The final table of the 2019 WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event at King’s Resort has already been reached. The original field of 541 entries has finally whittled down to the final six players. Anthony Zinno from the US is leading the way with 16.845 million chips. Only six players remain for the final day of the event, and they all will be returning today at 2pm to compete for €1,133,678 in top prize.
The only player within striking distance of Zinno is Alexandros Kolonias (12,150,000 in chips). Anh Do holds the third largest stack with 8.725 million chips, while Dario Sammartino is fourth with a stack of 7.100 million chips, followed by Germany’s Claas Segebrecht (6.400 million) and Sweden’s Rifat Palevic (2.915 million). While each of the final 6 is guaranteed at least €178,171, they will be eyeing the top prize when they return for the final day commencing today at 2pm local time.
Zinno is not new to final-tabling big ticket tournaments. He knows how to navigate the final table of a major poker tournament. Zinno has several prestigious poker titles to his name. He has won the WPT Season XIII Player of the Year title. He has also won two WSOP bracelets. His second bracelet came when he won the WSOP $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better event this summer and the first bracelet came from the WSOP $25,000 High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha event in 2015.
“My final day was a blast, a real blast. I started the day feeling optimistic about the outcome, this is how I play every tournament, always focused on winning. I lost a preflop all-in during the final table with ace-jack versus ace-queen, but I tried to remain calm. I realized that I still have a big stack and there is no reason to be disappointed,”Zinno told WSOP.com reporters. “It is very important to run well in these spots, and this is exactly what happened to me today. I ran pure,” he added.
Play for Day 5 started with 14 players returning to the tables to battle it out for a seat on the final table. It took almost an hour for the first elimination to happen and it was Mykola Kostyrko who busted in 14th place. Following eliminations of Christian Rudolph, David “ODB” Baker, Jan-Peter Jachtmann, and Daniel Rezaei, the unofficial final table of nine was set. Zinno bagged the chip lead during the last hand of the night. Julien Martini, who was the chip leader earlier in the tournament, raised to 450,000 pre-flop with Queens. Anh Do called with 10h-9h, and Zinno three-bet to 1.700 million. Martini then shoved for 5.870 million, Do folded, and Zinno made a snap call. Zinno had Aces. With nothing on the board for Martini, he was eliminated in seventh place. Zinno is already in good shape and will be looking to further extend his chip lead and strengthen his position for the title.
Another player worth a mention here is Dario Sammartino. He finished 2nd in the WSOP Main Event this year and he is now the fourth player to make both the WSOP and WSOP Europe final tables in the same year, following Ivan Demidov (2008), James Akenhead (2009), and Antoine Saout (2009).
Chip Counts Of Final 6 Players:
- Anthony Zinno – 16,845,000
- Alexandros Kolonias – 12,150,000
- Anh Do – 8,725,000
- Dario Sammartino – 7,100,000
- Claas Segebrecht – 6,400,000
- Rifat Palevic – 2,915,000