WSOPE Round-Up: Double Delight for Lyubovetskiy Denies Kabrhel His Third

Three more bracelets have been awarded at the 2022 WSOP Europe in Rozvadov. King’s Resort has been full of activity as the Main Event reached its final table, but others have also been busy getting their hands on titles of their own.

The biggest win went the way of Yair van Ruiten who triumphed in the Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em Mix for €85,405, while Karim Maekelberg won over €62,000 in the Bounty Hunter event. There was also a second WSOP bracelet for Ukrainian Andriy Lyubovetskiy after he topped a final table that featured two-time WSOP bracelet winner Martin Kabrhel.

Yair van Ruiten Wins Event #13 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em Mix (€85,405)

Yair van Ruiten

The last mixed game bracelet of the festival was Event #13 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em Mix won by Yair van Ruiten, who topped a field of 251 players to win €85,405. He defeated Ioannis Angelou-Konstas heads-up.

There were also cashes for WSOP regulars Allen Kessler and Roland Israelashvili while WSOP bracelet winner Jan-Peter Jachtmann narrowly missed out on a final table finish, exiting in 12th place.

Event #13 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em Mix Final Table Results

Place Player Country Payout (EUR)
1 Yair van Ruiten Netherlands € 85,405
2 Ioannis Angelou Konstas Greece € 52,772
3 Christian Polkow Germany € 36,561
4 Ran Ilani Israel € 25,872
5 Marco Di Persio Italy € 18,756
6 Rutger Bosch Netherlands € 13,927
7 Steve Galletti France € 10,598
8 Manig Loeser Germany € 8,270

Final Table Recap

Van Ruiten held a slender lead over Konstas when the final table of eight was reached, with Manig Loeser the only former bracelet winner still in the field. Unfortunately for Loeser, he fell in eighth to Yair while Konstas sent Steve Galetti to the rail in seventh place to move into the chip lead.

In fact, the first four eliminations came at the hands of four different players, with Christian Polklow and Ran Ilani sending Rutger Bosch and Marco Di Persio to the rail respectively.

Ilani had been as high as second in chips, but was eliminated in fourth after doubling up both Polklow and Van Ruiten. Polklow would exit in third place before a cooler of a last hand.

The board read {9-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} after Konstas had raised flop and bet both turn and river. Van Ruiten then moved all in on his opponent who went into the tank for over five minutes before calling with {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Spades} for trip fours. However, Van Huiten had flopped a full house with {9-Clubs}{9-Spades}{a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} to eliminate Konstas and secure victory, earning his first WSOP bracelet and €85,405 in the process. He also earned himself a ticket to the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

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Karim Maekelberg Wins Event #14: No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Hunter (€62,111)

Karim Maekelberg

Belgium’s Karim Maekelberg has won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #14: No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Hunter after beating a final table that featured former WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan.

Theo Schmitt would have to settle for second place despite coming into heads-up with a commanding chip lead. There were also in-the-money finishes for the likes of Martin Kabrhel, Zhong Chen and Alberto Stegeman.

Event #14: No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Hunter Final Table Results

Place Player Country Payout (EUR)
1 Karim Maekelberg Belgium € 62,111
2 Theo Schmitt Germany € 38,375
3 Brian Cornell United States € 26,542
4 Rolando Camardese Netherlands € 18,715
5 Dinesh Alt Austria € 13,458
6 Aaron Duczak Canada € 9,873
7 Antonino Calabro Italy € 7,393
8 Hossein Ensan Germany € 5,653
9 Balakrishna Patur United States € 4,415

Final Table Recap

America’s Brian Cornell came into the final table as the chip leader ahead of Balakrishna Patur, only for Patur to double up both Antonino Calabro and Theo Schmitt in the same hand during the opening exchanges.

Patur would exit in ninth place before Schmitt sent Calabro and the aforementioned Ensan to the rail in the same hand, spiking an ace to crack the pocket pairs of both opponents.

Cornell clawed some back with the elimination of Aaron Duczak in sixth as Dinesh Alt exited in fifth. Maekelberg finally got in on the action with back-to-back eliminations of Camardese and Cornell, but was left with an uphill battle to beat the marauding Schmitt.

Maekelberg would win three all-ins against Maekelberg heads-up, cracking pocket sevens with king-jack in the final hand, to win €62,111 and his first WSOP bracelet.

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Andriy Lyubovetskiy Wins Event #15: Turbo Freezeout (€45,606)

Andriy Lyubovetskiy

There was a Ukrainian one-two in the final WSOP Europe side event of the year as Andriy Lyubovetskiy beat Oleksii Kovalchuk heads-up to win Event #15: Turbo Freezeout for €45,606.

This was Lyubovetskiy’s second WSOP bracelet, having won his first just under 12 months ago at King’s Resort, while he also denied Kovalchuk a third WSOP bracelet in the process.

Event #15: Turbo Freezeout Final Table Results

Place Player Country Payout (EUR)
1 Andriy Lyubovetskiy Ukraine € 45,606
2 Oleksii Kovalchuk Ukraine € 28,178
3 Mehdi Chaoui Morocco € 19,304
4 Edolo Ghirelli Italy € 13,565
5 Benjamin Stiefel Germany € 9,783
6 Johan Guilbert France € 7,246
7 Martin Kabrhel Czech Republic € 5,517
8 Thore Kunze Germany € 4,320
9 Fabio Peluso Italy € 3,482

Final Table Recap

Mehdi Chaoui was the chip leader with nine players remaining and he sent Italy’s Fabio Peluso to the rail to extend his lead. Popular French poker player Johan Guilbert would then eliminate Thore Kunze before Martin Kabrhel shoved queen-four into the pocket aces of Lyubovetskiy to exit in seventh place.

Chaoui would then send Guilbert packing as the short stacks continued to battle behind him. Lyubovetskiy added further scalps of Benjamin Stiefel and Edolo Ghirelli, closing the gap to Chaoui who now led the final three.

However, Kovalchuk would score a huge double up through Chaoui, picking off a king-high bluff with a rivered flush to move ahead. Less than 20 minutes later, Kovalchuk would finish off Chaoui to reach heads-up play against his compatriot.

Lyubovetskiy would score the decisive heads-up double, cracking ace-eight with king-ten to move into the lead, and closed it out to win his second WSOP title along with €45,606 in prize money.

2022 WSOPE Gold Bracelet Winners

€350 NLH Opener 2,454 Fabio Peluso €95,670 €734,359
€550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Max 566 Helmut Phung €55,132 €268,850
€1,350 Mini Main Event 1,431 Ilija Savevski €245,319 €1,631,340
€2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 221 Anson Tsang €95,461 €388,407
€550 NLH Colossus 2,982 Lubos Laska €170,568 €1,416,450
€5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 223 Roman Verenko €247,288 €1,006,287
€1,650 NLH 6-Max 413 Max Kruse €134,152 €588,525
€25,000 NLH Platinum High Roller 67 Paul Phua €482,433 €1,565,790
€2,200 Short Deck 91 Emil Bise €49,521 €172,900
€2,000 8-Game Mix 102 Thomas Pidun €49,245 €179,265
€50,000 NLH Diamond High Roller 45 Orpen Kisacikoglu €748,106 €2,116,125
€10,350 Main Event
€1,650 PLO/NLH Mixed 251 Yair van Ruiten €85,405 €357,675
€1,100 NLH Bounty Hunter 436 Karim Maekelberg €62,111 €283,400
€1,000 NLH Turbo Freezeout 211 Andriy Lyubovetskiy €45,606 €182,409
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Will Shillibier

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.

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