WSOPE 2021: Italy’s Antonello Ferraiuolo Wins Profession First Bracelet in Match #1: €350 NLH Opener For €77,570  PokerGuru

Certainly one of Europe’s biggest casinos, King’s Hotel in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, opened its flooring for the 2021 International Collection of Poker Europe (WSOPE) that’s coming round again after a two-year-long hiatus. Kicking off on November 19, the 15-tournament lengthy sequence closed out the sequence opener – Match #1: €350 NLH Opener – on Monday. Antonello Ferraiuolo (quilt symbol) championed the 1,789-entry box to clinch his career-first bracelet and €77,570 in prize cash!

Levent Efe completed runner-up for €47,939, and Ion Tabacaru got here 3rd for €35,229. All 3 gamers won a WSOPE Major Match seat value €10,000!

Chatting with journalists after profitable the development, the Italian participant stated, “I haven’t been enjoying reside for 3 years. On the ultimate desk, I used to be all-in perhaps for or 5 occasions and were given fortunate.”

“I had a truly just right get started [in the tournament], all the time top within the chip counts. However by means of the beginning of as of late, with 20 left, I used to be soaring round 20-25 giant blinds and simply looking to make a transfer. However on the ultimate desk, there was once numerous up and down. Possibly an excessive amount of motion!” he added.

Ferraiuolo is the primary Italian to win a bracelet since Max Pescatori, who gained two in 2015. He referred to as it a “particular second for Italy” and stated he would dangle off celebrating till later within the month when extra of his buddies arrive for the impending EPT Prague.


WSOPE Returns to King’s Hotel After 2 Years

Two years in the past, Day 1A of the 2019 WSOPE Match #1: €350 Opener had witnessed 399 runners becoming a member of the motion. Speedy ahead to the 2021 WSOP Europe, and that quantity was once neatly and in reality surpassed, with 744 gamers coming into Day 1A of Match #1: €350 Opener.

And not using a specific COVID-19 restrictions in position, Day 1B noticed every other 1,045 gamers signing as much as play, making a prize pool of over €535,000. The overall participant pool stood at 1,789 entries, a lot better than the 1,011 entries in 2019. The 2019 event was shipped by Ukraine’s Renat Bohdanov, who was once noticed in motion on Day 1A. He made it to Day 2 however fell out in 229th position for €531.

Renat Bohdanov


Simply 373 gamers returned for Day 2, and by the point the day’s play culminated, simplest 20 have been left within the fray.

The highest 269 puts have been paid, and the notables who completed within the cash incorporated Day 1A chip chief Marc Meden (thirty third for €2,009), Claudio Celenza (111th for €749), Day 1B chip chief Zdenko Slavik (136th for €701), Michal Mrakes (169th for €664), Jan Bendik (176th for €664), Sandro Pitzanti (179th for €664), and Tobias Peters (225th for €531).

Following Volodymyr Legkyi’s 10th position removal for €5,468, the nine-handed ultimate desk was once shaped.

Volodymyr Legkyi
Volodymyr Legkyi


Ultimate Desk Chip Counts

1. Levent Efe – 10,350,000

2. Narcis Nedelcu – 8,250,000

3. Logi Laxdal – 7,975,000

4. Gal Aviv – 7,900,000

5. Marius Gicovanu – 4,750,000

6. Ion Tabacaru – 4,550,000

7. Andy Schlegel – 4,450,000

8. Roberto Bizaj – 2,750,000

9. Antonello Ferraiuolo – 2,500,000

2021 WSOPE Event #1 €350 Opener Final Table
2021 WSOPE Match #1 €350 Opener Ultimate Desk


Ultimate Desk Recap

Andy Schlegel (ninth) was once the primary participant to be eradicated from the general desk, and Marius Gicovanu (eighth) and Gal Aviv (seventh) joined him at the rail quickly sufficient.

A double-elimination by the hands of Antonello Ferraiuolo noticed Roberto Bizaj (sixth) and Logi Laxdal (fifth) depart the general desk in combination.

Right down to four-handed play, Narcis Nedelcu (4th) was once eradicated by means of Levent Efe.

About quarter-hour later, Ion Tabacaru’s dream run led to 3rd position, putting in place the heads-up showdown between Antonello Ferraiuolo (27,100,000) and Levent Efe (26,700,000).

Each gamers have been virtually flippantly matched, with the Italian participant taking part in a slight edge over his German counterpart. The heads-up fit lasted for with reference to an hour. Whilst Efe controlled to thieve the lead clear of Antonello, the latter gained it again and ultimately rode his chip lead around the end line.

Levent Efe
Levent Efe


At the ultimate hand, Ferraiuolo limped, and Efe checked from the massive blind. The flop opened and Efe checked. Ferraiuolo fired a raffle of one.5 Million, and Efe check-raised all-in for 10.20 Million. Ferraiuolo snap-called.

Antonello Ferraiuolo

Levent Efe:

Whilst Efe had flopped a couple of nines, Ferraiuolo was once nonetheless forward together with his pocket rockets. The gave Efe instantly and flush attracts. The river sealed the identify for Ferraiuolo, relegating Efe to a runner-up end.

Antonello Ferraiuolo
Antonello Ferraiuolo


Ultimate Desk Effects (EURO)

1. Antonello Ferraiuolo – €77,570*

2. Levent Efe – €47,939*

3. Ion Tabacaru – €35,229*

4. Narcis Nedelcu – €26,157

5. Logi Laxdal – €19,623

6. Roberto Bizaj – €14,876

7. Gal Aviv – €11,397

8. Marius Gicovanu – €8,826

9. Andy Schlegel – €6,909

*denotes participant additionally won WSOPE Major Match seat value €10,000


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Author: Bradley Watson