The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) has finally come to a close and it’s a tournament that Czech player Josef Gulas Jr. will never forget. Gulas Jr. and Gulas Sr. took part in the €10,300 Main Event and while Gulas Sr. narrowly missed out finishing in the money, Gulas Jr. had a great run and ended up finishing in first place to win €1,276,712.
2021 WSOP Europe Main Event
There was a big possibility that the 2021 WSOPE at Kings Casino could have been canceled midways due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic but thankfully Kings Casino decided to continue the WSOPE in the midst of an outbreak and thankfully there were no incidents at Kings Casino.
The highlight of the 2021 WSOPE was the €10,300 Main Event which saw a total of 688 players register. This created a guaranteed prize pool of €6,536,000 which was great as the previous WSOPE Main Event saw a total of 593 registrations. The tournament structure allowed only for the top 104 spots at the Main Event table to finish in the money.
Main Event – Final Table Action
When the action played down to the final table, the remaining 8 players were from 7 different countries, which displayed how diverse the competition was at the WSOPE. You had players from the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Greece, Netherlands, France, Germany and Slovakia.
Ilija Savevski was the first player from the final table to exit and he went out with €125,052. The seventh player to leave the table was Thomas Denie who took home €163,434. Macedonian Aleksandar Trajkovski put up a good fight but was eliminated in sixth place for €217,854 while Stanislav Koleno from Slovakia had to settle for fifth place and €292,862.
The final four players at the table were Athanasios Kidas from Greece, Alexander Tkatschew from Germany, Johan Guilbert from France and Josef Gulas Jr. from the Czech Republic. Kidas was eliminated in fourth place and he took home €401,344, Tkatschew played well but could not get past third place and had to settle for €558,505.
The final battle came down to Gulas Jr. and Guilbert but in the end the Czech player managed to get the better of the Frenchman Guilbert who walked away with an impressive €789,031 while Gulas Jr. won his first WSOPE bracelet and €1,276,712.
Josef Gulas Jr Happy With Main Event Win
This was a very special win for Gulas Jr. because he entered the WSOPE Main Event after getting a pass to the Main Event when he finished in third place at the €250 IPS Main Event which took place in June 2021.
Gulas Jr. only played the opening event of the 2021 WSOPE and then he sat out the rest of the tournament as he preferred to play a few cash games at Kings Casino. He only returned to action for the Main Event along with his father and the two of them had a good time. Even though his dad exited and did not finish in the money, his family was there to support him and share in his special moment.
Gulas Jr. said he was delighted with his win which was also his biggest cashout till date. The 24 year old Czech poker player now has a total of $2,263,030 in total career prize money based on the Hendon Mob. He spoke about how special the tournament was in the midst of difficult circumstances and plans to use the money to buy a house and save some of his winnings.