and it took just a few hours for the official final table to be reached. Brian Cornell held the lead but the eyes were on Balakrishna Patur, who was closest to Cornell when the the table was formed. Patur sent three quarters of his stack into the middle during the first hand, covering the all-ins of Theo Schmitt and Antonino Calabro. An unlikely river gave a straight to both players at risk, leaving Patur as the new short stack. He fell shortly after during a blind-on-blind collision with Rolando Camardese who held with queen-high.

Schmitt put his newly acquired chips to use, dropping 2019 Main Event champion Hossein Ensan and Calabro in the same hand. Schmitt landed a bullet to top the pocket pairs of his opponents, leaving just six. Canada's Aaron Duczak was next on the chopping block when an unlikely runout saw his ace-queen fall to the dead man's hand of Cornell who landed a runner-runner straight. Dinesh Alt looked down at ace-eight suited and was happy to get his stack in the middle but Camardese held on with his pocket tens, sending Alt to the payout desk.

Camardese was in the thick of things when four-handed started but a quick plummet saw his remaining chips go in with ace-jack versus the king-trey of Maekelberg. A three in the window sent Camardese to the rail. When three-handed play began, Cornell saw his once massive stack, on the bottom of the board. He check-shoved with middle pair, running into the overpair held by Maekelberg.

The heads-up portion of this event saw the quick-pace action instantly shift as each player had their eye on the bracelet. Schmitt quickly took the lead when he landed an bullet on the river during a classic race. Maekelberg struck back quickly with a double and then applied pressure until the final hand was dealt. The chips went into the middle on a king-high board with Schmitt holding pocket sevens, while Maekelberg had kujo. A clean runout meant Schmitt took the title of runner-up, earning a respectable €38,375 for his efforts.

That wraps it up for the coverage of the penultimate event but check in tomorrow at for all of the updates on the Main Event as it enters Day 4.

Event #14: Bounty Hunter Results

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:22 AM Local Time

A total of 436 runners showed up for Event #14: Bounty Hunter and when the last ship had sailed it was Karim Maekelberg sitting atop the leaderboard. 

A recap of the day and full results will be listed later tonight.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:12 AM Local Time

The last hand of the night saw both partake to a     flop where Theo Schmitt bet 600,000. Karim Maekelberg announced 1,800,000 and before he could put in a ship, Schmitt shoved. Maekelberg called just as swiftly and Schmitt was at risk.

Theo Schmitt:   
Karim Maekelberg:   

"Good hand," Schmitt said as he prepared for the   turn where he started to stand up. The dealer burned and turned a   river card, sealing the win for Maekelberg.

Schmitt finished as runner-up, taking home a respectable €38,375 for his efforts.

Karim Maekelberg - Event #14: Bounty Hunter Winner €62,111
Theo Schmitt - Runner-Up €38,375

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:08 AM Local Time

Theo Schmitt opened for 500,000, Karim Maekelberg shoved for his 3,000,000, and Schmitt called.

Karim Maekelberg:   
Theo Schmitt:   

The board fell       and Maekelberg jumped back into contention. 

Karim Maekelberg - 6,200,000
Theo Schmitt - 6,880,000

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:01 AM Local Time
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:58 AM Local Time

Theo Schmitt opened to 500,000 which in return saw Karim Maekelberg shove. Schmitt snapped for 4,575,000 total and the cards were turned.

Theo Schmitt:   
Karim Maekelberg:   

The board rolled out       and Schmitt doubled on an unlikely bullet landing on the river.

Theo Schmitt - 10,080,000
Karim Maekelberg - 3,000,000

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:52 AM Local Time

When three-handed play began it seemed Brian Cornell was the odd man out and was on the short stack after sitting at the top for the better part of the day.

Karim Maekelberg opened from the button, Cornell defended his big blind, and the dealer spread     on the felt. Cornell check-shoved around 1,600,000 and Maekelberg instantly called.

Brian Cornell:   
Karim Maekelberg:   

An   on the turn had Cornell in need of some love but he failed to find any on the   river. Cornell took an exit, leaving just two for a heads-up showdown.

Karim Maekelberg - 8,080,000
Brian Cornell - Eliminated in 3rd Place

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:45 AM Local Time

The once big stack of Rolando Camardese whittled down to just 1,600,000 in just a few hands. Karim Maekelberg shoved the small blind and Camardese put in his chips.

Rolando Camardese:   
Karim Maekelberg:   

The window three gave Maekelberg the lead on a     flop. A   left Camardese in need of a river but the   was not it and he was sent to the rail.

Karim Maekelberg - 5,750,000
Rolando Camardese - Eliminated in 4th Place

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:36 AM Local Time

Rolando Camardese shoved from the button and Dinesh Alt called his last chips in the middle, having under a million. 

Alt tabled    and was up against the    of Camaradese. The board ran out clean for Camarades and Alt was sent to the rail.

Rolando Camardese - 3,850,000
Dinesh Alt - Eliminated in 5th Place

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:29 AM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:26 AM Local Time

Brian Cornell opened to roughly 325,000 which was met with a shove of roughly 650,000 by Duczak. Cornell called and Duczak was at risk as the cards were turned.

Aaron Duczak:   
Brian Cornell:  

The flop fell     and the Canadian was still well in front with his queen kicker. A sweaty-looking   hit the felt to give Cornell a straight draw and he completely smacked it on the   river.

Cornell piled in the chips, dropping Duczak from the field in sixth-place.

Brian Cornell - 2,925,000
Aaron Duczak - Eliminated in 6th Place 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:19 AM Local Time

Hossein Ensan moved all in from middle position and Theo Schmitt jammed over the top in the hijack. Antonino Calabro called for his 1,100,000 in the small blind and Schmitt had both at risk.

Hossein Ensan:   
Antonino Calabro:   
Theo Schmitt:   

The dealer fanned out     and Schmitt connected with a bullet to jump in front. A   turn and   river sealed it for Schmitt to collected the pot, adding another two bounties to his collections.

Theo Schmitt - 4,325,000
Antonino Calabro - Eliminated in 7th Place
Hossein Ensan - Eliminated in 8th Place

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:11 AM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 120,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 1:06 AM Local Time

The action folded around to Balakrishna Patur who shoved around 900,000 from the small blind. Rolando Camardese slapped in his stack, putting Patur at risk.

Balakrishna Patur:   
Rolando Camardese: [qh,4d

The dealer spread       out on the felt, sendting Patur on his way as Camardese scooped with queen-high.

Rolando Camardese - 2,850,000
Balakrishna Patur Eliminated in 9th Place

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:51 AM Local Time

Antonino Calabro shoved for 280,000 and Theo Schmitt jammed for his 1,400,000. Balakrishna Patur had the chips in for a call and the cards were tabled.

Antonino Calabro:   
Theo Schmitt:   
Balakrishna Patur:   

The board rolled out       and a rivered straight sent a part of Patur's stack to each opponent. 

Antonino Calabro - 900,000
Theo Schmitt - 2,240,000
Balakrishna Patur - 462,000

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:50 AM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 50,000/100,000
Ante: 100,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:46 AM Local Time
Seat Player Chip Count Big Blinds
1 Dinesh Alt 1,395,000 17
2 Theo Schmitt 1,400,000 18
3 Brian Cornell 2,850,000 36
4 Antonino Calabro 280,000 4
5 Karim Maekelberg 1,410,000 18
6 Aaron Duczak 1,800,000 23
7 Balakrishna Patur 1,860,000 23
8 Rolando Camardese 1,765,000 22
9 Hossein Ensan 1,115,000 14
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:30 AM Local Time
Level: 27
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 80,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:18 AM Local Time

The action saw Jonathan Mahdjoub shove and Martin Kabrhel then put in his 440,000 stack. Rolando Camardese jammed 540,000 and Mahdjoub called, putting both at risk.

Martin Kabrhel:   
Rolando Camardese:   
Jonathan Mahdjoub:   

The flop fell     and that was a wrap as Camardese landed four queens. The    runout landed while Kabrhel was walking out the door.

Rolando Camardese - 1,550,000
Jonathan Mahdjoub - 360,000
Martin Kabrhel - Eliminated

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:13 AM Local Time
Level: 26
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000