Uri Gilboa Becomes First-Ever Israeli European Poker Tour Main Event Champion

Uri Gilboa has actually won the 2019 European Casino Poker Scenic Tour Sochi 191,800 Russian Ruble ($2,931 USD) buy-in no-limit hold ’em centerpiece. The 61-year-old overcame an area of 758 overall entries to come to be the first-ever EPT champion from his home nation of Israel, earning $439,600 USD for the win.

Gilboa was also awarded 1,368 Card Gamer of the Year points for prevailing in this occasion. This sufficed to see him relocate into a connection for 41st place in the total POY race standings, joining recent World Poker Excursion Venetian main event champion Ben Palmer.

The 5th and also final day of this event began with Zakhar Babaev as the chip leader with just six gamers staying. Babaev sat with greater than 150 large blinds, with his nearest competitor (Maksim Pisarenko) having just over 60.

Serafim Kovalevsky was the very first player to be eliminated when his pocket sixes faced the pocket eights of Babaev. Kovalevsky fell short to boost and was sent home in sixth location ($86,240 USD). Vyacheslav Mizun followed him to the rail, with his tumbled collection of kings losing to the turned club flush of Gilboa to knock him out in fifth area ($113,456 USD). With that said Gilboa relocated into second place on the leaderboard behind Babaev.

Ivan Ruban obtained all-in with his pocket queens up against the ADiamond SuitKSpade Match of Babaev. The board came down AClub Suit7Club Suit4Diamond Suit5Club Suit9Spade Suit and Babaev coupled his ace to win the pot, removing Ruban in 4th area. He gained $143,248 USD for his deep run in this event.

A short-stacked Maksim Pisarenko three-bet all-in over the top of Babaev’s opening raise with KClub Suit8Spade Fit. Gilboa woke up with JSpade SuitJDiamond Fit and also called. He tumbled a 3rd jack and held up from there to bust Pisarenko in 3rd area ($189,840 USD).


Gilboa got in heads-up play with 13,360,000 in chips to Babaev’s 8,385,000. Heads-up play lasted 36 hands, with a variety of lead changes along the way. By the time the last hand occurred, though, Gilboa held greater than a 32-to-1 advantage.

With blinds of 60,000-120,000 as well as a big blind ante of 120,000, Babaev moved all-in for 655,000 from the button with the 8Club Suit4Heart Match. Gilboa made the quick telephone call with AHeart Suit4Club Fit. The board went out AClub Suit10Heart Suit5Diamond Suit4Spade Suit6Heart Fit and also Gilboa’s 2 pair were enough to gain him the pot and the title. Babaev was granted $267,792 USD as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

PlacePlayerEarnings (USD)POY Points
1Uri Gilboa$439,6001368
2Zakhar Babaev$267,7921140
3Maksim Pisarenko$189,840912
4Ivan Ruban$143,248684
5Vyacheslav Mizun$113,456570
6Serafim Kovalevsky$86,240456
7Francisco Benitez$61,600342
8Dmitry Yurasov$42,000228

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