The 2021 World Series of Poker Europe €5,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event attracted 184 entries to build a prize pool of €830,300 ($929,936 USD). It took just two days to narrow that field down to a single player, with Denmark’s Maximilian Klostermeier emerging victorious with his second bracelet and the first-place prize of €204,010 ($228,491 USD).
Both of Klostermeier’s bracelet wins have come in PLO events, with his first victory in a WSOP event coming in the $1,500 buy-in PLO $500 bounty tournament held in 2019. Klostermeier now has $418,143 in career live tournament earnings to his name, with this latest victory being the largest payday of his career.
In addition to the hardware and the money, he was also awarded 672 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first POY-qualified score of 2021.
Day 2 of the event began with 62 players still in contention, with Klostermeier having bagged up the third-largest stack at the end of the previous night. By the time the final table was set, he sat in a virtual tie for the chip lead with Finnish poker pro Joni Jouhkimainen.
Armando D’Avanzo scored a double knockout early on, busting recent WSOPE bracelet winner Bjorn Verbakel (9th – $19,789 USD) and Veselin Karakitukov (8th – $24,283 USD) in the same hand to narrow the field to seven.
Vasil Medarov was the next to fall, with his his pair of aces being outkicked by a single pip by Nikola Minkov. Medarov earned $30,595 USD as the seventh-place finisher. Klostermeier secured his first knockout of the final table when he made aces and jacks to send Jaroslav Peter to the rail in sixth place ($39,555 USD).
Klostermeier continued to pull away from the field during five-handed action, and then busted Nikola Minkov (5th – $52,440 USD) and Armando Davanzo (4th – $71,247 USD) in rapid succession to take a massive lead into three-handed play.
Ermanno Di Nicola got all-in preflop with a double-suited hand that included an ace, and found himself up against a similar holding for Klostermeier. Di Nicola had hearts and diamonds, while Klostermeier held spades and clubs. An all-spade flop gave Klostermeier the nut flush to take a commanding lead, and Di Nicola found no help from the turn or river. He earned $99,142 USD as the third-place finisher.
With that Klostermeier took more than a 5:1 lead into heads-up play with Jouhkimainen, who was less than a month removed from a fifth-place showing in the $5,000 pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em mixed event at the WSOP in Las Vegas. The Finnish player had earned $125,940 for that deep run, and was now guaranteed $141,222 in this event.
Jouhkimainen ultimately got the last of his stake in preflop with J1096 facing the AKQ of Klostermeier. The board came down 10338J and Klostermeier made the nut flush to lock up the pot and the title. Jouhkimainen’s runner-up showing was enough to increase his lifetime live tournament earnings to more than $4 million, making him the third-highest earning Finnish player in tournament poker history behind only Patrik Antonius ($11.6 million) and Juha Helppi ($7.4 million).
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Ermanno Di Nicola