Oleksandr Shcherbak Wins WSOPE Event #1 for €117k

Oleksandr Shcherbak Wins WSOPE Event #1 for €117kThe opening event of the 2017 WSOP Europe, the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK event, attracted a total of 561 entries to create a prize pool €38,280 in excess of its original €500,000 guarantee.
Five days of action would then ensue, with Oleksandr Shcherbak eventually besting the field, including Viliyan Petleshkov heads-up, to claim a coveted WSOPE bracelet, and a first place prize of €117,708 ($138,568). Previous to his victory, the Ukrainian player had recorded just one other tournament cash worth €2,160 ($2,537).
The €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em MONSTER STACK event featured 85 money places, and amongst the recognizable pros walking away with a return on their buy-ins was Mike Leah in 62nd (€1,868), James Akenhead in 57th (€1,868), Allen Kessler in 51st(€2,065), Maxim Lykov in 32nd (€2,697), Scott Stewart in 26th ($3,184), Ryan Hughes in 21st ($3,184), and Valentin Vornicu in 14th ($4,726).
Three hours after the final table of nine had been reached, Oleksandr Shcherbak had subsequently eliminated Ali Sameeian in 9th place, Walter Treccarichi in 5th, and Sergio Fernandez in 3rd to progress all the way through to heads-up play where he faced Bulgaria’s Viliyan Petleshkov for the title. At this stage, Shcherbak enjoyed a slight 6.01m to 5.2m chip lead over his remaining opponent, but thirty-six hands later, and Shcherbak had managed to extend his lead further when the deciding hand was played.
The action saw Petleshkov four-bet all-in preflop with A-Q, prompting a call from Shcherbak holding pocket sevens. The dealer then laid out a J-8-2-7-3 board to consign Petleshkov to a runner-up finish worth €72,747, while Oleksandr Shcherbak collected the first gold bracelet of this year’s WSOP Europe.
In the meantime, Ryan Hughes’ 21st place finish in the event propels him to the top of the Player of the Year table, overtaking Chris Ferguson who failed to cash in the event.
Final Table Results:
1: Oleksandr Shcherbak €117,708
2: Viliyan Petleshkov €72,747
3: Sergio Fernandez €49,929
4: Carlo Savinelli €34,869
5: Walter Treccarichi €24,787
6: Peter Bstieler €17,940
7: Serge Danis €13,225
8: Ismael Bojang €9,934
9: Ali Sameeian €7,605

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