Bjorn Verbakel Wins First Bracelet for $59,250 in Tournament #2: €550 Pot-Prohibit Omaha

Bjorn Verbakel has received his first gold WSOP bracelet and €59,250 in Tournament #2: €550 Pot-Prohibit Omaha. Verbakel is the 7th bracelet winner for the Netherlands and the 3rd Dutchman to win within the Pot-Prohibit Omaha layout after Vincent van der Fluit (2012) and Ronald Keijzer (2018).

The second one match of the 2021 Global Sequence of Poker Europe drew a complete of 623 entries, making a prize pool of €295,925, surpassing the ensure by way of just about 50%.

Verbakel accrued the highest prize of €59,250 after popping out on most sensible of a short-lived heads-up duel with Zhao Feng who received €36,617.

WSOP Europe Tournament #2: €550 Pot-Prohibit Omaha Ultimate Desk Effects

Position Winner Nation Prize (in EUR)
1 Bjorn Verbakel Netherlands €59,250
2 Zhao Feng Singapore €36,617
3 Ken Beckers Belgium €25,530
4 Richard Toth Hungary €18,111
5 Alfredo Vega Meister Spain €13,078
6 Tobias Peters Netherlands €9,615
7 Mikkel Plum Denmark €7,200
8 Martin Kabrhel Czech Republic €5,494

The Dutchman fired a couple of entries however discussed that it wasn’t concerning the cash at the ultimate desk however fairly the coveted gold bracelet as he considers himself as a “retired card participant”. He if truth be told earned two payouts as he used to be amongst the ones to bust on Day 1a mins earlier than bagging up. He accrued €1,003 and re-entered into Day 1b to begin his adventure to glory with the second-biggest stack on the finish of the night time.

He’s a 34-year-old e-business proprietor from Beek en Donk within the Netherlands and can stick round for every other week on the King’s Hotel in Rozvadov to compete. Howver, the €10,350 WSOPE Major Tournament isn’t incorporated within the making plans as his spouse and circle of relatives again house come first.

A complete of 7 other international locations had been represented at the ultimate desk and the motion used to be broadcasted at the WSOP YouTube channel with remark equipped by way of Ali Nejad and Len Ashby. Ken Beckers, Richard Toth, Alfredo Vega Meister, fellow Dutchman Tobias Peters, Mikkel Plum and Martin Kabrhel joined Verbakel and Feng at the large degree.

He overcame the arguably best impediment at the ultimate day within the first orbit after sending two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kabrhel to the rail. Each had been the large stacks heading into the live-streamed showdown and Kabrhel was caught bluffing in just the second hand for Verbakel to assert a commanding lead. The Dutchman appeared unfazed by way of the desk antics of Kabrhel and luckily engaged in desk chat along with his foe right through the previous few days.

“He’s simply an hectic man, everyone is of the same opinion on that, I suppose. I already performed with him as soon as earlier than and he’s all the time performing like this, speaking always and slowing down the sport,” Verbakel mentioned when requested about the one earlier WSOP bracelet winner at the ultimate desk. He additionally admitted adjusting accordingly as a result of he used to be conscious that Kabrhel used to be bluffing so much and applied extra check-calls in his vary as there used to be “not anything extra you must do”.

The hand that modified the desk dynamics used to be one in all such calls. “If he bets the river, it is lovely tough. I believe it is fifty-fifty, I suppose, as a result of I’ve the blocker with the 9 however I did not have any diamonds. I do know he’s in a position to bluffing and towards all different avid gamers on the desk, I might have folded.”

Martin Kabrhel

With a gargantuan lead at his disposal proper out of the gates, much more so after sending Kabrhel to the rail shortly after, the Dutchman used to be apparently working over the desk in spite of one mishap wherein he doubled eventual runner-up Feng.

“I performed one hand in reality dangerous. I believed I had a flush draw however I did not examine once more. I made a mistake and gave him the risk to have numerous chips as neatly. Fortunately for me, he performed in reality tight when he had chips,” Verbakel clarified when it comes to Feng.

All the ultimate desk used to be a fairly temporary affair with a one-sided leaderboard. It left Verbakel and Feng close to the highest till the heads-up degree used to be reached whilst one quick stack after the opposite succumbed to the expanding blinds.

3rd-place finisher Ken Beckers used to be the one one to threaten the duopoly after staging a comeback from fewer than two large blinds. Alternatively, an ill-timed move ended the run of the Belgian in third place and set the degree for a short-lived heads-up duel that lasted simplest quarter-hour.

Author: Bradley Watson