WSOP EUROPE 2017 Recap
Written by ColoPokerOTR on November 13, 2017
WSOP EUROPE 2017
Dates: Oct. 19 – Nov. 10, 2017
Total Entries*: 7,689
Total Prize Pool*: €25,371,585
Main Event Winner: MARTI ROCA DE TORRES
Main Event 1st Place: €1,115,207
High Roller Winner: DOMINIK NITSCHE
*Includes only 11 official bracelet events
Spain’s Marti Roca de Torres wins Main Event for €1.1 million and his first WSOP bracelet.
The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe has reached its conclusion in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, breaking
several records along the way and awarding more than €25 million in prizes. King’s Casino was the host of
the record-breaking series and is penciled in to host again in 2019. The 11-event series saw winners from
eight different countries, including three Czech winners.
The series finished Friday, November 10 with Spain’s Marti Roca de Torres lifting the WSOP Europe Main
Event bracelet and celebrating his €1,115,207 win. He became the second Spaniard to win a WSOP Europe
Main Event. Adrian Mateos won the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2013. The tournament lasted seven days
long, which included two day 1s and drew 529 runners each posting the €10,350 buy-in. The prizepool
eclipsed the €5 million guarantee and paid out the top 80 finishers. This was Roca de Torres’ second career
WSOP cash. His first came just a week and a half earlier in the in the Little One for One Drop.
Before the series even started, records were already being broken. WSOP Europe 2017 boasted €18 million
in guarantees over the course of the 11-event series, which would nearly double the most money ever
awarded at a WSOP Europe. The prior record was set in 2011 at Cannes, France with the series total
prizepool amounting to €10,620,330. After all was said and done, this year’s WSOP Europe awarded
€25,371,585, including €5,025,500 for the Main Event.
Event #5 – The Colossus – €550 No-Limit Hold’em set the record for the largest WSOP Europe event ever.
The €2 million guarantee helped produce a 4,115-player field. Event #2: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha drew a 523-
player field creating the largest non-hold’em tournament in WSOP Europe history. The tournament broke
the previous record of 503 players, which was set two years ago at Spielbank Berlin.
Prior to the series start, 19 players had at least $1 million in WSOP tournament earnings this year alone. Six
more players were added to the prestigious list after WSOP Europe had run its course. The top four finishers
of the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop and the winner of the Main Event all earned seven-figure prizes. In
addition, one player combined for over $1 million earnings over the course of two cashes. Those players
Dominik Nitsche – 1st place in the HR for One Drop (€3,487,463)
Andreas Eiler – 2nd place in the HR for One Drop (€2,155,418)
Mikita Badziakouski – 3rd place in the HR for One Drop (€1,521,312)
Marti Roca de Torres – 1st place in the Main Event (€1,115,207)
Thomas Muehloecker – 4th place in the HR for One Drop (€1,096,206)
Niall Farrell – 1st place in €25K High Roller (€745,287) and 5th place in the Main Event (€239,639)
The series’ biggest prize went to German pro Dominik Nitsche. Nitsche collected his fourth career bracelet
and collected over €3.4 million for topping the elite field in the High Roller for One Drop. The High Roller for
One Drop generated over $1 million for the One Drop charity. The total money donated to One Drop has
exceeded $20 million since the start of the World Series of Poker/One Drop partnership in 2012.
The series kicked-off with a €500K guarantee €1,100 NLHE No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack event.
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Shcherbak defeated the 539-field to collect €117,708 and his first career bracelet. It was
also Shcherbak’s first career WSOP cash. He became the 3rd Ukrainian ever to win a WSOP bracelet and first
one to do it on European soil.
Event #2 was the record-breaking Pot-Limit Omaha event. Germany’s Andreas Klatt defeated the 523-player
field to win his first bracelet. Klatt is professional poker player who mainly plays No-Limit Hold’em cash
games for a living, but stepped out of his element for this event. Jumping into this event was a profitable
decision for Klatt, who ended up banking €56,400 for his victory.
Event #3 was the only one-day event on the schedule. Event #3 was a €1,100 turbo bounty hunter event.
Each bounty collected was worth €300. Martin Kabrhel took down the event after a grueling 15-hour day. He
became the first Czech player of the series to win a bracelet in his home country. Kabrhel ran over the final
table, eliminating and cashing in on his final seven opponents, on his path to his first career bracelet and the
top prize of €53,557.
The winner of Event #4: €1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed was Theodore McQuilkin. The Frenchman
became the first amateur poker player to win at the series. He defeated a tough 240-player field to record his
first WSOP cash, capture the gold bracelet and win €88,043.
The next tournament was a record-setter. Event #5: The Colossus €550 attracted 4,115 entries, the most
ever for a WSOP Europe tournament. After 10 starting flights and then two more days of poker, it was
restaurant manager and amateur poker player Matous Skorepa who ended up with all the chips and his first
WSOP bracelet. He earned €270,015 for the victory. Skorepa hails from the Czech Republic, and he joined
Kabrhel in winning a bracelet on his home soil.
Lukas Zaskodny then became the third Czech winner at this WSOP Europe (and the fourth Czech bracelet
winner of 2017), when he won Event #6: €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha. Zaskodny is another amateur player – he
owns a company that imports consumer electronics and small appliances to the Czech Republic. But he
considers poker a serious hobby, and now has an additional €93,677 after winning this tournament.
In Event #7: €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better, Chris Ferguson emerged victorious from a field of 92
players to earn his sixth career WSOP bracelet, and his first since 2003. He earned €39,289 for the victory,
which represented his sixth cash here in Rozvadov and his 23rd WSOP cash of 2017. Prior to the event,
Ferguson was already leading the 2017 WSOP Player-of-the-Year race, and winning this bracelet virtually
secured that title for him.
Albert Hoekendijk won Event #8: €1,111 Little One for One Drop. He earned €170,764, the best live cash of
his poker career. This was one of two charity tournaments at the 2017 WSOP Europe. A portion of each buyin
goes directly to One Drop, an organization dedicated to providing sustainable access to clean water in
impoverished communities throughout the globe.
Niall Farrell won Event #9: €25,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. This was a special moment for Farrell
and many of his friends at King’s Casino. It seems like Farrell has accomplished just about everything in the
world of tournament poker, but the one accolade he was missing was a WSOP bracelet. He’d come close,
finishing runner up twice, but he’d always fallen short. This time, though, he emerged with the bracelet and
€745,287. Farrell then went on to make the final table of the Main Event a few days later.
The series concluded with the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop and the €10,350 Main Event. The High
Roller for One Drop was streamed in its entirety and the Main Event was streamed from Day 2 onward.
Streams from those two events plus other final tables from the series can be viewed here.
OFFICIAL BRACELET EVENTS EVENTS
EVENT #1: €1,100 NLHE MONSTER STACK – OLEKSANDR SHCHERBAK RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #2: €550 POT-LIMIT OMAHA – ANDREAS KLATT RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #3: €1,100 NLHE TURBO BOUNTY HUNTER – MARTIN KABRHEL RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #4: €1,650 NLHE SIX-HANDED – THEODORE McQUILKIN RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #5: THE COLOSSUS – €550 NLHE – MATOUS SKOREPA RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #6: €2,200 POT-LIMIT OMAHA – LUKAS ZASKODNY RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #7: €1,650 PLO HI-LO 8 OR BETTER– CHRIS FERGUSON RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #8: €1,111 LITTLE ONE FOR ONE DROP – ALBERT HOEKENDIJK RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #9: €25,000 NO-LIMIT HOLD’EM HIGH ROLLER – NIALL FARRELL RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #10: €111,111 HIGH ROLLER FOR ONE DROP – DOMINIK NITSCHE RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
EVENT #11: €10,350 NLHE MAIN EVENT – MARTI ROCA DE TORRES RESULTS | REPORT | PHOTO
All bracelets at World Series of Poker Europe are furnished by Jostens, the official bracelet supplier of the
World Series of Poker.
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