WSOP Europe Update: Josef Gulas Jr. Crowned Main Event Champion; Series Wraps Up 

The World Series of Poker Europe came to a close this week at King’s Casino Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Despite the pandemic, the property reported attendance records for the Main Event.

Three more bracelets were awarded this week with Josef Gulas Jr. (pictured above)winning the €10,350 Main Event on Dec. 8. Here’s a look at some of the big winners in the final few events.

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Event 13: €10,000 NLHE Six-Max (Dec. 2)

It came down to an epic battle between Germany and France in this event. Players from these two countries made up all six seats at the final table.

France proved victorious as fellow countrymen went heads-up to fight for the bracelet.

Romain Le Dantec topped Sonny Franco heads up to grab €207,267 and his first bracelet.

The event drew in 73 runners and created a prize pool of €672,295. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier was among those final table, but ended up finishing fourth. 

Event 14: €10,350 Main Event (Dec. 3)

Josef Gulas Jr., of the Czech Republic, rose to the top in this event that came with a €5 million guarantee. He won his first bracelet and snagged over €1.2 million for his efforts.

The win adds his name among other WSOPE Main Event winners like Annette Obrestad, John Juanda, Barry Shulman, Elio Fox, Phil Hellmuth, and Adrian Mateos.

Gulas topped France’s Johan’s Guilbert in heads-up play to take the title.

Guilbert scored  €789,031 for his runner-up finish. The event attracted 688 players and created a prize pool of more than €6.5 million.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I am truly thankful and happy,” Gulas said afterward. “It was a perfect tournament with a very nice structure in the best casino in Europe. Just incredible!”

Event 15: €3,000 Closer (Dec. 6)

Italian poker player Alessandro Pichierri closed out the series by grabbing the gold. In total, Pichierri overcame 228 entries to defeat Germany’s Timo Kamphues heads up.

Pichierri won a first place prize of €148,008 and also made a final table earlier in the series in event 3.

Looking ahead

The end of the WSOPE closes out a busy few months for the WSOP. There have been WSOP Online series at both and GGPoker. That was then followed by live series in Las Vegas and in Europe.

Players now have to wait just a bit over five months before the bracelet-hunting action heads back to Las Vegas. Players will find some changes as the series heads to the Vegas Strip for the first time.

Bally’s and Paris casinos will co-host events in 2022. In the meantime, players can also check out Online Circuit events with championship rings up for grabs at both sites.

* Lead image courtesy WSOP/PokerNews

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