Siamak Tooran Lands WSOPE Gold and €740,996 in €25k WSOPE Short Deck Thriller
26 October 2019
PokerBrave (1135 articles)

Germanys Siamak Tooran was the unlikely winner of the WSOPE €25k Short Deck yesterday, a career-best €740,996 ($822,506) and first-ever gold bracelet the reward…

The third and final day’s play had whittled the original 111 entries down to just seven, with Tooran needing 6th place or better to win more than his combined career tournament earnings.
In fact, his $110k or so previous winnings had come in tournaments with buy-ins between 10 and 100 times lower than this WSOPE High Roller.

Undeterred, and facing some very experienced highstakes players, Tooran knocked Rob Yong out in 6th, Jonathan Depa having already hit the rails in 7th.

Turkish crusher Orpen Kisacikoglu was looking to add another notch to his belt, having taken down the Triton 100k SHR at the partypoker MILLIONS Europe a couple of months ago in the very same Kings Casino.

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That seemed to be a distinct possibility, until the following hand, or to be exact, river, appeared to his horror…

Kisacikoglu: K♠ K♦
Thai Ha: A♥ K♥

Flop: 10♥ 10♠ 10♣
Turn: 9♦
River: A♠

That brutal beat left Tooran and Ha facing off for the gold bracelet and a huge chunk of WSOPE cash, with Ha already having suffered a near-miss with the inaugural Short Deck bracelet event in Vegas this summer.

History has a habit of repeating itself, however, and despite holding a chip lead during the lengthy heads-up battle, eventually Ha was disposed of in this hand, the AK this time sealing his runner-up fate…

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Ha: A♣ 7♠
Tooran: A♥ K♣
Board: Q♥ 9♠ 6♠ K♠ 7♣

Final Results

1 Siamak Tooran €740,996
2 Thai Ha €457,964
3 Orpen Kisacikoglu €323,553
4 Netanel Amedi €230,807
5 Besim Hot €166,258
6 Rob Yong €120,946
7 Jonathan Depa €88,861