Thursday, November 9, 2023 5:22 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 12 hours ago)
Poker's Ted Lasso? Assistant Soccer Coach Becomes First-Ever WSOP Europe Mystery Bounty Champion (€92,300)
The New York City Marathon may have wrapped up the weekend, but a handful of poker players at King's Resort in Rozvadov have added a different kind of miles onto their bodies over the last few days. Yesterday's six-max bracelet event saw a select few take part in a 17-hour poker session, and several more bracelet hopefuls put in a similar shift during Event #9: €1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty, which has just wrapped up proceedings.
Despite the mental and physical toll, it was all worth it for Tobias Garp, who was crowned champion of the first-ever Mystery Bounty tournament at the World Series of Poker Europe. The newly minted bracelet winner topped the 803-entry field and was awarded their first piece of WSOP hardware alongside the €92,300 first-place prize.
Garp beat Adi Rajkovic in heads-up for the largest slice of the €562,100 regular prize pool. Rajkovic took home the €57,000 runners-up prize, and Koray Korkmaz rounded out the podium finishes for a €40,400 payday of his own. The trio were also recipients of tickets worth €10,350 for the rapidly approaching 2023 WSOPE Main Event.
Event #9: €1,100 NLH Mystery Bounty Final Table Results
"I'm feeling great despite the long day," said the 35-year-old as his rail looked on with smiles on their faces. The mood in his camp is jubilant as Garp has been around the game for nearly two decades. However, the last five years have seen him step away from the table as he pursues his other passion, which is being an assistant soccer coach. Garp nurtures a Swedish football club's youth side that plays in the fourth tier of their domestic league.
"I started playing poker in school when I was like 17 or 18, and then I played full time for a decade, but the last five years, I have been splitting my time between the two," Garp told PokerNews.
His triumph marks the biggest cash of his careers and sees his live tournament earnings breach the $600,000. He'll be looking to add to that as the Main Event, which kicks off on Friday, November 10. Garp said he's only hoping to fire one bullet into the series' showstopper, and he's already booked his place after securing a ticket.
His achievement from today hasn't tempted him back into playing full-time as he prefers his current life balance.
Final Day Action
Day 2 had 161 players return to felt, which saw each of them receiving a Mystery Bounty token. €240,900 worth of bounty prizes were up for grabs, with the top bounty being €30,000, of which there were three to claim. Two of those went to players who made the final table. Otto Lemke took the first, while Adi Rajkovic took the second. Ercan Atmaca was the last player to pull the big one en route to his 12th-place finish.
Not everyone who made Day 2 was in the money, as the €1,100 min-cash was reserved for the top 121 players. Bracelet winners Ilija Savevski, Manig Loeser, and Nacho Barbero were just some of the notable names to leave empty-handed. The bubble burst when Riadh Farhat called for his tournament life with two pair but saw that Cedric Schwaederle bested him with a jack-high straight.
Click the link to see the full list of payouts. The likes of Alexandra Botez, Andrea Dato and Ana Marquez all added another WSOP cash to their resumes.
Start-of-day chip leader Jacob Amsellem had a premature exit, bowing out in 48th place. Coincidentally, his son Anthony was also in contention for the bracelet, but any hopes of a father-son heads-up clash were quashed in an instant as he followed in his father's footsteps to the rail just a few seconds later.
The field began to casually whittle down, and the final table was reached after 11 hours of play. Portugal's Hugo Machado ran into the pocket kings held by Benjamin Pitoun to set up the final nine. Garp came onto the FT as the biggest stack and was one of the more experienced players to make it to that stage.
Ukraine's Yehor Shumeiko was the first player vanquished when the players merged onto one table. He ran into Rajkovic's aces and banked €6,990 for his efforts. While the bracelet was out of reach, he found some consolation in being awarded one of the bounties worth €15,000.
Next to leave was Martin Schamaun and Alexander Romme. Despite quadrupling up two hands prior, Schamaun found himself all in again but failed to usurp Korkmaz's ace-rag holding. Romme lost a flip the following hand to bring the tournament to six-handed play. The eliminated duo tried their luck at the Mystery Bounty podium as they headed to the payout desk. They could only find the min-bounties of €300, only adding to the heartbreak of missing out on etching their name in poker's history books.
Rajkovic continued the flurry of bust outs as he sent Stanislaw Miadzel to the rail in sixth place. The pair got their stacks in the middle with top pair and second pair, respectively, but Miadzel found no help on the turn or river. Shortly after, Korkmaz notched his second elimination at the final table and saw off Lemke after he made trip tens in an all-in preflop encounter.
While the final table action was at sprint speed for the early going, when four remained, it became a war of attrition with the average stack at 50 big blinds. Rajkovic and Garp took turns being the chip leader, while Pitoun and Korkmaz found it difficult to halt the momentum of the big stacks.
Garp then began to pull away from the rest of the pack after taking sizeable pots of Rajkovic and Pitoun, as well as stealing the blinds with ICM considerations on display by his tablemates. In the end, someone had to give, and that was Pitoun. He ran into Korkmaz's superior ace to make it a hattrick of FT casualties for the Turkish native. Pitoun collected €29,050 and then added another €3,000 to that figure in bounty prizes as he made his way towards the exit.
Rajkovic looked like he was going to be heading out in third after Garp turned a baby flush, but a fifth diamond on the board resulted in a chopped pot. From there on, it continued to be Garp show, with all the chips heading his way. However, it was Rajkovic who would see off Korkmaz to set up heads-up, in which he faced a monumental mountain to climb.
Garp sealed the deal after his eights held out against Rajkovic's pocket fours, and the pair exchanged some nice sportsmanship before the champion headed to take his winner's pictures.
PokerNews has concluded its coverage of this event, but the live reporting team still have boots on the ground to bring you all the action from the remaining 2023 WSOPE bracelet events.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 5:00 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 12 hours ago)
Tobias Garp Wins His First WSOP Bracelet in the Mystery Bounty
Tobias Garp of Sweden has prevailed over a field of 803 players in Event #9: €1,100 Mystery Bounty to win his first WSOP bracelet and €92,300 top prize.
Stay tuned for a full recap of the day's action.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:56 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Adi Rajkovic Eliminated in 2nd Place (€57,000)
Tobias Garp limped from the button and called when Adi Rajkovic moved all in.
The respective rails were calling for the flops they wanted to see but Garp's rail cheered the loudest as their man took home the bracelet following the runout.
|Tobias Garp||24,090,000||4,590,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||0||-4,600,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:53 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Rajkovic Survives on the River
Tobias Garp raised to 400,000 and Adi Rajkovic called.
Both players checked to the river on a board of where Rajkovic moved all in for 3,600,000. Garp confirmed the amount before folding.
The next hand, Rajkovic limped, Garp raised to 750,000, and Rajkovic shoved for 4,600,000. Garp quickly called.
Rajkovic was dominated heading to the flop. The turn opened up chop possibilities, and Rajkovic caught the on the river as both players made fives and deuces to split the pot.
|Tobias Garp||19,500,000||-500,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||4,600,000||600,000 |0
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:47 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Garp Wins at Showdown
Adi Rajkovic limped in from the button and called when Tobias Garp made it 750,000.
Rajkovic called for 600,000 on the flop before the turn and checked through to showdown. Rajkovic mucked after Garp tabled ,
|Tobias Garp||20,000,000||1,200,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||4,000,000||-1,300,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:44 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Garp Punishes a Limp; Rajkovic Three-Bets
Adi Rajkovic limped in and Tobias Garp then raised to 750,000. Rajkovic called and the flop came .
Garp led out for 550,000 and Rajkovic snap-folded.
A few hands later, Garp made it 400,000 on the button, Rajkovic three-bet to 1,150,000, and Garp quickly mucked.
|Tobias Garp||18,800,000||-200,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||5,300,000||200,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:41 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Garp Takes the First Few Hands
Hand One: Adi Rajkovic folded from the button.
Hand Two: Tobias Garp opened to 400,000 from the button and Rajkovic called. The latter then check-folded to a bet of 200,000 on the flop.
Hand Three: Rajkovic folded from the button.
Hand Four: Garp raised to 400,000 and then folded to a three-bet of 1,150,000
|Tobias Garp||19,000,000||610,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||5,100,000||-600,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:35 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Tobias Garp and Adi Rajkovic have retaken their seats, and heads-up play has now begun.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:24 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Koray Korkmaz Eliminated in 3rd Place (€40,400)
On the hand after doubling up, Koray Korkmaz moved all in again for 2,200,000 on the button. "Alright guys," Adi Rajkovic cried out to his rail as he called in the big blind.
The flop came and Korkmaz picked up flush and straight draws. The turn also gave him outs to counterfeit Rajkovic's pair.
"Too many outs," one of Rajkovic's supporters said on the rail. The river was the and Rajkovic's sixes held on to send Korkmaz to the rail.
Rajkovic and Tobias Garp are taking a short break before beginning their heads-up match.
|Tobias Garp||18,390,000||-310,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||5,700,000||2,400,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||0||-2,200,000 |0
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:22 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Korkmaz Gets a Double
Koray Korkmaz moved all in for 1,000,000 from the small blind and Tobias Garp called from the big blind.
Korkmaz remained ahead but a wry smile appeared on Garp's face as the came in on the turn. The smile vanished as Korkmaz paired up on the river to double.
|Tobias Garp||18,700,000||1,400,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||3,300,000||-200,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||2,200,000||-200,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:15 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Players Getting Shovey
As the event's final day enters its 13th hour and the clock ticks past 4 a.m. here in Rozvadov, the players have become more prone to shoving their stack in the middle.
Adi Rajkovic just raised to 400,000 on the button and Tobias Garp moved all in from the big blind. Rajkovic snap-folded.
Koray Korkmaz shoved for around 2,200,000 the next hand and neither Garp or Rajkovic found something they wanted to play.
|Tobias Garp||17,300,000||300,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||3,500,000||-1,200,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||2,400,000||-50,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:10 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Korkmaz Caught Bluffing
In a limped pot to the flop, Koray Korkmaz bet 200,000 from the small blind and Tobias Garp called from the big blind.
Korkmaz sized up to 750,000 on the turn and again Garp called.
Korkmaz fired out the same bet on the river and after a few moments, Garp called.
Korkmaz audibly kissed his teeth as he sheepishly showed for an airball. Garp had to claim the pot.
|Tobias Garp||17,000,000||1,975,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||4,700,000||0 |
|Koray Korkmaz||2,450,000||-1,925,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 4:04 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 13 hours ago)
Level 33 started
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:50 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
The three remaining players are on a 15-minute break.
|Table||Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|Tobias Garp||15,025,000||625,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||4,700,000||-100,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||4,375,000||-425,000 |0
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:50 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
One More For Garp
In a limped pot between the blinds, Tobias Garp led out for 150,000 on the flop and Adi Rajkovic called.
The turn came the and Garp bet another 380,000. Rajkovic again called and the fell on the river.
Garp checked this time, and Rajkovic checked back as Garp showed for flopped two pair that became a full house to win the pot.
|Tobias Garp||14,400,000||800,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||4,800,000||-200,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:43 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
Benjamin Pitoun Eliminated in 4th Place (€29,050)
Tobias Garp raised to 320,000 under the gun before Benjamin Pitoun moved all in for 1,700,000 on the button. Adi Rajkovic folded the small blind, but Koray Korkmaz asked for a count in the big blind before reshoving. Garp got out of the way.
Korkmaz flopped top two pair on , while Pitoun was left drawing only to a chop following the turn.
The river brought the and Korkmaz took the pot to send Pitoun to the rail in fourth place.
|Tobias Garp||13,600,000||100,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||5,000,000||-100,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||4,800,000||1,800,000 |
|Benjamin Pitoun||0||-1,650,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:32 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
No Bluffing Garp
Tobias Garp again raised to 320,000, this time on the button, and Adi Rajkovic called in the big blind.
Garp bet 200,000 on the flop and Rajkovic called. The turn came the and Rajkovic then led out for 725,000.
Garp called to the river, where Rajkovic announced a bet of 1,650,000. Garp sat still resting his head on his hand for a minute before putting in a call.
Rajkovic had for a bluff, while Garp turned over for top pair as he dragged in another pot to open up a significant chip lead.
|Tobias Garp||13,500,000||3,200,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||5,100,000||-2,650,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:30 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
Garp Picks Off Korkmaz
Tobias Garp raised to 320,000 under the gun and Koray Korkmaz defended in the big blind.
The flop came and Garp continued for 200,000. Korkmaz called to the turn, where both players checked.
The fell on the river and Korkmaz led out for 650,000. Garp called and Korkmaz turned over for a missed straight draw, while Garp had for a pair of sevens to win the pot.
|Tobias Garp||10,300,000||300,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||3,000,000||-1,360,000 |
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:21 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
Garp's Always Got It
Adi Rajkovic opened to 320,000 from the button. Koray Korkmaz called from the small blind. Tobias Garp then took down the pot after he three-bet to 1,200,000 from the big blind and received to quick folds.
Then in a limped pot to the flop, Garp bet 160,000 from the small blind and was called by Benjamin Pitoun from the big blind.
Pitoun then called bets of 415,000 and 750,000 on the turn and river.
Garp had a king-high flush with . Pitoun seemed frustrated as he was ahead on the flop and turn with which saw his two pair turn into a middling flush that he couldn't get away from.
|Tobias Garp||10,000,000||3,000,000 |
|Adi Rajkovic||7,750,000||-550,000 |
|Koray Korkmaz||4,360,000||560,000 |
|Benjamin Pitoun||1,650,000||-1,550,000 |0
Thursday, November 9, 2023 3:09 AM Local Time (about 28 days and 14 hours ago)
Level 32 started