Tamir Segal wins first bracelet at WSOP Europe

The first bracelet at this year’s World Series of Poker Europe has gone to Tamir Segal. He became the first person from Israel to win a WSOP Europe bracelet after winning the €550 Colossus Tournament.

The first event of the WSOP Europe began on October 9 and after eight opening-day flights, they ended up with a 2,992-player field. That resulted in a €1,435,412 prize pool that surpassed the tournament-guaranteed €1-million prize pool.

For the win Segal collected €203,820, or just over $234,000 US, by far the largest single win of his poker career. Before winning the Colossus, Segal’s live poker winnings were only $11,000.

When only 10 players remained, Segal had some work to do, sitting fifth in chips at the final table. He immediately began his move up the standings, taking the first pot of the day to move into third place in the chip standings.

He kept adding to his stack by delivering the first elimination of the day, sending Nelio Gatta to the rail in 10th place after flopping a full house. That would be a common theme throughout the day, as four of the next seven players who were eliminated were sent to the rail by Segal.

Segal vs Wyrebski heads-up

When only two players remained, it came down to Segal and Wojciech Wyrebski heads-up for the tournament title. The Polish native was also looking for his first WSOP Europe win and would need some help as he was well behind in chips at the outset of heads-up play.

When heads-up play began, Segal had 58.5 million chips, a near 4-to-1 lead over Wyrebski, who had 16.2 million. It took Segal less than half an hour to get all the chips.

On the final hand of the tournament after a Wyrebski raise, Segal pushed all-in. Wyrebski made a quick call and showed Ac-Qd. Segal had Kh-10h. The flop favored Segal after it showed 8c-6d-Kc to give him a pair of kings. The turn was the 8s, leaving Wyrebski needing an ace on the river to survive. The river card was the 10s, giving Segal two pair to take the hand and the tournament. For second place, Wyrebski received €125,966, or about $144,000 US.