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Thomer Pidun Scores World Series Of Poker Europe 8-Game Bracelet

German Poker Pro Banks €49,245 At King's Casino

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Thomer PidunThomer Pidun finished fifth at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €2,000 8-Game Mixed event. Three years later, and the German poker pro has improved on his finish with a win in the very same event, banking €49,245 and his first career bracelet.

“I had big problems at three handed," Pidun admitted to WSOP reporters. “I had stomach issues and I thought I was going to puke on the table! I was thinking why now? But thankfully it calmed down and I managed to ride it out.”

The tournament featured a mix of no-limit hold’em, stud, Omaha 8, razz, PLO, limit hold’em, stud 8, and triple draw. A total of 102 players entered, creating a prize pool of €179,265.

The final 16 players made the money, earning at least €3,190. Notables who cashed included Shaun Deeb (15th), Paul Tedeschi (14th), Roman Verenko (13th), Yuval Bronshtein (12th), Allen Kessler (7th), Nacho Barbero (6th), Dario Alioto (5th), Julien Sitbon (4th).

To earn the title, Pidun had to get through Oleksii Kovalchuk, who was already at his fifth cash of the series. The Ukrainian was looking for his third bracelet, having won his first two back in 2011 and 2012.

This series marked a return to the game for Kovalchuk, who hasn’t been seen since the summer of 2018 at the WSOP in Las Vegas. After a two-hour heads-up battle, he settled for €30,430 as the runner up in this event.

This was Pidun’s second final table of the series, having also finished fifth in the €5,000 PLO event for €52,453. His largest score remains the $261,430 he banked for taking 33rd in the 2019 WSOP main event.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY
1 Thomer Pidun €49,245 240
2 Oleksii Kovalchuk €30,430 200
3 Philipp Krieger €21,311 160
4 Julien Sitbon €15,299 120
5 Dario Alioto €11,266 100
6 Nacho Barbero €8,516 80
7 Allen Kessler €6,612 60

*Photo courtesy of WSOP.