2017 World Series of Poker Europe at King’s Casino in Rozvadov came to an end and Marti Roca De Torres got all the chips in the Maine Event with buy-in of € 10,350.
This happened after exciting 4-hour heads-up battle against Gianluca Speranza Earlier in 2011, the Italian was close to winning WSOP bracelet but he came up second to Andrew Hinricksen in the tournament €1,000 WSOPE in Cannes.
Roca De Torres’s win is a cinderella story as Spaniard quit his job of economics teacher a few years ago to focus oт his passion towards poker and he began with winning satellite € 220 на 888poker.es, and turned it into impressive 1,115,207 euro!!! Roca De Torres
Roca De Torres is the fourth Spaniard and first one from Catalonia to win WSOP bracelet. This is the seventh bracelet for the country.
“How do you feel right now?” – asks WSOP tournament director Jack Eiffel. “I don’t know, I am more nervous then in time of the game. However, I’m very happe now, it is a dream come true< what can I say?” When asked about the Main Tournament and all the bad luck, Spaniard thanked his friends for supporting him and giving him energy. Roca De Torres also thanked his wife or little daughter and also admitted they are expecting another baby to come.
Final Result 2017 WSOPE Main Event
|Place||Winner||Country||Payout (in EUR)|
|1||Marti Roca De Torres||Spain||€1,115,207|
|4||Robert Bickley||United Kingdom||€335,089|
|5||Niall Farrell||United Kingdom||€239,639|
|6||Maria Ho||United States||€174,365|
|7||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||€129,121|
The 2017 WSOPE Main Event at a Glance
The European pendant to the Main Event in Las Vegas had a guarantee of €5,000,000 and that amount was surpassed thanks to 529 entries in total throughout two starting days. The money bubble burst mid-way through Day 3, ensuring a min-cash of €15,131 to the top 80 spots. Among those to join the rail after before bagging and tagging were Dominik Panka (76th place – €15,131), Matas Cimbolas (71st place – €15,721), 2015 WSOPE Main Event 5th place finisher Kilian Kramer (67th place – €15,721), William Kassouf (64th place – €16,710), Belgian poker stalwart and 2015 November Niner Pierre Neuville (53rd place – €18,162), and Philipp Gruissem (47th place – €20,175).
Former tennis star and poker aficionado Evgeny Kafelnikov was among the first casualties on Day 4 and finished in 45th place for €20,175, followed by David Peters (44th place – €20,175), WSOP Bracelet winner Mike Leah (39th place – €22,895), €1,115,207 (36th place – €22,895), Maria Lampropulos (33rd place – €22,895), WSOP bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (24th place – €31,377), Rainer Kempe (22nd place – €31,377), and two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell (18th place – €31,377).
Only 12 players remained in contention for Day 5 and among those was also defending champion Kevin MacPhee, who won his second WSOP Bracelet in the Spielbank Berlin and €883,000 back in 2015. MacPhee won a dramatic flip against Marc MacDonnell to see the Irishman bow out in 11th place for €58,455. However, the fortune of MacPhee changed soon after when his pocket kings failed to hold up against the combo draw of Maria Ho and he had to settle for 10th place and €74,737.
The elimination of online qualifier and chess player Stepan Osinovski in 9th place for €74,737 set up the official eight-handed final table and several all in showdowns later, it was Luis Rodriguez (8th place – €97,344) and Jack Salter (7th place – €129,121) that missed out on reaching the final day.
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