First Title After Lockdown — Hairabedian Wins PLO High Roller

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The King’s Resort in Rozvadov is home to one of the biggest poker rooms in the world, and that’s why all live poker fans are now actively following tournaments that take place in this Czech casino. It was the first one to open its doors to visitors after the coronavirus outbreak, and there are very minimal restrictions, as compared to some US casinos.

Moreover, King’s Resort started with tournament poker, and we’re finally able to see some real live action taking place.

One of the most important events that took place in the Czech poker room lately is the 2020 King’s Resort €2,500 PLO High Roller. It attracted a total of 60 entries, and the one to celebrate in the end was the French poker professional Roger Hairabedian, who won a total of €40,401, which was the largest chunk of the final prize pool that was €128,250.

Hairabedian faced Christian Stratmeyer in the heads-up, but the German player had to settle for the consolation prize of €29,176.

Players were allowed late registration, and there were only six levels played of 30 minutes each on Day 1. Nevertheless, new players and re-entries were actively coming for four levels, surpassing the €100,000 guaranteed prize promised by King’s Resort.

The player who had the most chips during Day 1 was Jan-Peter Jachtmann, who is known in the poker world for being a former World Series of Poker PLO bracelet winner. However, Jacthmann soon sank to the middle when he lost a huge part of his stack, only to end up 12th after stumbling upon Stratmeyer.

Although Jachtmann flopped top pair and top kicker, that was not enough for Stratmeyer, who managed to turn two pair and make Jachtmann hit the rail.

The Final Table Results

The player who made it to the final table but failed to make it to the money list was Hassan Mattout, who had the shortest stack among all the players, and it didn’t take him long to lose it all.

The first player who lost all his chips after the bubble was Ossama Khamis from Germany, who won €6,733 for his effort. After that, it was time for the Austrian player Jonas Kronwitter to say goodbye to the group, as he earned a total of €8,336 for his effort.

The next one in line to lose all chips was another German player called Andreas Bremer, who won €10,901.

The fourth place was reserved for Harry Casagrande from Austria, who won €14,107. The last player to hit the rail before the final part of the tournament could commence was Eric Lescot from Belgium, who won a total of €18,596.

After Lescot, the two last players faced each other in the heads-up. However, Hairabedian was on fire as he had personally kicked five out of six remaining players from the final table, so the difference in chips was huge.

Stratmeyer managed to score a lucky double after cracking aces, but this was all short-lived as Hairabedian decided to end things quickly after that.

This concluded the first high roller event in King’s Resort and the first live high roller poker competition in Europe after the COVID-19 lockdown. Many restrictions are loosened, and players are not required to wear masks while playing the game.

On the other hand, the staff will wear either a face mask or a transparent face shield. All chips and cards are frequently sanitized, and the staff made sure to protect players in every possible way.