It has been a dramatic few months in the world of poker, with the World Series of Poker gaining all the headlines over the last couple of weeks. However, since the conclusion of the event, it has been all about the World Series of Poker Europe.
The biggest event of the series took place late last week, as the Main Event saw a field of 688 players compete for the illustrious golden bracelet. It was the biggest event in the history of the Main Event, as there had never been a field of some many players involved. The previous record for most entrants was set ten years ago, as 593 players were involved in the Main Event in that year.
Maiden Gold Bracelet For Gulas Jr
It was to be a sensational weekend for Josef Gulas Jr, as the player from the Czech Republic was the one that was smiling at the end of play at the King’s Resort. The prize fund stood at a staggering $7,365 million, with all players inside the top 100 in the rankings getting their share of the purse. However, it was to be Gulas Jr that picked up the win, as the 24-year-old topped the field of entrants and won a huge purse of just under $1.5 million. It was his first gold bracelet success of his career, and was also the biggest cash return that he has achieved throughout his career to date.
The Czech was seemingly delighted with his efforts when speaking after the event, as he hailed the ‘incredible feeling’ that came with winning. As well as the cash return, he also won 2,100 Card Player points, which means that he now has a points total of 2,122. However, it is only good enough to see him sit in 73rd place in the overall standings in that regard. There’s no denying that this could be the first victory of many huge ones to come for Gulas Jr, as his aim will now be to add to his maiden gold bracelet victory in the future.
Competitive Final Table Standings
Gulas Jr was the star of the show, as he topped the field and won the biggest returns of the event. However, the players in the top nine on the leaderboard also walked away with considerable returns for their efforts in the competition over the past week or so. Johan Guilbert was eventually beaten by the Czech star, but he still finished in second place overall, and won returns of $883,715. Alexander Tkatschew was back in third place in the standings, as he was awarded $625,526.
Other players that finished high up in the standings included Athanasios Kidas, Stanislav Koleno and Aleksandar Trajkovski. Thomas Denie was in seventh place, while the final two spots in the top nine were taken by Ilija Savevski and Brian Kamphorst. The latter of the players pick up returns of $108,931 for his performance in the lucrative Main Event.