Josef Gulas Jr. wins WSOPE Main Event

Czech Republic’s Josef Gulas Jr. claimed the first World Series of Poker bracelet of his career on home soil earlier this week, after winning the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at King’s Resort in Rozvadov.

Gulas Jr. outlasted a 688-player field in the €10,350 tournament to cash just over €1.2 million, which converts to approximately $1.4 million US. The player field set a new record for the WSOPE main event, topping the 593 players that bought in back in 2011.

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How did the WSOPE Main Event go down?

Heading into the final day of the Main Event only seven players remained. Gulas Jr. was the chip leader at that final table, followed by German Alexander Tkatschew, and France’s Johan Guilbert in third place in chips.

The first player sent to the rail on the final day was Thomas Denie. His pocket queens weren’t good enough when he ran into Athanasios Kidas’ pocket kings. Denie cashed $183,046 for seventh place.

Bowing out in sixth place was Aleksander Trajkovski, followed by Stanislav Koleno in fifth place. Trajkovski was sent packing by Gilbert after he hit a flush on the river to best Trajkovski’s pair of kings. Trajkovski pocketed $243,996. Koleno’s tournament ended after his pair of jacks was bested by Gulas Jr.’s pair of kings. For fifth place Koleno received $328,005.

Fourth place belonged to Kidas after he ended up all-in against Gulas Jr. Kidas had Ks-Qc but was dominated when Gulas Jr. flopped trip Aces with Ac-Js. Kidas cashed $449,505 for fourth place,

With three players remaining Tkatschew ended up all-in with top pair on the board of 10c-9c-2h-4c-7s. It wasn’t good enough after Guilbert showed Ac-2c for the nut flush. For third place Tkatschew received $625,526.

When heads-up play began between Gulas Jr. and Guilbert it was Guilbert who held a near 2.5-to-1 chip lead. After the chip lead traded hands a few times Gulas Jr. made a move after his top pair of Jacks made a dent in Guilbert’s stack.

On the final hand of the tournament Gulas Jr.s shoved all-in from the button with Ad-8s and Gulibert called with pocket twos. An eight on the river decided it and gave the hand and the win to Gulas Jr.

For second place Guilbert cashed $883,715.