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Siamak Tooran Wins 2019 WSOP Europe €25,500 Short Deck Event

The German Topped A Field of 111 Total Entries To Win $822,506 USD and His First Bracelet


Siamak Tooran is the latest champion decided at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe. The German outlasted a field of 111 total entries in the €25,500 buy-in short deck high roller no-limit hold’em event, securing his first WSOP gold bracelet and the top prize of $822,506 USD.

“I don’t think it [the big score] will change much but I might buy a new car,” Tooran told WSOP reporters. “I will probably also play a few bigger events with a buy-in between 2-5k and I will definitely also give the Main Event a shot. But for now, I will just drive back home to see my family. When I called them earlier, the kids were screaming in excitement and I can’t wait to see them again.”

The 43-year-old resident of Goettingen, Germany also earned 840 Card Player Player of the Year points as the winner of this event. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to see him climb inside the top 600 in the POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

The final day of this event began with Orpen Kisacikoglu leading the final seven players. Tooran sat in the middle of the pack. Jonathan Depa was the first to be eliminated when his JDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit lost out in a preflop confrontation against the pocket kings of Netanel Amedi. Depa earned $98,636 USD as the seventh-place finisher, falling just short of the official six-handed final table.

Rob Yong was the next to go when he ran KHeart SuitQClub Suit into the AClub SuitKDiamond Suit of Tooran. Both players paired their live cards, but Yong’s kings were second best and he was knocked out in sixth place ($134,250 USD).

Orpen Kisacikoglu’s KHeart SuitJSpade Suit outran the AClub SuitQSpade Suit of Besim Hot, making a full house by the river to send Hot home with $184,546 USD. Netanel Amedi was next to fall when his JClub Suit10Spade Suit lost out to Tooran’s QHeart Suit10Diamond Suit. Tooran made a winning pair of queens to eliminate Amedi in fourth place ($256,196 USD) and take the lead into three-handed action.

Thai Ha surged into the lead after knocking out Kisacikoglu in third place. The two got all-in preflop with Kisacikoglu holding KSpade SuitKClub Suit and Ha AHeart SuitKHeart Suit. The board ran out 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit9Club Suit9Diamond SuitASpade Suit and Ha rivered an ace to secure the pot. Kisacikoglu earned $359,144 USD as the third-place finisher.

Ha began heads-up play with roughly a 2:1 advantage, but Tooran was able to fight his way back into the match and take the lead by the time the final cards were dealt. Ha picked up AClub Suit7Spade Suit and shoved for 43,900,000. Tooran called with the AHeart SuitKClub Suit. The QHeart Suit9Spade Suit6Spade SuitKSpade Suit7Club Suit runout locked up the pot and the title for Tooran. Ha settled for $508,340 USD as the runner-up.

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

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Siamak Tooran $822,506 840
2 Thai Ha $508,340 700
3 Orpen Kisacikoglu $359,144 560
4 Netanel Amedi $256,196 420
5 Besim Hot $184,546 350
6 Robert Yong $134,250 280

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