November 30, 2021
Calum GrantChristian Zetzsche
At the end of play on Day 2 of Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, Maximilian Klostermeier walked away as the champion after a dominant final table display. He defeated Joni Jouhkimainen heads up for the €204,010 and his second WSOP bracelet.
The third and final PLO tournament of the 2021 World Series of Poker Europe registered 184 entries to create the €830,300 prizepool, which Klostermeier took the lion’s share of. Jouhkimainen also took home a six-figure payday, cashing for €126,091.
Klostermeier won his first piece of WSOP hardware at the 2019 World Series of Poker. He bested the 1,130 strong field to triumph in Event 78: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha – Bounty. For his efforts in Sin City, he walked away with the WSOP bracelet and $177,823.
The Netherland’s Bjorn Verbakel also reached the “unofficial” final table but was unable to make it two bracelets in a single a series. He bowed out in ninth-place for €17,669.
Event #7: €5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Results
Ermanno Di Nicola
The Action of the Final Day
The final day brought back 62 hopefuls in pursuit of the elusive WSOP gold bracelet and many players had entered at the very last minute before Day 1 concluded and the registration closed. During the first two hours, the field was cut into more than half and the money bubble was looming already.
Among those to bust before the money were the WSOP bracelet winners Stoyan Madanzhiev, Eelis Pärssinen, Julien Martini, Jack Sinclair and Tomas Ribeiro. Day 1 chip leader Dorel Eldabach suffered a similar fate as in previous events and went from big stack to bust after being involved in a lot of multi-way hands. On the money bubble itself, it was Jonas Kronwitter who came up short and that triggered a frantic period of eliminations thereafter.
En route to the final table, Klostermeier consistently increased his stack and sent several opponents to the rail. He entered the nine-handed unofficial final table just one big blind ahead of Joni Jouhkimainen. However, from there on his lead was never threatened anymore as one opponent fell victim to his hot run.
Another two WSOP bracelet winners were among the finalists and it was Italy’s Armando D’Avanzo who drew the first blood after knocking out Verbakel and PLO specialist Veselin Karakitukov. Event #4: €2,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 4th place finisher Vasil Medarov was the next to fall all the while Klostermeier was busy to accumulate chips left and right.
I guess the shirt was a sign. First bracelet will have to wait but thats alright. Next up 25k NL ✌# #WSOPE https://t.co/ITkP8c65BD
— Joni Jouhkimainen (@Jouhkb)
His domination culminated in the knockouts of his final five opponents in fewer than 90 minutes to wrap up the victory. For runner-up Jouhkimainen, it was the fourth WSOP final table but he was unable to overcome the massive chips disadvantage in a one-sided duel for poker’s most coveted prize.