Monday, October 30, 2023 9:01 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 19 hours ago)
Lukas Pazma Claims Maiden WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #1: €350 NLH Opener (€110,000)
The first gold bracelet at the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe has been awarded at the King's Resort in Rozvadov. For the sixth time, Europe's biggest poker arena hosts the series which is set to award 15 WSOP gold bracelets and Lukas Pazma has been crowned the first champion of the festival.
Event #1: €350 NLH Opener drew an overall field of 3,503 entries, which represents a significant increase to the 2,554 entries of the previous edition. Only 378 players had survived their respective starting days to lock up a portion of the €1,048,272 prize pool and 23 returned for the final day.
Pazma becomes the third player from Slovakia in consecutive years to etch his name in the history books, following in the footsteps of Samuel Stranak and Lubos Laska. Pazma defeated Andras Balogh in heads-up to earn the €110,000 top prize, while Balogh had to settle for a consolation prize of €66,000 for his runner-up finish.
Pazma entered the unofficial final table with two times as many chips as his nearest follower after a card rush propelled him into a commanding lead and he never looked back en route to victory. The Slovakian came fresh off a deep run in the WPT Prime Liechtenstein Main Event, in which he earned 169,700 Swiss Franks for a very respectable third place finish. He also had several big results at King's Resort and locked up his third WSOP Europe Main Event ticket to continue a hot run throughout the last six months.
For Balogh, it was yet another close call for the gold bracelet. One year ago, he finished seventh for €37,997 in Event #5: €550 COLOSSUS in which aforementioned Laska triumphed. The only bracelet winner in contention was Emil Bise, who finished in ninth place. On top of their cash prizes, the top 12 finishers also earned an entry to the 2023 WSOP Europe Main Event worth €10,350.
Final Table Result Event #1: €350 NLH Opener
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)|
|7||Alessandro De Michele||Italy||€15,500|
* Top 12 finishers also received an entry to 2023 WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event
Pazma had scored a crucial double in the late stages of Day 2 and returned second in chips, trailing only Stefan Drusca. Both remained near the top of the leaderboard until the Main Event ticket bubble but Pazma then went on an incredible hot streak to separate himself from all other contestants.
When all was said and done, all the pressure fell off the Slovakian and he was all smiles.
"Like I am really surprised like, wow, I made it. I have no words. Really. I am happy, so happy," Pazma said shortly after his victory. Despite having such a large lead, he was very aware of runner-up finisher Balogh who he described as a "really tough, really good player". But at the right time, he picked up a strong hand and held when his dominating ace-queen came out on top versus ace-seven.
Pazma was the centre of action for most of the day and confirmed this as a pivotal part of his strategy.
"When I have chips, I am a very dangerous player because I push with my chips like I make so much pressure," he mentioned.
And while the six-figure prize will certainly be a great addition to his bankroll, he didn't so much care about the money but about keeping the streak going for players from Slovakia to win a bracelet. Fellow countryman Stanislav Koleno was also in the mix to make that happen but had to settle for third place after two clashes with Balogh.
"This means so much for me. Maybe somebody don't believe. But this is for me. I am proud of myself and like I was not thinking about money but about this," Pazma acknowledged when asked about the third Slovakian win in as many years at King's Resort.
One thing is for certain, he will be back for the 2023 WSOP Europe Main Event and perhaps also enter further gold bracelet events in the days to come.
Action of the Final Day
Only 23 players returned to their seats and that number was cut down almost immediately, when Hristofor Kolev was eliminated in a three-way all-in. William Kang was also involved in said hand and never recovered from losing a flip with queens to become the next casualty.
Frank Leykauf tangled at the wrong time with Stanislav Koleno and hero-called to get shown a flush, and he was joined at the payout desk by Jiri Kun moments later. Schakeri then flopped a set of tens but Iman Ghashayar turned the nut straight. The eliminations of Marcin Kacprzak and Scottie Howington brought the field down to the final two tables.
With cards barely back in the air thereafter, Mikkel Plum picked the wrong time to jam five-deuce as Pazma called with his limped pocket kings. The Dane then returned to his seat in Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max to try and run up a stack, already secured another in-the-money finish.
For Pazma, that very hand was the start of a hot streak as he picked up numerous premium hands to become the run-away chip leader. Roland Schweinstetter was among his victims when he ran with nines into kings, and that led the ticket bubble burst. Alfredo Vega Meister followed into the same footsteps and Stefan Pezzarossa then bubbled the unofficial final table against Florin Bilan.
Emil Bise made the final redraw of the tournament albeit with a severe short stack of just six blinds and became the first casualty thereafter, as Koleno notched up another elimination. The next three seat open were all caused by Pazma before fellow Slovakian Koleno dispatched Stephan Glausch. Florin Bilan outflopped Pazma with queen-ten suited but couldn't hold as the field was already down to the final three.
Koleno and Balogh were fighting for survival and the ladder-up with the better end for Balogh. However, there was no stopping to the dominant performance of Pazma who needed around one hour of heads-up play to wrap up the victory.
This concludes the PokerNews live coverage for Event #1: €350 NLH Opener but another 14 WSOP gold bracelets will be awarded in the next two and a half weeks here at King's Resort in Rozvadov.
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:42 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 19 hours ago)
Andras Balogh Eliminated in 2nd Place (€66,000)
Lukas Pazma raised to 2,000,000 on the button, Andras Balogh jammed for 17,000,000 in the big blind and Pazma snap-called as he instantly turned around to a friend on the rail and then paced back and forth.
The kicker problem of Balogh was never solved on the runout and that ended the run of Balogh in second place for €66,000. For Pazma, it was the first WSOP gold bracelet and he earned a top prize of €110,000.
A recap of today's action is to follow.
|Lukas Pazma||70,050,000||20,050,000 |
|Andras Balogh||0||-20,000,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:35 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 19 hours ago)
Level 39 started
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:26 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 19 hours ago)
Short Unscheduled Break
Upon completion of level 38, the two remaining players agreed on a short ten-minute break. Lukas Pazma remains the chip leader while Andras Balogh has recently gained some momentum despite facing a chip disadvantage of two and a half to one.
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:24 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 19 hours ago)
Balogh Continues His Hot Streak
Andras Balogh limped in with the on the button and Lukas Pazma checked the from the big blind.
The flop was checked. Pazma check-called for 1,000,000 on the turn and another 2,300,000 on the river to get shown the bad news.
|Lukas Pazma||50,000,000||-5,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||20,000,000||5,000,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:17 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Balogh Extracts Some River Value
The next limped pot went all the way to the river on which Andras Balogh bet 1,20,000 with the . Lukas Pazma called with for the inferior flush and lost another small pot, as Balogh continued his momentum.
|Lukas Pazma||55,000,000||-3,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||15,000,000||3,000,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:15 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Balogh Catches Pazma Bluffing
Lukas Pazma limped in with the and Andras Balogh checked the , which led them to the flop. Balogh checked and Pazma checked it back, as they saw the turn for free. Another check by Balogh prompted Pazma's bet of 1,000,000 and Balogh called.
The river saw Balogh check once more and Pazma now bet 3,000,000, which represented nearly half of the short stack of his opponent. Balogh made a stand and called to drag in an urgently needed pot.
|Lukas Pazma||58,000,000||-5,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||12,000,000||4,300,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:10 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Balogh Gets Shorter
In a limped pot to the turn, Lukas Pazma bet 900,000 with the in the big blind. Andras Balogh called with the and failed to improve on the river.
Pazma checked his option and Balogh then bet 1,200,000 was looked up by the Slovakian, who stormed further ahead.
|Lukas Pazma||63,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||7,700,000||-2,300,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 8:07 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Pazma Jams Into Balogh
Lukas Pazma raised to 1,500,000 on the button with the and Andras Balogh defended the to the flop. Balogh checked and Pazma bet 1,300,000 only for the Hungarian to pull off a check-raise to 3,200,000.
Pazma moved all-in a few seconds later and Balogh folded.
|Lukas Pazma||60,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||10,000,000||-4,000,000 |0
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:58 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Heads-Up Action Underway
Andras Balogh and Lukas Pazma returned to their seats and the first few hands of heads-up play brought no major action. A limped pot led to the flop on which button limper Balogh bet 600,000 with the , Pazma check-called with .
The turn saw Pazma check again and Balogh bet 1,800,000, earning the pot without resistance.
|Lukas Pazma||57,000,000||7,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||14,000,000||0 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:41 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Stanislav Koleno Eliminated in 3rd Place (€48,000)
Lukas Pazma kept the pressure high and jammed several times, while the two short stacks Stanislav Koleno and Andras Balogh were fighting for their survival. The inevitable clash of the latter two followed when Koleno jammed out of the small blind and Balogh called.
The narrow kicker advantage was crucial despite a sweat on the runout, as Koleno bowed out in third place for €48,000. Both Balogh and Pazma will now go on a short break prior to the heads-up duel for the WSOP gold bracelet.
|Andras Balogh||14,000,000||-1,000,000 |
|Stanislav Koleno||0||-6,200,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:40 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Level 38 started
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:30 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Triple Up for Koleno
Lukas Pazma raised to 1,300,000 with the on the button and Stanislav Koleno moved all-in for 1,400,000 with the in the small blind. Andras Balogh glanced at in the big blind and called, as did Pazma.
The two active players checked down the board and Koleno tripled up thanks to the fortunate river.
|Lukas Pazma||50,000,000||-3,000,000 |
|Andras Balogh||15,000,000||0 |
|Stanislav Koleno||6,200,000||4,400,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:23 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 20 hours ago)
Balogh Double Leaves Koleno on the Ropes
Stanislav Koleno pushed all-in from the small blind and Andras Balogh called for the seven million he had behind, fewer than 12 big blinds at that stage.
On the flop, Balogh asked for an eight but was as happy about the turn. His eight came on the river to secure the double-up.
|Andras Balogh||15,000,000||6,000,000 |
|Stanislav Koleno||1,800,000||-8,200,000 |0
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:17 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Florin Bilan Eliminated in 4th Place (€35,000)
The action folded to Lukas Pazma in the small blind and he simply open-shoved into the big blind of Florin Bilan. His taable neighbour had 5,300,000 behind and revealed a suited one-gapper in the following showdown.
Bilan was behind but took the lead with the flop as Pazma turned around to chat with a friend on the rail. The turn gave Pazma the lead and the river secured the elimination. Bilan was ousted in fourth place and collected €35,000 for the efforts.
|Lukas Pazma||53,000,000||8,000,000 |
|Florin Bilan||0||-11,100,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:11 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Pazma Gets River Value From Koleno
Lukas Pazma opened to 1,100,000 with the on the button and Stanislav Koleno called in the big blind with . The flop gave Koleno the lead and he check-called a bet worth 1,200,000. On the turn, the action went check, check, and the river restored the preflop order.
Koleno checked again and Pazma bet 2,500,000 to send his fellow countryman into the tank. The curious call followed and Pazma cemented his lead with four players remaining.
|Lukas Pazma||45,000,000||6,000,000 |
|Stanislav Koleno||10,000,000||-4,000,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:05 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Stephan Glausch Eliminated in 5th Place (€26,500)
Stephan Glausch raised to 1,000,000 from under the gun and called his remaining 200,000 once Stanislav Koleno three-bet from the small blind.
Koleno was in a commanding position and improved on the flop. The turn and river could not save Glausch, sending him to the rail in fifth position.
|Stanislav Koleno||14,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Stephan Glausch||0||-1,500,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:00 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Iman Ghashayar Eliminated in 6th Place (€20,000)
Iman Ghashayar shoved for his final 3,900,000 on the button, finding a call from Lukas Pazma in the big blind.
Pazma found himself in another great spot, facing no resistance on the runout. Ghashayar wished everyone goog luck on his way to the payout desk in sixth place.
|Lukas Pazma||39,000,000||4,000,000 |
|Iman Ghashayar||0||-6,875,000 |
Monday, October 30, 2023 7:00 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Level 37 started
Monday, October 30, 2023 6:54 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 21 hours ago)
Balogh Doubles Through Glausch
Andras Balogh raised to 2,000,000 on the button, representing half of his remaining stack. Stephan Glausch three-bet in the big blind and Balogh made the call for his tournament life.
Balogh was flipping but found plenty of help on the flop. The turn and river changed nothing, as Balogh doubled through Glausch.
|Andras Balogh||9,000,000||4,225,000 |
|Stephan Glausch||1,500,000||-4,500,000 |