The flagship event of the 2022 World Series of Poker International Circuit is now in the books, capping off the three-week festival which took place at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. The €1,700 Main Event was ultimately taken down by Feyzullah Karaarslan for a €204,053 payday. The Turkish player outlasted an 808-entry field and defeated Serbia’s Aleksandar Tomovic to capture his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.
€1,700 Main Event Surpasses €1M Guarantee
The Main Event kicked off on January 21 and featured two starting flights. Players were allowed unlimited re-entry with registration remaining open until the beginning of Level 11.
Players began the action with 50,000 in starting stack played to 60-minute levels. The tournament had a guaranteed prize pool of €1,000,000 and it was able to smash that figure after awarding €1,189,780 in total prize money to the top finishers.
Final Table Action
The final day began with Ronnie Lemmens holding the chip lead after a late surge at the end of Day 3. He was ahead of Karaarslan and Tomovic who came in second and third in chips respectively.
Michael Ugucctoni and Simone Andrian, both hailing from Italy, entered the day as the smallest stacks alongside Israel’s Sharon Sade. Unfortunately for the trio, they became the first casualties of the final table. Ugucctoni finished 9th for €17,369, while Andrian finished 8th for €22,058. Sade ended her bid in 7th place, earning €32,074 for her efforts.
Germany’s Do Tran was next to leave, with his flopped ace-king not able to hold against the flush of local player Roman Chochola. Do Tran took home €43,369 for finishing 6th. He was followed to the rail by the third player from Italy to reach the Main Event final table, Claudio Di Giacomo, who settled for 5th place with €55,410 in winnings.
Lemmens, who dominated the game during the early stages, eventually succumbed to 4th place. Thanks to Chochola, the Dutchman walked away with €70,328 for his performance.
Chochola led the chips as three-handed play began. He was aiming to keep the Main Event title in his home country but he was unsuccessful in his attempt as he busted in 3rd place for €90,894.
Karaarslan was up against the more experienced Tomovic during heads-up play, but his aggressive strategy proved effective. The Turkish pro successfully executed a four-bet, his ace-ten went on to make a flush, defeating Tomovic’s top pair. It was Karaarslan’s first major victory, bringing his total live earnings to $245,978.
It was a massive achievement for the Turkish player who only had one tournament result recorded in the Hendon Mob database prior to entering the 2022 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov. It was a 12th-place finish in a €115 NLH tournament at King’s in 2021.
Top 12 Finishers Earn Tickets to 2022 WSOP Europe Main Event
Apart from taking home some cash, the top 12 finishers of the 2022 WSOP Circuit Rozvadov Main Event also earned a seat worth €10,350 into the WSOP Europe Main Event scheduled for late 2022. It is part of a year-long promotion for WSOP Europe, the largest poker festival in the region.
The recently-concluded WSOP Circuit at King’s awarded 15 gold rings, with a combined guarantee of €3 million.
The other winners at the festival were Antoine Vranken (Event #1), Marco Petrusch (Event #2), Kestutis Jungevicius (Event #3), Maciej Kondraszuk (Event #4), Julian Ohngemach (Event #5), Danilo Donnini (Event #6), Dmytro Bystrovzorov (Event #7), Georgios Kyritsis (King’s Night Turbo), Ana Iordache (Event #8), Sascha Minerva (Event #9), and Peter Jaroslav (Event $10).
Joining them were Manuel Stepper (Event #11), Sammy Albeck (Event #12), Dorian Melchers (Event #13), and Yannick Jobin (Event #15).