2015 WSOP Europe: Georgios Sotiropoulos Wins €1,100 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

2015 WSOP Europe: Georgios Sotiropoulos Wins €1,100 Turbo No-Limit Hold’emDespite Greece boasting some of the most legendary gamblers in history, such as Nick “the Greek” Dandolos, and Archie Karas, before the start of WSOP Europe 2015 the Mediterranean country had yet to win a single WSOP bracelet. That’s not including Greek-American Athanasios Polychronopoulos‘ two bracelet wins, of course, in 2011 and 2013.
That all changed after Makarios Avramidis took down 2015 WSOP Europe Event #1: €2,200 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for €105,000, followed by Pavlos Xanthopoulos winning Event #6: €3,250 No-Limit Hold’em for €182,510. After capturing Greece’s second bracelet, Xanthopoulos commented:
“But the poker community is small in Greece. There are only one or two tournaments a year, so I don’t expect a lot more results.”
Nevertheless, the country of 11 million people has done it once again, this time in Event #8: $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’em, after 2013 EPT Prague runner-up Georgios Sotiropoulos managed to top a 546 player field to claim €112,133, and a prestigious gold bracelet. Following a winning performance which increases his live career earnings to $1,603,654, Sotiropoulos said:
“It feels amazing. Winning a bracelet has always been one of my dreams, probably my number one dream in poker. The Greeks are good players and that’s it. We play good poker.”
The €1,100 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em event created a prize pool worth €546,000, and amongst the top pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was Faraz Jaka in 29th (€2,964), Mohsin Charania in 26th (€3,418), Mike Leah in 25th (€3,418), David Baker in 15th (€6,824), Jeff Madsen in 14th (€6,824), Dominik Nitsche in 11th (€8,373), and Alexander Lakhov in 10th (€8,373).
The final table of eight was a star-studded affair, too, featuring the likes of Asher Conniff (9th), Byron Kaverman (8th), Brian Hastings (7th), John Racener (6th), and Benjamin Zamani (3rd). In the end, Georgios Sotiropoulos progressed all the way through to heads-up where he overcame France’s Paul Tedeschi heads-up to claim the bracelet, after which he commented:
“I got some key hands I won some key all ins and that worked out for me. It was really tough. Brian Hastings, John Racener and Byron Kaverman are really good players and the rest were playing really good, but I won. I think I played OK.”
Final Table Results:
1: Georgios Sotiropoulos – €112,133
2: Paul Tedeschi – €69,361
3: Benjamin Zamani – €50,719
4: Andre Lommel – €37,636
5: Rafal Tomczak – €28,318
6: John Racener – €21,600
7: Brian Hastings – €16,703
8: Byron Kaverman – €13,094
9: Asher Conniff – €10,402

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