WSOPE 2021: Maximilian Klostermeier Wins His Second Bracelet in Event #7: €5K PLO (€204,010)

Denmark’s Maximilian Klostermeier outlasted a strong field of 184 entries in the 2021 WSOPE Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha to win his second bracelet and the first-place prize of €204,010. Both of Klostermeier’s bracelet wins have come in PLO events, with his first victory coming in the $1,500 buy-in PLO $500 bounty tournament in 2019. Klostermeier now has over $418,143 in career live tournament earnings, with this latest bracelet victory being the largest payday of his career.

Day 2 of the event began with 62 players remaining and Klostermeier third in chips. By the time the final table was set, he sat in a virtual tie for the chip lead with Joni Jouhkimainen. The eliminations at the final table were quick. Armando D’Avanzo set the things on fire by scoring a double knockout, busting Bjorn Verbakel (9th) and Veselin Karakitukov (8th) in the same hand to bring down the field to seven players. The next player to fall was Vasil Medarov who finished 7th for € 27,317.

Klostermeier secured his first knockout of the final table when he made aces and jacks to eliminate Jaroslav Peter in 6th place for € 35,317. Klostermeier continued his momentum and busted Nikola Minkov (5th for € 46,821). His next victim was Italy’s Ermanno Di Nicola who exited in 3rd place for € 88,520. With that, Klostermeier took over a 5:1 lead into heads-up play with Finish pro-Jouhkimainen.

Jouhkimainen tried his best but could not go all the way. He ultimately shoved the last of his chips in preflop with Jh 10h 9h 6d against the As Kh Qs 5s of  Klostermeier. The board ran out 10s 3s 3c 8c Js, giving Klostermeier the nut flush to lock up the pot as well as the title. Jouhkimainen’s runner-up finish worth € 126,091 took his live earnings to more than $4 million, making him the third-highest earning Finnish player behind Patrik Antonius ($11.6 million) and Juha Helppi ($7.4 million).

Final Table Payouts (EURO)

  1. Maximilian Klostermeier – €204,010
  2. Joni Jouhkimainen – €126,091
  3. Ermanno Di Nicola – €88,520
  4. Armando D’Avanzo – €63,613
  5. Nikola Minkov – €46,821
  6. Jaroslav Peter – €35,317
  7. Vasil Medarov – €27,317
  8. Veselin Karakitukov – €21,681