Alexandros Kolonias from Greece is the latest WSOP Europe Main Event champion. The new champion defeated Germany’s Claas Segebrecht in heads-up to earn not only his career best score of €1,133,678 and his first gold bracelet but also the first live title. On his way to the victory, Kolonias outlasted a 541-entry field, including a tough final table that featured the likes of Anthony Zinno and Dario Sammartino, both well-known international players with several FT finishes under their belts.
The WSOPE Main Event victory gave Kolonias the first seven-figure score of his career and took his total live tournament earnings to a whopping $3,729,554. His previous best live cash had come through a second-place finish in the €25,000 High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo in 2016 for $930,117.
It was Anthony Zinno who entered the final day as the chip leader among the six survivors. The talented high-stakes pro had a chance to become the champion but it was not his day. He exited in third place for €485,291. Zinno who had a sizable chip lead over the six remaining players was busted by the eventual champ Kolonias when his A-9 failed to beat J-10 on a Q-J-6-8-K board.
Kolonias entered the final table with a healthy stack of 12,150,000 chips, second only to Zinno. He showed how to play with a big stack and went on to beat a tough final table. On his way to the win, he busted Zinno in third place to eventually enter heads-up against Germany’s Segebrecht.
Kolonias began heads-up with 31,100,000 chips against 23,000,000 of Segebrecht. The dual did not last long. On the final hand, Kolonias picked up As-Ks and called an all-in by Segebrecht who had 3d 3h. The board ran K-Q-2-J-5, giving Kolonias the pot as well as the coveted WSOPE ME title.
The top 82 were paid with min-cashes starting from €15,089. Some notables to finish in the money were the likes of Jan-Peter Jachtmann (11th for €59,759), David “ODB” Baker (12th for €59,759), Alex Foxen (26th for €26,986), Martin Kabrhel (41st for €20,424), Benjamin Pollak (47th for €20,424), Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha champion Dash Dudley (48th for €20,424), Joao Vieira (49th for €18,330), defending champion Jack Sinclair (61st for €16,805), and Jeff Madsen (71st for €15,748).
Repersenting Team India at the 2019 WSOPE €10,350 Main Event were Nitin Jain and Adda52 Team Pro Tarun Goyal who joined action on Day 1B, but both of them exited before the day end.
Final Table Payouts (EURO):
1. Alexandros Kolonias – €1,133,678
2. Claas Segebrecht – €700,639
3. Anthony Zinno – €485,291
4. Dario Sammartino – €341,702
5. Anh Do – €244,653
6. Rifat Palevic – €178,171
7. Julien Martini – €132,017
8. Jakob Madsen – €99,555
9. Marek Blasko – €76,432