It has been a long wait for poker players in Europe, but this weekend saw the first live tournament since the lockdown restrictions around the continent were eased. The outbreak of COVID-19 meant that all the poker competitions around Europe were brought to a dramatic halt, but there are signs of life again. One of the first tournaments in Europe to restart play was the King’s PLO High Roller. The event is part of the World Series of Poker in Europe, and was won by the excellent Roger Hairabedian.
In total there were 60 players involved in the competition, which meant that there was a prize pool of €128,250 up for grabs in the competition. The prize money was awarded to players that finished in the top seven.
There promised to be a final heads-up battle in the final stages, but Frenchman Hairabedian was able to cruise to victory against German Christian Stratmeyer. The French veteran’s experience was pivotal in that final battle, and the result never seemed to be in doubt.
Final Standings As Hairabedian Wins Big
The top seven players in the competition were dominated with players from France, Germany and Austria. Hairabedian was the only Frenchman in the final rounds, and his won saw him take home €40,401 in prize money. That total was $45,249 in Dollars for the winner. Stratmeyer was still rewarded for his performance as he was paid out €29,176 for his performance in the competition.
The top seven all received returns for their performances, with Eric Lescot and Harry Casagrande finishing in third and fourth respectively. Lescot took home €18,596 for his performance, while Casagrande took home €14,107.
Meanwhile, Andreas Bremer finished in fifth and received €10,901 for his performance, while Jonas Kronwitter finished sixth and Ossama Khamis finished seventh. Kronwitter received €8,336 for his sixth-placed finish, while Khamis took home €6,733. In total, there were three German players, two Austrian and one Belgium player in the top seven alongside Hairabedian.
Live Tournaments Returning Around The World
The news that the competition was going ahead in Europe would have been a welcome sight for fans of the game on the continent. The outbreak of coronavirus meant that the world of poker was brought to a dramatic halt, but establishments around the world are beginning to re-introduce fans to live events. There will be a bigger number of live events in the USA, after it was announced a number of weeks ago that many of the casinos in Las Vegas would be re-opening.
Meanwhile, there have been a number of casinos opening their doors again in Florida, with these casinos opening their doors in late May. It has now been revealed that the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has plans to recommence with their poker events, with daily competitions set to resume from the 23rd June.
It would seem only a matter of time before various casinos across the US follow suit, with limitations in place on the number of players involved to follow safety measures around the world.