Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:50 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 22 hours ago)
Omar Eljach Dominates Final Table in Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max (€65,900)
Omar Eljach has overcome a 719-entry field and defeated Diana Volcovschi heads-up in Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max at the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe. Eljach earns his second WSOP bracelet, along with the €65,900 first-place prize here at King's Resort in Rozvadov.
The victory comes fresh off of a breakout year in 2022, in which Eljach won the WSOPE Main Event — padding an already impressive poker resume that includes over €2,000,000 in live-tournament earnings.
Eljach entered the final table with more than twice that of his next closest opponent and put on a clinic in big-stack play by continually applying pressure to his opponents in the face of significant pay jumps. En route to his victory, Eljach claimed six final-table eliminations and at no point gave up the chip lead.
"I'm very happy to get my second [bracelet]. I was actually more excited for the bracelet than the laddering of the money, which has not been the case before," Eljach said.
Eljach remained confident throughout the final table and explained how he was able to apply a lot of pressure to the medium stacks using his big stack.
"I knew I could apply a lot of pressure because there were a lot of short stacks. The stacks that were half my size couldn't really move as long as the short stacks were there. It was a good spot for me to be able to steamroll the table."
Eljach said he will be gunning for another bracelet during this year's series, particularly in the upcoming PLO events.
"It's my favorite game. I definitely consider myself more of a PLO player."
Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max Final Table Results
|Place||Winner||Country||Prize (in EUR)|
|3||Roland Israelashvili||United States||€29,100|
|8||Anson Tsang||Hong Kong||€6,700|
Final Table Action
Day 3 began with an unofficial final table of nine looking to claim WSOPE glory. The action started relatively slow, with the first elimination of the day occurring after Michal Mrakes found himself short and losing the rest of his chips to Eljach's straight after getting all-in preflop.
Anson Tsang came into the final day second in chips but was unable to build any momentum and lost the majority of his stack after getting his aces cracked by Eljach, who claimed the rest of Tsang's chips a few hands later.
After an extended period of action that saw Roland Israelashvili survive facing elimination six times, Patrik Jaros, Martino Cito, and Ihar Pliashko all fell in seventh, sixth, and fifth place respectively in rapid succession with Eljach claiming two more eliminations.
Michael Rodrigues remained relatively quiet throughout the table, but escalating blinds forced him to take a stand in a blind versus blind confrontation against Eljach that unsurprisingly went Eljach's way.
Israelashvili, who was down to just 15,000 chips at one point, finally saw his good fortune come to an end after running into the nut flush of Volcovschi.
Volcovschi entered the final table as the short stack but managed to navigate all the way to heads-up play, which ended nearly as soon as it began. On just the second hand of heads-up, Volcovschi found herself committing the rest of her chips against Eljach in a cooler wherein both players flopped a flush. With that, Eljach secured his victory in a convincing manner.
That's a wrap for PokerNews coverage of Event #2: €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max. Be sure to check out our live reporting hub for continuing coverage of the 2023 World Series of Poker Europe right here at the King's Resort in Rozvadov.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:43 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Diana Volcovschi Eliminated in 2nd Place (€40,700)
Omar Eljach opened to 300,000 from the button with and Diana Volcovschi defended from the big blind.
The flop came and Volcovschi check-called a 275,000 continuation bet from Eljach.
Volcovschi checked again on the turn and Eljach fired a second barrel, this time for 1,000,000. Volcovschi called.
The river was the . Volcovschi checked and Eljach moved all in, covering Volcovschi's remaining stack of 2,300,000. Volcovschi made the call.
Volcovschi tabled for a flopped flush but Eljach showed down for a higher flopped flush to win the final pot of the tournament.
|Omar Eljach||17,975,000||3,975,000 |
|Diana Volcovschi||0||-4,000,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:42 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Eljach Gets a Fold
Diana Volcovschi limped on the button with and Omar Eljach checked his option with .
Both players checked on the flop and then Eljach bet 175,000 on the turn. Volcovschi called.
The completed the board — keeping Volcovschi's pair of eights best. However, Eljach bluffed at the pot with a 450,000 bet, which got a fold from Volcovschi to extend his chip lead.
|Omar Eljach||14,000,000||0 |
|Diana Volcovschi||4,000,000||-300,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:29 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Omar Eljach and Diana Volcovschi are now heads-up for the gold bracelet and €65,900 first-place prize.
Eljach currently sits with a more than three-to-one chip advantage over Volcovschi.
|Omar Eljach||14,000,000||0 |
|Diana Volcovschi||4,300,000||0 |0
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:28 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 3rd Place (€29,100)
Roland Israelashvili opened to 360,000 from under the gun and Diana Volcovschi defended from the big blind.
The flop came . Volcovschi checked, Israelashvili moved all in for his last 360,000 and Volcovschi snap-called.
Israelashvili was drawing very thin with a pair of kings versus Volcovschi who had flopped the nut-flush. The rest of the board ran out and Israelashvili was finally eliminated after escaping from the jaws of defeat on six previous occasions at the final table.
|Diana Volcovschi||4,300,000||600,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||0||-1,000,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:26 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Michael Rodrigues Eliminated in 4th Place (€21,000)
Action folded around to the blinds, where Omar Eljach raised to 360,000 from the small blind. Michael Rodrigues committed his last 545,000 into the middle from the big blind and Eljach called to put Rodrigues at risk.
The board ran out — leaving Eljach with a superior flush and eliminating Rodrigues in 4th place.
|Omar Eljach||14,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Michael Rodrigues||0||-1,260,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:17 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Israelashvili Keeps Doubling
Roland Israelashvili opened to 415,000 from under the gun, leaving just 5,000 behind, and Diana Volcovschi defended from the big blind.
The flop came and Israelashvili got his 5,000 chips in the middle against Volcovschi who covered.
The rest of the board ran out . Israelashvili's full house was good at showdown and he survived elimination for the sixth time at this final table.
|Diana Volcovschi||3,700,000||500,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||1,000,000||520,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 5:06 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Level 33 started
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:53 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
The final four players are on a 15-minute break.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:49 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Ihar Pliashko Eliminated in 5th Place (€15,500)
Omar Eljach opened to 250,000 from under the gun and Ihar Pliashko called all in for less from the cutoff, committing his last 100,000 to put himself at risk. Roland Israelashvili also called from the big blind.
Both remaining players checked the flop leading to the turn. Israelashvili checked, Eljach bet 150,000 and Israelashvili got out of the way.
Pliashko's set of jacks were in bad shape against Eljach's turned straight. Eljach remained ahead on the river to score yet another knockout, ending Pliashko's deep run in fifth place.
|Omar Eljach||13,000,000||1,000,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||480,000||-720,000 |
|Ihar Pliashko||0||-100,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:46 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 23 hours ago)
Martino Cito Eliminated in 6th Place (€11,500)
Martino Cito raised to 350,000 from the hijack and was three-bet to 1,000,000 by by Ihar Pliashko on the button. Diana Volcovschi then shoved for 1,200,000 total from the big blind. Cito called all in for his last 525,000 and Pliashko called as well to put both players at risk.
The runout kept Volcovschi's aces on top — eliminating Cito in sixth place.
|Diana Volcovschi||3,200,000||2,410,000 |
|Ihar Pliashko||100,000||-1,500,000 |
|Martino Cito||0||-1,500,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:26 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 24 hours ago)
Israelashvili Not Going Down Without a Fight
Omar Eljach opened to 250,000 from under the gun and Roland Israelashvili called from the small blind. Martino Cito also defended from the big blind.
The flop came . Israelashvili moved all in for 190,000, folding out Cito while Eljach made the call to put Israelashvili at risk.
Roland Israelashvili: .
The rest of the board ran out giving Israelashvili an ace-high flush to survive elimination for the fifth time today since being left with one quarter of a big blind earlier.
|Omar Eljach||12,000,000||0 |
|Martino Cito||1,500,000||-400,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||1,200,000||160,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:23 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 24 hours ago)
Patrik Jaros Eliminated in 7th Place (€8,700)
Martino Cito raised to 210,000 first-to-act and was called by Omar Eljach from directly behind and Patrik Jaros in the hijack.
Cito checked to Eljach on the flop and he bet 200,000. Jaros shoved for his last 575,000, which got a fold from Cito, but a call from Eljach to put him at risk.
Jaros was behind Eljach's set of fours, and the turn and river kept Eljach's set best — eliminating Jaros in seventh place.
|Omar Eljach||12,000,000||1,300,000 |
|Martino Cito||1,900,000||-200,000 |
|Patrik Jaros||0||-835,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:17 PM Local Time (about 28 days and 24 hours ago)
Volcovschi Cracks Aces to Double
Omar Eljach opened to 250,000 from the hijack with and Diana Volcovschi moved all in for 320,000 from the big blind. Eljach instantly called to put Volcovschi at risk.
The board ran out giving Volcovschi a backdoor flush and a full double up.
|Omar Eljach||10,700,000||-300,000 |
|Diana Volcovschi||790,000||170,000 |0
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:14 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Pliashko Doubles Through Jaros
Ihar Pliashko opened to 350,000 from under the gun and found one caller in Patrik Jaros in the big blind.
Jaros led out for 100,000 on the flop and Pliashko shoved for his last 370,000. Jaros called to put Pliashko at risk and a showdown was held.
The turn improved Pliashko to a full house and the river confirmed his double up.
|Ihar Pliashko||1,600,000||880,000 |
|Patrik Jaros||835,000||-420,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:05 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Cito Takes One Down
Omar Eljach opened to 200,000 from under the gun with and Martino Cito defended from the big blind with .
Both players checked the flop leading to the turn. Cito bet 200,000 and Eljach called.
Both players checked the river. Cito's pair of jacks were good at showdown and he took down a decent pot.
|Omar Eljach||11,000,000||-350,000 |
|Martino Cito||2,100,000||405,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:03 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Level 32 started
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:01 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Updated Chip Counts
|Omar Eljach||11,350,000||350,000 |
|Martino Cito||1,695,000||-5,000 |
|Michael Rodrigues||1,260,000||-240,000 |
|Patrik Jaros||1,255,000||-245,000 |
|Roland Israelashvili||1,040,000||-60,000 |
|Ihar Pliashko||720,000||-40,000 |
|Diana Volcovschi||620,000||200,000 |
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 3:59 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Pliashko Doubles Through Eljach
Omar Eljach raised to 200,000 on the button and Ihar Pliashko shoved for his last 320,000 from the big blind. Eljach called to put Pliashko at risk.
The board ran out — leaving Pliashko's tens best for the double up.
|Omar Eljach||11,000,000||-1,000,000 |
|Ihar Pliashko||760,000||320,000 |0
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 3:54 PM Local Time (about 29 days and 0 hour ago)
Volcovschi and Cito Chop Up Eljach
Diana Volcovschi moved all in from the cutoff for 255,000 and Marcelo Cito made the call from the small blind. Omar Eljach three-bet to 890,000 from the big blind, enough to put Cito at risk as well. Cito made the call.
The board ran out . Both Volcovschi and Cito had made a Broadway straight to chop the three-way pot.
|Omar Eljach||12,000,000||0 |
|Martino Cito||1,700,000||600,000 |
|Diana Volcovschi||420,000||-335,000 |