After beating French player Jean-Noel Thorel heads-up to win € 2,172,104 and winning his first-ever WSOP bracelet, Chin Wei Lim won one of the World Series of Poker Europe’s biggest wins.
With 34 players taking part, these three dozen hopefuls made a total of 72 entries, generating a gargantuan prize pool and leaving those in the money hoping for a huge payday in King’s Casino’s golden cardroom in Rozvadov.
It would be the day of Lim, as the daily Triton Series rolled over the final table featuring Phil Ivey, Danny Tang, and Christoph Vogelsang. Ivey, running for his 11th WSOP bracelet for what seems like the 11th time, wouldn’t get close to it, busting first of the eight when Vogelsang’s sixes called his shove with ace-five in the very first hand and busting the guy once known as’ No Home Jerome.’
Danny Tang, who has become a regular high roller over the course of this year, was out in seventh place when Pokercode co-creator Matthias Eibiger saw his as-king all-in make the call with pocket jacks. The hooks collapsed and never let go, trapping Tang on the track.
Only six players left, the game became even hotter, and when he went all – in only ace-nine, Ole Schemion was left with burnt fingers Russian partypoker pro Anatoly Filatov was having an easy call with pocket kings, and there was no surprise on the flop again.
When short-stacked, Lim was the next player to shove, but this time there was going to be a different result. Lim played a vital hand with pocket sixes, and all the chips went into the middle when German player Christoph Vogelsang switched two pairs. Lim had flopped a set of sixes, however, and that hand vaulted him into the leaderboard, just behind the leader, Thorel.
Vogelsang had only 12 major blinds left after Eibinger was bustled in 5th place and they all disappeared together with his chances when he pushed all – in with ace-trey and was called by Lim with ace-jack, who kept to submit three-handed play.
While a strong tournament had been enjoyed by the Russian player Anatoly Filatov until the penultimate day, he couldn’t carry it to the final day and couldn’t get anything going on the final day. He also jumped in with ace-trey, but did just as poorly, being overtaken on the flop this time by Thorel’s king-ten and never being able to catch up.
Heads-up only lasted four hands as Lim built a lead and then played bluff-catcher in the fourth hand to secure the title in contentious fashion, Thorel check-calling both flop and turn before check-up all – in on the river with just as-high. Lim had to wait for the organisers of the tournament to verify the action, but then he called for the trophy with a full house and a massive prize money of € 2.1 million.
While Phil Ivey fell short of his 11th title, Thorel, who finished for the 11th time as runner-up in an event ranked by Hendon Mob, was even more painful a day, yet to win one.
€100K Diamond High Roller final table results:
|1st||Chin Wei Lim||Malaysia||€ 2,172,104|
|2nd||Jean-Noel Thorel||France||€ 1,342,459|
|3rd||Anatoly Filatov||Russia||€ 907,301|
|4th||Christoph Vogelsang||Germany||€ 633,336|
|5th||Matthias Eibinger||Austria||€ 457,107|
|6th||Ole Schemion||Germany||€ 341,510|
|7th||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||€ 264,440|
|8th||Phil Ivey||United States||€ 212,504|