The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe €1,350 buy-in no-limit hold’em mini main event drew a field of 1,397 entries, blowing away the €600,0000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of €1,592,580 ($1,802,801 USD). After three starting flights and two more full days of tournament action, Switzerland’s Emil Bise emerged victorious with the gold bracelet and the first-place prize of €250,175 ($282,698 USD).
This was Bise’s largest-ever recorded tournament score, surpassing the $213,500 USD he earned as the winner of the main event of the 2018 WSOP International Circuit main event, which was also held at King’s Resort in the Czech Republic. Bise now has more than $580,000 in lifetime live earnings to his name.
The final day of this event began with nine players remaining. Bise started off in third chip position behind Ciro Perna and Marius Gicovanu. Omid Kamali Novin was the first to hit the rail, with their A-4 failing to come from behind against the A-J suited of Brazil’s Vivian Saliba. Novin took home $24,025 USD as the ninth-place finisher.
Pablo Finini (8th – $30,762) soon followed, leaving just seven players left with a shot at the title. Despite earning the first knockout of the day, Saliba was ultimately eliminated in seventh place. She got all-in preflop with K-J and was up against three opponents. Rolf van Brug made queens and tens to take down to pot, sending Saliba home with $39,875 USD for her second WSOP final-table finish ever. The score increased her career earnings to more than $540,000.
Ciro Perna’s run in this event came to an end when his all-in move with an unimproved A-Q was looked up by the A-6 suited of Van Brug, who had made sixes and deuces with an ace kicker. Perna earned $64,019 USD as the sixth-place finisher.
2018 WSOP Europe main event champion and 2017 WSOP main event eighth-place finisher Jack Sinclair moved all-in for his last five big blinds with K5 from the small blind. Marius Gicovanu made a quick call from the big blind with AK. Neither player improved and Sinclair was eliminated in fifth place. The $72,879 USD payout saw the British poker pro increase his career earnings to just shy of $4.2 million.
Alessandro Pichierri was down to just shy of seven big blinds when his final hand was dealt. He moved all-in with K-10 from the button and Gicovanu called from the big blind with K-Q. Gicovanu made queens full of threes by the river to take down the pot. Pichierri was awarded $93,390 USD as the fourth-place finisher.
Bise was left as the short stack heading into three-handed action, but managed two quick double-ups through Gicovanu to climb into second place. A preflop coinflip decided the third-place finisher. Rolf van Brug got all-in with 109 facing the pocket eights of Gicovanu. The pocket pair held up and van Brug was awarded $126,995 USD for his deep run.
Heads-up play began with Gicovanu holding just more than a 2:1 chip advantage over Bise. The roles quickly revered when Bise’s A-4 made two pair against the pocket fives of Gicovanu, with all of the chips having gone in preflop. Gicovanu called off his last 13 or so big blinds with A3 from the big blind, facing an all-in move from Bise on the button. Bise held the K9, which improved to a full house with a JJ97J runout. Bise locked up the pot and the title, while Gicovanu earned $174,710 USD as the runner-up.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
|Place||Player||Earnings (USD)||POY Points|
|3||Rolf van Brug||$126,995||640|
|9||Omid Kamali Novin||$24,025||80|