Shaun Deeb extended his WSOP Player of the Year lead over Ben Yu with an 11th place finish in the WSOP Europe €1,650 no-limit hold’em tournament. But it was Israel’s Asi Moshe who scooped the bracelet for €82,280.
Moshe picked up his second bracelet but first since a 2014 $1,500 hold’em event in Las Vegas in 2014 ($582,321). That remains his biggest career win, and he now has over $2.1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.
Fought Hard to Win
It’s never easy winning a WSOP bracelet. This tournament was no different. Moshe defeated some tough players on Tuesday at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, including Shaun Deeb (11th place) and 2017 POY winner Chris Ferguson (17th place).
The final table of six bracelet hopefuls lasted six hours, with the final hand concluding at around 9 pm local time. There was some international flare at this final table. With each player hailing a different country, it was even more entertaining than usual.
WSOP Europe Event #2: €1,650 NLH Final Table Results
- Asi Moshe (Israel) €82,280
- Robert Schulz (Austria) €50,842
- James Bullimore (United Kingdom) €33,149
- Giuliano Bendinelli (Italy) €22,210
- Van Tiep Nguyen (Czech Republic) €15,303
- Viktor Katzenberger (Hungary) €10,852
Nguyen was the only local at the table and almost made his home country proud. But due to a jack on the turn giving Moshe a set to crack his flopped two-pair, he was eliminated in fifth place (€15,303).
When heads-up play began, Moshe had better than a 3-1 chip advantage. But Schulz, another skilled pro with tournament experience, put up quite a fight. However, he couldn’t overcome the deficit and bowed out in second place (€50,842).
Can Anyone Possibly Catch Shaun Deeb?
Despite only cashing for €4,640 in the second WSOP Europe event of the year, Deeb extended his Player of the Year lead, although he probably didn’t need to.
With 4,334.06 points, he leads Ben Yu (3,746.04), Joe Cada (3,431.86), and John Hennigan (3,499.91), by a significant margin. And it seems like he’s the only POY contender who will appear in a WSOP Europe event. Therefore, his performance this summer was likely good enough on its own to scoop the award.
And that performance at the WSOP in Las Vegas was one for the ages. Deeb won two bracelets including the final event of the summer ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship for $814,179). He even ran deep in the Main Event (105th place).
Deeb doesn’t often travel outside the US to compete in poker tournaments. But he wanted to ensure no one else could catch him in the Player of the Year standings. With just seven gold bracelet events left, his lead appears to be safe.