Online Qualifier Marti Roca De Torres Wins WSOPE Main Event & €1,115,207

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The 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event has been won by Marti Roca De Torres. The Spanish player, who qualified online at 888poker for just €220 walked away with the bracelet, the title, and the huge €1,115,207 first place prize money.

The day started with Maria Ho leading the final six, but the popular pro and TV host had a terrible day and within 15 hands of the start she had gone from chip leader to short stack, losing over 2m chips with {k-Clubs}{q-Spades} against De Torres {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} on a Queen high board, before losing a 6.5m chip pot to Niall Farrell after Ho, holding {2-Hearts}{2-Spades} shoved over Farrell’s raise. Farrell snap-called with {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds} and with that Ho was down from 7.8m to just 1.5m.

Despite this pot catapulting Farrell into second place, he also ended up having a shocker of a day and in fact both he and Ho were dumped out of the tournament in the same hand. Maria Ho pushed from early position with {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}and was smooth called by De Torres in the small blind before Farrell re-jammed for close to 7m chips in the big blind with {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}. De Torres snapped with {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs} and ended up eliminating Farrell in 5th (€239,639) and Ho was out in 6th (€174,365).

Above: Mario Ho started the day with the chip lead, but after some poor decisions early on she found herself having to settle for 6th place after busting out on the same hand as Niall Farrell, who finished in 5th.

This sent Marti Roca De Torres into a huge chip lead with his 17.5m chips representing almost double the amount of chips the other three remaining players had between them. This lead, however, was certainly not unassailable, and De Torres quickly started bleeding chips. Within just a dozen hands he had surrendered the lead to Holland’s Mathijs Jonkers.

Over the next few hours every player at the table enjoyed some time with the chip lead, and at one point it looked like the day 3 chip leader, the UK’s Robert Bickley was going to take a big lead as he was already in front when he got it all in with {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} against Italy’s Gianluca Speranza’s {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} for a 13m chip pot. Two aces arrived on the board, however, to send Bickley down to short-stack status while Speranza took the lead.

It was Bickley who eventually succumbed in 4th, jamming his last 2.23m with {3-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} from the small blind. He was looked up by Jonkers in the big blind with {A-Spades}{7-Spades}, and despite making a 2 on the turn, Jonkers made his flush on the river to send Bickley to the rail with a €335,089 paycheck.

Despite taking out Bickely, Jonkers was the next to fall. He lost well over half his stack in a near 7m chip pot against De Torres after the Spaniard shoved 3.8m with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades} and Jonkers made the mistake of looking him up with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}, Jonkers was out soon after when he raised all-in for 2.4m with {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} over Speranza’s initial 650k raise. Speranza called with {a-Spades}{10-Spades} and made a flush on the turn to send Jonkers out in 3rd for a €476,585. payday.

Gianluca Speranza started heads-up play with a substantial 20m to 6.5m chip lead, and he’d soon extended that to 22m to 4.4m and it didn’t look good for De Torres. However, the rail certainly ended up getting their money’s worth out of this heads-up match which maanged to go on for four hours with the chip lead changing hands on several occasions. In the end it all came down to one big pot.

With the stacks almost even Marti Roca De Torres pushed for 12.75m with {5-Clubs}{5-Spades} and was called by Speranza with {A-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}. When the {A-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs} flop landed, it looked like Speranza had booked the win (he was marginally ahead in chips going into the pot), but the {5-Hearts} turn handed the huge pot to De Torres. It was all over on the next hand with Speranza all-in for 775k with {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and De Torres calling with {Q-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}. The final board of {K-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{A-Diamonds}{3-Spades} meant that Marti Roca De Torres had spun his €220 investment into a €1,115,207 payday, while Speranza had to settle for €689,246 for his runner-up finish.

 

Final Result 2017 WSOPE Main Event

Place Winner Country Prize Money
1 Marti Roca De Torres Spain €1,115,207
2 Gianluca Speranza Italy €689,246
3 Mathijs Jonkers Netherlands €476,585
4 Robert Bickley United Kingdom €335,089
5 Niall Farrell United Kingdom €239,639
6 Maria Ho United States €174,365
7 Jack Salter United Kingdom €129,121
8 Luis Rodriguez Spain €97,344

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