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Sergiu Covrig Wins 2021 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty Hunter Event

The Romanian Beat Out A Field of 604 Entries To Earn His First WSOP Bracelet and €79,282 ($88,796 USD)


The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 no-limit hold’em ‘bounty hunter’ event drew a field of 604 entries to nearly double the €200,000 guarantee. The €392,600 ($444,305 USD) final prize pool was paid out among the 91 finishers, with the largest share going to eventual champion Sergiu Covrig. The Romanian earned €79,282 ($88,796 USD) and his first gold bracelet for the win.

This was the largest recorded live tournament cash of Covrig’s career, topping the $23,495 he earned for a 38th-place showing in the 2018 European Poker Tour Prague main event.

The first day of the event saw 29 levels played, which narrowed the field of over 600 down to just six remaining contenders. Covrig sat in fourth chip position heading into day 2, with Germany’s Tim Novotny atop the leaderboard to start.

Nicola D’Anselmo was the first to fall, with his pocket fives running into the pocket sevens of Covrig. The larger pair held up and D’Anselmo settled for $14,832 USD as the sixth-place finisher.

Covrig scored his second knockout of the day when his pocket jacks won a preflop race against the AHeart SuitKClub Suit of Romain Le Dantec. Covrig flopped top set and held from there to send Le Dantec home with $20,054 USD.

Pablo Finini’s run in this event came to an end when his AClub Suit7Heart Suit clashed against the QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit of Novotny. The board came down QSpade SuitJDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit9Spade Suit and Novotny made a queen-high straight to bust Finini in fourth place ($27,582 USD).

Despite starting the day in the lead, Novotny was ultimately the next to hit the rail. He lost a crucial all-in when his pocket kings were beaten by the A-K of fellow German Michael Strauch. Not long after that, Novotny got all-in with QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit facing the AClub Suit6Club Suit of Strauch. Novotny failed to improve and was eliminated in third place ($38,586 USD).

Strauch took 12,550,000 into heads-up play with Covrig, who sat with 5,600,000 to start. The roles were soon reversed, with Covrig’s A-K beating Strauch’s A-7 in a preflop all-in. Straugh spiked a seven on the turn to take the lead with one card to come, but the river brought a king to give Covrig more than a 2:1 lead.

In the final hand Covrig shoved from the button with 9Heart Suit7Heart Suit and Strauch called with AHeart Suit3Spade Suit. The board came down QSpade SuitQDiamond Suit4Spade Suit9Spade SuitJHeart Suit to give Covrig queens and nines for the win. Strauch was awarded $54,887 USD as the runner-up.

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Sergiu Covrig $88,796 840
2 Michael Strauch $54,887 700
3 Tim Novotny $38,586 560
4 Pablo Finini $27,582 210
5 Romain Le Dantec $20,054 350
6 Nicola D’Anselmo $14,832 280
7 Mykhailo Sezonenko $11,165 210
8 Pierre Trauer $8,556 140
9 Nebojsa Ankucic $6,676 70