Day 2 of Event #8: €25,000 GGMiliion€ at the World Series of Poker Europe saw 42 of the world’s top poker players compete for the prestigious WSOP bracelet. The tournament attracted a total of 89 entries, resulting in a substantial prize pool of €2,079,930. The lion’s share of €600,000 was ultimately claimed by the Canadian high roller, Daniel Dvoress, who took home his second WSOP bracelet by defeating Michael Rocco in the heads-up showdown. Rocco banked an impressive €365,000, narrowly missing the top spot and the accompanying glory after a brief heads-up battle.
For Dvoress, this live bracelet win held special significance, as he had previously won one online in 2020. Reflecting on his latest triumph, he said, “It’s just a little hard for us Canadians to play in the US, tax-wise. Winning my first live bracelet does not really change my view on that. It was a tougher final table, it was a deeper final table, and the whole tournament was just longer, so it felt more real.”
Day 2 kicked off with late registration still open, welcoming 14 players to join the 28 survivors from Day 1. The action was fast and fierce, with eliminations happening in quick succession. The tourney reached the ITM stage when Argentinian Nacho Barbero was ousted in 15th place as the bubble boy. The post-bubble action was more rapid and intense, with Timothy Adams (13th – €41,610), Ole Schemion (12th – €41,610) and start-of-day chip leader James Chen (10th – €45,500) exiting the event.
Czech player Martin Kabrhel led the final table with a substantial stack of 12,430,000 chips (equivalent to 124 blinds), while the eventual champion, Daniel Dvoress, started with 4,475,000 chips (45 blinds). Despite the massive chip disparity, Dvoress displayed remarkable poker skills, steadily accumulating chips and outlasting all his final table opponents, including Tamas Adamszki, Cedric Schwaederle, Niklas Astedt, Leonard Maue, Gab Yong Kim and Martin Kabrhel to eventually enter the heads-up as a chip leader with 28,175,000 against 16,325,000 of Rocco from the United States.
Dvoress quickly gained momentum in the heads-up battle by winning a pot with a flush and maintaining control throughout. The decisive moment arrived when Rocco, holding 10s 9h, pushed all-in from the big blind following a limp from Dvoress, who held As 8h. The community cards revealed 2s 6s 2c 2h 8s, ending Rocco’s remarkable run in second place for a payout of €365,000.
Final Table Payouts (EURO)
- Daniel Dvoress €600,000
- Michael Rocco €365,000
- Martin Kabrhel €260,000
- Gab Yong Kim €189,000
- Leonard Maue €140,300
- Niklas Astedt €106,600
- Cedric Schwaederle €82,900
- Tamas Adamszki €66,200