PokerStars WCOOP 2021 partypoker MILLIONS North Cyprus
WSOP Circuit NLH Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in €1,700
Prize Pool €1,342,920
Players 912

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 600,000

Players Info - Day 4

Players Left 1
Entries 9
WSOP Circuit NLH Main Event
Day 4 completed

Andrea Ricci Wins the 2021 WSOP International Circuit €1,700 Main Event at King's Resort (€236,489)

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Andrea Ricci Wins the 2021 WSOPC Main Event at King's Resort
Andrea Ricci Wins the 2021 WSOPC Main Event at King's Resort

The 2021 World Series of Poker International Circuit at the King's Resort in Rozvadov has come to a thrilling conclusion. Out of a field of 912 entries, nine players battled for the gold circuit ring and biggest slice of the €1,342,920 prize pool. After a roller coaster heads-up duel, Andrea Ricci defeated fellow countryman Simone Lombardo to claim his first gold ring and top prize of €236,489.

Ricci already came close to earn his maiden victory on the WSOP Circuit in Europe's biggest poker arena a few weeks ago. In a field of 320 entries, the Italian finished as the runner-up in Event #7 €660 No Limit Hold'em - Fiftystack for €22,934. His opponent back then, Karol Bogusz from Poland, also made the money in the €1,700 Main Event as well and finished in 36th place.

On top of that, Ricci comes fresh off a triumph in the IPO888poker San Marino, where he came out on top of a1,497 entry strong field to claim the top prize of €125,535. His biggest cash until now came back in 2018 when the Italian emerged victorious in the €560 Premiere Million Main Event in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, for €230,000. Ricci has now topped that by a few thousand Euros.

Runner-up Lombardo put up a fierce fight in heads-up and all but sealed the victory only to see his hopes crushed in dramatic fashion. Aliaksandr Shylko repeated his fourth place finish in this very event in 2019 and the final table also featured the 2019 EPT Sochi Main Event winner Uri Gilboa, who finished in sixth place.

Final Result WSOPC €1,700 Main Event at King's Resort

PositionWinnerCountryPrize in Euros)
1Andrea RicciItaly€236,489
2Simone LombardoItaly€146,004
3Vincent De NeveGermany€104,359
4Aliaksandr ShylkoBelarus€79,943
5Mourad TounnoutiNetherlands€63,334
6Uri GilboaIsrael€49,329
7Mr. BondGermany€35,943
8Ahmad AchegseiGermany€24,565
9Sami KarliGermany€19,459

The nine finalists and tenth-place finisher Mihai Stinca also received an entry to the 2021 WSOP Europe €10,300 Main Event as well, which is currently scheduled to take place early in December. Through various live poker events, the King's Resort has now already awarded 172 entries for the pinnacle event of the upcoming festival.

Ricci Races to Heads-Up in Dominating Fashion

The nine-handed final table started with a bang as Sami Karli was eliminated by Andrea Ricci during the first few hands. He had started the final day second in chips and flopped trips nines while Ricci had already nailed a full house with pocket deuces. The turn and river bricked and the Italian soared into a commanding lead.

Ahmad Achegsei was then eliminated by Simone Lombardo when a dominated pair found no help before Ricci flopped best to knock out King's regular "Mr. Bond". The short stacks were fighting for their survival and Uri Gilboa as well as Mourad Tounnouti were the next to depart, leaving Ricci and Lombardo at the top of the leaderboard with four contenders remaining.

Ricci also sent Aliaksandr Shylko to the rail when the Belorussian was caught with a triple barrel bluff. Three-handed play lasted for a while but Vincent De Neve then jammed at the wrong time into Lombardo to set up an all-Italian heads-up battle for the gold ring.

Long Heads-Up Duel Ends in Dramatic Fashion

For most of the final table, Ricci dominated at the top of the leaderboard. There were some setbacks along the way but he never really surrendered the top spot until the heads-up stage, which started nearly even in chips. Ricci fell behind and then doubled to pull well ahead of Lombardo with the chance to wrap it up twice only for his fellow countryman to survive, too.

Lombardo got there with ace-trey suited versus pocket eights to claim back the lead and both then clashed in a typical coin flip with pocket eights versus ace-queen. An eight on the flop all but sealed the victory for Lombardo but Ricci found a miracle escape thanks to running diamonds.

In the very next hand, Ricci jammed jack-six suited into queen-ten and Lombardo nailed the nut straight and gutshot straight flush draw. With just the blank middle pair by then, Ricci needed more magic and indeed spiked perfect-perfect for an unlikely full house to seal the triumph in extraordinary fashion.

That wraps up the PokerNews coverage for this event but the next live poker event is just around the corner with the partypoker MILLIONS North Cyprus from September 16 to 27.

Tags: Ahmad AchegseiAliaksandr ShylkoAndrea RicciMourad TounnoutiMr. BondSami KarliSimone LombardoUri GilboaVincent De Neve

Simone Lombardo Eliminated in 2nd Place (€146,004)

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante
Simone Lombardo
Simone Lombardo

Simone Lombardo raised to 1.2 million and Andrea Ricci three-bet to 4 million with 16 million behind. Lombardo carefully counted his remaining stack and then moved all-in for Ricci to call with the inferior stack size.

Andrea Ricci: {a-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Simone Lombardo: {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}

It seemed all but over on the {j-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop as Ricci needed running cards to a straight or flush. He got one of them on the {3-Diamonds} turn and the rail shouted for the four of diamonds. Sure enough, the {4-Diamonds} fell on the river and Ricci's rail exploded. Both Italian contenders hugged while the chips were counted and Lombardo was left with around 5 million.

Lombardo was still all smiles when he sat back down and Ricci then jammed the button, Lombardo called it off.

Simone Lombardo: {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Andrea Ricci: {j-Clubs}{6-Clubs}

The {k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} flop gave Lombardo the nut straight and gutshot straight flush draw. Suddenly, Ricci picked up outs on the {6-Hearts} turn and the magical {j-Spades} river completed a miracle runout to eliminate Lombardo in back-to-back hands. He takes home €146,004 while Ricci has earned the WSOP Circuit gold ring and top prize of €236,489.

A recap of today's action is to follow.

Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 45,600,000 26,600,000
Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it Busted

Tags: Andrea RicciSimone Lombardo

Back to Small Pots

zedmaster84 • Level 35: 300,000-600,000, 600,000 ante

Simone Lombardo min-raised to 1.2 million on the button with the {a-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and was called by Andrea Ricci in the big blind, who had the {9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}. They checked it down on the {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts} board and and Lombardo scooped another pot.

A few hands later, Lombardo min-raised the {3-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Ricci defended the {7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}. They checked the {k-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{5-Hearts} flop and Ricci check-folded the {2-Clubs} turn to a bet.

Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it 26,600,000 2,600,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 19,000,000 -2,600,000

Tags: Andrea RicciSimone Lombardo

Lombardo Doubles Into the Lead

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After a few hands without any major action, Simone Lombardo three-bet jammed for 12 million and Andrea Ricci made the call.

Simone Lombardo: {a-Hearts}{3-Hearts}
Andrea Ricci: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}

The {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{6-Clubs} flop improved Lombardo and he made two pair with the {3-Spades} turn, as Ricci sat back down. Nothing changed on the {10-Clubs} river and Lombardo doubled into a narrow lead.

Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it 24,000,000 10,400,000
Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 21,600,000 -10,400,000

Tags: Andrea RicciSimone Lombardo

Level:
35
Blinds:
300,000/600,000
Ante:
600,000

Break in Heads-Up

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

No further major action took place in the last couple hands of the level and the players then headed into a scheduled 15-minute break.

Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 32,000,000 -600,000
Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it 13,600,000 600,000

Lombardo Doubles Through Ricci

zedmaster84 • Level 34: 250,000-500,000, 500,000 ante

In a limped pot to the {q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Spades} flop, Simone Lombardo and Andrea Ricci invested 500,000 each. The {4-Hearts} turn brought the check by Lombardo and Ricci pushed for an effective 5.4 million, earning a call from Lombardo.

Simone Lombardo: {q-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}
Andrea Ricci: {8-Spades}{7-Clubs}

The {3-Hearts} river was a brick and Lombardo doubled but remains at a chip disadvantage.

Andrea Ricci it
Andrea Ricci
it 32,600,000 -2,600,000
Simone Lombardo it
Simone Lombardo
it 13,000,000 2,600,000

Tags: Simone LombardoAndrea Ricci