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Matous Skorepa Wins 2017 World Series of Poker Europe €550 Colossus Event

Czech Native Defeats 4,115-Entry Field To Win €270,015


Matous Skorepa outlasted a huge field of 4,115 entries to win the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe €550 no-limit hold’em Colossus event. For the win the 28-year-old restaurant manager from was awarded Česká Skalice, Czech Republic was awarded
the top prize of €270,015 ($315,918 USD) and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

This marks the first time that the popular ‘Colossus’ format was run by the WSOP outside of Las Vegas, with the King’s Casino Rozvadov taking the place of the usual setting of the Rio. The event featured a low buy-in but a massive €2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, with nine starting flights for players to choose from.

A total of 590 players made the money in this event, with the min-cash being worth €266. The players who survived to the final table were all guaranteed at least €23,499 for their efforts. When the final nine took their seats Skorepa was tied for the chip lead with Jonathan Khalifa, while Florian Fuchs sat in third chip position. These three players were able to navigate their way to short-handed action with Skorepa still in the ascendancy. He then eliminated Khalifa in third place ($144,192 USD) to take more than a 2-to-1 advantage into the final heads-up showing against Fuchs.

Skorepa kept the pressure up and was able to extend his lead to roughly a 7-to-1 advantage by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 300,000-600,000 and an ante of 100,000 Skorepa moved all-in from the button. Fuchs called for his last 5,600,000 with the KHeart Suit4Spade Suit only to find out that his hand was dominated by Skorepa’s KSpade Suit8Spade Suit.

The board ran out KClub Suit7Spade Suit6Diamond Suit2Diamond SuitAClub Suit and Skorepa’s eight kicker played, winning him the pot and the title. Fuchs secured a $195,220 USD payday as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Matous Skorepa $315,918 660
2 Florian Fuchs $195,220 550
3 Jonathan Khalifa $144,192 440
4 Ivaylo Siviniov $107,302 330
5 Makarios Avramidis $80,462 275
6 Roman Motovsky $60,803 220
7 Pascal Pflock $46,304 165
8 Nebojsa Ankucic $35,540 110
9 Gatean Cauchy $27,494 55