Israeal’s Timur Margolin Wins 2018 WSOPE €1,100 MONSTER STACK

Israeal's Timur Margolin Wins 2018 WSOPE €1,100 MONSTER STACK

Israeli players may have gotten off to an incredible start at the 2018 WSOP Europe after taking down the first two events, but there appears to be no slowing down in their unprecedented run. The latest player to now join Tamir Segal and Asi Moshe in capturing bracelets in the Czech Republic is Timur Margolin, who on Monday took down Event #5: €1,100 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold’em for a first place prize worth €134,407 ($155,407).

Margolin had to navigate his way past a field of 666 players in order to claim the accolade, and after seeing off his final opponent, Chile’s Raul Villarroel, in double time, the Israeli pro commented:

“Amazing, it feels awesome. I was sitting at home watching the live stream and seeing what the boys were doing so I said I have to come to King’s Casino. This was the first tournament I played here and managed to bink it.”

2 Time Bracelet Winner

Timur Margolin cashed in at his first live tournament in 2012, and at the start of this year had $821,731 in career earnings. The player has been on a tear in 2018, though, and has now more than doubled his overall winnings to $1,742,590. Furthermore, he has also captured two coveted WSOP  bracelets, the first coming this summer in Las Vegas after triumphing at the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $507,724.

Following his latest victory, Margolin moves up to number 5 on Israel’s ‘All Time Money List’, with just Amir Lehavot ($5,706,052), Zvi Stern ($2,669,291), Asi Moshe ($2,152,343), and Ran Azor ($2,068,073) having won more. Meanwhile, Israel also improves to number 8 on the ‘WSOP Bracelets by Country’ list, and is currently just 6 accolades behind France, a country with almost eight times its population.


The €1,100 MONSTER STACK drew a field of 666 players, resulting in a guaranteed prize pool of €639,027 ($738,871). A total of 100 players would then see a return on their money, including such pros as Anatoly Filatov in 91st (€1,605), Maria Lampropulos in 88th (€1,652), Chris Ferguson in 74th (€1,738), Yehuda Cohen in 42nd (€2,637), Luiz Ferreira in 14th (€5,513), and Alexandre Viard in 12th (€6,949).

During ten-handed play, Dhawal Lachhwani got his few remaining chips all in preflop holding 10-8, and after receiving a call from Sebastian Ulrich (K-Q), the board ran out 4-3-2-A-A to eliminate him in 10th Place (€6,949), and set the official final table.

Final Table

Timur Margolin (5-5) recorded his first final table knock out after calling Michal Mrakes’ Q-9 all in shove from the cutoff. The dealer produced a K-K-7-4-6 board to see off the last remaining Czech player in 5th, after which Margolin would go on to eliminate the rest of the field.

First, Margolin (A-Q) would send Henrik Brockmann (A-10) to the rail in 4th. Soon after, Margolin (9-4) got involved in a limped pot against Sebastian Ulrich (7-4), and picked off his opponent’s bluff on a Q-Q-9-9-A board to send the German to the rail in 3rd (€57,447) for his biggest payday to date.

Heads-Up Recap

Margolin entered the final battle against Raul Villarroel with a commanding 10-1 chip lead, although the latter quickly doubled up holding A-K to Margolin’s K-10. The next time a chance to double up occurred, however, Villarroel’s pocket sevens faltered against his opponent’s J-9 to bring the uneven contest to a premature end. Villarroel collected €83,042 for his runner-up finish, apparently accounting for his only tournament cash to date, while Timur Margolin makes it three wins out of five completed events for the Israeli contingent at the 2018 WSOP Europe.

Final Table Results

1: Timur Margolin (Israel) €134,407
2: Raul Villarroel (Chile) €83,042
3: Sebastian Ulrich (Germany) €57,447
4: Henrik Brockmann (Germany) €40,388
5: Michal Mrakes (Czech) €28,863
6: Mykhailo Gutyi (Ukraine) €20,974
7: Tamas Szunyoghy (Hungary) €15,502
8: Amar Begovic (BH) €11,656
9: Mario Llapi (Italy) €8,920