After five and a half levels on Day 3, the official final table of the 2017 World Series of Poker International Circuit €1,650 Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has been set and the remaining hopefuls bagged up chips for the big showdown on Tuesday October 17th 2017.
Leading the last eight contenders for the WSOP Circuit ring is someone that already knows the taste of victory during the festival in Europe's biggest poker arena. Jan Timo Jobmann, who has been playing poker since 2015, cashed in the €550 Monster Stack before taking down the €666 NLHE Event for €25,581. Jobmann also finished third in the €420 Bounty Hunter Event and is currently second in the overall festival ranking.
Jobmann bagged up the most chips with 4,055,000, followed by the last local player in Pavel Stolar with 3,055,000. The third in chips requires little introduction, it is EPT12 Prague Main Event champion Hossein Ensan who reached the final table with 3,280,000.
Fourth in chips is Rifat Gegic with 3,105,000, born in Serbia and living in Germany. Gegic was in the middle of the pack when the field combined to one table before sending Tomas Fara to the rail to end the day. The other finalists include start-of-the-day chip leader Viktor Kovachev (2,485,000), Michael Magalashvili (1,585,000), Davit Okropiridze (1,300,000) and Viliyan Petleshkov (840,000).
Final Table Seat Assignments
|Seat||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|4||Jan Timo Jobmann||Germany||4,055,000||68|
|8||Pavel Stolar||Czech Republic||3,500,000||58|
Day 3 Action
Only 35 players out of a 672-entry strong field returned to the tables of the King's Casino and Aleksandr Nemtcov played exactly one hand before running out of chips. Two shorter stacks followed in Daniel Nietrzebka and Daniel Smiljkovic before Aliaksandr Shylko picked an unfortunate timing to five-bet shove with ace-king into the pocket aces of Viktor Kovachev.
Among those that missed out on the last three tables were former EPT12 Malta third place finisher Jaroslaw Sikora (30th, for €5,554), €5,300 High Roller third-place finisher Robert Schulz (27th, for €6,320) and Van Tiep Nguyen (26th, for €6,320). Luigi Micu fell in 23rd place when his pocket nines were no good against the pocket jacks of Hossein Ensan. Krzysztof Dulowski bowed out in a three-way all in with king-jack versus pocket tens and pocket queens, as Hubert Baran-Osinski made quads.
Tezer Cetindag had a roller coaster day and went from almost zero to hero a few times before his run came to an end in 20th place. Cetindag three-bet pocket kings and bet a jack-high flop, immediately calling the shove of Jan Timo Jobmann. The latter only had five-four off suit for second pair but improved to trips fives right away on the turn. Only 20 minutes later the last two tables were set after the eliminations of Jan Mach, Lukasz Szymon Grossmann and Hubert Baran-Osinski.
Asher Dahan was left short and failed to get there with ace-queen against the pocket queens of Rifat Gegic and Stefan Mital followed soon after when ending up second-best with king-jack suited versus ace-nine. Viliyan Petleshkov then escaped from elimination with ace-jack versus ace-queen despite a queen on the flop for Viktor Kovachev, as running jacks kept the Bulgarian in contention.
Brandon Cantu busted in a three-bet pot against Hossein Ensan after flopping middle pair and a gutshot with eight-seven. Ensan called him down with pocket fives for bottom set and the two-time WSOP bracelet winner found no help on turn and river.
Pocket tens played a crucial role in the next three elimimnations on the outer table. Raphael Wimmer failed to hold up with them against the king-queen of Rifat Gegic. Pavel Stolar then held pocket tens to best Carlo Savinelli with ace-seven and Adriano Scagnetti's queen-jack suited, suddenly reducing the field to the last 11 hopefuls.
It would not take much longer to set up the official final table after that. Ivan Kruljac shoved for fewer than 10 big blinds with king-jack and Viktor Kovachev called with ace-ten to remain ahead after a seven-high board. Tomas Fara became the last casualty of the day when his open-shove from under the gun with ace-queen came at the worst possible time, Rifat Gegic reshoved with pocket aces behind him and Fara was drawing dead after the turn already.
The lion's share of the prize pool is still up for grabs and all eight finalists have €21,163 locked up for their efforts, but all eyes are set on the first-place payout of €184,812 and the entry to the WSOP Circuit Championship that comes along with it.
Action will resume with 26:33 minutes remaining in level 29 at blinds of 30,000/60,000 with a running ante of 10,000, and there will be a cards up live stream on a security delay of 30 minutes. The PokerNews live reporting team will be there until a winner is crowned to end the WSOP Circuit festival in Rozvadov.