Omar Eljach Wins World Series of Poker Europe Main Event (€1,380,129)

It was third time’s a charm for Sweden’s Omar Eljach as he won the 2022 WSOP Europe Main Event, overcoming a field of 763 entries to win €1,380,128.

After twice coming close to winning a maiden bracelet — including a runner-up finish just seven days ago — Eljach defeated France’s Jonathan Pastore after a six-hour heads-up match slog.

“There are so many emotions,” he said, after his victory. “I feel relief, I feel incredible joy…it’s an amazing feeling.”

2022 WSOPE Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player Country Payout
1 Omar Eljach Sweden € 1,380,128
2 Jonathan Pastore France € 852,949
3 Shaun Deeb United States € 607,531
4 Vladas Tamasauskas Lithuania € 438,978
5 Paul Covaciu Romania € 321,838
6 Armin Rezaei Austria € 239,466
7 Barny Boatman United Kingdom € 180,867
8 Alexandre Reard France € 138,702

Winner’s Reaction

Eljach, who came into the final table as chip leader, says he first learned the game with playing home games for pennis with his cousin.

“Then, in my early 20s, I began to give it a shot and play low-stakes cash at the casinos in Stockholm. I’ve just been grinding away step-by-step, playing bigger and bigger, and now we’re here.”

The victory more than triples his previous career earnings and sees him soar up to 15th on the Swedish all-time money list ahead of the likes of Robin Ylitalo, Niklas Astedt and Simon Mattsson.

“It was such a draining battle,” he said. “I want to do a short vacation and celebrate, but I don’t know where yet! It will be nice to see something else after being here for a couple of weeks.”

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Final Table Recap

The early stages saw an Armin Rezaei double while Eljach extended his chip lead. Alexandre Reard must have thought he was in line for a double with pocket queens, but ran into the pocket aces of Vladas Tamasauskas to become the first elimination of the final day.

If Reard thought he was going to double, then Barny Boatman definitely did after picking up pocket aces in early position. However, he as out-flopped by Shaun Deeb who made two pair to send the two-time bracelet winner to the rail. This result came 12 years and over 4,000 days since Boatman first cashed a WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing 13th in London back in 2010.

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This elimination saw Deeb take over as chip leader, before Eljach battled back with the elimination of Rezaei in sixth place. He was immediately followed out the door by Paul Covaciu as the average stack continued to increase.

Tamasauskas tried in vain to hang onto the coat tails of the other three players before being eliminated by Pastore, with Deeb starting to pull away at the top of the counts. However, back came Eljach, who found his way to the top of the counts and eliminated the now short-stacked Deeb to take things to heads-up.

Heads-Up Play

First blood went to Pastore who moved into the lead, only for the Frenchman to triple barrel bluff over half of his chips away. A Pastore double saw him stay alive and he would go on to regain the chip lead, only for momentum to swing back and forth between the two players over the course of six gruelling hours.

The final hand saw Pastore four-bet jam with {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} only for Eljach to call with {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Pastore did flop an eight, but there was no further help as Eljach was crowned champion, taking home €1,380,129 and a seat at the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

Former WSOPE Main Event Champions

Year Entries Winner Prize Recap
2007 362 Annette Obrestad £1,000,000 Recap
2008 362 John Juanda £868,800 Recap
2009 334 Barry Shulman £801,603 Recap
2010 346 James Bord £830,401 Recap
2011 593 Elio Fox € 1,400,000 Recap
2012 420 Phil Hellmuth € 1,022,376 Recap
2013 375 Adrián Mateos £1,000,000 Recap
2015 313 Kevin MacPhee £883,000 Recap
2017 529 Marti Roca de Torres € 1,115,207 Recap
2018 534 Jack Sinclair € 1,122,239 Recap
2019 541 Alexandros Kolonias € 1,133,678 Recap
2021 688 Josef Gulas Jr € 1,276,712 Recap
2022 763 Omar Eljach € 1,380,128 Recap

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