Jack Sinclair wins WSOPE Main Event

The World Series of Poker Europe has concluded with the U.K.’s Jack Sinclair claiming the final bracelet of the series by winning the main event.

The win earned Sinclair his first career WSOP bracelet. He had come close when he finished eighth in the main event at the 2017 WSOP. He won $1.2 million in that tournament and topped that slightly with his win at the WSOPE that earned him €1,222,239 ($1,279,352 US). That’s now his highest single cash and bumped his lifetime live-poker earnings up to just under $3.4 million.

Sinclair began the final day sitting fourth in chips out of the six remaining players. He had roughly 8.6 million chips, which put him almost six million behind leader Laszlo Bujtas, who had about 14 million chips.

One big double-up a few hours into the final day changed that. After the table had been reduced to five players and Milos Skrbic had taken over the chip lead, Sinclair went all-in with pocket aces. Skrbic called him with pocket queens. After the board ended up 5-K-9-J-A, Sinclair doubled up and moved into the lead with 17.9 million in chips.

Skrbic was eliminated in fifth place a few hands later and Ryan Riess, the 2013 WSOP main event champ, followed him shortly in fourth place.

Sinclair vs Bujtas heads-up

When only three remained, it was Sinclair, Bujtas and Krasimir Yankov left at the table. Yankov was the next to head to the rail. In the hand Sinclair had pocket sevens and Yankov pocket fives. The flop was perfect for Sinclair when it showed Q-7-5. Not surprisingly, all of Yankov’s chips ended up in the middle and they all went Sinclair’s way after Yankov’s trip fives did not improve.

It came down to Sinclair and Bujtas heads-up. When heads-up play began, they were nearly even in chips with Sinclair holding 27.05 million and Bujtas 26.07 million.

Bujtas had the advantage early on and grew his stack to 35.5 million at one point. That would be as large as it would get, as Sinclair slowly chipped away before taking over the chip lead after calling Bujtas’ bluff in a turning point hand.

Bujtas made a few small double-ups but never took enough to put Sinclair in danger. On the final hand of the tournament, Bujtas went all-in pre-flop with Jd-7s and Sinclair called with Qh-9c. A queen hit on the flop, giving Sinclair a big lead in the hand. After receiving no help on the turn, Bujtas was drawing dead and it was all over.

For second place, he received €693,573 ($790,673 US).